Having homeschooling in your home opens up so much more scope for the family. You really get to be a part of your child’s upbringing, not just the sidelined parent that most of us are with the public system. You can take schooling to the next level, with you anywhere, and the kids really do have a blast.
The homeschooling life in our home is a simple and organized chaos which is exciting, challenging, but most of all enjoyable. The school that our children are educated through is a distance education specialist for isolated and rural children, providing them with the options of hard copy-based satellite lessons, half, half mix or fully artifact based. This allows the parents that do this type of schooling the option to have more than one type to help it fit into their lifestyle. For us, we have the satellite lessons (three times a week, per child) and the rest is artifact based. Taking photos, making videos and sending either via Google Drive or mailing artworks and an assortment of activities that the curriculum needs to measure the child’s education by.
The choice to homeschool is one that you undertake to allow your child/ren to learn from life’s experience along with the regular educational standards of what is needed in today’s society. It is also a way to bring the family together as a strong family unit that relies on the communication of each member to function and thrive.
All this means is that our children get the state education that is sanctioned by the government, but at the same time get the life skills that only our life has to offer. Which in our case is understanding cattle, sheep, goats, and bees and being able to cook and produce food for our home. Leading to the understanding of why we grow our own food, and cook, preserve and enjoy what has been grown – understanding the organic nature of life and how to work from the soil up. These types of things can’t be taught in a mainstream school.
The choice to homeschool is one that you undertake to allow your child/ren to learn from life’s experience along with the regular educational standards of what is needed in today’s society. It is also a way to bring the family together as a strong family unit that relies on the communication of each member to function and thrive. This in itself is enough for me to choose and stay with homeschooling, not a chore or burden but rather a beautiful way of life.
Megen Hibbins, the free-spirited hippy mother, writer, homeschooler, traveller, off grid liver, blogger and vlogger. Living totally off-grid in the Australian bush with beekeeper husband and children aged 7, 6, 5 and 2 that are homeschooled. Megen is a passionate writer, vlogger, homeschool advocate and lifestyle freedom and earth-loving activist. She writes twice a week on her blog whilst working with her husband and children on the things that need doing. To contact her head to her blog at www.yogahippy.com.au or subscribe to the Yoga Hippies YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/yogahippies.