I’m angry, really bloody angry.
The last few days have shown the worst side of home ed, the flakiness and the lack of awareness of others that some home educators show.
I am generally quite laid back about things now, I do get irritated by persistant unreliability and in particular lack of communication, it is so easy to head off potential worry and problems. Also a lot easier to be accommodating if you know there are issues such as social anxiety, chronic health problems. Communication really does solve most things and avoid ruffled feathers.
Generally I can’t complain with trips I run. I jokingly say I scare people but maybe I do. What has annoyed me is seeing over 50% of people cancel on the last minute on a friend. Definitely far, far more annoyed watching it happen to someone else.
It’s like people don’t consider that even though there might be no costs setting up the trip was still a lot of work to do in organising. They don’t seem aware that low numbers can put a trip at risk or make it not work as well for those who do show because some things do benefit from a critical mass of children or just frankly just be embarrassing. They seem blissfully unaware that we all contribute to the reputation home educators have and the effect that has on venues offering activities or the willingness of other home educators to organise activities.
Anyway it has also shown some of the best sides of home educators too as I do have a cracking bunch of friends to moan and grumble with.
And in the case of one to try and stop an explosion with! Today’s Weds outing saw us near to home doing a town trail in local town solving clues. Great fun and really makes you look at things you don’t normally notice. We only managed half before rain and ill child (not mine) stopped play, so another hour or so still to do 🙂
At home we read and discussed growth of factories, steam powered machines and the effect on the growth of towns.
Looked at religions in Asia.
Finished a handwriting book and he was pleased to see the improvement.
Did some more on shapes; terminolgy and drawing regular polygons.
Neither of us cope well with the clock change and spring time. Sleep patterns go mad, headaches are virtually permanent and we get really moody. Could feel the switch today, getting any form of concentration out of Sam was hard and every time I let my attention wander from him he was gone. Feeling exhausted myself and the smell of the grass when I opened the door to tesco triggered a pounding headache and irritated throat, so it has been a real internal battle to keep a lid on my impatience. I think I managed it. We’ve ended (or close to) the first Monday of the clocks change without anyone crying at any point so that is an improvement on other years.
Been a pottering at home day. Sam made a story jar and wrote a retelling of the Atlas legend.
We read about health care in ancient China and did some Tai Chi.
Sam played with bubble wrap. I would have if he’d have shared 😉
Then he programmed his microbit to act as a Magic 8 ball.Researching hw to use his Skylanders on the DS and playing on the computer took up the rest of the day.
Been a lovely quiet peaceful day.
Latin provided fun as he was working out roots of words. Maths was easier than he expected producing glee. English showed what huge inroads he has made into writing as he wrote a very competent advert. And all done by 10.15.
We read for an hour, discussing in detail as we did, from a non-fiction book about the Victorians. While I did a job about the house Sam read about and wrote a profile on Dr Barnado. Then read some more about Victorian schools and gave me a verbal narration to summarise. We got out the slate and he had a go and writing Victorian script and did some extra sums.
We dug out some more Victorian replica bits for a look and then watched Victorian Bakers over lunch.
We then got distracted by looking at my sewing and sharing stories about the different monarchs.We moved on to Sketch Tuesday whichthis week was feathers. I got into awful trouble for not emailling off last week’s st today’s has already gone! I drew a peacock while Sam did an eagle. We did print photos to copy.
Sam then programmed one of those touch the wire games on his Microbit.
Finally we read a report about the child we sponsor and checked out where he is. Then it was over to Roblox and work.