Hello gals, sorry I havn’t posted for a while but alot has been going on, here in blighty!….I know roll your eyes!….but honestly we have been very busy and I will reveal all shortly….
But I must first let you know about our daughter Rosie…..The flowers are for her actually – gorgeous I know just like her, they have been taken from an old french postcard that I picked up in one of the brocantes that we have visited recently and I am dedicating them to her because, she has recently started college! she is only 14 years old and as you know we do not send her to school! Now a lot of you English lassies will probably not realise that actually school is NOT compulsory! and you can teach them at home, yourself! The government do not advertise this though! If they did I am sure they would loose far more kids to home education and that is what they are afraid off! We have been getting about 5 parents a week here in Kent join our group ‘Education Otherwise’…..which is hardly surprising when you think that you send your child to school for 6 hours a day and all the actual learning time they get is on average 2 hours per day and that is if all the children are behaving!….class disruptions count for so much…..and what with the peer pressure, the bullying and the pressure to fit in – we decided to educate her at home with us – she has been having a whale of a time at home, she could run a business standing on her head and has learnt photoshop – and paste up artistry, we go to museums and have holidays when we want and its great!Rosie & Mum 2006
This year though we felt we were drifting – and after checking out what she would need to get into KIAD a local Fashion and Design college in our area, we realized she was going to need 3 GCSE’s so rather than send her back to school (no way!) we found out through a friend that a college in sidcup was running a pilot scheme for home educated children to study along with the adults. The headmaster of this College is so interested in home schooled children and realized that they were far more advanced and adult like than school educated children, he has made sure they could all study the subjects that they wanted to…..
So she now on a Tuesday is dropped of a 9am and studies English until lunchtime, Art until dinner time and IT until 7.30 in the evening, yes a very full day…they give her plenty of homework to do through the week so she is more focused and of course we help her. It is a very tiring day for her, but these courses only take 6 months so by next May she could have 3 GCSE’s at 14 years old……so you see there are alternatives out there – and the best thing about it is…..she is with us through the week….she socializes plenty – we make sure of that, but she has no peer pressure:)
So as I was saying these flowers are for her…..to wish her GOOD LUCK and WELL DONE, she is taking it all in her stride and I am very proud of her……WELL DONE ROSIE – Luv Mum xxxxxx