Primary schools, Flexi-schooling & Home education.
We will see how it goes for the first term at least. Everyone has different views, circumstances, but I just feel times have changed so much since I was in primary school, and sometimes it can all seem a bit rushed. Sending her to primary school settings for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week is something that makes my heart pound. And i’ve read that the focus teaching time is only something like 2/6 of those hours a day anyway, to learn things in a child’s eyes, its got to be fun – I remember this as a kid. Life experience is the biggest learning skill, in the stages it should be relevant to age. I don’t want to rush her out of childhood learning irrelevant things that she will think too much about, Yve’s is so much like me in that she thinks so much, she will stew on things, and remember little things everyone else has forgotten. I dont want her having the burden of thinking about things that don’t need to be thought about just yet. Education is a fantastic thing, but learning ways about life is even better. Home skills, play skills, social skills, road safety, are all important too.
If I had the money I would look into a forest school, or the montessori method of schooling, I agree with so much of this though in that children learn when they want to, not when made to. Yve’s was in a preschool before the one shes at now, She asked if she could start preschool so we honoured her wish, its always been child-led with her, and at first she enjoyed it, but then she became quite nervous so we pulled her out of there and moved her to the one she goes part time to now, its a very nurturing, motherly setting, child-led and all fun, mess and outdoors – she loves it, but I just don’t think she is ready for the ‘main primary school’ setting just yet no matter how intelligent she is, she adapts well, but the whole emotional side of it, how it can be regimented, the long days, maybe pressure, i just can’t grasp it for her just yet, then I think am I being selfish? I know family members will have opinions but I think all we can do is whats best for them regardless of what others think. If it doesn’t suit, then so be it, at least we tried. I’m certain that if she goes to primary school just like all the others, she will thrive, be happy as she adapts so well. We’ve spoken to her about the choices and she said she would like to do creative stuff at home along with school.
Maybe i’m living in a dream land where i’m hoping too much, maybe i’m expecting the fairytale, but I know its something i feel passionately about, and I’ve seen others make it work with having more than one child too. There will be tough times but there will be that wherever you go, I just need to know that i’m supported in this but at the moment it couldn’t be more the opposite. So who knows yet, it will be discussed over the next few months, but for now, we will continue to do our thing, learning together, going on adventures, exploring the great outdoors and cherish time together over the summer, including little moments like these, simple delights such as popping to a bakery, and having a lovely chat.