School education is not for everybody, for a variety of reasons. I belong to one of the biggest groups of HE's on the Island and we a planning all sorts of shenanigans for this summer! Here are 5 reasons why life is good.
1. Planning education that is relevant to your child.
Our younger son loves science, storytelling, drama and doing things in groups. Our older one really didn't like large group work, so we did things differently for him.
2. Whole family involvement.
Partners, grandparents, older kids, younger ones and friends, everyone has valuable input into a child's education. In particular, behaviour seems to be very different in home ed kids, in a positive way. Home ed teens talk to adults in a way that school teens often don't - and the teens often have much to teach the younger ones.
3. Making strong friendships that last, without the fear of bullying.
'Do your children socialise?' is a question that is often asked of home edders. The answer is -usually, their social life is better that ours! Home ed kids are incredibly social and get together to engage in all sorts of activities from formal lessons to baking to sports to nature walks to bike riding to beach picnics to poetry sessions to maths GCSEs...and yes, they do GCSE qualifications.
4. Enjoying the activities that your child does.
I learnt so much about Physics when my older son took the GCSE! And together, we have done so much fun stuff with our kids while they learn. Pi day (maths), home ed film (film making and editing), pottery, cardboard boat making (design), Christmas parties (dancing and cooking)...the list goes on.
5. Reaping the rewards of doing a great job of educating.
Our older son is now completing his second year of college, on target to gain the equivalent of 3 A levels. Not bad for a kid who came out of school at 10 because they didn't meet his additional needs. He also beat the average GCSE grades for the children in his school year at our local high school, and went to college a year early at 15. All this is possible if you have the right attitude, plunge yourself into the delights of HE and have a child who has the *motivation to do well.
If you are planning on taking your child out of school, there is lots of help out there. Google 'home education' and your local area and you might be lucky enough to find a group near you. Your local education authority may well be helpful too - ours is.
*a word on motivation - if your child has been in school, they may lack motivation to start with. They might need a period of 'de-schooling'. Each child is different, but there is a lot of useful information out there to read up on. HERE is an example.
And HERE is an example of a great HE blog, thanks Ross.