Ok, since we’ve come back from our trip to the UK, about 3 weeks ago, it’s been chill out time!
Just before we left for the UK the kids wrapped up their exams. For Maryam, in particular, it was tough. She has worked about 8 hours a day, 7 days a week for about 3 months. She didn’t meet many friends during that exam-intense period – and so she wasn’t the happiest girl in the world.
But all bad things come to an end (I just made that up). Now there are no exams for almost a year! Things feel really relaxed, they’re meeting friends regularly, watching plenty of films, the kids are enjoying it.
The kids know what they need to do now, and getting on with their stuff.
What is amazing is that Isabelle and myself are essentially out of the picture. It’s no longer homeschool – it is self-school. Our kids are educating themselves.
Hey, what?! Yes, they’re educating themselves, and here’s how:
- The kids are working together, teaching themselves Maths & Further Maths A-level, with two other kids that have joined in. I set the past papers, they do it. When they get stuck they ask each other, Google it, or if that fails, they ask me via WhatsApp group we’ve set up.
- They’re teaching themselves coding, to build their game app. Plenty of resources online. I asked a coder who used to build games to give them some guidance over WhatsApp. Any questions, they can ask him.
- Maryam is trying to start her business – but she needs so to figure it all out herself (it’s an online business). She asks me things once in a while.
- The language-learning is now pretty much all online, and they have their schedule to stick to.
So Isabelle has taken a full-time remote job as CFO of LaunchPad, my tech venture builder, and all she does homeschool-wise is take the kids to their various group activities – football, art, study groups, and visit her friends that have kids of a similar age to ours.
And I play squash with the kids every morning. That is it!
If you can teach your kids to teach themselves, but it has taken us almost 4 years to get here, it all becomes VERY easy. We’re now doing next to nothing.
And everyone still tells us we’re such dedicated and committed parents that have made huge sacrifices for our kids!