Home Ed Voices Podcast – (Season 2) Episode 14 – Mell (@Raisingadaisy)

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The Home Ed Voices Podcast is a UK-based Home Education Podcast that profiles the lives of home ed families.  You can find out more about the podcast here.

This week I’m talking to Mell from @raisingadaisy on Instragram. We talk about home educating as a single parent, and get into our experiences with negative attitudes against home education and what to do about it. We also talk about how home ed children’s learning and socializing differs when compared to schooled children.

Show Notes:

There weren’t any book recs this week.

However we mention the Badman review of home education in the UK in 2009-10 when discussing veteran home educators in our community. If you would like to know more about that review you can find comprehensive information here.

You can find Mell from @raisingadaisy on Instragram (though please note that as she has a private account and is not obligated to give access to anyone.)

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If you have any questions or can think of someone you would like me to interview on the podcast (maybe you? Yeah, really you!), please get in touch via the comments below.

If you enjoyed the podcast and know someone who might benefit from listening to a Home Education Podcast, please let them know about the Home Ed Voices Podcast. Thank you!

Home Ed Voices Podcast – (Season 2) Episode 13 – Lyndsay (@Rainbows_and_wellies)

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Home Ed Voices Podcast - Ep13 Lyndsay (@Rainbows_and_Wellies)

The Home Ed Voices Podcast is a UK-based Home Education Podcast that profiles the lives of home ed families.  You can find out more about the podcast here.

This week I’m talking to Lyndsay from @rainbows_and_wellies on Instagram. We talk about home educating an only child, and how home edding can provide a safe environment for an autistic child both to learn in a way that suits them, and get the degree of socialisation that feels comfortable to them (in comparison to the ‘coke bottle’ effect.) We also chat about finding your groove when you’re unexpectedly home educating, through community and time spent reflected on the things that are working.

Show Notes:

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If you have any questions or can think of someone you would like me to interview on the podcast (maybe you? Yeah, really you!), please get in touch via the comments below.

If you enjoyed the podcast and know someone who might benefit from listening to a Home Education Podcast, please let them know about the Home Ed Voices Podcast. Thank you!

Home Education Day in the Life 2019 with a 10 yr old, a 8 yr old and a 6 yr old

This year, when I started trying to write out my day in long form it turned into a massive beast. So… bullet points it is!

(You can find my other day in the life posts from 2018 and 2016 here.)

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Home Ed Day in the Life 2019
  • Got up and went for my morning walk listening to the brave learner audiobook
  • W (my husband) was supposed to go the gym but we end up talking about ‘what is education’ instead
  • Have breakfast with W and FB (10) and then W leaves for the gym and then straight on to work
  • FB decides to do his table work at 8am so that he can play on the gameboy
  • FB does his spelling (using The Moffatt Girls’ Build a Word bundle – not chopped up, and in page protectors, with dry erase board pens), and maths (still Maths! No problem. I still think it’s a great program, but it still has the problem of expensive answer keys for primary. Luckily that’s not a problem with secondary maths which is why I plan to keep using it when FB turns 11.)
  • The girls have woken up and are reading and listening to audio books in bed.
  • 8.30 – FB has finished his tablework and is playing pokemon for half an hour, the girls are playing with the playdoh sets my youngest got for her birthday. They don’t want breakfast yet so I will take this half hour to have a shower and get dressed.
  • 9.15am I am dressed and so is LR (8)
  • LR has breakfast and we watch a YouTube video to help her get on with the game she is playing at the moment.
  • While we watch HB (6) has breakfast too and I knit a row of my current shawl.
  • After, LR does her spelling and maths and FB and HB watch alphablocks
  • I realise that due to our trip to see family last week and the day trip FB went on on Monday, various things like headphones are spread around the house and we can’t find them when we need to. I start making a ‘hunt for and home’ list we will use later.
  • LR goes off for her game time. HB starts table work. (She is practising sight words, letter blends, Ready2Read and maths.)
  • In the middle of HB’s tablework it starts raining and we have to go rescue the washing on the line. When we have finished table work she asks me to play with the playdoh with her. It’s fun, and I sort out some space in a cupboard and a basket so that we can keep all the bits together.
  • Then she goes to play her game for 30mins and I go convince LR (who I have slightly forgotten about) to stop playing.
  • I get some household stuff done while games time is still going on. when I’m done (lol, when is househld stuff ever done?) I also sit down and sneak another row of my knitting.
  • We decided to have an early lunch.
  • The food order from Asda arrives.
  • Put the food away and play music. (pokemon and mario medleys)
  • I read a chapter of Story of the World. We have only just started and my lot are really not sure about it but I point out that friends of theirs really like it and so they give it a go. We read about nomads and early farmers. I have lots of resources to share and so plan to add something each day for the rest of this week and most of next. (I just found out that the entire archive of Time Team is available on online. Speed archaeology!)
  • There is more playdoh and looking at books while I read
  •  The girls play with a birthday card balloon pop game
  • We are working on annotating a map of Breath of the Wild so we gather together and make a giant list of all the things we want to add to the map. (The children are going to draw them and I am going to make them into stickers. We got the giant map from Red Bubble.)
  • The children start drawing things for the map. HB draws some amazing Taluses.
  • There is more play and dancing and tidying up and eventually I start making dinner while the children watch Antiques Roadtrip, which their grandparents introduced them to. They want Raj to win but he has some big losses unfortunately. That brass mask was a bad call, sadly.
  • W is back from work and we all eat dinner together.
  • W and FB go for a walk in preparation for a long sponsored walk with Cubs that it happening in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately they get caught in heavy rain but it doesn’t seem to bother them. The girls are playing the pokemon trading card game.
  • When they get back the children and I go upstairs to get them ready for bed (and tidy their rooms.) We all curl up in our bed and I read some of our current readaloud – Heidi. (It’s good!) Then we do bedtime maths. When the pig comes up we all sing ‘piggy, piggy, pig, pig’. If the pig doesn’t appear then we set off the answers till it does. Sometimes this takes ages but tonight I remain in good humour.
  • W comes up to take over and tuck the kids into bed and I should get up, but everything has slipped a bit this evening at it is already nearly 9pm. I am knackered so I read in bed.
  • W is knackered too so we go to bed not long after the kids do. I am reading the novelization of Giant Days while I wait for the next collects of the comics to arrive at the library. And now, sleep.


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