Physicality

A dear friend share this article about kids walking or running a mile before starting work each day in a school in the UK http://gu.com/p/4cyk3/sbl

This is something I’ve just instinctually known for a long time. Way before I tried to teach my kids anything academic, they were exposed to tennis, gymnastics, cycling, walking, capoiera, swimming, dance, fencing and general tomfoolery.

If you read Robert Melillo you will understand why.  Though his focus is on kids with disabilities, it just makes sense that if it’s good for kids with issues, it’ll be good for any kid.
Here are some of our dog walking pictures. Yes, even in the haze, we go outside. And climb trees, play with sticks and marvel at the beauty of Nature.

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Mystery Science

A friend told me about this yesterday and I was super excited to share. It looks very well put together and is FREE for a year. It is a complete curriculum for 2nd to 5th grade which is roughly equivalent to 7-8 to 10-11 years old. Go check it out!

Note: You have to give them your email address to get an account. Mine will be activated by the 2nd Oct and I cannot wait.

http://mysteryscience.com/

UPDATE

I was sent a link to a couple of lessons and the kids jumped straight in. Oh the fun they had. Look out for the photos.

http://mysteryscience.com/forces/mystery-2/balance-of-forces-engineering/43?r=1285127#slide-id-697

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Recording their attempts

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Thinking hard

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Infinite resources make STRONG bridges

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Playing by the rules

5 Things to Know Before You Begin Homeschooling

It is so good to see how our community has grown and expanded. On the whole, the Malaysian home education movement has blossomed beautifully. With so many new families thinking about making the shift, I thought this would be a good time to summarise what I really want to tell new families.

  1. It begins with the parents. If you choose to home educate, you are essentially taking responsibility for your child’s everything. It is up to you to provide opportunity to learn motivation, it is up to you to help them make friends, it is up to you to help develop and shape their characters.This may sound scary but it is actually such a wonderful gift. It means you work on yourself too. It is unlikely that a bad tempered, irrational person will raise a calm and rational thinker. Choosing to home educate made me super aware of my biases, which then made me introspect and improve.
  2. It is a journey, not a destination. There will be good weeks when everything is easy and the kids get lots of meaningful stuff done. Then there are the bad weeks when someone is just cranky, unmotivated or uncooperative.One of the things I’ve come to realise is that our family has a rhythm and once we learned to recognise and work with it, it has been so much better. It taught me to accept lulls, restful times and idyll.
  3. Each family is unique. People often ask me how we how we do it. I am quizzed on our schedule, which syllabus we use, what activities the children do. I sometimes wonder if they think that replicating our situation will be some kind of magic formula. It isn’t. You have to make the decisions and choices that work for your family.Some families literally do school at home, with timetables, schedules, books and exams. Some do no bookwork at all and kids are free to do as they wish. We fall somewhere in the middle; I love math, literature and philosophy so I try to teach this to the kids. But it goes in fits and starts, some weeks, we just try to be nice to each other.
  4. It takes courage. This is no easy path. You will be questioned. And criticised. Make friends and be a good friend. I think spousal support is critical. There have been times when I have felt the weight of all the doubt and responsibility on my shoulders and wanted to quit. To take the easy path so I can pass the blame and work onto someone else’s corner. It would be so easy to have swathes of time each day in peace and uninterrupted. Then my husband will say something about how great the kids are doing, and that helps so much.Malaysian Homeschooling Tribe is an FB group. If you wish to join, please PM admin with the following info
    1. Children’s names and ages
    2. Who referred you to the group
    3. Brief description of your HS life
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/775467275907926/?fref=ts
  5. It ends with the parents. How well this goes will depend on you. I speak with brutal honesty here; if you are not the best person you could be and you’re not wanting to work towards that, think twice. If your default setting is to moan and nag, whine and complain, resent and grumble your child might be better of in a school room where he will most likely be ignored, which is better than being stuck at home with only one (sub par) person. I cannot stress enough that any parent who embarks on this path needs to approach the journey with love and kindness; for both child and self. Seeking self improvement goes hand in hand with raising better kids.

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