Your interests matter. Make time for them. Model self-study and the cycle of learning for your children if you wish to see them take more ownership of their own learning.
All books have the potential for great discussion, or as Julie Bogart calls it, big juicy conversation. This month I’ve reviewed our recent reads that led to the juiciest conversations. We didn’t necessarily love them all, but we’re grateful for the opportunity they provided us to talk about some heavy but necessary truths.
This week I’m talking to Kate McConaghy who now writes regularly for HomeEdVoices.co.uk. We talk about videogames and how they can be a gateway to literacy. How it all counts, not just the stuff that looks the most like school, and how you can structure your yearly plan to protect your mental health.
Minimal-schooling isn’t about making a special season of home educating. It is about recognising your own need for a season of self-care. It doesn’t necessarily mean covering less information, it means putting minimal effort into preparing that information for your children.
Many families are celebrating a variety of festivals over December and trying to add seasonal festivities on top of a full home ed life is likely to result in overwhelm.
Here are some things you can do to keep things calm(er)…