Wow I’ve neglected this blog over the last couple of months! However it’s been a very transitional period both personally and professionally, so I’m not going to give myself too much of a hard time about it.
Lots of changes have been taking place in the My Borrowed Planet household. My partners timber recycling business, TRIP, has started to take off which is brilliant, but has left even less time in our busy home schooling / home working lifestyle. I have been out most weekends taking Barefoot Books to lots of local events such as the Freedom Fields Grow & Eat Show, Pagan Pride Southwest Festival and various other fairs in the Plymouth area. Becoming a consultant for NYR Organic, the home shopping branch of Neals Yard Remedies, has also opened a whole load of new doors for me. Party bookings are filling up quickly and there’s so much to learn, but tbh I’m absolutely loving it! I really feel that our dream of a sustainable lifestyle is getting more achievable by the day.
But what about the kids? I think this is one of the hardest things about being a home schooling, wahm. With so much buzzing around my head it can be difficult to focus on finding activities for them as well. And let’s face it. They are the reason I started working from home in the first place! I think that all home educators go through that panic at one point or another. Are my kids doing enough? Are they keeping up with their contemporaries? How do I know they are really learning?
I had a long chat with my eldest the other day, asking her if she’d like to go back to school. The answer was an unequivocal and resounding “NO”. Why would I want to go back to a noisy, disruptive group of kids who spend so much time playing up that we never get anything done, then the whole class gets punished for their bad behaviour, even if we actually did what the teacher asked? This was her argument, and I can totally see her point.
At our last home visit, the LEA rep told us that school kids average a measly 1.5 hours of learning a week while in school. A week!? Well, I’m not sure where she got her figures from but having chatted with some of the other mums from her old class (and helped out in the school myself) I can see that these figures probably aren’t too far off the mark.
We are in the small minority (25%) of homeschooling families where both parents work – because we have too – but the kids still come first. So sometimes the less important things like blogging don’t get done. The girls have had an amazing summer playing with their friends at festivals and events. My eldest has been learning about the healing power of herbs, making things down at the workshop and, occasionally when I have the panic that “she’s not learning enough” even sitting down with the odd workbook or two. The youngest goes to nursery for 3 afternoons a week to mix with other children her own age and get messy, and two days a week are devoted to going out and about. I think we are doing ok.
So. I’m not going to give myself a hard time about not having blogged for a while. It’s bloody hard to get everything done, but somehow we seem to manage – even if it’s sometimes by the skin of our teeth. The next few months are going to be super busy, but that’s the way I like it!
“Kids who are in school just visit life sometimes, and then they have to stop to do homework or go to sleep early or get to school on time. They’re constantly reminded they are preparing “for real life,” while being isolated from it.”