Chai Chat!...............with Raising a Daisy
When and why did you decide to Home Educate?
I stumbled across home education in November 2012 as I found out my friends who where teachers were not sending their own children to school. I then began researching home education and was amazed at how large my local home ed community was. The "Daisy" was due to start school the following September and after further research I decided not to send her.
What kind of approach do you take?
Our approach varies, we certainly don't fit into a category. We do what works for us as a family and combining the Daisy's weekly commitments and passions.
Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other?
She is an only child so no siblings for distraction. She learns wherever we are. There's no desk/classroom setting in our home.
What is your favourite thing about Home Education?
Freedom. Freedom to learn what subjects she chooses, freedom to work on her own interests. Living in the real world and absorbing all that's available around her.
What subjects do you teach and do you stick to a timetable?
No timetable other than many extra curricular classes. She attends 5 dance classes a week plus yoga, drama and Brownies. We do use a math tutor. We fit it all in, it's more a diary than a time table. I like to incorporate English, science and math into her daily life.
What do you find most difficult and why?
Having the time to do everything. I believe all parents feel that guilt regardless of how we choose to educate our children.
How do you react to people asking about socialisation, do your children easily socialise and work well with others?
She's a very confident child, is incredibly social. As a child I had no self confidence and I didn't want the Daisy to be that way, from the very beginning I encouraged her to experience many activities and settings so that she wasn't the shy child I once was.
Have family supported your decision?
My Mum thought I was bonkers initially. My late Father 110% supported and understood from the beginning. My mum has since come round and supports me.
How do you incorporate Physical Education into your Home Ed days?
As I stated above the Daisy has 6 hours of dance class per week alone. We also walk a lot as a family we are lucky to live in the countryside and enjoy the outdoors.
Do you plan and how far in advance?
We have a rough monthly plan in where we would like to go. We draw it up together.
What's a typical Home Ed day like?
Morning- Math, science and English followed by reading. In the afternoon we venture out to local national trust properties to meet friends or museums. Most of her evenings are full of classes.
Do you spend a lot of money on resources?
No, the most I pay a regular amount for is petrol and national trust membership.
How do you make time for yourself?
She goes to bed at 8 😉
What advice would you give to someone just starting their Home Ed journey?
Don't sweat the small stuff. We ALL have wobbles, if you were 100% confident all the time I'd question what's going on. Don't try and fit into a category you chose not to do school for a reason. Home education can be as expensive or as reasonable as you make it. Don't compare yourself to other home ed families (social media shows the good stuff). Like anything it's not all sunshine and rainbows, yes sometimes I contemplate school but only for a second. School isn't for our family, some days I inhale a lot of coffee instead 😊