Maryland home education policy needs to be updated to give it more flexibility, to the benefit of all students. Current policy requires that students take either all of their classes or none of them at public school, which means homeschool students like myself cannot enroll in the public school classes that our parents have paid for in taxes.
We are all of the same community!
Would this ever be a possible scenario in Australia? Why not?
Any thoughts about this?
We just love that a student wrote this commentary, so clearly and with conviction!
Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when […]
Finally, I have been providing art lessons for the local Home Ed Families, in particular, the Nurture Learning Gang! We are almost at the end of the first term, and we have covered 2-3 projects.
The goals that I have had have been to loosely follow the AUS National Syllabus, make it our own and get as messy as possible.
The lessons consist of two groups: Stage 1 (Fish and Sea Creatures) and Stage 2 (Insects and Dragons) children. These children were aged 6-12, this can be a challenge! Keeping the interest of the youngest and the oldest children is the hardest part. To do this, I keep to the general lesson plan and then tailor the lesson to suit the children that need encouragement.
Here are some of the images from the Term 1:
Creating our own Monsters, from Inspecting Insects, and Dissecting Dragons (St2) and Sea-Real Sea Creature parts (St1).
As strange as it may seem - we are heading into the second year of our Home Education adventure. It’s been so enlightening, and I dare say - it seems to be getting… easier…?!
We are doing something slightly radical, in that we are sending our youngest off to Public School. This is for many reasons, most of all, family happiness. He needs some of his own friends in the area, I need to make some new ones, too. He is so active and enthusiastic to learn and make these new friends that we really didn’t have much of a say in it.
Did the older two children want it? NO WAY. They LOVE being at home. They love to drop him at the school, watch the other children head into class, as they head to the beach with books in their bike baskets. They do not miss it at all. If our new school-bound boy wants out, he’ll join in at home.
At home, we have eased into the routine of learning wonderfully, we had my mother in town for 2 months so travel and fun were on the forefront every week. Not much time to hit the books, but it did not stop us from grabbing a membership at the Aussie Museum (amazing!) and exploring all that Sydney had to offer this summer.
The most common question that I get (from all sorts) is “What does a day look like?. Because every day is so unique, I thought I would put it into a week-long story, to paint a better picture. The second most common question is “How do you do it?!”. Well, that will be answered in this post as well. It’s heaps of patience, love and trying to remind myself in times of frustration that we chose this way of living, and that learning is easier when it’s FUN.
Here we go!
Sunny day - took the work out side, onto our grassy lawn at the beach. All of the children were so relaxed and eager to work, play and snack, of course. Even with a chill in the air it was so wonderful to be outside.
Going in for lunch I realized that we had the Home Ed Week Picnic to go to! So, we quickly packed a lunch and some books and set off to Little Manly Beach! YAY! More outdoor time! We met some new and very interested Families. Hula hoop making was super fun, too.
Even with all of that - we still had to go off to Gymnastics afterwards. The children passed out by 7.30 that night!
This is known in our home as the “Busy Day”. We have three activities happening outside of the home in the afternoon, so it is key to get all our necessary work done by lunch. It is also very important to approach this day with CALM. So, I try to keep them happy and well fed before we leave. Entertaining Tai with fine motor skill activities keeps him quiet while I teach the others.
Off to Pottery - where we have a great little group of friends, and I get to chat with other Home Ed Parents about the adventures they are all having. This week I brought a craft (Aboriginal Inspired Stick Sculptures) for the little ones to work on, Lakeside, however, the parents seemed to enjoy this as well!
They came home with lots of beautiful art to display and some gorgeous pots from pottery, as well!
Off to Kick boxing for Dray, and Piano for Noodle. Tai and I pick up Charlie on the way and take him up to our favourite park with a spectacular view, for a run around!
Started out with a swim, it was just too gorgeous! We tried to go for a dip in the rock pool but the waves were MASSIVE and the pool was closed!
Once home, Tai decided he wanted to do “Science, Mummy please!” So, we took a closer look at Ms.Leafy, our Leaf Insect. He is so gentle at handling her! Then he actually DREW her! He rarely draws, and SO WELL!!
Meanwhile, Noodle was watching Daddy surf… AND doing maths.
After Dad came in we biked up to the Lagoon and had some lunch in the shade.
A little nap…
Finally, Swim Lessons!
And a DELICIOUS dinner, prepared by the whole family.
Where were we…? What day..??
It’s like that. You get lost in your week. There are no real Weekends. You have a schedule, and a plan, but there is room for surprise and delights. Spontaneity is expected in everyday life.
Thursdays are our day of not doing any extra curricular activities, so we usually start the day with a workout on the grass, relay races, hula hoopin’, stuck in the mud, soccer, and jump rope to name a few tricks!
Fruit Shopping and a trip to GoodWill/Vinnie’sl to go treasure hunting is a treat. We are VERY happy it’s MANGO season again. (We have already gone through 2 trays!)
Dinner time was a group effort again, lucky me! And this time Tai was inspired by Noodle’s knife skills - so he applied for his knife licence. AND PASSED!!
(There is a funnel web mama and her egg sack under that log!!)
The children were entranced, and so into everything Ranger Dan had to tell them. It was ridiculously hot, I think 31-32c? The kids went thru the fern garden sprinkler at least a dozen times.
Came home with a friend. Luckily, I am GREAT at yankin’ these suckers out without killing them (then they don’t release poison) So this guy didn’t do any damage. She is a Paralytic tick, the kind that kill pups in 24 hours!
Afternoon’s we usually have Science with NurtureLearning - Since we all had a morning together at the gardens, we will meet again next week…
Noodle and I had donated 2 canvases to the Manly Gallery and Museum to help raise money for their collection, we went off to the opening night and saw a few familiar faces. Noodle is well known there by now, and they love her style. She hopes to have a piece in the gallery’s collection one day!
Saturday (Because Everyday is a day for learning)
This was a spectacular day of Culture! We made our way down to the wonderful Sculpture by the sea in Bondi. Another toastin’ hot day!
The boys dropped us off at the NSW Art Gallery for the much anticipated “Skulls & Flowers” Workshop. Life drawing inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. Noodle sat so still, studying her subject, interpreting it into her own work of art. I was melting with pride at her patience and her love of doing art! Her piece has been submitted to the Jurors.
A little ice cream on the ferry ride home. Don’t tell the boys!
A long day! A long post. You will be happy to know Sunday is really, our day of rest (ONLY after Nippers, of course!).
What I didn’t mention is that in between there is cleaning, the usual house work and cooking. We are also trying to get our App caught up and ready for launch.
I had the pleasure of meeting an incredible local hero - Katy, Founder of The Field. We talked about future collaboration, and also to start a series of Pre-K Art Workshops! This made me very, very happy!
YES it’s busy, however it can also be rewarding as well. The children are SO much more independent than a year ago, and they love their life. Would’t you?
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What a beautiful (albeit WINDY) day in the park! We met a few, new families interested in Home Education. Curious about the daily in’s and out’s of what life might be like as a Home Ed family.
Most of the families were from surrounding areas, though none too close, one family had JUST relocated from New Zealand! So inspiring to meet people interested and excited about new beginnings and a new way of living. I must admit that this gave me the thought that it might be nice to do my next post on a WEEK IN THE LIFE of Home Education. I will try to give it an simplified but clear version of the week.
We had a fabulous time making HulaHoops!! I had no idea it could be so easy. We had a great time decorating them and then actually HulaHooping!
The children ran around like maniacs, playing hide an seek, cops and robbers and tag. Just a gorgeous day! Thanks to NutureLearning.com and friends for organizing!!
A recent study says has found that home schooled children are less likely to be obese compared to traditionally schooled children, leading many to wonder whether improving lunches lead to better health.