1. I get to spend the day with them every day – what a privilege.
2. I get to witness first hand how they grasp a new concept, learn to read or watch the excitement on their faces when they have learnt something new
3. 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock and sometimes 7 o’clock wake ups are only for special events or occasions
4. We sit down together as a family for breakfast, lunch and supper.
5. My children get to work at a pace that suits them, not based on the average of a class
6. We get to learn by seeing, doing and investigating – learning through life
7. Textbooks are a resource – not the focus
8. Their subjects are not limited to the National Curriculum, they can focus on a lot more subjects that interest them.
9. I can slow things down when they struggle, and speed things up when they understand.
10. No homework!
11. And because there is no homework, we have time to spend enjoying our afternoons together.
12. We learn together, I don’t just talk and they have to listen but we engage in meaningful conversations about subjects.
13. No day is the same
14. Life is less hectic
15. NO LUNCHBOXES!
16. Friends are not just according to class or age group but extend from really young to very old. They learn to interact comfortably with anyone.
17. Colourful bright books, that are alive and interesting, no 50 year old textbooks!
18. Special days and celebrations can be enjoyed
19. Flexible terms, school days and working hours
20. Family holidays during off peak season when the price is just right.
21. I can easily see when they don’t grasp a subject and take corrective measures straight away, rather than waiting until an exam, a report or a call from the teacher.
22. Learning opportunities and experiences are not limited to “school hours” but life becomes school.
23. I don’t miss out on their lives, I am part of it every step of the way
24. A healthier learning environment – less distractions and unnecessary waste of time
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