Home education seems, from what I’ve seen so far, to fit into one of three categories; unschooling, where you just let the kids get on with it on the assumption that children actually want to learn and will, given the chance, happily educate themselves; homeschooling, where you effectively take a classroom approach in your own home; and something in between.
This last is the course we intend to take: directing their studies, but giving them plenty of room to decide, for example, that they’d like to spend a couple of months studying seismology, say, or that actually, they’d rather learn Mandarin than Italian.
Being ridiculously eager, my mind is naturally awash with ideas for long and short-term studies, reading schemes, timetables (maths and English in the mornings, grand multi-disciplinary projects in the afternoons), and excursions.
I’ve signed up to a local home-ed group and we’re collecting educational resources from all manner of sources.
None of this is particularly important at the moment however, given that Ellie is only two and three quarters*, and Phoebe, at less than one month, has yet to learn that her fingers are not a viable source of nourishment.
Structured lesson plans are clearly not a priority at the moment.