Why I keep justifying living without school

The thing about choosing a slightly different educational path for our children is that I constantly feel the need to justify this choice. Sometimes I am not sure whether I am justifying it to myself or to everyone else. But the thing is that neither is really necessary. I am completely comfortable with my choice to home educate the girls; I am clear in my own head about all the reasons that make it the best choice for us right now. The girls are happy, healthy and thriving. image We are also very lucky that at no point have we had any negative comments or interrogations. Unfortunately many home educators have to field negativity from family, friends, neighbours and strangers. Yet I can still be found here, and in real life conversations, justifying what we do. Why? Read more

Photo quotes

I nearly didn’t post today, it’s been a long one and I’m tired. But I’ve been playing around with photo quotes to add to my Facebook page so thought I’d just share that. I used a combination of Tadaa and Typorama, both photo editing apps on iPhone. Not everyone enjoys a quote, but I like to read them on Facebook. I think they give a little insight into people’s life philosophies, what their priorities are or how they are feeling at any given moment in time. I also just like playing around with photos! Here’s the one I have been playing with tonight:

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It doesn’t come out so crisply in the blog as the image is optimised for Facebook so I hope you can still read it. The quote sums up perfectly what I hope my girls will get out of a home education.

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges”

John Taylor Gatto

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