If i’m at my most evangelical about all this at the moment, then i have to apologise. I’m feeling unsure enough of life that all the small signs of goodness are as well blogged really, because they make me feel a great deal better. Oh, and could i say, while i’m at it, how much i’m enjoying comments from lurkers – they are really welcome, so please carry on doing so 🙂
I’ve been doing a lot of listening and observing over the last few days something i hope that home ed will gradually include more of over the next few years. My mission statement is very definitely that i want to encourage my children to have courage to plan and direct their own education, while i give value added encouragement and guidance at times. Over the last few days i’ve seen more and more of the early shoots of that happening.
On thing that is interesting about having a student in the house is that, if you get a good and able one, you can hand over a portion of the guiding to someone else and learn from what you hear. I’ve got a very able student right now, one who can pretty effortlessly engage all 4 at once and do it well and safely. Actually, she’s better than me. So i’ve been handing over bits of work, mini projects and the like to her and then listening in on how it goes, to see what i can learn. I couldn’t really put it into words very well, but the effect has been quite fascinating and i can see that they are enjoying having time with someone different. I’m not sure if that strengthens or weakens my stance as an HEer though. 😆 However, i liked even more how much they enjoyed all doing the papermaking together and it made me realise i’ve avoided that stuff for overlong now, feeling that it is too difficult with all 4. It isn’t really. We need to do more of it.
Another interesting thing has been listening in on the 4 of them rehearsing “shows” together – Fran’s dancing and organising skills have really come on lately and i love listening to her training the others at dances and negotiating. I get a window into how they are spoken to and taught at dancing, where they do 3 lessons a week each. i like what i hear; i prefer it to when i hear them playing mummies 😕 Max and i have been subjected to a lot of shows to a cd of kids classics recently. It’s been um… interesting, but i enjoy seeing them make the music their own and interpreting it.
Yesterday some French resources arrived that i bought from Joanna, Usborne lotto, a set of learning materials and some flashcards and a dvd. Fran has been mithering for them for a while and as she has worked very hard on the EC french stuff, i agreed to spend the money. She is really thrilled with them and dived straight in to it. She’s keen to work with someone on it, but what is new and rather refreshing, is that she doesn’t actually need to be guided; she can see how to start, how to build up some knowledge and how to practise. Certainly she’s asking for pronunciation help, but the drive is coming all from her, she isn’t needing to be organised into it. It feels like rather a new phase in the whole “CHILD LED” thing – somehow a properly autonomous moment. What i like about it is that everything i’ve done up to now doesn’t seem to have impeded her ability to take hold of a new project and make it on her own – and that is tremendously encouraging. Perhaps i’ve not been wrong afterall. Perhaps i listened to my child and got it right.