>the home education officer came today

Laurie and I were a bit fab today. I’d written out our philosophy – child centred, informal, indpendent learning and holistic approach. In my usual anal way I’d written a bloody report!!!

It listed each subject, the resources and the related activities. Resources included tv computer games, internet, books, video etc. Activitites included things like discussions, interactive online activitites and quizzes, quiet study time, phtotography, drawing, painting, craft and digital manipulation, workbooks and practical everyday things like cooking, shopping etc.

If any potential home educator would like a copy I’d be happy to email it on request. She seemed to really like it (saved her writing anything down) and she was really great. Said her best home ed kids didn’t even use books but learnt by doing using tv and computers. She was a bit surprised at him teaching himself languages and the fact that he did maths every day cause he loves it!

Laurie was a total star and said he liked it because he could set his own timetable and concentrate on work in the morning. he said it was good because once he’d finished the work for the day he could play. he said it was better than school because he got teased at playtime at school and they called him a girl.

He also said that we made a good team at home (aw bless – I didn’t prompt him either!!!). He said that was because of the balance of subjects that we were all good at. He told her I spend too long on flickr (oops) but she had seen his fab mosaics and was well impressed by his artwork. He showed her some of his home ed work and pointed out that he liked symmetry in his art.

I watched him as an outsider might see him. He was like a different child than the one I saw two months ago. He appeared confident and happy. My god if only she knew where we’d been lately…

Anyway – not expecting any problems there.

Still waiting for the official response to my letter to the special needs woman. That will be interesting.

so well done laurie and mum today…

here is one of Lauries home ed photo projects called blue & red – the home ed woman really liked it and it made it to explore really quickly.
blue & red


  1. Kym May 17, 2006 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    >I’m so happy to hear all is well and Laurie is happy the way things are. Good on you. Way to go!!!

  2. Lou McGill May 18, 2006 at 8:27 am - Reply

    >Thanks Kym – have you stopped doing your blog?

  3. Kym May 18, 2006 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    >For a while, just not up to it right at the moment…But I will certainly be here for yours. I have told you before how inspiring you are!!!!

  4. Lou McGill May 18, 2006 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    >well I look forward to it’s return – haven’t forgottetn tag clouds.

  5. Sarah May 19, 2006 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    >Whae hae! Excellent 🙂 And I LOVE “blue & red”.. that sort of thing just really appeals to me and it’s a really cool example. xx Sarah.

  6. PhotoPath May 21, 2006 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    >What a wee star….

  7. Sharyn May 22, 2006 at 12:49 am - Reply

    >Excellent! We were so tempted to go the homeschool route. Last year our school district suggested that the little man be “mainstreamed” into a classroom with 30 children and one teacher, with a special education assistant only available some of the time. This, with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis on record, and some very obvious sensory dysfunction issues present. Gah. Thankfully we found a much better, and smaller program with just fourteen children, two full-time teachers *and* two assistants. It’s a ratio and a program we can live with, even if it is 14 miles away. But if the program ever loses funding, well, we’ll be back to the homeschooling plan. Best of luck!

  8. Lou McGill May 22, 2006 at 7:22 am - Reply

    >thanks all

    hi to sharyn – love your blog.

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