Chai Chat!............with omzhomeschoolingjourney
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When and why did you decide to Home Educate?
When and why did you decide to Home Educate?
I had this planned when my son was born. I wanted my son to learn English as a native English speaker because we live in Turkey. I also believe home education is a chance to spend quality time with your child. And all this being in English language has taught him English and we spend the most amazing and priceless time together, building a strong mother and child relationship.
I would also like to mention what initially influenced me. A few weeks into my marriage, I met somebody very special. I wish she had a chance to tell you her experiences in home schooling. She had moved to Istanbul from the USA when her son was 3 years old, she started home schooling him and sent him to a French school so he could socialise and learn a new language. The child was incredibly talented, he was great at chess, horse riding, got amazing home schooling results nationwide and on top of all this, he was a pianist. He was lucky to have a mother who encouraged him to do charity work, he gave concerts and the money collected was donated to children with cancer, he was 9years old when he did this, now he continues to do this in Brazil every year for charity. They’ve now moved back to the USA, where fortunately is appreciated.
What home education gave to this young man was unbelievable, the results were amazing.
I would love to give this to my child too.
What kind of approach do you take?
My son is very little, almost 3 in January.
I take many approaches, using the nature is one of them. I like Charlotte Mason’s approach and some montessori. But still looking into approaches that would suit him the most.
Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other?
I have one child. We play most of the time, he is currently not suitable for timetables. What you plan doesn’t necessarily go as planned.
What is your favourite thing about Home Education?
The quality time you spend with your child and most definitely knowing what you teach.
What subjects do you teach and do you stick to a timetable?
We do lots and lots of reading. We concentrate on English Language. I also make him read, he repeats after me. This, I believe improves his pronounciation and literacy.
We do lots of art, music, maths etc.
We also tell him about Allah and how much he’s loved by him. So a little R.E.
But timatables don’t suit us.
What do you find most difficult and why?
Terrible two is certainly my difficulty, lots of tantrums. And also, due to his age his attention span on a particular activity varies pretty much.
How do you react to people asking about socialisation, do your children easily socialise and work well with others?
We don’t get those types of questions just yet as he’s still too little. He’s great at socialising with his own peers and because I am a TEFL teacher, I have lots of private students and he gets to spend time with them outside lesson hours.
Have family supported your decision?
Family and friends have supported this and thought it was quite interesting as it is not common in Turkey.
How do you incorporate Physical Education into your Home Ed days?
Lots of dancing, nature walks and going to the park. We’ve registered ourselves to our local gym, so he’ll be swimming.
Do you plan and how far in advance?
I had planned for 3 months in advance, but planning at the moment isn’t suitable for us but most certainly a guide.
What's a typical Home Ed day like?
Waking up, lots of loving and caring. Questions asked on how well he slept, we get breakfast ready together, i read to him, then he reads. Tidying up, playing lego and counting. Saying the day and alphabet, learning new vocabulary, singing nursery ryhmes, drawing, painting, going to the park, (unfortunately there are no museums, libraries, educating centres) we have an open house, his friends and cousins come to play. Lots and lots of play.
Do you spend a lot of money on resources?
We are fortunate enough to be using lots of resources given by friends and students.
How do you make time for yourself?
In the evening when my husband comes and when he takes an afternoon nap (sleeps for 3hrs a day!!)
What advice would you give to someone just starting their Home Ed journey?
Home Education is different for every child and family. Every child is different therefore what suits somebody else doesn’t suit you. What you experience each day makes you more aware of what home ed is all about. It’s not easy, but it’s an amazing experience. Some days you want to give up but the results really are worth all the hard work.
I’m not a hundred percent home educator as the boy is still too small, but kick starting it will help me prepare him and myself for the future.