Another curriculum

I was in a meeting at a local children's centre this week, and the woman I was talking to commented on the boys' behaviour - my two eldest were playing in the same room - saying, "You can always tell home educated children - They play so differently from schooled children." This was an interesting comment. She went on to say how, although the toys in the room were not age-appropriate, the boys had invented their own game with what was on offer rather than sitting and waiting to be entertained or told what to do. As at this point the boys were leaping from a distance into a baby nest, she observed that this was valuable practise in risk-taking. Her acknowledgement of another curriculum was an encouragement to me that spelling, handwriting and maths are not all that matters.