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