I have been Homeschooling my ten year old since June 2015.
I knew it was the best option as he was getting bullied at school. He would come home very anxious. Only a few months into homeschooling, he was very calm, and more relaxed and happy, everyone noticed the difference.
At first, homeschooling was a bit of a struggle with getting all the learning routine going, but once we set out our lessons, it got easier.
We tend to learn about the topics that my son enjoys, eg: he loves trains, so we try to learn about the history of trains. He loves drawing, and painting. In our day to day routine, I try to make it fun, everything he does is learning. From baking a cake, to going to the train for a little excursion, he is learning every single second. We don’t stop learning in the school holidays/christmas break, though we don’t do as much in that time. He loves homeschooling, and will happily tell others that he is homeschooled.
We often get “I don’t know how you do it, I couldn’t do It”. Some parents can, some can’t. I manage to get through it, because I know it helps my son to relax and he is less anxious. He feels safe. We have so many homeschooling groups, and we do get together, so there is still the socialising side.
He watches Railroad Australia, which is a really good learning adventure for him. He’s learning about the different trains in different places. He also loves watching documentaries on tv.
His writing and reading are improving a lot. He is much happier, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
In SA, it is easy to begin homeschooling, all you need to do is contact the homeschool office and get some forms to fill out, then you let the school know. It didn’t take too long to be approved, then every year they come and do a review to see how you’re going, and if they can see improvement, they offer another year. They are really friendly. They are there to help in any way.
Contact your State Education Department to find out more information.
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