I’m sure I can’t be alone in having an ideal vision of what home education could look like. Sometimes I almost feel like we are reaching towards that vision. Many other times I do not.
My vision is not my daughter’s vision. Which is totally fair enough but also at times incredibly frustrating.
My vision is sharing a love of learning, and being excited about learning new things together. Sometimes it does feel like R’s vision is to be as contrary as possible and to do as little as possible.
We have been arguing today. We don’t very often… but today… hmmmm. I really wanted R to do some writing, there hasn’t been any writing for quite a while, reading yes, maths yes, but no writing… and no sign of writing being something she wants to do any time soon. This does frustrate me and we have long talks about why it is or isn’t a good idea!!!
We are pretty relaxed and child-led and unschooling to quite an extent, but I still want my daughter to enjoy learning and engaging with me… I would say (and I think she would too) that I do listen and I do try oh so hard to work with R to facilitate and help her with what she wants to do…. but I do also know that R wants her reading to improve and sometimes with a little encouragement she is really pleased when we have story time (with me reading to her mostly and a page from her occasionally), she does ask for stories too, usually once I’ve encouraged a bit and we’re hooked on something.
I do see it as my job to expose R to things she might otherwise not know about, so although she does always have choice in what we do, sometimes I ask that it be one of the options on offer (sometimes Minecraft is not one of the options)
I have been impressed in what she does on Minecraft, there is a lot of creativity and it has helped her spelling and reading too. R has her own YouTube Channel… Mini-games on Minecraft Pink Rose Kitty where she has now made 50 Super survival tutorials … the early ones are very good for people new to Minecraft. More recently she has made some new mini-games videos. Do have a look, she loves new likes and subscribers, and will respond to comments. 🙂
R is also working on designing her own Mod with S. So, it certainly isn’t time wasted, there is a lot going on, it is just such a tempting option and I don’t want her to miss out on so many other things she may enjoy too.
Home education has sparked even further my love of learning and I am excited to share that. I do show an interest in Minecraft, though I can’t truly get into it I must admit. I have had lessons from R though and also watch her tutorials.
Mostly home ed is great, and I do know that it works, I’ve seen how much my kids know…. sometimes I just worry I’m not doing enough… the expectation from the outside world creeps in that I should be ‘teaching’, but I have and do see that it isn’t how things work outside school but I’m sure everyone has their wobbles!!!