(*DISCLAIMER: Please note – this is my personal opinion only, some of it may be incorrect and it is what has worked for us, please check into whether the material is accurate for your area/situation and always check with authorities and others in your community as to the accuracy for you)
|Lunch with the locals - Hello "Dot" (If he sat|
down she shared his meal, so most were taken
standing) Camping and travelling
around Kangaroo Island
There are many groups that will offer them other support including Facebook, HEN and the HEA and there is also a magazine called Otherways which can be helpful.
|Studying Gemmology and identifying gemstones|
learners ask them, or to try to help learners understand better when they ask for that help.”
― John Holt, How Children Fail
|On Campfest with around 60 home school |
children and their parents
|Gardening, Helping Out, Permaculture, |
Building Rock Walls.Having Fun!
|Learning about reptiles first hand. Yes, it's alive!|
I have recently had the privilege of teaching some of the children on a casual basis in gemmology at the village school.
I also teach in private schools and I am amazed that the children at the village school - even the little six year olds (that have not really been taught anything by the school) are so clever. I have found that the children at the village school are bright, they are present, they are attentive, they are interested and they have been taught how to think about the question that is being asked rather than what is just perceived as the correct answer.
I guess the thing to keep in mind with homeschooling is that it is changeable and you're not locked in and if at any given point it does not work for you you can always go back to school.
I hope some of this assists with your journey and your decisions.
You will encounter many new options along your way, you will most likely lose your way, hopefully you will easily find it again, you may lose your "mojo" (we've usually found this happens around August /September each year) but hang in there and it will all come together again. You will encounter the "socialisation" question - sometimes on a daily basis, you will have people telling you "ohhhh, isn't she clever, I've never known a child her age to be able to do percentages" when they overhear your child stating mathematics - percentages and fractions in departments stores with 35% off sales and in the same breath they may ask you "aren't you worried about their learning, how do you know she is up to speed with her peers".
You will most likely have the "in the zone days" sometimes in the same day as the "tear your hair out days"
But if you have made this decision to home school, you may reach out to the HS community and discover all manner of interesting new friends, you will hang in there, you will be dedicated to the best for your child and your family and you will blossom and flourish and best of all, you get to be part of it, you get to share the adventures, the discoveries and you get to spend time with these amazing little people that are intrinsically part of your life.
|Geology and rock formations|
|Re-enacted Courtroom day with the Melbourne Gaol Program|
|Rare Chook Breeding Day |
with the lovely Julie from www.countrychooks.com
|Trees Adventures Challenge Course. |
Yes as Home Schoolers, even the parents get to join in.