Balancing Act

We’re in a stage of transition at the moment home ed wise, there’s a feeling that on the horizon it all gets a lot more serious and less ‘fun’.

There’s mixed emotions of trying to keep the fun, flexibility and following our own agenda as long as we can while at the same time starting to work on skills that he’ll need in the future.  I know not all home educators think the same but to me if at 16 the same doors aren’t open to Sam that would have been if he’d gone to school then home ed has failed.  Realistically that means at least 5 GCSEs inc Maths and English.

I don’t think we need to cover the KS3 curriculum but to move from where we are now to where we need to be is quite a jump.  Small steps are what we need.  Essay writing and following a learning agenda set by others are something quite alien.  We are not textbook, worksheet, writing things down, curriculum following people, just isn’t us.  We do some but tend to adapt a lot and outside of Maths and English tend to abandon things very quickly as so much feels like ‘busy work’.

The other motivation is that Sam needs more than sticking and gluing now.  I want things to stay fun but they also need to be a bit challenging.  I am thinking mainly of workshops we do.  I think we’re close to giving up on KS2 ones, they are not holding interest.  The one we did today that was planned particularly for us was nice.  Not much is capturing my interest when I look about of KS3 though and there aren’t that many children of that age into the whole workshops thing.  Days out and seeing and doing are not something I’m going to let slide though I just think there will probably just end up being less ones with the group. Which is a pity as it is how we’ve forged our strongest friendships.

Last Thursday was a day that felt like we were doing education.  We were doing our own spin.  We didn’t do the worksheets that went with the slideshows we watched on Indian rivers and mountains.  He wrote up reports on his blog instead.

We also have a history textbook for KS3.  The intention was never to follow it as a course but there is precious little about for looking at the British Empire.  The idea is to use the relevant chapters for information, picking and chosing the activities we do from them either as written or discussion exercises.  Our first dabble worked well.  It’s a nice enough book.  Activities are thoughtful and relevant.

The key point of all that drivel is Thursday wasn’t the most exciting day to blog about but it was busy, productive and pleasant enough and probably a sign of the slow drift of change.  I am sure that one day this blog will just be a memory as I have nothing of interest to note.  I’ll miss it.

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