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 […]

What do you do if you don’t have a passion?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently. We’re told to find our passion and follow it, find a way to love our work, or turn what we love into a career, commit, dive in, give it all you’ve got. What if you don’t have just one passion? What if you are interested in lots […]

Unschooling with Animal Crossing

So this year Small is old enough to be in high school. (When did it start getting referred to as high school here instead of secondary?) Mathematically speaking he’s several years ahead of his peers. In terms of reading he reads extremely well, if sporadically. His writing is excellent, if a little quirky (you can […]

Yet another change in home ed styles.

Over the years I’ve tried a wide variety of styles of home education. We’ve been structured, used bits of curriculum, tried out Montessori, unschooled, gone childled. And nothing has really worked for any length of time. Which is why we keep changing. I’d love to be able to unschool, but it really really doesn’t work […]

Potato world – or how many hours do you teach them?

When I mention home education, one of the most common questions is how many hours do you teach? (That usually follows on from do you do the teaching. Which is one that makes me wince slightly.) It’s difficult to explain. There’s very little teaching here. Learning happens as and when it happens – it requires […]

In between the reviews and the roadtrips

the children pootle on educating themselves these days. Dare I say we’re into some sort of routine? I’ll whisper πŸ˜€ They each do maths most days. That’s the thing I’m strictest on – Big has not recovered her confidence fully from being moved on a little fast at school, and I feel that little and […]

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