The purpose of this blog

Was to keep track of our home ed days and chat over the garden fence (virtually speaking) with other home educators. Most of those people have moved on, in that their children are more of an age with my teens and I’ve let the home ed aspect lapse. Today one of those teens used the […]

The other path.

I didn’t start home educating as an act of rebellion, but it seems increasingly the government views this entirely legal activity that way. Instead, it was to give my children space to be themselves without external judgement /artificial standards /ridiculous amounts of unnecessary testing. I thought we’d probably only home educate through primary years, then […]

On not going back to school. Staying at not school?

We went out and about today, and bought stationery for the new not-school year that’s fast approaching. None of this terminology makes much sense. As I’ve said, we’ve drifted into an unschooling lifestyle where there’s really not a lot of division in the day between overtly educational activities and games and playing and just life […]

Brief reason for home education.

Today in the post I got a form from college – additional information for home educated students. There was a little box headed up “brief reason for home education”. Brief? You want me to summarise how we came to home education briefly? There were a couple of years of research that spun off reading I […]

100 ways to home educate – launching a blog hop.

It’s Monday morning, and all over the country children aged from 3 or 4 upwards are heading to nursery, school, college, what have you. Education, after all, is compulsory. There are lots of different schools out there. Mainstream, special, private, academies, and lots of different ways of educating within them. There’s also home education. A […]

Happy Farm from beleduc.

Today’s home education activity – a bit of game playing. Happy Farm was one of Tigerboy’s Christmas presents, it’s just at the right level for him in terms of counting, taking turns and swapping pieces. It doesn’t take too long to play and is a very beautiful and tactile set made of wood. About the […]

Education in the garden with Miles Kelly/ The Wildlife trusts handbooks

A few weeks ago I picked up several rather lovely Miles Kelly/ wildlife trusts handbooks in Lidl. I got British Birds, British Wildflowers and Trees Handbook (British Handbooks) (amazon affiliate link), and British wildlife. They’re not just fact books, although that would be pretty good in itself. Instead they’re structured as handbooks, with spaces for […]

Not starting school.

Smallest isn’t starting school this september. I *think* that the letter we had implied she would be due to start this time – she’s 5 in November, so would presumably be one of the oldest in her year. I think there are a lot of things about school she’d love, but overall, I think that […]

My educational philosophy.

The law in this country relating to education states: Duty of parents to secure education of children of compulsory school age The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable— a: to his age, ability and aptitude, and b: to any special educational needs he may […]

Pointless education and missing caches.

You can take the boy out of the school, but can you take the school out of the parent? There’s a constant balancing act here, to discharge our legal duty under Section 7 of the 1996 Education Act 7. The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time […]

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