There are days when I wonder why I persist in home educating my son, days when my ears ring from the never ending "Mum, mum, MUM!!" Days when I wonder where this sadistic streak has come from, and actually whether sending Rye to school might just save him from being throttled!
And then there's days like today.
This morning there was the Home Ed group meet at the hall. Just a few families this week. No matter the kids whooped, chased after each other, played games, ate a staggering amount of popcorn, crafted, painted and generally had a jolly good time!
Afterwards I took a friend and her children home, stayed for a cuppa, saying I couldn't stay long...
Before I knew it, at least 3 cuppas had been drunk, many topics discussed while the children made dens, yelled at each other, made more dens, yelled more, while Cas and I rolled our eyes and commiserated with each other and drank more tea.
What you do you want for tea? We asked our respective children. Sausage and chips was the common answer, and as luck would have it the chippy van was in the village.
Can we go to the park, the children asked, the adults began to say no...
"Actually, it's a damn good idea, I can drive us all up, and we can eat in the park and afterwards play in the park in the dark!"
Kids had a fabulous adventure, the adults enjoyed further chinwaggery, and the warm glow of knowledge that memories had been made!
And what memories, 3 hours the kids played, before frozen mama toes and the beginning of fractious play hinted it was time to go.
This is why I home educate; the freedom to be spontaneous, to play in the park until around 8:30pm, to free us both from the regiment of the school day; to provide an unique education and learning experience.
Today's like today remind me of how wonderfully liberating home education is; it's most definitely our cup of tea :-)