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My Home Ed boy has started a new school

After a lot of thought we applied a few weeks ago for my son to attend our local school. I took him out of his primary school 10 months ago because he was bullied and the school denied it was happening. We also took our youngest daughter out because her class was chaotic and she hated every minute. We have had a fantastic time home educating doing things which aren’t on the National Curriculum. My son is really into gaming and computers so he has learnt to do animation and basic programming. He has made videos and blogged. We’ve done mountains of art and he has had hours to read books books and more books. So why has he gone to a new school? Try as I might he missed the company of other boys. Although he went swimming every week and kept in touch with his old friends the social side of school was hard to recreate. I even tried to set up a local home ed group but home edders don’t like to commit to regular meetings. When a place came up at the lovely primary just around the corner from our house he leapt at the chance. His first two days have been fantastic … He loves it and we are so sure it is the right thing for him. I don’t regret his home ed time, he has regained his confidence and expored his interests but now it’s time for him to move on.
I have one home ed child now .. There is no place for her due to infant class size limits but she is happy home edding until one comes up – happy days

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mobile blogging

An experiment in mobile blogging on a tiny android keyboard…hopefully if this works I can get back to the blog more often
Had a brief break from posting due to a scary brush with the breast clinic – happily all resolved now
So todays activities in our home school – we started off with some literacy and numeracy ds worked from Galore Park maths and dd from some key stage one based phonics work – sometimes they seem to feel the need to work from books and record on paper and yet other days it’s all talk and doing. Then we got on to the fun stuff.

Just rushed to the computer to see if the mobile posting had really worked and that you could actually read the thing – my wpm on a diddy android keyboard are truly pitiful even though I have little fingers ; so back to today’s “fun stuff”
Ds and Dd wanted to learn to do basic animation so after loading linux on our computers we discovered a free programme called Pencil which is simple enough for Ds on his own and Dd with me helping to animate their drawings – an afternoon was  quickly spent engrossed and by the time it was time to pick up their sister dd had produced a small animation of a garden with a moving butterfly and trees – I can see lots more hours going into learning more of this. I was already pretty proud that my 5 year old can email at will and download to the hard drive then find what she has downloaded but I think we are quickly moving onto a whole new level here. When I worked with  a deaf child  I used tons of ICT and resources online to boost his language development so this is just a continuation of the a way of learning I have long advocated even for the youngest children.
Early evening we planted out different types of lettuce and cabbages in the garden which have been kindly donated by a neighbour – the £1 tomato growing kit has now turned into a huge amount of tomato plants which we’ll be repotting tomorrow  and we picked some redcurrants from the garden which we’ll be using to make redcurrant muffins tomorrow – it’s going to be another busy week.

A £1 tomato plant bargain kit

 
 

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