They would struggle in school

Unlike some home educators we are extremely lucky to have supportive family and friends. We have not experienced much negativity about the education we have chosen for our children (apart from the odd slightly raised eyebrow) despite it being a less than conventional path. My mum in particular has been tremendously supportive and has championed our home ed choices to a few of her more sceptical friends. Last week she told me how a friend of a friend, a teacher, had commented that most home educated children she had come across during her teaching career had struggled to settle at school, lacking some key skills and knowledge expected of their peers. My initial reaction was to shrug the comment off in a ‘what does she know’ kind of way. Then I got defensive. Then I started to really think about her comment, and finally here I am writing a response, because sometimes that’s the only way I can get my thoughts in order. 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