Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011
I hope this is big enough to be readable. A friend posted it on her facebook wall and I knew I had to share here. Love it!
Edited to add: I don't know the original source as I copied it from facebook (Thanks V) and when i tracked it back to source no one was credited, but it was shared on the Radical Unschoolers' Network. :)
For Phoebe, the fact that her peers have started school is irrelevant. She is fortunate to be in a position where most of her friends are also home educated. She also is friends with children of varying ages, from ten down to three. So the importance of the moment escaped her, and that is as it should be for us really. I had kind of forgotten that this was the week until a good friend reminded me. I listened to her lovely plans for her sweet daughter, whose friends were going off to school, and the way she was going to make the week just as special so there would be no feeling of being left out. I thought it sounded so special (and it is) but failed to take into account the differences in our children's situations and temperaments. So on Monday when I spoke to Phoebe about it any mention at all of the words 'education' or 'special day/week' were met with a resounding "No!". But you know what, thats just fine and as it should be. We really don't need to mark what is a natural continuation of our life and learning experiences so far. Not when Phoebe is not even aware she is 'school age' or any different to the majority of her peers.
So we had a nice week, just as we always do, but I did have a moment, just a moment, of going "Wow! We are actually doing it!". Not because i didn't think we would, or think we could, but just because now, when we are asked, I will no longer be saying "We are planning on Home Educating." but actually "We are Home Educating.". And we are so proud and pleased with our decision. It is so right for our family.
I am going to post more soon about our thoughts on the subject, and what Home Ed looks like for us, but for now I thought I would post a list of some of the things we have got up to in this, our (arbitrary and far too young) official first week.
Building train tracks and playing games with them and the dolls house and lego people.
Jumping on the bed, singing and being a 'rock star' with a tennis raquet.
Phoebe read books to Ezra on the sofa - Topsy and Tim and the Builders.
Reading stories together from a book bought by Grandad - A Children's Treasury of Literature.
Played with the children next door.
Tap Tap Art.
Playing in the garden - swinging, sliding, running, jumping, riding bikes and trikes, hula hooping, feeding the chickens, playing in the sand pit.
Making a mini book - Phoebe dictated the words to me and drew the pictures.
Building towers with blocks.
We started our first ever chapter book - The Folk of the Faraway Tree - and Phoebe loves it.
Played with our friends who came over to visit for the day.
Chose five cuddly toys to donate to an orphanage.
Played Poisson Rouge and Peep and the big wide world.
Made a birthday cake for an imaginary birthday and blew the candles out.
Did splatter painting and print making.
Played in the bath.
Had family drawing time.
Played with our new playtable and some vehicles.
Made patterns with bricks
Watched new playhouse being delivered and new front door being installed.
Had pancakes for breakfast.
Played chasing and tickling games.
Made a big indoor tunnnel to crawl through.
Used window crayons.
Took the dolls house dolls to their toy park.
Played imaginary games about going on holiday on a boat.
Started making a 'busy list' of fun things to do this autumn.
Made indoor slides.
Watched a few programs.
Made up jokes and magic tricks.
Made a finger print piggy photo frame.
Started making a cat bookmark.
Played on hammocks made from slings over the table.
These are just some snapshots from our week. It was a very enjoyable one - as they nearly always are. I want to end with a quote from Phoebe this week which just sums up the myriad of ways to learn and things to learn...
"Mummy, there are so many ways for everything! Aren't there? Like swinging on tightropes... and sliding. Just everything! It's all so clever!"
Edited to add: The pattern is Girl's cap sleeved spring shirt by shellee floyd.
Monday, 5 September 2011
now. Bunny rabbits need sleep and some water and food. And as well
they can't play with anything and can only hop. They need more sleep
than ever before and that's all about bunny rabbits."
More from Phoebe's book.
The picture is a lop eared rabbit.
the words come.
They come from the deep.
The depths of my being.
They flow through me,
emerging fully formed
in the darkness.
The things I can't name
when I think about it.
The things I don't even know I know.
My soul speaking.
The wise woman talks.
She speaks words for me to share.
Things to tell,
Things I need to hear,
quietly, and only in the stillness.
All is calm. I can tiptoe away
and as I get up
my thoughts scatter,
shattered by the light of day,
fading like shadows
as I step out of the darkness.
The clarity I had disappears.
The words hide
in the corners of my mind.
Authentic expression of who I am
right now... gone.
Always, it seems like this.
Always, except this time.
Except for now.
How do I trap the words
so I can hold then up and
examine them in the light of day?
Write Mama, write.
Spill them out on paper
before you forget.
As soon as you have the chance
Some of it will stick.
Bring the fragments together.
Sew them and bind them
like a quilt.
Write and you will remember
what the wise woman said,
What your soul needs you to hear,
and to share.
Write, and hear the song of
the true voice within.
evening we celebrated with out friends Dani and John as they tied the
knot. The ceremony was an intimate one the day before and we went
along to their reception which was in a lovely village hall. It was
beautifully decorated and Dani looked stunning. I felt so proud and
happy for them all. Dani is mum to almost one year old Isabella, and
now also step mum to a sweet teen boy, George. John is so perfect for
her. We wish them all heaps and heaps of happiness!