About Dave Pommier

Dave is a homeschooling dad with a wife and two boys. In his spare time, he works as a registered nurse, drinks too much coffee, and intermittently renovates the house. He likes to take notes to try and make sense of what is happening at Bloke School.

Building your own curriculum under strict guidelines

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Written by Dave Pommier of Bloke School.

There are quite stringent guidelines about how to build a homeschool curriculum where I live.

In New South Wales, Australia, everyone needs to be registered and assessed through BOSTES (Board Of Studies, Training and Educational Standards). They provide the framework a curriculum has to fit within. They follow this up with an annual meeting by an assessor to check the work being done.

This is our second year of homeschooling. A large part of the reasons behind why we chose to homeschool was that it allowed for individualised teaching.

Even working within the guidelines, there is still a good deal more flexibility to work around the rules than it initially seems.

If you too are homeschooling or planning to homeschool within strict guidelines, perhaps this look inside how we make things work will help:

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Dave’s homeschool day in the life (with a 4- & 6-year-old)

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Written by Dave Pommier of Bloke School.

A regular day often seems more of a theoretical ideal than a practical reality. Work and study commitments for the adults run to an irregular schedule.

My youngest boy goes to preschool two days a week, so the number of boys at the lessons vary. We aim to do five hours of education each weekday. If everyone is focused and engaged, we might do as many as eight. If not, we will struggle to get through two.

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My boys consider “homeschooling” sitting down with a textbook. I consider it a much broader application of skills.

This means we sometimes arrive at the end of an exhausting day, only to have my boy say “Yeah, we didn’t do any homeschool today. We just played.” I guess it’s a victory for me that he was enjoying it that much, but I still find the comment a little deflating.

Broadly speaking, our days will look like this:

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