Hi i'm answering a few FAQ's today
Anyone can homeschool and i'll tell you how!
Where do I start?
How long per day do they need to do school?
How do I know what they need to learn for the year?
Do you have to keep samples of their work?
What does it mean to homeschool?
How do you know they “pass” to the next grade?
Are there no tests? Are there no actual grades like traditional schooling?
Home educators often try to replicate school at home when they begin homeschooling. At school there are lots of students and not a lot of one-one contact time between teacher and student. As homeschoolers we have the advantage of one on one tuition all the time so naturally our children will need less time per day.
Instead of giving them workbooks or busy work let them play and discover and investigate. Even baking cupcakes can become a science experiment by dividing the batter into three, add more or less baking powder and then see what happens to each set of cupcakes.
This is lesson time - breaks and outdoor activities or extra curricular aren't included.
You might be surprised but Homeschooling takes a lot less time than going to school all day.
20 mins of focused learning for a pre-schooler may not seem enough but remember they will be learning through play most of the time.
There is overlap in the older years because some students need more or less...
I've thought about this a lot in the past week and I'm hearing that many of my fellow teachers have too. I'm sure that most of us enjoy the weekends by going out, socialising with other people, visiting fun places and having wide open beaches and parks to enjoy especially in the current beautiful spell of weather we're having. Myself, I enjoy going for treatments at the salon it gives me an hour or so to myself in the generally quiet atmosphere of the salon while being pampered in some way; mani, pedi, blow dry, massage being in my top 4 choices so we decided to have a spa day at home today.
So for a simulated Thai massage I lay down on the floor and got my 3 and 5 year olds to jump up and down on my back. It was rejuvenating to say the least and it entertained them for a few mins too. Next it was time for a hair treatment so my eldest dyed my hair (and her clothes and the dining table!) I know I joke but it was lovely looking in the mirror after washing it and feeling a thousand...
More fun, free ideas for your kiddos
So what's been happening folks? Been anywhere nice lately? (sorry bad joke!)
It's getting a bit tedious trying to keep the children occupied at home but we've (un)luckily been busy with their schoolwork most of the week. My high schoolers are on zoom meetings now some of the time as well as my husband and I teaching pretty much all day. So a fun activity has been to send the littles off on a little hunt around the house... it keeps them occupied and the game can literally carry on for ages. I was on a facebook group where this lists were shared so i'm sharing them here too! Thanks to Amber Kothe and Yesette Terrazas
Another game to play is to hide a smallish object or teddy bear in the room and get them to hunt for it, as they get closer you say hotter and as they get further away you say colder. They'll start practicing their english as well, they'll start saying boiling hot or freezing cold, it gets more fun as they get more practice and more...
Hello!! Hope you're all well, this post was motivated by reading all these posts and memes on social media about lots of families being stuck together and the thousands of parents who are finding this time hard. Especially working parents, we have to somehow to double the work expected normally because we're under pressure to prove that we are actually working from home and do all the things at home without the usual help from people we outsource our chores to. We don't even own a lawnmower so I was thinking of going out there with a pair of scissors today is what I'm talking about! My husband putting hand sanitiser on my son's foot when he cut it, is another fun thing that happened today. We also played hide and seek and had to keep pretending not to find the 3 year old when she stuck her head under the sofa and I’m happy to announce- in an amazing turn of events our electic-homeschooling parenting style has somehow made the teenagers get around to not only cleaning...