home education, why and how – a blog roundup.

At this time of the year, when so many children are starting or returning to school a small percentage are not. They are staying at home with their families and being home educated.

I asked readers to write a little something on why they chose home education, and how it works for them.

Sarah‘s children are back in school now, but she sent me a link to the posts she wrote about their home education journey – a fascinating read. It covers several years of their lives, so feel free to get yourself comfortable before you get comfortable.

Helen and Chris educate two beans, and Helen sent in a post explaining how they came to the family decision to home educate. I love peering into ppl’s pasts and minds, and Helen really opens up for us here.

Debbie shares with us 5 years of home educating life and freedom, summarised in just one post.

Tech set up a whole new blog so that she could write about her home education. It starts with why, and goes on to how and I’m really hoping she’s just going to keep on answering questions.

And as for us, I wrote a whys and hows post back in May which is still fairly pertinent πŸ™‚ There are a couple of good comments on there too which are worth reading.

Merry comes through for carnival with a fab post on how to home educate, still, what would you expect from Mrs Muddlepuddle? πŸ˜‰ and then goes on to write about why would you home educate, another thought provoking essential read. Without Muddlepuddle I wouldn’t have met many of the ppl I now call close friends, we wouldn’t have the blogring that sits at the top of this blog and my children wouldn’t have friends all over the country.

And Nic has done a round up of her previous blog posts which give insight into the why and how of her family’s home educating lifestyle, go and peruse.

Michelle gives us the history of why and how she came to home education and how it has evolved and worked for their family over the years they’ve been doing it. Fascinating to read another version of getting to a similar place but via a different route.

Maire joins in our round up by explaining how her daughter prompted their move to home education in response to her individual needs, and how it is working for them 3 years on.

Still they come, these marvellous posts. From Joyce, why do they home educate? Because they can. And Alison, my HE twin :lol:, HE, why and how. The why of how they got there, the how of here and now. From Grit, a photographic version. If it doesn’t make you aw, there’s something wrong πŸ˜‰

Another post to add, from Kirsty this time, her answers as to how the internet provided the information and support she needed to home educate from the very start of her children’s lives.

Lovely quick soundbite from Mamacrow as well as a how it works – in defense of tables and a typical day πŸ™‚

Mieke answers the question Why do you home educate? by turning it around, in the process giving us some handy answers to some of the standards myths that surround the home ed lifestyle choice.

Fabulous post from Kelly, inspired by a lovely day. It takes a village to raise a child, but I would rather it was a really funky HE group.

Caroline shares the home ed journey of a large family, including why they started, how they do it and the way it’s changed.

Sharan explains how they came to EHE child by child for their family of four, and how they go about it now.

Elizabeth explains the inspiration behind her home education, a quote that she found in her own childhood: Everything in life is an aspect of education, even if we don’t immediately grasp the lesson.

I’m hoping that I might get a few more posts trickle in over the next couple of days, so I’m going to sticky this to the front of the blog for the time being anyway. And Debs is planning a home education blog carnival to coincide with International Freedom in Education day, so get your thinking/ writing caps on for that one too πŸ™‚

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  1. I’ve written more of a compilation of links to old posts than anything new over on Monster & Teeny but it sort of consolidates it a bit. http://monsterteeny.blogsome.com/2009/09/04/home-education-how-and-why/

  2. Aaaah.. Mrs MuddlePuddle… those were the days πŸ˜‰

  3. Now I’m caught up blogging, I might manage one over the weekend πŸ™‚
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..Hectic month =-.

  4. I’ve scheduled mine for teatime on Monday. I’ll pop the post in here as soon as I remember!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Blackberry Season =-.

  5. Done πŸ™‚

  6. Mine’s done, Jax. Not very interesting though!
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..HE – why and how? =-.

  7. It is, Alison; they all are, I’ve loved reading them.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..The Littlest Hobo =-.

  8. ooh, I would like to do this. We are quite new HE–ers so would that be OK?

  9. absolutely!
    .-= Jax´s last blog ..The return of Captain Hook. =-.

  10. gosh Kelly yes! what about your recent We are but we aren’t really? (http://wearehere-kellyi.blogspot.com/2009/09/we-are-but-we-arent-really.html) that was FAB!

    for me – http://mamacrow.blogspot.com/2009/09/why-do-you-home-educate.html




    which was interesting for me to re read as the ‘typical’ day dates back to oct last year and is still pretty typical! must do another to contrast sometime…

    sorry it took me ages to do this, hope it isn’t too late…
    .-= mamacrow´s last blog ..Get the tables! =-.

  11. It’s ages since I wrote a how and why post and as we are now just about to start our 8th year I’ll write one and link in later πŸ˜€
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..WeÒ€ℒre all going on a Summer HolidayÒ€¦. =-.

  12. In five years of home educating, I’ve never been motivated to blog about it. Now, at last, I do feel a story coming on… about my daughter’s experience of going to school for the first time.

  13. Enjoyed that Sharan, thanks – do you not have comments on your blog?
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..New books and pencils =-.

  14. thanks jax for organising this, have enjoined reading all the posts
    .-= HelenHaricot´s last blog ..By: HelenJ =-.

  15. I know I’m late–but just finished mine!

    I’ll read everyone elses now!!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Why and How we Home Educate =-.

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