One of Oxford Home Schooling‘s tutors considers the academic year ahead.
Now this time in September can be when the initial excitement of home education begins to wear off, the sun doesn’t shine as much and the coming academic year seems to be endless. This means that it’s a good time to review the timetable you’ve sorted out. Does it leave some time for fun, keeping fit, relaxing a little? Does it leave enough time for keeping up with those friends that your young person wants to keep up with? Remember that home education timetables don’t have to be modelled on school timetables; there are no rules that say you can’t play football on a Wednesday afternoon and work on a Saturday morning instead! As long as the correct number of hours are devoted to each subject they do, then when they do those hours doesn’t matter a bit!
It can also be a good time to combat that education fatigue by looking at different ways of working. Internet research can be very useful, but a visit to a local library, local historical monument or place of interest, or local theatre can be just as useful – and a break from the same four walls as well. There are also a myriad of TV programmes and DVDs which can be helpful – and if you are close to London or Manchester why not apply for tickets for some of the shows like Question Time which can start a student thinking! In my own subject of English it is important that students are aware of current issues and extend their vocabulary as much as possible, so if they do get interested in a topic of interest in the news, take them out for a latte and cupcake so you can have a good chat on neutral ground – OK, maybe a healthy low fat snack instead!
Hopefully this is another way of showing your young person that there are even more benefits to home education than they thought…