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I seem to have lost my children and gained a boy and girl creeper from minecraft. 
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So there I was, in the shower, thinking about what we could do this week and wednesday in particular. Sarah is off that day and so where could we go, what could we do?

Swimming!

We haven't been swimming for a few weeks. Swimming would be good.

And then I realised.

The bane of those who home educate.

HALF TERM.

So that's swimming off the menu then. No matter which pool we go to, it will be heaving, with ridiculously long queues and inflated prices.  :/

What else??
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Harry has decided to try writing his own music. Not a bad effort. 
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The Kids and I are starting a new series in Minecraft. Here's the Introduction to....BATTLE ARENA!!

https://youtu.be/tH_WALLngjk
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Having read a post on Facebook by a friend of my wife, regarding home education on my timeline, someone I know really needs to remember that he is a parent and therefore a teacher. He helped teach his children to speak, to understand the English language. He taught them to walk, to run, to ride a bike. He helped teach them to read. How to cross the road safely and a million other things you discount with a wave of your hand and in the other dismiss home education as a bunch of wackos who should be monitored.

Home educators are not required to follow the national curriculum. Neither are we required to submit to monitoring. As for testing, what the hell are you going to test against? My daughter may still struggle to read, but she has a very intense imagination, loves making stories, recording them and has learnt to edit video. She is fascinated by history, knows all about the dinosaurs, how humans evolved etc...

She is reasonably good at maths, when she's in the mood, but having her own cash card means she has to remember how to subtract in her head when she's out shopping with me.

She doesn't know anything about all the kings and queens, but then again neither do I beyond the basics. Quite frankly in 40 years I've never needed that information. Come to think of it the majority of stuff I had to learn in school and university...most of it I've never had cause to use. Yet I gained high grades in the stuff.

People should understand that everyone is different. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. What one year 3 student may excel in, another may not. This does not mean that that student is failing or stupid or lazy.

Take my daughter, she struggles to read but she understands far more than you know. She loves talking about a variety of subjects on things she overhears at home, out and about, on YouTube etc.... This morning she was telling me all about addictions. It was a nice little conversation where she put her brother's love of Plants Vs Zombies as an example.

How do you monitor and test against that?

The world is full enough of sheep. Blindly following one another through life. Moulded in school to be what offices and factories (what's left of our manufacturing industry anyway) want.

My children are happy. They are becoming thoughtful, independent members of society. To be able to ask questions of things they see, to ask why does this happen. What happens if I do that?
My children are free to follow what interests them, whatever time of day or night. Even if that means watching a YouTube video on chemical reactions at night in bed and wanting to repeat that experiment in the morning in the kitchen.

Are your children free or nothing more than glorified slaves to society?
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Autumn and I have been playing Skylanders Superchargers again. Welcome to Part 4 of our adventures. (In 3 parts :0 )

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Dealing with things like this,. Is why I never get any thing done
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This morning the kids are designing using Lego digital designer. All in preparation for designing a case for our raspberry pi.

For their first go, they are designing either a house or a vehicle. 
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I love how the new transit option in Apple maps in the UK completly ignores the fact that we have Railways.

So, for example, going from my house to London Zoo according to Apple;
1. 1.2 mile walk into town (We'll ignore the 4 bus routes from my house into town.)
2. catch the bus that goes to Heathrow T5 and then another bus from there to Southall (Ignoring the 30 minute train ride into Paddington!)
3. spend 45 minutes on the underground before...
4. Another bus ride!
5. a mile walk.

Goodness NO Apple! No No No No.

Train to paddington and underground to Camden town then a walk to the zoo. Apple's way takes 3 times longer.
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