I’ve started the 100 Home Ed days photo challenge and I was faced with the decision of whether to include weekends.
The whole premise behind autonomous education is that children are always learning. We tend to be fairly structured but I do believe that children can learn a lot when left to their own devices. I just have my doubts that mine will learn everything I feel they need to have the opportunities I want them to have if left to it entirely autonomously.
Our structure tends to come in the form that I allocate 8.30 – 3 every day as time to be doing ‘stuff’. Some of it is recognisably like school, much of it isn’t. I have no doubt that learning carries on outside that time, The other day we had an impromptu day off following a long day in London. He spent his time acting out scenes from the stone age, building a stone age village on Minecraft, watching a stone age documentary – spot a theme here. He was very clearly consolidating the information of the previous day.
Sometimes learning is obvious like in the example just given or at Cub activities. Often it is still going on but on a much more subtle level we just need to look for it. This is why I opted to keep my 100 home ed days to just week days. I don’t want to look for it. He might be always learning but I don’t want to be always analysing and looking for examples or evidence. On a weekday I try and be actively involved in his learning and I see a lot happen even when we take the foot off the pedal or get distracted by a chore I can usually identify some sort of learning or practice in any activity. On an evening and weekend and school holiday (we follow them with J being about) I need to be just Mum not a home educating mum and let him be and myself unwind.
I’d love to be more relaxed about everything and be able to go with the flow the entire time and never feel the need to look for evidence of his learning but I am who I am and this is as laid back as I get.