Watching the magic happen!

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It’s now been 6 months since the Batboys’ were de-registered and I ask myself everyday why we didn’t do it sooner! Life is almost unrecognisable now we don’t have all the stress of school runs, holiday restraints, homework and playground politics – in fact it’s been incredibly liberating!

Not long after we de-registered I read a really interesting blog post by Monkey Mum called ‘Time is Precious‘ and this statement certainly got me thinking;

Just 51 minutes of learning per day, would achieve the same length of time spent learning, as a schooled child.

Let that sink in for a minute… and now let’s do some maths about how much time a home schooled child would need to spend ‘learning’ to match their schooled peers:

51 minutes a day x 365 days = 18,615 minutes for a year

Multiply that by 12 for the years of compulsory schooling = 223, 380 minutes

Or in other words.. 3,723 hours or about 5 months!! Yes, you read that right, just 5 months!

OK, so I understand that the 51 minutes is broken down not in the most scientific way and there are MANY variables in how it could vary from school to school or Primary to Secondary for example, but I do think there’s a lot of interesting points made about how much time is wasted when ‘mass educating’ – how many children become frustrated and despondent about learning when they’re always waiting for someone or something else to happen?

Since de-registering I’ve seen SO many changes in the Batboys’, even with Big Batboy’s anxiety still being incredibly high regarding anything ‘school’ related, here’s just a few highlights;

  • Determination – both boys are really giving everything a go now and challenging themselves
  • Confidence – growing by the day!
  • Sibling love – this has been a profound change, the boys’ now enjoy each other’s company and are getting on SO much better! Hearing them giggle and work as a team is beautiful!
  • Independence – not only does this apply to self care i.e. getting their own breakfast, it also applies to their learning – as both become more confident with their reading they’re finding their own answers and questioning things they have been told

So, how have these changes happened? What’s the special magic formula to boosting a child’s confidence, make them more determined and independent?

One simple answer…. by taking the pressure off! This is what our life has looked like over the past 6 months:

  • Forest school
  • Trips to places of interest & theme parks
  • Pokemon hunting
  • Gaming (yes, there’s been lots! I’m going to be blogging about how that’s ‘challenged’ my views on education very soon!)
  • Kung Fu lessons
  • Baking
  • Swimming for fun
  • Play dates
  • Holidays
  • Watching documentaries
  • Watching YouTube videos
  • Watching films
  • Reading books together
  • Time with family
  • Rock Climbing
  • Woodwork
  • Science experiments
  • Arts & Crafts

It almost looks like a summer holiday doesn’t it? But, that’s where the magic is! By just living and enjoying childhood the learning just happens! We have absolutely no regrets about our decision to home educate, it’s proving to be the most empowering and exciting thing we’ve ever done and this quote for me, sums it up….

“We can get too easily bogged down in the academic part of homeschooling, a relatively minor part of the whole, which is to raise competent, caring, literate, happy people.” ~ Diane Flynn Keith

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