If I were to list every reason we’d be here for weeks if not months, but I wanted to just share with you one of the many reasons why Home Education is for us.
I speak to many people that find out we home educate Corben and ask a load of questions, whether it be advice as their thinking about it for their child or just to be nosey, I don’t mind either. For those that are looking into home education as the way forward for their child I always answer in the same way…
“I can only tell you that it’s 100% the right thing for my family, it’s the single best decision we’ve ever made. For you, you need to speak with as many people as you can within the home education community, people within the education system, you need to investigate what resources are available in your area and look into how the dynamics of your family would look if you made such a life changing decision. Then make the best decision for your family.”
You see, home ed works for us but that doesn’t mean it will work for you, so I couldn’t ever tell you it would. I know what I want from home education, I know how I want to go about it and I know what I want our families future to look like and home education is a massive part of achieving that. I can’t say I know that about you.
One of the reasons we love home ed so much and the catalyst for this post is the front row seat we get each and every day into Corben’s imagination and allowing it to flourish without restriction.
Today we went to Wentworth Garden Centre, don’t let the ‘Garden Centre’ bit fool you, it’s not a boring place where retired people go for a coffee, it’s an absolutely stunning place with a couple of play area’s, an animal bit, a maze and breathtaking gardens to wonder around. Corben loves it.
We usually go in bigger groups with many of his HE friends, but today we went with just the one. It’s not for me to be putting other people’s details on the internet so for this posts purposes we’ll call his friend ‘D’.
Corben and D had an absolute blast today. It started in the park where they played on the climbing ropes, slides and swings. Pretty standard stuff. However it was once we went exploring the maze and gardens their imaginations exploded! In reality they’re basically just huge gardens with trails to follow, flowers, some ponds and plenty of nature knocking around. Corben and D though had other ideas. The ponds were where Killer Crock lived, the underground stone bunker was their base being infiltrated by zombies and the sticks and stones laying around were their only chance of survival. Obviously us parents were roped in from time to time, being a wicked witch hiding in the maze, being a baddie on the run and generally being grownups that had to find them when they were hiding in the gardens.
The way they interact with each other and create these outrageously creative stories amazes me. How they can then switch from being so active to then learning and exploring the different things hanging around in the ponds using sticks to investigate and fish out things for a closer look.
I’m fully aware that many young children in school are just as creative and could and do replicate all the above scenarios, my point in terms of home education is purely that I love having the freedom to do this as often as we choose and with no time limitations. If they wanted to play, learn and explore for only an hour then that’s cool, but usually it can be 2, 3 or even 4 hours they’re at it, letting their little curious minds run free.
The thought of having to prise them away from a zombie invasion after only a 15 minute break time to then be told to sit down and be quiet with the other 30 kids whilst the teacher tells them something boring literally destroys me. The freedom to let them explore and discover without time limits I believe to be priceless. There’s always other opportunities within the day to do more traditional learning and at a time when they’re more likely to focus.
This is a huge reason as to why home education is for us. It’s not for everyone but it’s absolutely, certainly, definitely for us.
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