Nick had his 8 week check and first jabs. I felt bad for him and he is very unhappy, had 2 jabs in one leg due to his cast 😦 I declined the rotavirus, I was lucky that they didn’t even question my decision. I decided that given that it is a live vaccine for a stomach bug we wouldn’t be having it for two reasons. 1) A live vaccine would bring the bug into our home. Something that my family could do without. Especially as we use cloth bums! would be a nightmare!
2) PROTECTION AGAINST A STOMACH BUG? REALLY? I know how to treat and care for tummy bugs, I know how to prevent dehydration, I had 2 other children before this vaccine was invented and both got over tummy bugs pretty well….. not something that really needs to be vaccinated against imo.
We were able to visit stockwood park and see their alien invasion exhibition. Alana and Josh both completed the activity sheets. On return home Alana and Grandad made pate then Alana was able to write down step by step instructions detailing what they did. Both Alana and Josh also used water colours to paint their own aliens and label their parts.
I received a message regarding head teachers comments on another childs school report, clearly making digs at home education stating the importance of learning in the classroom and relationships with children. Its a pity that at that school “relationships with other children” clearly includes getting beaten up while teachers stand around and do nothing.
It got me wondering if I would get Joshs report, or if the head would make any comments on it if I do…… I wonder what if anything I would say or do? what do I hope to gain from pushing my complaints?
I know that I do not want other children suffering the way Josh did, but he is already happier and more confident sooooo…… isn’t that my priority?
I wonder if there was some way I could promote home education. It seems so many parents think about it but lack the legal knowledge or the confidence to take that step. I think I will compile a list of 10 things about home ed I wish I had learnt sooner…… hmmmmmm…..
1) Legally children DO NOT have to attend school. They do have to receive full time education that meets their age/ability/needs.
2) You DONT HAVE TO follow curriculum, children learn better when they are leading the learning around what interests them.
3) You DONT HAVE TO follow a strict lesson / term time. Learning opportunities come up all hours of the day and night!
4) Taking time out to deschool is fine, and in many cases recommended. School can be traumatic for children, it can take time to recover from that and to rediscover a natural curiosity and love of learning.
5) You owe the school and local authority nothing immediately, you don’t haveto explain yourself to the school and its fine to tell the local authority that you plan to deschool for x amount of months before putting any sort of plan in place.
6) There is no reason for any social services involvement, you are doing nothing wrong.
7) You don’t need to be a qualified teacher or know it all…… we are parents, we are supporting our childs learning from the day they are born. There is no one better qualified to act with our childs best interests at heart……and anything we don’t already know we can learn with our children. Thisis actually brilliant, my children get to see me enjoying learning as well!! There is a huge range of resources available for any given topic!
8) Children don’t need school to socialise! Its simple! there are clubs, friends, other home educators etc….. home education support groups organise get togethers, trips and workshops.
9) Trips , days out at low rates…. merlin attractions have a lower rate for home educators and you don’t have to tackle big long queues for rides…. oh and low rate term time holidays!!
10) Exams are not legally compulsory…. and if you and your children do want to go down the exam route there is no set legal that they must sit them by! You can apply to colleges etc, maybe have to pay a fee for the exam but it is perfectly do-able.