Week 6 – Day 42 of Homeschooling in the Middle East – An ultimate, perfect homeschooling day!

Today was one of those perfect days; ‘ultimate days’ I like to call them. It started out with the trip to the not-yet-open Science Centre in Isa Town. I’d organized a group of 16 homeschoolers to get an exclusive sneak peak, so we had the place to ourselves. It was fantastic! I thoroughly recommend anyone in the region to visit it once it’s open, inshalla’ah in 3 weeks time. If we move to another Gulf country in a couple of months, I am really going to miss the chance to get involved with this place. They are planning lectures and astronomy evenings with a telescope and all sorts of special exhibitions.  This is a very big deal in a very tiny island! Our kids were able to see skeletons of real, local animals up close (I confess a few bones were touched). We got to see close-up the difference between two very different, important animals in this region, a horse and a camel, which was fascinating. Once the centre opens I’m sure they’ll be behind glass. So it was a wonderful opportunity.

If we could visit often enough I have high hopes it could change Edward’s perception of science. Yesterday, I said, “Yeah! We’re going to the new Science Centre tomorrow!” I was genuinely excited. Edward said, “Oh no! I hate science!” My heart sank. Where did he get that from? School. It had to be school. So I’m hoping that getting science from very different sources; the Science Centre, kitchen table experiments, time cuddling up with appealing science books and so on might change his mind and even though the world inside his head may still be far more entertaining than the outside world, at least the marvels of the outside world might become more fascinating. Yet again, I was envious of people who live near a variety of museums, galleries, historic sites and so on. Not only would these places be amazing to visit, but kids have the chance to meet enthusiasts and experts who could easily pass on their enthusiasm to visiting kids. For homeschoolers, these people could become mentors or at least a regular part of kids’ lives, when the attraction is quiet during weekday mornings.

In the afternoon, we had a playdate with friends from Edward’s old school and our neighbours’ kids. They did Edward’s most favourite thing – dressing up and running outside with assorted weapons yelling and screaming, this time as pirates. Girls included. Later they came inside and built a fort with mattresses, chairs and blankets and used flashlights to explore. They had a ball and I was in heaven watching them having a ball, playing in the best way possible – using their imaginations.

I didn’t have to do anything all day other than enjoy learning at the Science Centre myself and then at home supervising just enough to avoid injuries and yet it was a great day for learning and socializing. It was an active, interesting day. It was the way homeschooling days should be; full of fun, laughter, learning and people.

I ordered my first ever homeschooling Maths resources tonight (8pm here, 10 am in California!) I’ve spent days trying to get this order organized, so much back and forth on email and the phone so I’m really excited that I can now just sit back and wait with great anticipation for the first 10 books of ‘Life of Fred’ to arrive!

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About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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