Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Caught on Camera - Home Educated NOT Invisible

We were involved in a film shoot last week.  M played a school child being picked up from school at the end of the day and I played her mom.  She had to come to me and give me a slip of paper (a little note from the school) and then we were interacting with each other on camera.

I asked her how her day was and she told me it was 'Awesome' and then we had to slowly walk out of the playground.  We had to do the same thing over and over again.  We also needed to do it the same way each and every time.

We were filmed doing this scene 18 times.  14 of those times the camera was in the playground and the other four times the camera was outside of the schoolyard gate.

14 times we had to do the scene without making noise.  We had to mouth our lines to each other.  This was to make sure that the main characters could be heard as they walked through the school playground.  On the takes that we were allowed to speak (when the camera was outside of the gate), we had a hard time actually speaking because we were so trained NOT to speak.  It was a fun time.

The film is called Harry and Grace and is a modern day take on Hansel and Gretel.  It explores the father's culpability in what happens to the children. The director of this film is a 13 year old girl who is also home educated.   Here is a 30 second preview of the film - it is the opening scene:

Harry & Grace - opening shot from Holly Jacobson on Vimeo.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

End of Term Concert

Today marks the end of the school year for recorder lessons.  My daughter will be playing with her small group of children and they are also home educated.

They will play tonight as a small group and then as part of the entire college.  She will play her recorder and then for the full college item on the programme, she will be playing the bongos.

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Big Home Education Picnic - a National Celebration of Learning

From 20th of June to 4th of July there are picnics all over the UK which are for celebrating home education and learning.

I personally organised two picnics in the Greater Manchester Area - one in Stretford at Longford Park and one in Stockport at Alexandra Park.

The weather cooperated for us, mostly, and it didn't rain (too much!).

I forgot to take photos of the picnics because we were chatting and the children were climbing trees and other things.  They also got to feed the geese.

My next task is to organise a coffee morning/FAQ morning.  I have potentially found a free venue with indoor and outdoor facilities.  Watch this space!

This was the photo that I used for the Facebook event.  It is a really nice and serene park.