Chai Chat with..............Fun with the Salmons

When and why did you decide to Home Educate?

My husband I decided to home educate for two reasons: First, we discovered, and did loads of research on unschooling, or life learning, and it made a lot of sense to us. Second, my son (6 ½) was diagnosed with ADHD in May 2017, so that was kind of the deciding factor. He learns much better with one on one attention, and the ability to move as he chooses. With me being a stay at home mom, it was kind of a no-brainer!

What kind of approach do you take?

We are unschoolers, and have a very unstructured approach to learning. Every moment of our day is an opportunity for learning 😊

Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other?

The only real structured learning my son does, is practice hand writing, and that is for 15 minutes tops, once a day (he writes at other times, but this is the only structured time I “make” him do it) My daughter is usually either napping, or I read her a book quietly, so there is rarely a distraction for him.

What is your favourite thing about Home Education?

I think my favorite thing about home education is our ability to mold our kids learning to the way that they learn best. But coming in a close second is the ability to have a flexible schedule every day, and not have to worry about my kids missing school.

What subjects do you teach and do you stick to a timetable?

The only true subject I teach is hand writing, but my son is really into geography and telling time currently, and we are constantly answering questions, and talking about those two subjects!

What do you find most difficult and why?

The thing I find most difficult is dealing with friends and loved ones questioning our decision to pull our son out of public school.

How do you react to people asking about socialisation, do your children easily socialise and work well with others?

If someone asks how our kids socialize, I just tell them that they socialize with each other, and all the other people we encounter every day, wherever we go. We are also a part of a local homeschool group, and we get together twice a week. They easily socialize with all ages!

Have family supported your decision?

Our family doesn’t understand our decision to educate at home, but for the most part, they support it. I do have one family member that was a public school educator all of his working years, and he does not support it, but we just do not talk about it when we see him.

How do you incorporate Physical Education into your Home Ed days?

We play outside every day, and my son takes part in summer camp, and we cook and do laundry, etc., with our kids on a daily basis.

Do you plan and how  far in advance?

No, I do not plan what my kids will learn in advance.

What's a typical Home Ed day like?

We get up, eat breakfast, have a little playtime, my son does a bit of writing practice, we eat lunch, take my husband to work (he works nights), we play outside (or some sort of indoor outing), have some more playtime, or some special screen time, then dinner, more playtime, then bedtime. This is a general schedule, that is what happens most days, because it is just how we naturally flow through our day. But it is not strict, and we mainly just live life as it comes!

Do you spend a lot of money on resources?

We do not spend a lot of money on resources. We purchase books and toys that interest our kids, and those help them learn, but we don’t purchase specific home schooling books, or curriculum.

How do you make time for yourself?

I spend the bulk of my time by myself and with my husband at night after the kids are in bed, but I do outings by myself occasionally, and family will watch our kids so my husband and I can have a date sometimes as well.

What advice would you give to someone just starting their Home Ed journey?

Well, as I am still a bit new to home education, I don’t have much advice, but the one thing I can say to anyone starting is to not compare your child, or your journey to anyone else’s, since every family is different, and every child is different 😊

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