If only the view was so good in terms of school.

We are now 4 weeks into the second phase of the school at home project. That’s with no sign of a return to school happening anytime within the next few months. So we are trying to follow the school classroom material but at home AND with no specific teaching support. Some of the subjects are progressing ok. I can see that our son is learning and I’m pretty sure that he’s keeping broadly up with his fellow classmates. But then there are other subjects that he is clearly not learning much in and I have no idea where he is in comparison to the class.

I will pick on one subject – French. The approach is very much read some text and memorise. Then try to form sentences from what you have learned parrot fashion. It feels like it’s the same approach I endured as a kid. It didn’t work for me and it’s not working for our son. He is not learning the language. He’s trying to commit some random words and collections of letters to memory. Random stuff which has no meaning. It’s gets dumped into his short term memory. Within hours it is lost. What is the point.

Subjects like French are one of the reasons that I’m convinced about true homeschooling being the way forward. We set the agenda and the learning methods. Pick stuff which actually works and is enjoyable. But ultimately the decision to leave school is our sons call. A call to be made down the road.

For me the priority is son’s wellbeing. Can we get him to better place, into a happier frame of mind. To feel safe again in this world. School is a secondary consideration to that. At present it suits our circumstances to continue with this hybrid approach. I don’t want to stress son out further with the prospect of making a big decision on the future of his schooling. Let’s see how things play out this side of Christmas. I will just have to bite my bottom lip on subjects like French.

l’รฉcole est un pantalon

45 thoughts on “Not a perfect fit

  1. I wonder whether adding an app like Duolingo to supplement the rote memorization method of French studies might help? It has games and stories to help with learning.

    I can’t even imagine trying to homeschool. I am not qualified in pedagogy; teaching is a skill in and of itself. My thoughts are with you.

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  2. This Bible verse immediately came to my mind as I read your post:

    “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” –Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

    Bit of a Bible commentary explanation:

    “Natural, civil, or religious; seek to him for strength and assistance in all, and leave the success of all with him.”

    –Gills Exposition of the Entire Bible.

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      1. Yeah, it’s back to just me and hubby for this year anyway, but I plan to make a nice dinner for us anyway. I will miss the kids, but look forward to future gatherings. Blessings on you & Hawklad. โค

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  3. I remember after the first year of French, learning the basic words for colors, numbers, everyday items, etc… The teacher started speaking to us only in French, then instead of a text book we read stories… Le Petit Prince was one I remember. Maybe he can watch Sesame Street or Scooby dubbed in French? That might work???
    Bon chance!


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