We are nearly finished our first term of home education. We have enjoyed the distance education curriculum for the most part but we have decided that the children need more freedom and less assessments. So I am in the process of registering us as home educators and sourcing our own curriculum. Now the fun begins!
I have been studying hard and realise that I have learned more about education in the last four months than I did during a four year education degree. I imagine that I will learn lots more in the next few years as the children direct our learning a little more. Next unit of study is big cats, a topic that Zoe has been a little obsessed about over the last few years. The other two will have fun with this one too I think and I am pretty sure we can integrate The Lion King in this unit. It is so cool being the teacher!
Henry decided that kindy was not for him and refused to go after the second week. His teacher told us she found him sitting on his own crying quietly before lunch on his second last day. She asked what was wrong but he didn't tell her and eventually was distracted enough to go on with the day. Asked him about it on the way home and he said 'I just wanted a Mummy cuddle'. He was a sobbing mess by the end of the following week just at the mention of kindy, so we thought it best he stay with us instead. He has not spoken of it since and while I think he enjoyed is time there a little, he enjoys being home with 'his girls' much more.
Zoe had her biannual hip check last week. We were fortunate to only be a couple of hours in the hospital getting an xray and seeing Zoe's surgeon, Dr Astori. The past two years went by so fast though I still had that horrible feeling I used to get when I took baby Zoe there what seemed all the time. So many 830am appointments turned into us being there all day, waiting to see the surgeon and entertaining Zoe. Only to finally see the Dr and get bad news or to have another splint fitted. It was nice to be out of there after a couple of hours for a change and even nicer that everything looks fine and the Dr was pleased with the scan and Zoe's range of movement. We have to go back when Zoe turns ten and the new super children's hospital will be finished by then so it will be all new to us again.