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437: Cyclopark Skatepark

We managed to get out to a skatepark for Karta’s first post-lockdown session of the summer. We met up with one of Karta’s buddies and spent the afternoon at Cyclopark near Gravesend.

The park is easy to get to, cheap to enter and has a very chilled vibe. We will be going back next week!

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431: Woodland Folk

Karta and I took our first post-lockdown trip to the woods with our friends today. We both agree that we have missed our friends and our days out in nature. With the summer holidays just around the corner, we will be making plans to get together every week.

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Qi Skills for 21st Century Living

We began homeschooling Karta in January of this year. We have developed a learning regime that works well for our son. Now, as he heads into adolescence, I have been looking into the life skills he will need to survive in the 21st century.

This morning, I came across the concept of Qi skills, a series of attributes that will benefit children of the 21st century. They are as follows.

  1. Me skills: self-awareness, self-control, focus and attention
  2. We skills: empathy, collaboration, active listening, communication, perspective taking = Emotional Intelligence
  3. Why skills: exploration, curiosity 
  4. Will skills: drive, determination, perseverance  
  5. Wiggle skills: physical and intellectual restlessness  
  6. Wobble skills: agility, adaptability, ability to face, overcome and learn from failure  
  7. What if skills (possibility skills): innovation, imagination, creativity, out-of-the-box thinking

In addition to these skills, we are teaching Karta how to do the laundry, cook a meal, shop for food, travel on public transport, wake up independently and how to pack a bag. He is learning how to order food at restaurants, manage money, plan an outing or a trip and, soon, how to care for another living being.

We will show Karta that he must have love, compassion, altruism, morality and justice in his heart as he moves through life. Most of these skills are not taught in school, so we are lucky to be in a position to prepare Karta for the beautiful life that is ahead of him.

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Comic Exhibition

Photo by khairul nizam from Pexels

So, Karta and I took a trip into Canterbury to visit the Comic Art Exhibition that is on at The Beaney.

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Illness

Karta has been poorly since the middle of last week. It would seem he has picked up a flu bug. He made a small recovery by the weekend and managed to spend the day at the skatepark on Saturday. By Monday he went downhill again and has lost hearing in his left ear.

We are visiting the doctor’s surgery this afternoon for a check-up.

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Educating Karta

On Monday the 6th of January 2020, we sent a letter to Karta’s school asking them to remove him from the register.

We are now providing Karta with a full-time education at home. Our focus is on the three Rs, reading, writing and arithmetic.

Karta will also be allowed to follow his passion for videography and ecology. For the next six months, Karta will be going back to basics with KS2 and KS3 maths, English and science. He will also continue with KS3 Spanish.

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Education Otherwise

We are busy deciding on the possibility of homeschooling our son. If we decide to go down that road, I will be putting most of my projects on hold, and will only work on those when I have time.

Home education will take up a considerable amount of time but will give me plenty to write about.

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The Luddism Corollary

Privacy concerns and the right to a private life have long steered me towards a technology purge. I will start that purge in 2020.