As a home educator I often hear, no you have to do what they would learn at school, cooking is not a lesson, why are they doing that instead of school work! Well, every country has their own laws, here in England our laws are as long as they are getting a full time education. This can be provided in a way parents and children feel is best!
Before we get any further, let’s look at what is a full time education. By law within the UK children Must be attending school by 5, “Your child must start full-time education once they reach compulsory school age. This is on 31 December, 31 March or 31 August following their fifth birthday – whichever comes first. If your child’s fifth birthday is on one of those dates then they reach compulsory school age on that date” This was copied from government website. The compulsory school age was risen from 16 to 18, but the rules are not as strict in this age gap. They either need to continue education, start an apprenticeship, or they can work part-time whilst in part-time education. But the full time leaving school age is 16 and it is on the last Friday of June within that academic year.
So now we need to talk about what education means to you! No, I’m not talking about what you have grown up with, I’m talking about education as in how have you been educated since becoming an adult. You know the useful stuff you didn’t know, like for me it’s things like managing money, a car, cooking and so much more. This is an education as much as Romeo and Juliet, at least with knowing the other stuff their life might not be as much of a struggle!
So how you home educate is best for your home. If your child wants to run their own business they can learn so much from this. Dealing with accounts is max as they work out the amounts and do their budgeting, also they will have to make plans for the future. Where will they want the business to go, how many sales with they need to make to make that possible, what ways would they market their business and so much more.
Your child and you may decide to go the conventional way of using the curriculum. This will be what is taught in every school and is great if you never know if the plan to place your child back into school will come. We know our children will not be returning to school so for us it is important to keep them going at what they are best at. There is many other curriculums as well, which we love to advertise at times, because we never know what our readers are looking for.
We are very child-led because I have found if I work with my girls they are more willing to do work. This could be from a book review on a book that wouldn’t even be in the doors of a school, or that day they fancy writing a story. We also have strict musts, so they learn that not everyday is that easy, for example they have to do the front room, washing up and keeping their bedrooms clean.