Parents like to share with us stories of the success they had with our methods with their kids. Here’s some of them:
Statement of the Educational Provision for X Bloggs
Maths continues to be a pet subject of X’s father, although he too is becoming more interested in Computers through X. X’s father talks to him about Maths in its various topics and we continue to show him how they apply to real life situations.
Measuring shop fronts, conducting surveys of people who use local shops and those using the town centre – where do they come from, why do they use the shops they do etc. Checking the angles of the buildings in various eras in history. This life skill experience is essential to all of us and X particularly needs to use money regularly and conduct purchases himself.
We have made a number of trips over the last year. These continue to provide excellent opportunities for learning about different communities and studying the geography of different areas – rock strata etc.
We have stayed with home educating families in Dundee, Scotland and out in the Country in Blairgowrie. Whilst in Dundee we visited the Sensations Centre and had a wonderful time exploring the senses. The visit to the Blairgowrie Home Educating friends provided yet another socialisation opportunity in the form of a Halloween non-fire party complete with self made costumes.
The visit to Dundee provided X with another friend with whom she communicates almost daily using e-mail and telephone.
Statement of the Educational Provision for E Rogers
Our decision to educate E otherwise than at school is one which was made over a long period of time. We made the decision while watching E becoming more and more unhappy at school. Normally a bright inquisitive child who is sociable to both other children and adults, E had stopped asking us questions. He had become more withdrawn at home and constantly complained of aches and pains. Upset tummies and diarrhoea became common. A sensitive child, E was often upset by discipline in the class that had no bearing on him at all. When our concerns about his welfare were dismissed by the school we began to look at alternatives.
E was initially kept at home with the knowledge of the LEA, on a temporary basis due to an incident at school. During this period it became obvious that home was where he needed to be and where he was able to concentrate. Working to a pace we set, but which we were able to gear to him individually.
Since the decision to educate at home was made and he was informed of what it would entail, E has settled down to working and has started asking questions again. His ailments have vanished and he is becoming even more sociable.
A parent's Statement
I have elected to educate my children at home as it is my belief that this is what is best for my children. By learning at home and in the community they will learn social skills relevant to a realistic cross section of society, not merely to a small group of people who are, by necessity, of the same age as themselves. They will have the opportunity to interact and socialise with people of all ages living in their community.
My decision also reflects my belief that the Religious Education supplied by schools is inadequate, in that my children are forced to learn about the ‘big 3’ religions but, on asking about pagan religions, my oldest son was told ‘We don’t teach any of that’. By teaching them at home I can ensure they are free to learn about whatever religious cultures they wish, be that orthodox Catholicism, Taoism, Buddhism, Voodoo, Dianic Wicca, native American or African Shamanism, or any other form of religious belief.
They will be free to learn at a pace suitable to their own age, ability and aptitude, rather than being forced to learn at the same rate as a class of up to 30 individual children, all of whom would be frustrated/bored at the enforced pace of learning. They will learn about things that are relevant to their own interests, ambitions and aspirations, rather than being force-fed a rigid national curriculum, which allows little or no flexibility.