Hi, I am currently a stay at home mum to three children that have never been to school. I share the responsibility of HE with my husband.
Over the last 10 years I have also been a waitress and a student, graduating from the OU with a science degree last year.
We all live on a narrow boat on the grand union canal.
Why did you decide to home educate your children?
We decided to home educate initially in the early years because I believe compulsory education is too formal, too soon, and European models of education are far superior with better long-term results and positive effects for self-esteem. We continued because by 7 my son had a great circle of friends and we were a part of a vibrant and busy home eduction group.
How would you describe your approach? Do you have a typical week?
We encourage our children to explore the world, we offer new experiences and opportunities to develop skills.
There are also plenty of opportunities to meet with others during our days that are not limited to 9-3. Our friends range in age and include both home ed and “schoolies”
We have no regular week, we take advantage of events and festivals, and trips that are organised by others. We like to be outside but also take time to work on projects at home.
What is the hardest part of home educating?
The hardest job is to balance the needs of all three children without becoming overwhelmed.
What was your home ed highlight of last week?
Last week we went to a working farm to see ewes in lamb. This is one of many trips that we do annually and it’s lovely that the farmers remember us and welcome our group.
What advice would you give to other home educators?
My biggest piece of advice is go slow, too often people rush in sign up for everything and get worn out. Do your research and discover you and your child’s learning style, and use that infomation to decide what to do now and what to leave for later but most of all have fun and enjoy the experience.