The January Blues

January is a funny old month. After the whirlwind of Christmas I feel the need for simplicity. I am usually happy to pack away the decorations; to gather toys and clothes to donate to charity, making space for the gifts we have received; and to clear out the high salt and sugar snacks that have surrounded us for the past month. I am a big planner, I love to dream up projects for myself, and January is the perfect month to do this. The new, fresh year stretches out ahead like a fresh notebook, full of possibilities. I have plans, many plans. The mind is certainly willing, there is a frenzy of activity in my brain. Unfortunately that is where the energy remains. My body has an entirely different agenda. Right now I think it wants to hibernate, maybe until March. Read more

Challenges always result in learning

1440447781788I’m still here blogging, this is the 6th consecutive day of my blogging challenge… woo hoo! It has certainly been a challenge so far but after yesterday’s wobble I’m going to stop over-thinking things and just write what’s on my mind or what we’ve been up to.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what a challenge actually is. There are many things in life that can change you as a person. Some things, such as bereavement or traumas can completely de-rail us, and often we are very different people after. But such life altering events, for me, are not challenges. We have no control over them and are swept along on a tide of emotion. We are not making choices. There are no end results we are trying to achieve other than to stay afloat. Read more

Who am I blogging for?

I am having a bit of an identity crisis on my blog. I have joined a blogging challenge with the plan of blogging for 30 consecutive days. I saw it as a good way to focus on building my blog as well as learning new skills from professionals. But because I am posting my daily musings straight on to their Facebook page it is making me overthink my audience. I am thinking about appealing to a wider audience when really all I wanted to do was to have a record of my family’s home education and maybe share some general thoughts about HE. Who did I imagine would be reading it? Well, my mum for a start. Then possibly some family members and some friends who live further afield but who are interested to see what myself and the girls have been up to. I hope that there might at some point be a few readers from the HE world, who like to see what others in a similar position are up to. And then of course it might be nice for my children to read when they are older. Read more

Challenges part 1

1440270804897Today is day 4 of my 30 Day Blogging Challenge and believe me, it’s not easy going. It is certainly not helped by the fact that my lovely hubby has run off to Edinburgh with the laptop and I’m having to type out days 3-5 on my aging Kindle which has an unpredictable and frankly almost supernatural glitch in its delete key. Read more

Education, but not as we know it

1440174571136Did you know that home education is actually the default choice for families in the UK? School has become so widely used that we have come to assume that it is the standard pathway through childhood. It is, in fact, a service that is available for families to opt into and access free of charge, in much the same way as pre-school or nursery provision is available to all 3 year olds and some 2 year olds. School is not compulsory, an education however is.  Read more