Friday, 4 November 2005

Home education again

Another curious week with its ups and downs. The Local Education Authority (LEA) sent our 11 year old son a Certificate of Achievement for his home ed, and a nice letter to us saying it was a good visit and nice to meet us. I've heard of LEAs hounding home-edders and giving them grief but none getting certificates! That covers the curious part of the week.

There are always 'downs' with all the effort we have to put in with little apparent absorption by son. On the good side, we had a neat wrap-up of the week with son telling us all the things he learned from the basic chemistry behind explosions to drawing shadows.

I loved this story he wrote yesterday. Another re-write of a nursery rhyme. The last one was the infamous Baa Baa Black Sheep drugs one he wrote when the LEA person was here!

Humpty Dumpty's Fall

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. A great, great fall. A fall so great that he went through all the seasons... Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall! Twice!

It took Humpty two years to hit the bottom and crack open.

When the crazy but kind king saw Humpty on the floor in pieces, he demanded his horses and men put Humpty together again.

When they found out they couldn't fix him they fried him. And everyone had a fry up lunch.


Original Comments:

mar said...
Cute story! I shall have hard boiled eggs for lunch tomorrow. Michele sent me. First time here so I will look around :D
Friday, November 04, 2005 7:28:00 PM
ribbiticus said...
wonderful rewrite! :)
Friday, November 04, 2005 7:54:00 PM
doris said...
Hi Mar and Ribbiticus. Thanks for visiting. I've already been over to sunny Spain to visit Mar and am now hopping over to a friendly looking lily pad to see Ribbiticus :-)
Friday, November 04, 2005 8:14:00 PM
gaz said...
Love the Baa Baa Black sheep.....
Friday, November 04, 2005 8:39:00 PM
mrshellonheels said...
Doris, I love that child of yours!
Saturday, November 05, 2005 4:42:00 AM
Le laquet said...
Good news from the LEA - excellent version of HUmpty Dumpty! We did the gunpowder plot yesterday and I did all the "gory" bits ... one of the lads wrote ~

King James' men turtled (tortured)Guy Fawkes and cut him into quarters like my dad does with the chicken!
Saturday, November 05, 2005 6:19:00 AM
jane said...
Quite an imagination and vocabulary he's got.

ps...I LOVE the new look! pretty, pretty colors!
Saturday, November 05, 2005 6:37:00 AM
Badaunt said...
I bet he likes puns, too. :-)
Saturday, November 05, 2005 3:13:00 PM
Pookie65 said...
Priceless. When is grown with children on his own you'll have a treasure to pass on.

Sending you hugs and warm wishes from sunny (but coller) Florida.
Saturday, November 05, 2005 10:23:00 PM
Astryngia said...
Lovely - technicolour nursery rhymes. :-)

Do you know the one that ends :

So Humpty Dumpty bungee jumped!"

? ;-)

I can never remember the rest of it!!
Saturday, November 05, 2005 11:35:00 PM
Reia said...
beautiful!!! so talented lol!!!
Sunday, November 06, 2005 7:46:00 AM
Ghone said...
Get that boy a blog!
Sunday, November 06, 2005 11:10:00 AM
Jo said...
Great idea...he'd be a great blogger!

Looks like you're doing a fab job there Doris. I'm interested in the home ed do you manage the social/friend aspect(or the possible loss of it?)
Sunday, November 06, 2005 6:33:00 PM
Milt Bogs said...
If the king had been really kind, he could have extracted some dna and cloned him.

Please tell your son that his version makes a lot more sense than the original.
Sunday, November 06, 2005 8:55:00 PM
doris said...
"So Humpty Dumpty bungee jumped!" ... no, never heard this one!

Son does shave a blog but not the inclination to keep it up at this stage. Another time maybe.

"King James' men turtled (tortured)Guy Fawkes and cut him into quarters like my dad does with the chicken!" I love that - brilliant :-)

Badaunt He is a pain in the rear with his puns and play on words. Although a darling, he can be such a slippery character without a straight answer because if he can go round the trees then he will! It might be partly my fault because I used to get adult books of ripe limericks from the library when they were small which I'd read to them to great laughter and guffaws.

Milt I so agree and think he was very pragmatic and I liked that lack of sentimentality by eating Humpty!

A very special hello to everyone - nice to see you :-)

Jo "I'm interested in the home ed do you manage the social/friend aspect(or the possible loss of it?)" This is something that is often asked in connection with home education but is a question we should really be asking of our schooled kids!

Luckily with home education son can now pick and choose his friends like we do as adults and is no longer subject to some of the nasty and horrible kids at school undermining him. He no longer has to put up with the bullying nor be party to it.

He is the most vivacious and happy of kids and extremely sociable. He mixes well with all ages and handles situations really well with kindness and maturity and understanding. He has not only kept all the friends that he wanted to from his school days - we all live in the neighbourhood; but he has gained a huge home-education community plus his various activities such as Boys Brigade.

He no longer has a forced socialistion of being with his peers but a more rich and varied socialisation.

Tomorrow we're actually going to see a small independent school which he could attend on a part time basis - two days a week. We have to pay for it but it is not too bad in the scheme of things. I have a feeling that he might enjoy the freedom of this alternative school but we're not considering it for the socialisation side of things - though it might be useful for a source of new friends - but for the range of academic and sports activities. We'll see anyway. :-)
Monday, November 07, 2005 10:13:00 AM

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