Friday, 2 September 2016

Home schooling in a school-centred family.

Although we are now a seasoned homeschooling family (my youngest is now entering the final year of the primary phase) we are a very school-centred family due to dh working in a school.  We follow the school year quite closely (homeschool holidays tend to be a little bit longer than school holidays though) and when dh is at home we don't get involved with homeschool events and meetings. Consequently August isn't a very homeschooly month for us.  I think a lot still gets learnt though - books are read, role play games are invented and resourced, musical instruments are played, television is watched (dd1 is now our resident Olympics expert), cakes are baked, DIY is helped with, the wonderful stories of older relatives are listened to, shells are found, friends are played with, beaches are explored, historic sites are visited, neglected science kits are completed, toys are played with, new places are explored, museums are visited and much, much more.



There has been a lot of arranging ...

and re-arranging of the Playmobil.

Dd1 made these vegan Viennese biscuits to give to a relative.

Left over chocolate did not go to waste.

This kit had been waiting around for a while and finally had its day ...

and the crystals are still growing over a week later.


Shells at Hythe beach.

Hythe beach.

Stonehenge.

The stones.

Dartmoor.

Dartmoor.

Plymouth museum.


Plymouth museum.


Plymouth museum.


Amazingly, this 'statue' is made of ...

plaster!  It's very light and fragile, despite its appearances.

Fishing for plastic ducks at Saltram, Plymouth.

Saltram, Plymouth.

Saltram, Plymouth.


Hmm ...

That's better.  Kind of.

The Barbican, Plymouth.

Bodmin Jail - we were wedding guests, not inmates.

I was surprised at how many holding cells there were at the jail.

The adults loved the sweet cart at the wedding as much as the children did.

Dd1 baked something every week - this one is a blackcurrant swirl cake - delicious.
Having started back to slightly more formal studies yesterday (we ease ourselves in gently by starting just a few bits and pieces, normally on a Thursday so that the weekend is in sight) I am yet again relieved to find that having 6 or 7 weeks off doesn't seem to do any academic damage.  I'm looking forward to telling you about mysteryscience.com later this month which is already proving to be a hit with dd2.