A few years ago Ruth and Rebekah spent lots of wet wintry Tuesday afternoons working with rangers and other Learning Zone families on the island learning and putting into practice skills such as coppicing and hedge laying as well as using some scary looking tools. This walk took us back to have a look at the clearing that they had done at Mill Copse.
Lovely camp with a few friends – pleasant weather – a chance to try out the van – very very cheap campsite.
Teapots and cake – very important when you are camping:
Big kids and little kids all mixing together, going off swimming, reading etc:
Bell tents and BBQs – BBQ needed the help of the airbed pump to get going:
Last night cooking dampers round the fire:
So this is what our education has been looking like for the last few weeks as Ruth prepares for her last lot of exams:
I was somewhat gratified to find that All In The Mind -Tues 18th May 2013 – said that research shows the best method of revision is self testing – the way we have worked has been to get through the material asap and then work on exam past papers for as long as possible as our main revision.
All that is about hoop jumping, so now we have a 3 week breather before the last biology exam it’s time to go back to real education. After a slow start today we played Hunter and Gatherers and Ruth made the most amazing chocolate éclairs.
Had our second picnic of the year today. I got out and dusted off my lovely tiffin tin (it was very dusty as last year was so wet we didn’t use it once).
We had a sunny afternoon in Puckpool Park – luckily I could sit in the shade and hide under my summer shawl. Had a great time with lots of Zonie friends and a great way to celebrate a couple of birthdays.
Since we started officially home-educating Rebekah many years ago I have been taking “evidence photos”. These were so that if we should ever be taken to court by a malicious local authority we would be able to whip out all the photos and easily demonstrate to a reasonable person that clearly a suitable education has been taking place. there was no way I was going to keep copies of any work, certainly not dated I am no way that organised or consistent, and besides most of our education wasn’t of the sort that was recorded on paper – after all if you do an activity of some sort and have been talking about it or engaged with it there is no need to write something down to prove you know about it (unless you are in a class of 30 and the teacher can’t possibly manage to have a conversation with each child as often as they would like to see how they are doing).
Anyway it is a bit of a joke that I am always saying “Hold on let me take an evidence photo!” and to Martin (who likes to take photos of pretty artsy fartsy things) in a some what demanding voice “Did you take any evidence photos?” Recently we have also been making up photo records annually which is a great way for us to look back over the things we have done in the previous year.
Last Sunday martin and I were playing music together (well I was just singing, he was doing the clever bits) Rebekah popped her head round the doorway and took a snap declaring “Just taking an evidence photo!” Not sure what evidence she is collecting really, possibly that she has nutcase parents or possibly she is just getting her own back.