Why I Now Love the World Cup
I have to start this post with a confession.
We have been struggling with Home Ed.
Whilst Bean has been making progress, it has been a battle to get him to do anything. It’s been hard for all of us and it got to the point this week where I had had enough.
And so we sat down with Bean and talked about what wasn’t working. We gave him options, ranging from going back to school (met with horror), having a completely structured home education (met with almost as much horror) and other options in between. He decided on a project based, fairly unstructured approach, which is actually what I had envisaged when we first started out, but had been unable to get him to engage with. We discussed what this might mean, how education might look this way and he was happy with it. So then we asked him to spend the rest of the evening thinking of the topic he wanted to start with, and just before bedtime, the answer came : The World Cup.
And so this is how the biggest wall in our living room came to be covered with an enormous map of the world. Bean asked what I was putting it up there for. I explained that I thought we could explore the various countries taking part in the world cup. He was delighted – apparently we are combining his two favourite subjects and he’s really excited by the suggestions I made. He spent half an hour just exploring the map and has made a start on drawing the flags of the 32 countries taking part.
When that’s done, we’re going to look at each of the eight groups in the World Cup – using a booklet for each, we’ll track the games and scores and find out more about each of the countries. As the competition progresses, we’ll go more in depth about the countries that go further. We’ll be including art and design, maths, English, geography, history and anything else that takes our fancy as we make our way through this together. He looked happy. I felt happy.
And, because he seems to have known that something needed to change anyway, he has *finally* agreed that we can start going to some of the local Home Ed meetups. We start this week with a Home Ed Geocaching walk – something he couldn’t resist.
So, it’s taken us 6 months, but I think he is finally ready to really begin this journey.