Cantering Along

Yes, it’s another “oh, haven’t posted for months, will have to bore everyone with what we’ve been doing” post. The art of regular blogging seems to have deserted me once and for all.

No matter. We’ve done stuff. Lots of stuff, in fact. Which has included (yes, I’m even going to resort to bullet points now, as time is short):

  • English – lots of precis work from a 1950s textbook. The ability to write, cut and edit to tight word counts is one of the few school taught skills which has actually served me well in my own career. Emily didn’t believe me when I said I used to enjoy precis work at school – so when we found a very old and very hard precis textbook in a charity shop, I bought it for fun. And watched my daughter prove that she’s even better at these than I was. Emily’s also been working on essay writing skills and has been reading a lot – current book on the go is “Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychology Experiments of the Twentieth Century.”
  • Psychology – Emily’s working her way through an undergraduate level psychology course book – an antiques centre find, funnily enough, even though it’s very recent. She’s on the consciousness chapter at the moment, about to start looking at dreaming.
  • Sociology – we’re finally coming to the end of a study of the sociology of the family, which has caused much hilarity. Emily loves sociology, but we’re really going to have to find a coursebook which doesn’t make the subject more mind numbing than your average paint drying exercise. We’re about to start on class stratification.
  • Linguistics – Emily’s devouring various linguistics related books, including a teach yourself book and “The Secret Life of Pronouns“. She’s enjoyed working through some of the problems given on the site of the Linguistics Olympiad too. We’ll find some proper resources for linguistics shortly.
  • Geography – of the British Isles and America, in particular. Better late than never.
  • History – we’re in the middle of a whistle stop tour of the 18th century around the world, plugging some gaps in areas which previous studies didn’t cover. Emily and Jon are reading one of the huge “life story of London” type books – can’t remember which one, but it’s apparently excellent.
  • Maths – *snort*. Well, I’ve found a book on the maths required for social science undergrads. We might even look at it at some point.
  • Science – electronics and biology mostly, particularly genetics at the moment.
  • Latin
  • Economics – we gave up on the GCSE economics syllabus some while ago in absolute disgust (too easy) and gave up on the A level textbooks we had a little while before that (too hard at the time). Still searching for a middle ground, but we’re probably ready to have another look at the A level texts.
  • Politics – yes. Political stuff. Indeed.
  • Arts – various bits of sewing. Attempts at craft-y stuff. The usual.

The point being that home ed is happening, and all is well. All is also going rather well on the business front, of which more another time. And all is going exceedingly well on the horse front, with Blue as adored and adorable as ever. Oh, and it snowed. And that’s about all I want to say. There. That was worth waiting for, wasn’t it?

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About nikkielysian

Writer, astrologer, home educating Mum.
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2 Responses to Cantering Along

  1. What you’re doing looks great – but just a little question, how can you get to grips with electronics without a pretty sophisticated understanding of the basics of mathematics – or am I misinterpreting your “snort”…

    • nikkielysian says:

      Hello Stephen, thank you for your comment.

      My daughter tends to learn the maths she needs to use, as she needs to use it. We covered very basic electronics – around the level you find in a D&T GCSE syllabus – and she didn’t find the maths a problem. My “snort” just refers to the fact that maths has never been one of her favourite subjects. When she was younger (early primary age) it was a bit of a battleground for us, but these days she happily masters maths when required – she just does it on a need to know basis rather than for fun or in abstract.

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