I think you’ll agree with me when I say that these are strange times we are facing at the moment! I’m a full-time home educating mum to two children, aged 7 and 3. We’ve been home educating for two years now, and only just starting with some Early Years activities for the youngest, so I’m by no means the most experienced home educating parent out there! However, I’d like to do my bit to try and help some of the families who are now faced with the daunting prospect of educating their children at home for the first time.
Quick disclaimer: the situation we are in now is not a true reflection of what home education is really like. Home education is a choice that our family has made, and we are lucky enough to have a setup which allows me to home educate the children while my husband works. Having that choice made for you with no time to prepare and, in many cases, being expected to continue with your own job whilst educating your children within the confines of your own home is not something I have experience of! Yes, we do lots of learning activities at home but never whilst I’m trying to work too! We usually attend lots of groups and go out and about to museums, nature reserves or social meet ups. Normally the world is our classroom and now we're all being told to stay at home. It’s a strange situation which will require some time to get used to. In the meantime, here are some things I’ve learnt on our home educating journey so far, which I hope will be helpful to you.