Parents don't choose to educate their kids
because of laziness nor do they make the decision to do so lightly. We didn't choose it because we thought it would be easier or for selfish, yachtie reasons. It's hard work.
I don't follow a set course like Calvert. Instead I consult the national curriculum in Australia
to see if I'm on track, although I do find it sadly lacking. As a home educating parent I'm lucky that I have the flexibility to adjust, add or expand on it, at schools teachers do not have this luxury. What if your child really gets into a subject? In Australia
today all students are supposed to be doing the same thing at the same time. Too bad if you are ahead/behind/want to know more/not interested.
Our daughters get to experience life as they should at their age, not sat in a room with children
only in their age group, a ridiculous concept
that has me guffawing every time someone asks the inevitable 'socialisation' questions.
Ironically the most common argument posed to me since starting this journey, is what about high school
maths? I say, what about it? I completed high school
, I know how to research
both on the internet
and at a library. I spent 12 years at school. If what I learnt, I am incapable of passing on to my children
, then what was the point? Anything I don't know we research
together. My girls are learning
how to learn, not just how to recite facts or take (useless) tests. A great deal of what they are learning
is in real life situations too, not just text books
and the odd school camp or excursion, which when I was at school was an excuse for a lazy day.
I'm required by law to report annually on my children's progress. So far so good. As soon as it isn't working, you can bet we will make changes. In the meantime, if you are looking for inspiration or have any questions, check out my website www.homeschoolahoy.com
. I am also on Facebook (there's a link on the website) and I'm happy to share our experiences with anyone starting out.