Below are screenshots of my daughter’s home education folder that I had prepared for her, and examples of the work that I prepared for her (some of the work she completed, some she had not yet completed). Also a photo of the books that I had bought (second-hand) for us to use.
The fact sheet below is a research task to develop my daughter’s research skills. Word processed to develop I.T skills.
The Roman fact sheet below is to teach about Romans, and to develop research skills. Word processed to develop I.T skills.
Below, is a Family Contract for Online safety. I felt that it was important to do this as we were using online tools and social media platforms for some of the work. Also, it teaches her about contracts.
Below is a very good site for teaching children to use code. My daughter loves Minecraft. It is very easy to use and was to understand.
Below is a short piece of writing that I did for my daughter while she read Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. I was going to have her complete the rest of the diary as she read the book, or after she read the book. She read the book and she wrote a very good book review. We wrote reviews after we had read books. Reviews and Journals help with critical thinking, writing, spelling, grammar, using the imagination and being creative.
Below is the worksheet that went with a creative writing session – A story using Minecraft characters. The purpose of writing the story was for creative / imagination skills, and to look at grammar and punctuation. Word processed to develop I.T skills.
Below is the YouTube project. My daughter had already started a YouTube channel, as many do these days. It’s a useful outlet for their expressions. I wanted her to think about a topic that would make an interesting YouTube channel, and that she would have to keep updated. I also wanted her to use video editing software. She enjoyed creating her Minecraft videos so we stuck with that.
Below is a very useful project that I found. This is great for children to fill out every 6 months to analyse if and how and why their attitudes and beliefs are changing, and how it is shaping them. Business skills and critical thinking.
Below is a worksheet that I created for Biology : Nutrition.
Below is a worksheet about Biology / Physics : The human Ear.
Below is a worksheet that I created for Finance.
Below are some Mathematics worksheets that I created.
Below, are all of the books that I bought from another home schooling parent, to aid my daughter’s education. There are some folders too.
Below is an image of the wall that I created for my daughter to aid her studies and imagination. I spent hours finding these images and then printed them out, cut them out and glued them one by one the her bedroom wall, in front of her desk. I thought it would make an interesting and inspiring visual aid…
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I think that I pretty much had the 2 years left of her Primary education covered.
The above images contain the whole of the homeschooling folder that I had prepared for my daughter. And some examples of the worksheets that I had created for her (which was an ongoing process). She has folders and workbooks too.
We mostly studied English – Grammar, Writing, Creative Writing and Book Reviews. History – Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, and British Monarch. Science – Biology and Chemistry. I.T and Computer Skills – using Open Office, Text Editing and Keyboard Commands. Maths – Arithmetic, Times Tables and Fractions. Video Editing. Home Economics. That was what my daughter wanted to study and expressed interest in. Except the Maths and Grammar, but I enforced those.
We didn’t really start to settle into a routine until the beginning of 2016. That was fine with me. We never quite settled into our teacher – student roles. At times we would, other times she would rebel and/or be ‘slacking’ in her approach. And sometimes I was the one who was not fullfilling my role. It does sometimes take some time for that teacher – student transition to take effect. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed the proper time or space to adjust. We could have done more, if you want to look at it that way. But I really wanted to take a student led approach to learning and let my daughter guide the way, with me picking up on things that she caught an interest in. I wanted to take the proper time to let her unwind from all of routines and thought processes that she was taught at school, and find her own style of learning.
I had planned to home educate my daughter for the next 2 years. But I was not mentally strong enough to take the judgements, criticisms, etc that were being forced onto me on a weekly, if not daily basis. Practically all of my friends and my family, and my daughter’s family, were pressuring the both of us for her to return to school. I just couldn’t cope under that pressure. I thought I had gotten away from the pressure! It became too much. I started doubting myself. I started having panic attacks (my daughter never witnessed them). The anxieties began to return.
I spoke to my daughter about returning to school and she agreed, she missed her friends as well so she wanted to go back. So that was that. I’m glad that she went back because my mental health started to deteriorate at that point. Everyone was pressuring me, and I was with a lover who constantly lied and mistreated me. And then I got my mental health diagnosis just as she went back to school, in June 2016 and that was a shock to the system. So, it did work all out for the best in the end. It’s just the judgements that I can’t stand! My daughter’s school have claimed that I took her out of school just because they challenged me about attendance. This is not true. As you can see from the above, I did in fact take homeschooling seriously and we did give it a decent go. I’m glad we had the homeschooling experince and I’m thankful because it brought my daughter and I even closer together. I’m also glad that she went back to school, because now I can fully focus on myself and my mental health – focus on recovery.
So, swings and roundabouts that one. Gutted though… wondering what could have been.