The daughter is on a bit of a roll this week - yes we've had the rellies down from the land of Mills and whippets which disrupted work in the beginning part of the week, but on the other hand she has produced a stunning piece of work on American Isolationism in WW2 this morning after watching the World At War episode on that subject yesterday. Lindbergh, Willkie, Roosevelt - all the major personalities are there, with a damn accurate timeline of events as well. She is now upstairs reading about the Battle of Midway, the first naval battle in history which exclusively consisted of air-ship combat.
She worked late today to finish a piece on Mummification (our current Religious Studies/History area is Ancient Egypt). That's a work ethic you dont find either encouraged or present at school - she went some twenty minutes over time but got a 10/10 for Content which is almost unheard of from me in the ten weeks or so we've been doing this, fascist taskmaster that I am.
We have our first 'inspection' tomorrow morning. The LEA (which wouldntbe there under a UKIP Government, maybe best not to mention that) likes to make six-monthly checks to see what resources/methods are being used and to check progress, apparently. Some of the more militant homeschooling parents of our acquaintance have advised us not to let anyone into our home, which true enough we dont have to do. However we are quite confident that a ten-year old who spends two hours looking at Wikipedia records of US Presidential Elections and asking questions about the personalities involved isnt going to be deemed not to be fulfilling her potential...
Its scary how fast she is coming along at home. Last week she scored 80% on a Maths paper intended for children 18 months further along, and Maths is her poorest subject! Huge improvements in handwriting, grammar, and general presentation. This in ten weeks. Is this a compliment to our teaching methods? Not especially I suspect. Its much more an indictment of the first degree murder of British Education in the last thirty years of Politically Correct Leftist lunacy.
The fear? Not that we aren't doing a good enough job educating her at home, but that she will be so far ahead of the curve when she goes back for High School that she gets bored.
What a country.