Here are some favourite items, that make homeschooling feel good 🙂
There are a lot of families that choose homeschooling their kids. Sometimes due to parents jobs (us), other times because of kids own abilities: such as artists, athletes, for other numerous early professionals. To us #WeAreFigueras means Family; that stick together. We truly believe that giving children a united family, is much more important than sitting in classrooms. Don’t get me wrong: In a perfect world it would be great to have them in school, of course. But as I said before, we travel due to my husband’s job and that said, I know that all of us parents do what we think its best for everyone. Therefore, we love to give my children this: the opportunity to travel, to see other cultures, to see the world and to relate to it.
I always get asked this recurrent question:
Q: “So, how do you do with the school?”
A: We travel with a tutor, that will do one on one sessions, following their school in Argentina. They have a schedule, with brakes, and different subjects, on the different days of the week. Nowadays, thanks to the modern days of internet, and the great modern vision that our school has, we can follow virtually using SCHOOLOGY . A learning management system (LMS) that connects all the people, content, and systems that fuel education. They download assignments, upload finished projects, all kinds of homework and tasks, all in “real time”. That way, once we return home, they can continue and attend regular classes, with their friends. Is it the best thing? I don’t know.
Of what I am completly sure, is that we are a family; and we chose to stay one. Is it easy? Nop! . Homeschooling is a lot harder. To have a kid at home all day, doing what they are supposed to do with their peers on class, on his own. On the other hand, the thought of what it would be like, being apart from their father (father & mother) for such a long time, really shrinks my heart. Therefore, we know we have chosen the right path.
That said, the tutor, is the key. He or she has to be smart in finding the kids saturation point, in order to really take out the best out of them. Usually they will skype during a classes with their friends at school, who they miss when they are gone.
The most challenging part for them is when, we get back to normal, and they reincorporate to school. Some teachers will be harder on them just because they “were gone” (as if it had been their own choice to not be in class). When that happens, I encourage them to work harder, and to be smart on dealing with situations. They have to learn to stand for what they are, and figure out obstacles at a young age. Of course life is not all pink!
So, to conclude, I always like to look at the bright side: we get to be with them a lot, doing art projects, and I get to be part of their learning process, and that way we learn from them too… Which is so much fun. Here in this small world of polo, I am not alone. There are many other families with children that do the same thing, and have similar ages fo children to play, so we get together and let them run around and socialize. One of the downsides of homeschooling is this: kids need other kids.
I would like to know where is education is shifting to? Do you have any good articles to recommend?