Combining education and socialising has never worked well for us. One of the things I love about home ed. is that the boys can concentrate on schoolwork on their own and then when they're with their pals they can concentrate on having a great time. I tried to mix the two again yesterday and again it didn't work! We've been learning about castles and the boys enthusiastically made a big list of things to look out for when visiting Dirleton with our local home ed group. When we got there they didn't want to know and instead had a wonderful time rushing around exploring the castle, rolling out of it and then seemingly trying to climb back in. Mummy lesson relearned! Oh, and another lesson relearned. Always pack a flask. It was freezing!