EXPLORING HOME-ED

12/11/2016

Now my daughter has turned 4 and should have officially started her reception year at big school this year, we decided to explore home education as an alternative option to conventional schooling. It wasn’t an easy decision to make and often times a controversial one at that! But I’ve always wanted to provide her with an alternative education, where learning takes a more holistic approach to supporting and nurturing the whole-child. Mind, Body & Spirit. Personally I find the current mainstream school system far too focused on academics and standardised testing. Where the one-size fits all approach to learning sadly doesn’t suit every child. I’m also a big advocate for the right to delay formal education until age 7, much like they do in Scandinavia where the Forest school movement with its focus on nature play and outdoor learning has also been a huge inspiration to me.

 

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As unfortunately we don’t really live close enough to any existing alternative or progressive schools. The next best solution to providing a child-centered leaning environment was home-education. Lucky for us, the lack of alternative school models in our area meant there were plenty of families exploring this option. So, I have been fortunate enough to get together with a group of like-minded parents to create our own community of holistic homeschoolers. Together  we have been exploring options and opportunities for group learning.  We even set up a school room in my basement, inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach to early childhood learning. Where our group have met weekly for creative enquiry, exploration and play through art media and hands-on educational experiences.

 

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So far, we have been taking it in turns as parents to teach and guide the kids in subjects that we feel confident in, such as painting, printmaking, aromatherapy, crafting etc. But now the kids are all ‘officially’ school aged (between 4 – 5 years) we’ve decided to formalise further and create our own alternative education structure. Including mindful, creative learning as well as early introductions to literacy and numeracy and some forest school nature play.

 

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Understandably not all families are able to choose home education, as it ends up being more of a lifestyle choice. You will have to fit it in around your career – or more likely fit your career around your child’s education. Not easy for most people who have 9 – 5’s. Luckily both myself and my partner are self-employed and work from home as well as have a wide supportive family network that also help out. Traditional school may still be an option for us further down the line, but I really appreciate these formative early years and want to support an environment for our daughter where emotional wellbeing is valued as highly as her academic achievements. So please continue to check in regularly if you’re interested in home-education. As I will be sharing more about our journey with regular posts on what we get up to, how we learn and all sorts of useful resources and activities I discover along the way.

 

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Likewise if you’re also home-schooling your kids, I’d love to hear more about your own ideas and inspirations, so please feel free to comment and share!

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