Family Life on a Narrowboat: Home Education
We’ve taken the plunge and become a Home Ed family… In fact, this life afloat is leading to much plunge taking and new learnings – some of which can be nerve-wracking!
To cut a long story short, here are the main reasons that we all decided that home-schooling would be the best for us.
- Restricted learning
- Restricted adventure
There were other reasons, but these here were the most pressing for us.
How its going…
We’re now 3 weeks in and we have had many highs, but if we’re being completely honest, a few learning curves too. We still haven’t found our Home-Ed-Mojo yet, but it is definitely a work in progress and hopefully not far off.
The best part is the home-schooling community and all the fab groups which they have each week. There is something on most days which is really encouraging to newbies like us.
The most challenging part, maybe down to our approach, is getting formal learning scheduled in. Don’t get me wrong, there has been absolutely zero dossing, all work which has been set has been done – and done well, but it has been done under slight, but relatively constant protest. I guess though that could be inherited – being that I am his dad.
I can’t complain as when I think back to my 8-year-old self, I can remember situations where I massively struggled academically. Our 8-year-old now could easily out-spell me at that age and would certainly beat me at a maths test – possibly even now!
We have been playing around with our expectations as well as doing the more formal learning at different times of the day. It’s hard me being away from the boat for so much of the day at work and Jackie having to deal with both 2-and-a-half-year-old Fleur as well as Bobby. At times I would imagine that herding cats would be much easier.
Our plan eventually will be for my writing to overtake my day-job meaning that I can write full-time and we can travel more and indulge our nomadic hearts. Then we can split the responsibility of helping with the kid’s education more equally and learn as we travel too!
One of the really fabulous things about home-
The other fabulous thing is how Bobby has been able to progress in his subjects, much faster than he would have if stuck in school. Without any pushing, he has already done a years worth of lessons on a maths teaching website, called Conquer Maths, in a few weeks at a pass rate of 96%. He’s now working on the next year group at a pass rate of 100% – as you can tell – a very proud daddy!
It’s about whole family learning…
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