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Keep doing what you have already been

doing. Allow them to learn through play, to

continue to listen to stories even if you must

repeat the same story over and over. Encourage

them to ask and answer questions.


They will continue to learn through everyday learning

experiences. If you want a more formal approach you

need to look at curriculum that you are happy with.

Try browsing your local bookstore like WHSmith or

Waterstones. Look on Amazon but keep it simple until you

know what you are doing. I focused on reading, phonics and memorising scripture when my children were in this age group.

During the primary years your child's interest levels will increase and you will need to see how they learn. Spend some time figuring this out. What are they into? What are their strengths and weaknesses? what do you want to work on with them?


Observe them, talk to them, continue to read to them, go on field trips, continue to allow as much room for play as possible, outdoors and indoors, play dough and colouring can still be fun at this age but they will need lots of stimulation. As time goes on you will identify the best ways that they learn.

All children have different learning styles. This may be visual, this may be kinesthetically, orally or in some other way. Ask your child what they would like to do. They may want to learn in a similar way to school and this is OK too. If you know where you are heading this also makes things easier.  For example, if you want your child to go to a grammar school you may spend a big part of your

home-school day preparing them for their the 11 Plus exams.


However, many home educators do not plan ever to use a school again. If so, there is no need to use any kind of workbook or curriculum unless it is what you or your child wants..

How do I homeschool a child between 11-16 years old?

If you are home educating for a short period, you might want to continue using the National Curriculum. I would suggest buying workbooks from their key stage. This could be brand new or second-hand. If you are not deciding to return to school you may want to be to look into other curricular. 

Have an end goal in mind and work backwards. Start asking questions. Do you have an idea of the direction that your child may head in? Will they start work once they have left school? Maybe they plan to study to get into University. Bear in mind that in England you can leave school at aged 16 (more rules apply) but your child must then stay in full-time education until they are 18, or start an apprenticeship/trainee-ship or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part time education or training


Either way it is important to have a plan! Click on the link below to find out how your child can get a qualification if home educated.

Can I still homeschool my 16-18 year old?

At this stage, the focus might be on working towards university or looking at different career options. Maybe you don't follow the age order and they are still working at their own pace. This is ok too. With a focus in mind, it is definitely possible to continue to home-school a child within his age range.  If they are no longer in full time education homeschooled past 16, your child benefit will stop.

They will be more independent at this stage. They could try some open University courses or register on a few courses at their local college. They may want to learn how to drive, get a side job. With a clear goal they will be absolutely fine.

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