Starting ‘School’

August 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm 2 comments

Monkey is now at that slightly awkward age where most of his peer group are starting school next month.  We’ve always explained to him that most people go to school but that hasn’t stopped him being curious about the whole thing.  A week or so ago we were talking about it in the car and I suggested that we could start ‘home-schooling’ if he thought that might be a good idea.  He agreed, so last week we shuffled some furniture & made him a ‘school-space’.  So far it mostly consists of a cupboard with a small bit of floor space for us to store educational toys.  We are debating the merits of Spielgaben (positive – good range of resource & help-notes, negative – likely to be more expensive than we might prefer).  In the meantime we’ve put in some counting blocks and a few other bits & bobs.  We bought them last year then put them away in a box as I’d planned to use them for the playgroup idea I had which never happened.

The only thing I am trying to bear in mind is that in the original conversation Monkey said he wanted school to be about ‘vehicles’.  I’ll need to clear some more space in his ‘school’ room and hopefully put some sort of table/chair arrangement in for him, and then make up some themed worksheets.  Time to start trawling through Pinterest I think…

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Entry filed under: Child Care, Home Education.

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  • 1. RossMountney  |  August 6, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Just wanted to say that just because your child is coming of school age it doesn’t mean that you need to change your approach to his learning by doing school style things! I bet you’ve taught him so much just by being with him and observing the world together, discovering and discussing it. And this is exactly how it could continue and how home educating works so brilliantly! All the best. x

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  • 2. thecreativetoe  |  August 6, 2013 at 11:51 am

    True, and I don’t intend to make too many adjustments to what we do. I’m mostly incorporating his changing requirements into our regular routine (however vague that usually is). We try to support his freedom to make choices as much as we can, and provide whatever he might need in the way of room to investigate his interests.

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