Hi, I am Emma, mum of three boys Seb who is 6, Alex aged 4 and Barney who is 1. We live in West Yorkshire.
How long have you home educated for and what made you decide to do it?
Seb became compulsory school age last January so officially we have been home educating since then. None of my children have ever been to nursery or school.
I first joined a home ed group on Facebook when Seb was around 2 years old and I found that it just made sense to me and I wanted the home ed lifestyle for my own children. So I began to find out about the local home ed scene and met some lovely people.
Briefly describe your home ed style. Do you have a ‘typical’ week and what does it include if so?
I have found the longer we home ed for the more autonomous we are, I did originally plan on being fairly structured but it really didn’t suit us and we work much better with more flexibility. Each week is different and I love that.
What was your highlight of home ed last week?
We had a fantastic day at a local farm. Going midweek meant it was very quiet so we were able to take our time and look at everything in detail. Another random highlight was Seb (who would be in year 1 if schooled) adding up at the shop, we had 3 books at £2.99 each and he told me how much it would total without thought. Little things like that show menthat he is progressing well even if his education doesn’t always look like traditional learning.
What is your favourite thing about home edding your children?
It has to be the freedom and ability to be spontaneous. We are so lucky that we can wake up and if it is a beautiful day we can head off to the coast or to explore a new park.
What do you find most difficult and why?
Some days are stressful! Like most siblings my boys can be best friends one minute and arguing the next. I think this is the same in all families though, schooled or not.
What advice would you give to other home educators?
Deschool yourself and don’t compare your child to others because we all learn at our own pace.
Find out more about their wonderful home ed adventures over on their blog at www.theygrowsoquick.com