I was asked recently - Wednesday actually, by the same checkout cashier that asked me if my Autistic kids had been vaccinated, but that's a whole other story! - how many hours I spend a week teaching my children?
Erm....... all of them? Or at least all the waking ones. Whether I want to or not. They are learning from me every moment we are awake - directly or indirectly. But in terms of structured learning? Honestly, I don't measure. For example DD spent 2 hours today working on a craft project, totally self motivated. Do I class that as learning time? Play? Leisure time? Well, it's all of them. When you elect to Home Educate a much freer world opens itself up to you. You can ebb and flow like the tide, as the mood takes you. Over time we've all settled more in to our natural rhythms and these now govern our days.
So, this week, Monday I to call on a couple of friends to come and take care of the kids as I had some important family things to do. This, in itself, was a huge thing for the kids - as it involved 2 different people coming to look after them, for most of the afternoon and early evening. So I didn't set them any work, but left our What Next Box? for if they were stuck for ideas, the Lego box, lots of games and a selection of books to help them make good choices. They played with the first friend's baby then took to their rooms to read 2 Goosebumps books together (DD reading aloud to DS) and do Lego. With the second friend that came to take over they played a number of strategic and mathematical board games through the afternoon -
On Tuesday we had a very low key, to allow them both time to process the change in routine from the previous day. We read lots of chapters of the David Walliams book (Grandpa's Great Escape) we are reading at the moment, and just hung out together, cuddled, snuggled and reconnected. Oh, and of course we made & ate pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes!
On Wednesday we were on that World Book Day mission for, of all things, a school uniform for DD who wanted to dress up as Ginny Weasley from The Chamber of Secrets. So we popped to the library while we were in town, and also posted DD's entry to the Royal Mail Christmas Stamp Competition (See more here - http://www.royalmail.com/stampcompetition) that she has been working so hard on -