Welcome to part 2 of Learning without Limits, my blog series giving you a little insight into Home Education.
I am going to be sharing our approach to home educating our Son,,,,,,
I think the first thing that comes to mind when you are considering an education from home is, do you have to use the national curriculum?
And the answer to that would be No. It really is down to you which approach you to take. May it be traditional, elective, practical, online or curriculum based, the most important thing to us was how our child would best engage. Everybody is different and what works for one family might not necessarily work for another.
Some prefer to take on the structured learning at the start like how it is at school and then add their own take on things as they go along as they get more comfortable with the whole home ed’ process.
Following basics of the national curriculum works for us although we don’t solely follow this, we incorporate it into our learning. Everything else we do is mainly practical, visits to museums, hands on, making it engaging and fun.
We have a planner with a basic structure of what topics we will cover throughout the week. We make sure we include Maths, English, Science, IT and we adhere to that. The rest is a mixture of practical and interest led (what my boy wants to learn about) for instance he loves Sea life, sharks etc. So we have been learning all about that, using lots of resources and even a shark model that he could build himself and visiting the sealife centre.
One of the things I like about home schooling is that unlike a classroom where a teacher has to divide their attention amongst say 30 pupils, I can concentrate solely on my child and give him one to one tuition and focus on his individual needs. It really is what works best for you and your child and finding a happy medium which will come with time.
Coming up next in Learning without Limits is ………………… What to expect from your first LEA Appointment