I am so excited to share this interview with you. Today’s guest is a lovely homeschooling mum I have drawn so much encouragement from. She is one of the first mums I met in the Facebook world who is homeschooling a young gifted child and who understood the questions and tensions that I had. Her daughter is a year older than my son (she’s 5) and a much higher level of giftedness and I could see through her posts a little glimpse into the future and felt a camaraderie from the start. I was thrilled when she agreed to join us as a Real Australian Homeschool.
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Could you tell us a little about your family?
My husband teaches full-time maths and has done so for over 25 years in mainstream education. He is passionate about his teaching career in mainstream school and is also involved in NAPLAN research. Education is something we highly value as a family.
I have two PhD’s – one in education and one in science.
As a family, we home educate our daughter.
How did you begin homeschooling?
As a family, we practice attachment parenting. It is a path we decided to take before our daughter was born.
How would you describe your homeschooling style?
We do a lot of hands-on, fun activities that are engaging and challenging. We do project-based learning. Our daughter is into quantum mechanics and genetic engineering. We do a lot of science experiments that are project-based, i.e, forensic science – crime scene investigation that looks at DNA from onions and process of collecting information and data for fingerprinting. Our home education centres around the research interests of our child and we build literacy and numeracy into specific projects, as well as, a centralised literacy and numeracy program. We do a lot of art, crafts and painting each day and get outdoors as much as we can.
What does a typical day look like in your house?
We do morning circle – sharing of feelings (self-reflection), reading, critical thinking exercises and some physical exercise. Later on we play board games, do hands-on maths and literacy stations, experiments, and music. Each day of the week has a different focus. Each week has a unique theme that we build everything around.
What is unique about your homeschool?
Our daughter can read university level texts and engages in higher order thinking and conversation well beyond her years. Our home education focuses on extension activities and problem solving to develop critical inquiry into subjects and focus research questions.
What is one resource/curriculum that you have loved?
We absolutely love the ‘Fitzroy’ literacy and numeracy program. The readers are fantastic and the entire program is well segmented.
What has been your daughter’s favourite book?
Our daughter read to us her all-time favourite book: ‘Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg’ by Gail Carson Levine.
What do you struggle with the most?
I’d have to say time. Like most families, we are very busy and trying to fit everything in is a challenge. We have learned that it is really important to value the ‘moment’ – for we cannot get those back. Cherish the little things – a smile, a hug, and a kind word, touch of the hand, a cuddle or even sharing a meal, or playing a board game. Be in the moment and cherish each as special.
What has been a particularly enjoyable learning moment for your family?
We love spending time together and just talking and being around each other. We view all of life as learning. A really enjoyable time for us is to play board games.
I hope you are enjoying these interviews as much as I am. Who would you like to see as part of our Real Australian Homeschools?