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Learning How to Read in a Year

Nearly a year ago Little M. went to a dyslexia assessment centre in London to do the dyslexia test. The results were overwhelmingly negative and a huge blow for him, even though he never said anything about the sadness he felt. The stress of that day left his body and spirit on the train back home when he started crying out of the blue. He was diagnosed with profound dyslexia, and according to the assessor, he should be in a special dyslexia school. Of course, she didn’t put any of that in the official report since the councils in the UK have no money for kids with educational difficulties and schools in the UK minimalize their resources to accommodate our kids. Before homeschooling, the Little M. was in an alternative school that took very little notice of his learning hardships and difficulties even though we flagged that up to his class teacher on several occasions for over a year. In fact, it took the class teacher a year to get SENCO involved in our discussion. …

The Bad and The Ugly of Learning From The Grown-Ups

A lot of the scientists, teachers and influential voices in the education sector tell us that children learn from observing and imitating the grown-ups in their lives. I believe this to be true and have often seen Little M. doing stupid stuff, which his dad or I have done. I know that our family is not an exception for teaching the younger generation the bad and ugly habits, which we, the grown-ups, cherish with such a devotion. Children are smart and very observant, and whatever we do, they will imitate. For instance, if you spend a lot of time on your phone or tablet, your child will want to do that too and if you decide to limit your child’s access to electric devices they will ask tons of questions and will want to know why you can be on your phone all the time and they can’t (by default kids are very much justice and equality driven). If you work all the time and never have any quality time for your children and your …

YouTube Resources for Homeschoolers

As homeschoolers, we are very lucky to be able to use a variety of resources to teach our children, and as science already tells us, we all learn differently. Some kids are very good at picking up academic knowledge the way it is being taught at schools, and others need much more to learn that just a teacher and a blackboard. My son, a dyslexic, loves watching educational videos and listening to songs. Ever since we started homeschooling a year ago, I have been using videos and songs to teach him. That way of learning allows him to retain information and with consistent and steady revision he can remember the lessons we are learning. I’ve decided that sharing some of our YouTube finds with other homeschooling families would be an excellent way to kick off 2019: Peekaboo Kidz – Little M. loves this channel and Dr Binocs. Easy to follow animations and Dr Binocs’ calm voice is what attracts him to this channel making my homeschooling job so much easier. TED-Ed – of course not …

After a Year of Homeschooling

After a year of homeschooling, I can honestly say that I enjoy the process enormously. I was scared at first and unsure whether I could provide my son with the level of education he deserved but I have to say that the two of us are doing pretty well. The fact that I have become more comfortable with the whole process, has been incredibly helpful for both of us. The past year has been life-changing for the Little M.; after a year of homeschooling he can: READ!!! WRITE He loves English and creative writing. He can tell people what his hobby is, what subjects he enjoys learning and what subjects he is interested in and which ones not so much. His confidence is soaring; he doesn’t put himself down as much as he used to. Sometimes he does have a bad day, but he quickly can manage that type of negativity. He writes his own stories. He does it phonetically but he is doing it, and we encourage him to write his phonetic stories. The …

London Is Lagging Behind

In 2016 the UK decided to leave the European Union. The moment the Leave vote won, the drama surrounding the deal, no deal, ministers, elections, and the basic understanding of what leaving the EU would mean for the UK took over every inch of political and social life. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, the majority, including the politicians voting to leave the EU, didn’t understand what EU is and what leaving the EU means. So much efforts, energy and money has been already devoted to Brexit that London, which used to be one of the most exciting cities in the world, is starting to fall behind many other European cities, which are pioneering in sustainability, sustainable lifestyle and start-ups creating conscious economy, conscious consumption, and conscious lifestyle. Like any other mammoth city, London needs sustainability; it needs green incentives, cleaner air and, in London’s case, it surely needs a conscious lifestyle. But unfortunately, London is way too busy, focusing on Brexit and what it means for the city’s economy, art sector and future development. We have …