Documenting our life in pictures in the way we seem to do in blogs only seems to scratch the surface of what actually goes on. Being semi-structured means there is obviously a huge amount of work that we do; comprehension exercises, maths workbooks, verbal discussion etc, that is just not photogenic and hence doesn’t really get documented. Also I have tended to skip over the actual practicalities of how home ed works for us and the decisions and processes we have gone through to get to where we are now.
Before I start on all that though I’ll just touch on yesterday.
Boys and I went to watch a Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare 4 Kidz at the Kings Theatre, Southsea. They loved it! It was the first time I have taken Sam to the theatre (baring in mind we go at least 3 or 4 times a year and have done since he was born) and he has come out not having spent some of it hiding under his coat claiming he didn’t like it (usually too scary!). From my perspective while I enjoyed it, it was a very weird experience to see Shakespeare done as a musical. I am not sure they needed to ‘dumb it down’ as much as they did, Midsummer Night’s Dream is funny and fairly kid friendly even in full Shakespearian language. It is one of my big bugbears, this tendency to assume kids are stupid and only understand stuff if you reference it to rubbish TV programmes. All that aside, it was an enjoyable few hours and we have been enjoying reading our Usborne Stories from Shakespeare . So you could say it did the job well. And if you follow the link above to the Shakespeare 4 Kidz (grr on the z! Another bugbear) there seems quite a lot in the teachers resources that look good, although I haven’t really had time to explore yet.
On reflection this could get very long so might do this in parts.