Saturday, 30 July 2016

Important life skills

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Baking is always fun, but knowing that spatulas make bowl licking more productive is useful information.

How quickly can you you untie yourselves? I remember Caitlin Moran talking about one of the games her home ed siblings used to play when they were younger involved throwing mud at the house. That sounds great to me. One friend has kids whose favourite game was sliding down the stairs in a suitcase. Mine enjoyed that at their house. But mostly, they just tied each other up. The four older ones did it all the time, to chairs, to each other, often timing themselves until they managed to undo the ropes, scarve, karate belts, etc. It must be a genetic thing, because the Babe has decided she likes being tied up too. This time in my pilates band. And yes, she can get herself undone. I reckon that is a useful life skill.

Tie Dying. Always. Every Summer.  It makes us human.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Learning Loss - apparently this is a bad thing, so I hope you all remember the Quadratic Equation.

So I was listening to Mariella Frostrup on Radio 4 this morning talking about the summer holidays and learning loss. Is that really a thing?  Because it seems to me that if you forget stuff in only 6 weeks of holidays then either you were not taught very well, or you have no reason to use the information they are providing you with at school.

I would like to hear about all the great things kids can learn in the holidays. Like how to regulate their own bodies, and how high to climb a tree, and about their friends' and neighbours' trips to other places, and how quickly you have to eat an ice lolly on a hot day.

But apparently, parents are being told to basically home school their kids in the summer in order to prevent learning loss. Well, why don't they just do away with the school anyway?!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Home Education is... 3


Harlequin ladybirds are apparently taking over the world. We have been fortunate enough to see some 7 spot ladybirds this year, which we know because of this site, but Harlequins are often seen by us in large numbers and create a lot of wonder in children.

We'd had a fun time at the skate park - as you do when you're 6 - and on the way back to the bus stop there are these barriers which the Babe likes to climb on. Today they were populated by many, many ladybirds and larvae. We took some time to count them - all 27 - and climb over them and just talk ladybird talk. And sing this. Home ed means we often have time to stop and explore like this.