Homeschooling the Things: Final steps for this term

So a quick update here on how the homeschool adventure is going on.

So far, still glad to be out of the meat factory!

Socialising is going well. We’re getting on well together, both kids have friends coming round to study or hang out. Both are going to the local Army Cadets training one evening per week. My daughter Thing I is still involved in the county student political group organised by the council and my son Thing II goes to a youth group once a week too. I’m just starting to get my head around us doing trips soon too.

We’ve just bought in the last of the GCSE courses Thing I will be doing this year. She’s taking Business Studies, Psychology, Sociology and now Human Biology through online courses.

On top of that, she’s enrolled to do English Language GCSE night class which begins next week with the intention of taking the exam in January. This will be a test run both of taking proper formal exams for her and also at how fast she can manage an entire course. English Language is just about the easiest course she could do, as she’s a damned good writer already. It would not be the course of choice for Thing II however!

Thing II has just started working through a Higher level Maths GCSE revision computer program despite being only 12. He’s doing well. He loves working on the laptop (he studies coding for himself and has begun building his own website which already looks better than anything I could ever come up with!) and the program keeps a proper check on his progress including what grades the questions he passes are set at.

He’s also shadowing Thing I’s Sociology and Psychology course as well as studying History and Chemistry.

His lessons are a little more fluid and relaxed as I want him to have the time to experiment with his learning styles a little and not focus too much on material which has to be studied eventually. However, we will have him working on English and languages before too long – perhaps next year?

Both kids continue to do music with me and we exercise together, cook meals, clean the house, walk the dog and read together. It’s nice having them both around. I do get lonely when I’m on my own.

Thing II is also getting private lessons in Latin and Greek with the view to taking GCSE or equivalent in these in June next year and she has skype French conversation lessons with a teacher friend in preparation for taking up French GCSE in the second year.

That means she’s up to five formal GCSEs this year plus a possible two others if progress is good. Then we’ll book in another handful for January 2017 and a further block for June 2017. Overall, the hope is she’ll take at least as many, if not several more, GCSEs than she would if she went to a formal school. We counted up  eighteen subjects she’d like to do but we both realise that’s probably a bit much (the normal in the UK is 8-12 GCSEs over a two-year block)! Still, who knows? So far the workload has not been taxing her. As long as she continues to enjoy the work, of course, and thrives as well as she is, I see no issues arising with this schedule. So far, all marked work has come back with fantastic results!

Perhaps more impressive is that Thing II, despite Maths being a bit of trudge, is also seemingly still enjoying homeschooling. Something of a miracle really!

And I rarely have to look like this. Rarely.

As for me and my work? Mostly good. I have as much writing work as I can take on right now. In fact, I could really do with a writing PA to help me get through research a lot faster! Anyone up for it? 😀

Ken

All of us out for a meal recently. Happy days :)

All of us out for a meal recently. Happy days 🙂

 

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About D K Powell

British freelance journalist, author, writer, editor, musician, educational consultant. I lived with Wifey, Thing I (daughter) & Thing II (son) in Bangladesh for 5-6 years working for an NGO called LAMB. Wifey led the Hospital Rehab department and I used to teach O levels at the school before going full-time as a freelance writer in 2013. Now we're back in the UK learning how to be British again. When not writing or editing, I'm busy trying to complete a Masters degree in Intercultural relations in Asian Contexts and reading way too many books at once. I also drink tea - lots of it.
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17 Responses to Homeschooling the Things: Final steps for this term

  1. Jenny says:

    I know of a very bright young girl in America who could help as a writing PA if you are interested.

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  3. Norah says:

    Woah your things look so much older here!! Especially Thing II!

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  4. nimi naren says:

    Ken, I love reading about home-schooling because I think about it very often. I know a few people who home school their children. I like the way a child is given the option to choose subjects and higher workload based on interest and capability.

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    • D K Powell says:

      Yes it’s not for everyone but I’ve yet to meet a parent who did it that said it didn’t work. For those who can manage it practically (i.e. by having an adult at home and the resources to allow a good education) it is a very definite viable alternative!

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  5. doug says:

    ken – sounds very good. takes a lot of discipline for you and the kids to do this kind of work
    best wishes
    doug

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    • D K Powell says:

      It does Doug though, at the same time, there is flexibility to do something different, go off, let kids do something special and so on. They are more able to control their environment, set their pace and have time to do their own things. So there are pay offs! 🙂

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  6. Go team! They seem to be doing swimmingly well.. I’m glad 🙂
    And what a beautiful family 🙂

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  7. It seems both the ‘things’ have took on the challenge of homeschooling along with you and your partner. I look forward in reading more about this, since, I’ve never come across anyone who have been involved in homeschooling (as a student or a parent). I know there are pros and cons with homeschooling and going to an actual school and I’m sure you’ll continue to keep us (as your readers/followers) posted.

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  8. AdiC says:

    This sounds really great! You have a very intelligent set of ‘things’! 🙂
    But I was wondering all the while, what about friends? Like I have a bunch of friends which I made in school and they are still a vital part of my life. Don’t they miss that aspect of school?

    Would you mind an overseas writing PA? 😉

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