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Aefes Home Education Festival

This looks really interesting! Their internet link didn’t work, but i found them on Facebook.


Home-schooled children have a stronger link to their parents

Posted by viola woolcott

It is undeniable but home schooled children generally have a stronger link to their parents. Childrens’ manners and their outlook on life change a great deal when they are sent to school. No wonder. They are brought up and ‘shaped’ by

  1. A system designed to keep everyone at the same level at a certain age.
  2. Teachers who are perfect strangers with potentially differing views to your familys (who knows what they are filling our childrens heads with) and could potentially bring their problems with them to work and take it out on the kids. Of course this does not include the genuine, lovely teachers out there who do do a good job…
  3. Copious amounts of kids they are forced to associate with from all different kinds of backgrounds

Basically, you have to trust a total stranger, a person you have never seen before and will never be on a first name basis with to bring up your precious child and ‘prepare’ them for the real world.  Why would you want to do that? You will tell your child to be good for mummy/daddy and listen to their teacher and do exactly as they say or they will get in to trouble.

Let’s face it. Most children don’t want to go to school, and that isn’t because they are naughty, or want to push your buttons and argue. They have a natural instinct. They KNOW what is good for them. They KNOW what they want. And the last thing they want is to be told and sit down for most of the day and shut up. If they don’t, they get labelled as hyperactive, disruptive, unable to focus etc and may soon end up on some medication, especially in teh USA.

Any child that is home educated in a loving and supportive surrounding will be in a better, greater position in life to form a healthier and positive self image. Same goes for kids who go to school as well to be fair. It shocks me how some parents talk about and to their kids – I witnessed it enough myself when my 5 kids went to school –  these are the ones who are more likely to suffer when they get older –  look around and if you haven’t already noticed, see how many grown ups lack self-image and self-confidence. These are irreplaceable advantages home-schooled children grow up with when they mature into adulthood.

Home-education can definately help and support children to be more positive as well as think and ‘act’ more independent. They grow into a greater decisive thinker. Going to school, these traits aren’t emphasized as there is never enough time. Lets face it, an hour in school is 45 minutes long. And that hour has to be shared by 25-30 children. And not all of them want to learn. A lot don’t understand or lack interest in the subject. So how can they learn anyway? Teachers only teach what is mandatory by law. Sounds like robots working a conveyor belt to me!

Every one of us has their own area of strength as well as challenges. Home-education is the perfect setting to address each of them. Homeschooling is without a doubt a far more customized way for your childs education. Not that there aren’t those who thrive in a school setting, but if they don’t and are unhappy take them out of school!

Lets see. A homeschooled child that is weak in a certain subject will get the opportunity to receive one-2-one attention in the subject and it will allow the child to excel in the subject and move forward. The child can develop further and has the opportunity to grow in a supportive and healthy atmosphere. So, I would say that the child has the chance to develop educational skills redargless of it’s strength and weaknesses. The child is supported in a safe as well as a loving setting.

My 10 year old grandaughter Inky is home-educated, and so will her brother Bri (2) be when he reaches ‘official’ school age – and I can only say that I support my daughter Ina the whole way. I can see the creativity, the fun, teh excitement and the purposeful meaning in all they do. Thing is, you learn about your childs or grandchilds strengths. You learn about their weaknesses. You can support them. For example Inky is really into gymnastics, trampolining, swimming, horseriding, art, reading, history, science, sleepovers, watching movies/series and playdates. She also LOVES being outdoors. She gets to do plenty of all of this. We don’t stop her. We support her. Explain and stimulate the young mind by making it all fun. Makes me think of Mary Poppins – ‘In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun, find that fun, and snap the jobs a game, til every task we undertake, becomes a piece of cake, a lark, a spree, its very clear to see…. ‘ Home-schoolers have a greater interest in learning. They don’t have to compete. You can teach anywhere. It doesn’t matter where, what time, how long. The world is your oyster and teaching is your playground.

TIME IS PRECIOUS VERY compelling reading

Benefits of Home Schooling

Guiding your child in nature studies

Schedule regular time outdoors, if possible on a daily basis.  Encourage your child(ren) to investigate anything and everything. Take along some bird/tree/insect/flower/plant/tree guides. This will instill a love for nature, for the ‘great outdoors’ and exploration.  We kinda live by the motto, a day isn’t a proper day without getting outdoors for a bit. No matter what the weather unless its torrentially raining or stormy.

Encourage children to work things out for themselves before providing an answer or your child expecting you to do all the work. Encourage them to ask questions – why does it rain? How do trees grow? Why does the sun shine? Why are there different seasons? etc. Again, don’t rush to provide all the answers. See what they come up with first.

Also, when answering questions, don’t just use a textbook – make the answer a living answer. Give direction, encouragement and sympathy. Help with experiments.

Science should be taught through a combination of nature study, lab work, and living books, using random and structured studies. The best way to teach science is a combination of field or lab work together with appropriate literary comments and any expansions on the subject necessary. Don’t inundate your child with heaps of scientific terms too soon. This may intimidate them and take the fun out of studying. Keep things simple and on par with their learning ability.

Looking at random scientific information is not the same as learning careful observation and understanding. We may only ever cover a minuscule amount of the broad spectre of Science, but the mind set and attitude we get from our own work will give an understanding at least of what is being done elsewhere.

Never display your own fear or distaste of something that interests your child. If they see that the things which interest them are of no importance to you or digust you, the fun will go out of this area of nature study for them forever.

Share your child’s awe and admiration for their nature discoveries. A secret of the educator is to present nothing as stale knowledge, but to put themselves in the shoes of the child, and wonder and admire with them.

Continue to learn about science and nature yourself, in order for you to give your child information when desired. Not only will reading a nature book educate you, but you will also be able to read relevant bits to your child with regards to matters they have already come across. You may also be able to answer questions and lead their observation.

All In One Curriculums

There are many different styles of home education. From un-schooling, to child led learning to following the curriculum at home. You can be as structure/un-structured and anywhere in between as you like. Whatever makes the kids and you happy 🙂

Fortunately in the UK we do not have to follow the curriculum, but if you are wanting to follow the curriculum, special materials may be required to focus on certain subjects. These materials are often composed of workbooks, sometimes with textbooks, and instructions/guide. A lot of specialised subjects are only available in this form. For maths and primary reading special materials are frequently used. We often buy those Maths books you get in places like WH Smith.  However, we do not follow the curriculum or adhere to a strict time table. Inky has Science lessons in a small home ed group, history sessions at another home ed family’s home, maths at another. On top of that horse riding, trampolining, home ed swim sessions, plenty of time for reading at least 2-3 books a week (one of her fave past times!), drawing (another fave past time!), writing stories,  projects we work on sprinkled with the odd documentary, home ed field trips to museums etc  and a busy happy social life makes for a busy fun ‘education’…. She is currently 10, and will be doing some GCSEs when the time comes.

All in one curriculum’s are comprehensive packages which cover many subjects, often for an entire year. Books and materials, as well as paper to write on and pencils/pens are generally included and help recreate a public school environment in the home. Typically they are based on public school curriculum’s with the same subject area expectations. If going to school for teh first time or back to school after some time out, this is meant to help make the transition easier. This is also known as ‘school in a box’, and was actually designed for families who live abroad or in isolated locations and are unable to access a public school, shops or library and don’t wish to go the home ed route. Although not cheap (this is one of the most expensive ways to home school) it is pretty simple to use and requires hardly any preparation. The instructions are usually lengthy and step-by-step. Standardised tests and remote exams may be included to go toward accredited privately-run school diplomas.

There are also student-paced packages available. These are similar to the all in one (school in a box) packages, but the difference being they are adapted to the students pace of learning. The workbooks are often called ‘paces’ (as they allow children to develop at their own pace…). Students are able to understand one concept before moving onto the next rather than going at the teachers or other students pace.

By choosing and using the right materials and the right curriculum for your child, you will all find home schooling a rewarding experience.

I found this American website where you can apply for funding toward curriculum boxes: Home School Foundation


I found this one for the UK Structured Home Learning. Looks pretty pricey! As far as I’m aware there is no funding available in teh UK toward home ed. If anyone know otherwise please say so in comments below 🙂