Linking our blog up with SecularHomeschool.com to discuss some of our recent home educating successes! I'm quite a reflective person so I enjoy looking back on what we have been doing, one of many bonuses of keeping a blog! Whilst our home educating years run differently to those in the U.S. and we don't follow any kind of curriculum I'm going to think instead about what we have achieved since the beginning of the year, since we are over a third of the way through the year this seems like a good idea.
This year has seen Piper be really creative, she has really enjoyed looking more into her favourite fashion inspiration-Japanese Lolita. She has been to a couple of events now where she has had the opportunity to dress in Lolita fashion, she has made some new friends online and also met up with them in real life. She's been making jewellery and accessories with fimo, her sewing machine skills have come on lots and she has been making hair bows, tote bags and even some bloomers! She has been reading a lot about feminism, chatting with other feminists and developing a keen sense of who she is and how she feels women should be seen. She has really enjoyed her writing over on LokiTheConfusedHorse.com and helping out with the family business.
Her main focuses continue to be art and horses, this year she has managed to get a job working one day a week at the stables, she also goes to Pony Club weekly and has riding lessons fortnightly. Her work at the stables involves lots of heavy lifting, mucking out, taking horses to and from the fields/stables and getting them saddled up ready for lessons. Her work at the stables is paid in the form of an hour's lesson so she is getting 4 extra lessons a month, this makes her very happy and whilst its not exactly like having her own horse, its a close second at the moment. Its very strange (and quiet!)not having her at home for a whole day! Since we bought the bamboo drawing tablet last year her art work continues to develop and improve and its wonderful to see. She would literally spend every waking moment drawing if she could :) She has really got into cosplay since we have been to a few events and is enjoying making her own costumes and props.
Has blown us away this year with his reading, years and years of not wanting to learn all kind of tumbled into him just learning in what seemed like no time at all. He got no enjoyment from easy reader books and the book he learnt to read first was a Minecraft Redstone book bought for Christmas. This then triggered reading ALL of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. So all my worrying was really for nothing! He continues to improve with his reading by messaging friends and playing on Minecraft servers. I feel like I have so much to thank Minecraft for, its allowed Ruben to really be creative, imaginative and has lead to him making several new friends online, one of whom we are planning to meet up with in a few days time! He has created his own gaming magazine and with some other home educated contributions has now created two issues! Both of which have gotten lots of lovely comments. He's learnt how to play a card game called "Yu-Gi-Oh" and now goes to a weekly club where they also play Pokemon cards.
I think the main thing I'm noticing this year is how grown up and mature my youngest three children are becoming. So our biggest success really is that what we are doing is working, our children are happy, confident and thriving each in their own way. The success for us is that we get to be part of it.