Home schooling has
progressively looked like a more attractive option for our family for a number
of reasons. I think partly its
financial as the boys school has now brought in fines if you take your children
out of school to go on holiday, but for us that is the most affordable
time. Schools are getting stricter and
stricter regarding absence and I think I would prefer the freedom of picking
and choosing when we do things, I would like to think we have some element of
autonomy as a family and its not all dictated to us. It’s very restrictive trying to slot everything in with only a
couple of hours of an evening and the weekend.
If you could plan the day yourself you could choose to visit attractions
in the week when they are quieter and then continue the learning schedule
throughout the weekend.
obviously working for the government officials as apparently 500,000 fewer
school days were missed according to this article
in the Telegraph but many families cannot afford to take their children on
holiday in the peak summer holidays. I
think holidays enrich our lives, experiencing new things and immersing in a
different culture. We do some top up
learning at home so I think if you already take an active interest in your
child’s life you should have some degree of flexibility to book a few days off
here and there as long as its well managed and not excessive. When my boys move onto secondary education I
might not be quite as helpful as I am now, but I could always hire a private
tutor such as Fleet Tutors for additional support to
ensure they keep up with their peers.
It would be a small price to pay not to be governed by the rules of a
school and getting a chance to juggle life to our own needs, not feeling the boys are confined to a classroom.
A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Oct 20, 2015 at 5:59am PDT
top of the issues with holidays and fines there has been a lot of bad press
lately about children
lacking basic skills when finishing school. If you home school you can structure the day to cover what is
needed. Teaching your children one to
one or in a small group if you have a few more children is bound to be more
intensive and focused than being one pupil lost in a class of 30! You can make sure nothing is missed and that
there standard of literacy and numeracy is acceptable. There are lots of free resources available
online so the task of guiding your children on there learning journey need not
be stressful! You can do a burst of
learning then head outdoors and see what the world has to offer, you can mould
the day around their interests and find out what really appeals to them.
am torn though as I do think school gives them a chance to socialise with
friends on a regular basis, although sometimes you wonder when they pick up a
choice selection of swear words whether that was an entirely useful experiencel!!!