When and why did you decide to Home Educate?I decided to start homeschooling my children 13 years ago. I wanted a Christian education for my children and I noticed the struggles my special needs child who also had no immune system at the time was having in the public school system.
What kind of approach do you take? We now take a Charlotte Mason / Eclectic approach with the kids. Tailoring their education to how each of them learns best.
Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other? The children work at the dining room table or the couches. They do occasionally distract each other, but with mom supervising it doesn't cause many issues.
What is your favorite thing about Home Education? That I can tailor the education to each of the children and the way that they learn best and then watch them love to learn.
What subjects do you teach and do you stick to a timetable? With the younger kids, I teach all the subjects except math. With the older kids, I teach history, geography, Bible, and science.
What do you find most difficult and why? English, because it is a subject I understand well and my brain doesn't do well with explaining how to help other people understand it. I also struggle to find a good and complete curriculum to teach the children English.
How do you react to people asking about socialization, do your children easily socialize and work well with others? I tell them I want my children to be able to socialize well with everyone, not just other children. My children have amazing and meaningful conversations with other adults and children. I want them to be people I want to be around, not the type of children I cannot wait to send off to school after a break.
Have family supported your decision? Yes, my family has been mostly supportive of our decision. At the beginning, they worried about them being able to go to college but now they have realized they have even more opportunities than public schooled children.
How do you incorporate Physical Education into your Home Ed days? We play outside very frequently, ride bikes, hike nature trails, and attend multiple open homeschool gym classes at local facilities.
Do you plan and how far in advance? I "tentatively" plan. I plan out our homeschool for the entire year (we homeschool year round) I keep our year flexible and allow for things to come up because they always do. With the fact that we homeschool year round, if we have to take days or weeks off it isn't a big deal and we still get all of our schedule completed without any issues.
What's a typical Home Ed day like? Start group classes with our younger 2 children while the older 3 boys are working on their independent studies. We usually work on our group classes from 9-10:30 then I guide those younger 2 boys in their independent classes and supervise the 4 other daycare kids until 12:00, which is lunch time.All the daycare kids go down for a nap around 1:00 and that is usually when lunch is finished being cleaned up. So I start on group classes with the older 3 boys. We work on our group classes until around 2:30/3:00 depending if we have a science experiment or mapping projects in geography to do. Then we are all done for the day, except for Fridays. On Fridays, I go through each of the kid's planners and independent work to make sure they have done what they are supposed to and are understanding their studies. We have any discussions we need to have and they really get some good 1-on-1 time with mom to go over everything.
Do you spend a lot of money on resources? With 6 Children I don't think we spend too much on resources at all. We take money out of our tax returns every year for our homeschool curriculum and supplies. I have a certain amount I plan on spending and strictly stick to that budget. Our budget covers our curriculum, supplies, and misc purchases. At the back to school sales every year I purchase all of our misc supplies like paper, crayons, markers, pencils, scissors, folders, binders, etc it saves a TON of money. For Christmas every year for the kids we purchase a couple different memberships to local places we can use throughout the year. Now we use a local homeschool co-op that covers all the extracurricular classes for the kids. So now they can take any sport or online class for free!!
How do you make time for yourself? I make time for myself in quite a few different ways. My husband and I now plan a date night out every week, I have a couple girls nights every couple weeks, I participate in a homeschool moms group every month, and we are strict on kids heading to bed decently (even the older ones) so we can have time without kids every evening.
What advice would you give to someone just starting their Home Ed journey? In the beginning, I worried about getting every single class done every single day. I thought if they didn't I was a bad teacher/parent. Now I realized that isn't the case. Some days things don't' go as planned, mom is exhausted, or we are bust with appointments and things do not get done like I would have imagined/liked/etc. It isn't as big of a deal as I used to think it was. Relax it can be done later or not and will not affect the children like you think it will.
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and why did you decide to Home Educate? The
decision to Home-educate was not a simple one for us. In truth, I had never really
considered homeschooling as an option for my family. However, as my eldest son
got nearer to the school-starting age, and as I learnt more about who he was
and his own beautiful personality, I realised that traditional schooling would
not be the best option for him. So we decided to “take the plunge” and withdraw
his application for primary school and home-educate him. I know from the bottom
of my heart that this was the right decision for him. In fact, he thrived and
has done so well at home that we decided to homeschool his younger sibling too! What
kind of approach do you take? We
are trying to follow a Charlotte Mason approach, but as many of you readers will realise, learning new education philosophies takes time…time that most
home educators do not have! As such, I am trying to educate myself on Miss
Mason’s approach and implement what I learn as I go …
Welcome to my blog! I'm Nicola! I home educate my children DD14, DS11, DS9, DS6 & DD3.
I wrote this guide a few years ago after many families began home educating and asking me many questions. I then set up this blog in January 2017 followed by my Instagram page theworldistheirclassroom
Firstly, just a quick note on how to get around my blog. The PC version is slightly different to the mobile version but they both have an icon of three small lines in the top left hand corner of the Home Page. (On the PC version this may be clicked automatically and therefore, show a side panel.) But if you click this, you should be able to easily find older posts in the archive as well as some labels which I have tagged onto posts in order to group similar ones together. There is a search bar at the top of the Home Page screen to quickly search for a particular word. Hope this makes it easier to find what you're looking for.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to try out some fun Arabic learning games in our Home Ed classroom!
Are your children interested in learning a new Language? or are you looking for something new for the kiddies this Ramadan and Eid? Why not check out these great games?!
They are from the online shop Daradam who are the creators of top quality educational resources for parents and teachers. Their inspiration has been taken from the richness of Arab Art, Architecture and Craftsmanship, aiming to instil a passion for the Arab heritage and culture in the hearts of young children around the globe.
My children have been learning Arabic since they were very young. We use various books, flashcards and online one to one lessons with native Arabic speakers. When we received this parcel of Arabic goodies in the post they couldn't wait to try them out. Our Arabic lesson became a lovely evening of family fun around the kitchen table, putting the fun back into learning!