The options available to home educating families are wide and varied, and this can often cause confusion to people who don’t know where to start or which path would suit their family best. In this article I have outlined the three most common strains of home education, to give an idea of what each of them involves.
A while ago I wrote a post about my goal to go a week without watching TV. After the initial build up, I found it surprisingly easy, and although it’s been several months since the challenge, I am still feeling the effects now. I have a few programmes that I enjoy watching, but once they are over, the TV goes off. The whole act of watching TV is much more mindful now. I can no longer cope with watching it for the sake of it, and I don’t enjoy having trash on in the background anymore.
Do you have one of those friends? You know, the kind that comes to visit and spends the entire time checking their phone, texting and “Just taking a quick call.”
I actually had two. One was an old friend, who had her computer permanently on, with facebook up and ready on the screen. When I would visit her, she would be half hearing me, half updating her status’s and replying to messages. My other friend was surgically attached to her phone, constantly looking at it rather than me, and I started to wonder why she even bothered coming round.
It is now 10 days since we unplugged the television from the wall, and still, the plug remains laying on the carpet. The TV table has slowly filled up with other items, so now when I look over at it, the big black square is obscured by a bag of bricks, a pile of books and a few odds and ends which I should probably put away!
I’ve mentioned before my belief that it is incredibly important for children to be able to imitate and get involved in an adults daily activities as they choose to, in order to learn and grow up to be a useful and helpful member of the family. I firmly believe that children should be able to explore and be given the tools to practice and copy their elders.