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Offline Arrows

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« Reply #150 on: 25/11/14, 19:02 »
I reckon you handled her really well Jade, I'm seriously impressed with your patience to educate the ignorant!

I don't intend to home educate in the sense of my kids not attending school, but I very much intend to home educate as I see it as part of my role as Mum. I've deliberate reduced my hours this year, so I could spend more time with my son (who's about to turn 3 next week) and do fun things with him. We go and explore the local park, we go to craft groups where he can work on his fine motor skills, we cook at home, we watch programs, we do puzzles and play games, we sing all the time, he is able to count to 12 with no problems and is now working up to 20 (after getting to 12 he says  14,16,17,18,19,twenteen). He's starting to recognise an A for the start of his name, he loves to ask questions like yours do and I always try to answer everything as much as I can including the recent 'how the baby get in your tummy, Mummy?' and 'how the baby coming out your tummy?'. He knows all about how wee and poo are made because he asks and I answer. (much to my husband's mortification upon hearing him say what he'd learnt as he was never taught the word vagina and is often embarrassed by the use of the word).

As is clear to anyone working in education, it is very obvious which children have parental input as they grasp new concepts so much better and progress so much quicker!

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    « Reply #151 on: 27/11/14, 17:53 »
    My kids are addicted to mine craft . thats all i can say.
    although we did got to dress home ed xmas tree and then back home to mine craft. hmmm.
    guess im more geared up to for the party than making them work hard at the  moment.
    J has worked out my phone, went on social media independently, put it on predictive text and phoned a random man up. oops. love how they understand technology better than i do :)

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    « Reply #152 on: 27/11/14, 23:40 »
    I am sure your " friend " has some sterling qualities but omg.

    if my two do go and there is any bullying they will be out of there so fast their feet won't touch the ground.

    you are doing great and may decide to change things in the future but why worry about that now. There isn't even a requirement for exam grades to go to uni etc.

    As you say you are doing so much better out of school and as a family. And , while your friend may have her own views on he, it's obvious she isn't really a friend or she would have seen how much happier your family is.

    and remember, the amount of time needed to he is a lot less than they spend in school.

    My ds at the moment is fixated on spiderman game on his tablet. He is soooo much better than I could ever be, and a lot better than dp who is ace at games. I keep telling myself that he is learning concentration and quick reflexes. I can't even watch him do it as he's too fast and it gives me a headache.

    is your mine craft book any good? I have it on their tablets but tbh I'm useless at computer games and can't work out how to use it. They will fiddle away for a bit but I don't know if I should be trying to find out more to help them, or if I should just leave them to it. What do you think? They are only 4

    Have meeting with nursery on friday . It will be interesting to see what they say.


    Glad you had fun at he xmas decorating the tree.

    x x

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    « Reply #153 on: 28/11/14, 18:01 »
    hi goldbunny, arrows, mierran  :)

    my mouth was left opening quite a lot. although i still answered as best as i could and thought, well at least i know how the land lies now, she wont be round again.

    my two were very interested in my last pregnancy arrows, and i never held anything back. unfortunately that didn't end well, and they broke their hearts as well as me.  but that wont happen with you  ^pray^ ^hugme^ . A was still in school at the time and the teachers weren't impressed when he said he had read a pregnancy book and he knew how babies were born. he explained in detail  ;D whoops ;)

    mierran, minecraft book is ok,  however, it is still like talking a foreign language to me  ;D we find a lot of minecraft information on you tube and then A replicates it on his game. so i suppose thats an education in itself

    we were supposed to go to another HE meet today, however on this occasion life got in the way. we ended up at dh's mums for the afternoon. boys haven't seen her in about 2 yrs, due to her being overly aggressive towards A and ignoring J completely. she was dismayed/disappointed i had boys and made those feelings very clear. however, a 2 year break i think has had quite a good effect on her. she is engaging with the boys and not being aggressive at all towards A. she even cooked a small meal for us all. so building bridges........ slowly. she has said the boys should be in school but if they were having such an awful time, then i am clearly doing the best for my family. quiet approval is better than out and out disapproval.
    my dad has come round to the idea. especially when i could recite exactly what we've all been learning. he says i am possibly giving them a richer education than school ever could. again quiet approval.
    my mum bought them both a watch each. they are fabulous. not only do the have the usual, they have 5 past 10 past 1/4 etc past around the edges. don't think it will take them long to master that with visual aids.
    we have printed off a 2 week weather watcher. they have to look out the window and draw what they say. rainy, sunny wet fog etc. we start that on Monday - just wondering how to expand on that
    hoping to get to the library next week. they do 'structured work' so much better away from the home environment. since my printer is now working, they can complete levels on pc in the library and I'll be able to print them off when i get home. they still have certificates waiting to be printed off
    anyway A is requesting laptop back, so i had better go :-)

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    « Reply #154 on: 28/11/14, 18:53 »

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    « Reply #155 on: 28/11/14, 22:18 »
    Goldbunny - you are a star!!!
    thank you so much x :-D

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    « Reply #156 on: 30/11/14, 09:21 »
    A is 7 yrs old. Wow, time has flown!
    he had a tech bday. new 2ds again. new games. and couple of xbox 360 games. 1 being marvel super heroes. He and J spent all day on that game.
    he also got lego pirates of the caribean. i am enjoying that game hehe.
    Got the hiuse sorted to have people round today. bit scary as i dont usually have loads of kids round. must remember to put hook and eye on the boys room as i really dont want kids upstairs. local second hand shop lent me 6 harback chairs for today. bit cheeky, but you dont get if you dont ask!! they go back tomorrow.
    will crack on with library visits next week. just got to get back in the swing of things. now bday is pretty much out the way, can concentrate on what we should be doing
    hope everyone else is well.

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    « Reply #157 on: 30/11/14, 23:17 »
    A had a lovely day today! He only played 1 game, which is better than usual. he normally refuses any. he was music master on pass the parcel and musical statues. he played pin the tail. the fireworks werent brilliant but they werent bangy, or screechy or screamy. so they were ok. first time ever, everyone who was invited turned up.  all the kids loved the sparklers, but i lwft it entirely up to the parents discretion. my eldest nd my eldesr friend lit the fireworks. we had a bucket of water ready and when fireworks/sprklers done straight in the bucket. kept puppy covered up in his cage and Mitch in eldest bedroom.
    my big home ed family friend came. her daughters were fantastic. Handled the noise and the kids and the chaos really well.
    all told a really good day.

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    « Reply #158 on: 1/12/14, 01:00 »
    Glad all went so well, and that A had a great birthday . Glad you had fun too  ;D

    x x

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    « Reply #159 on: 1/12/14, 10:52 »
    We did have fun as well!! but by god,  afterwards my back wrecked lol. many thanks go to my Dhaka and oldest friend, she is a 'doer ' ie i say youre on jam sandwiches she does it or my kitchen is 6ft x4ft. very small. so we formed an ordely queue with the kids and she was on food end, helping them choose. picking up younger ones so they coupd pick. i was on spreading duvet covers on the floor for any food dropped. my Dhaka has hoovered the carpet about 50 times in the last fortnight, couldnt have food ground into the carpet!
    J was apparently walking around hitting himself over the head with a rennis racquet. when aaked why he was doing that he just shrugged! i curled up laughing.
    it was hard work and noisy and fun. seeing A so relaxed and happy was an absolute gift. he had planned this party, bought the stuff and helped set it up. all of them are skills i just Cant put it into words what skills. he also socialised and we didnt have any crying fits from him, like we usually do when hes overwhelmed. overall a very good expwrience