As the children have got older I have written less about them. It’s not that they have grown out of favour, just for cringe factor purposes they probably don’t like me talking about them a whole lot. Sometimes Sol lets me write about shared activities and Seb loves to bake along side me. Toni, well she’s at the boyfriend stage and that’s a whole new story which cannot be talked about (much) 😇.
None of the children have been to school, except for Maggeo. Maggeo went to school for around six years before the government closed down our village school. We went through to another school in the next town and that closed down also. Then another couldn’t accommodate his level of maths and English. The head teacher wanted him to read books from the library until the other children in his class caught up with him. A huge no, no from me; he may as well stay at home and read books. So he did, he read and studied and did his first GCSE at 13 instead of age 16. Long story short, he did exceptionally well and is now at university studying law. He worked exceptionally hard, only himself to credit for it. When we were going through all of this with Mag, I had three other children who were nearing school age. What should I do? Well, I just never sent them to school.
What a life we have had. School is great, we aren’t running school down, but homeschool is wonderful. It suits us, our lifestyle. We can travel off peak, do fun things, learn what we like and do what we like. Don’t get me wrong when I talk about doing what we like, we do, but the children also learn and are doing their exams when they need to. They love it, and only once in a while they ask what school is like. Mostly they are looking forward to their craft and play time, drama activities and seeing their friends. They look forward to foreign travel and learn languages. They learn all about cultures too, also tolerance, which in this day and age is a huge deal. Not to be big headed, and I do not mean it in a bad way, but some of the children’s friends have never, ever left our home country.
All the glamorous stuff aside we still have to sit and study. This is what a typical home school day looks like these days…
Seb, he’s trying to cram all his physics into his head. He has an exam in one month and his grades are almost, but not quite good enough. He will get there, I am proud he has got this far.
Toni, she’s got an exam in a month too. Toni is fortunate enough to know all her stuff, however she gets nervous on exam day and in the past that has let her down.
Sol has no exams coming up, she has twelve months to go before she has to worry about the high pressure things. Currently, Sol is doing a wide range of subjects and projects to give her a good overall knowledge base. She loves art and draws every day.
And while the children work I am either sitting at the table with them or in close proximity. Do you remember in school, when the teacher would leave the room all the kids would get our their seats and run about? Well, it’s no different at home school, I have to stay near otherwise we have a similar scenario.
The time while the children are studying allows me time to bake and cook.
Today I made more tiger bread (recipe posted previously), they devour the home baked bread and it’s a tasty reward for working hard.
When I am not baking, I sometimes blog or catch up on reading other blogs. However, I try not to be on the internet when there is studying happening, I don’t like to put the children off if they feel they are missing out on things. You know how kids nowadays live their lives online, plus I like them to see that their is life beyond Facebook.
I often crochet when the children are studying, it’s a quiet non-distracting hobby for when they need to concentrate. I am currently making a few baby blankets, they are going to go to Malawi if I can get enough put together. I’ve five made so far, these are this week’s contributions.
So, that pretty much sums up my at home school days. I love being with my children, if I could live my life over, I would not change a thing with regard to spending my days with them. I feel blessed to have their company every day, I can see the children are blossoming into wonderful worthwhile people and will do us proud.
*** I have to add to this post as today is Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge day and the topic was coincidentally covered by this post. *** This post is so perfect I didn’t really want to go looking for more photos or even post these twice. So here we are – my Entry to CFFC.