Make Homeschooling Fun

It is vitally important that you make homeschooling fun for your kids, if it’s not, your family’s educational journey will be a hard one, filled with resentment and frustrations. Always remember that you are mum ( or dad), educational facilitator, not teacher, there is no requirement at all for you to teach your kids. If […]

Growing Up With No Rules

When I was a child there were strict rules which had to be adhered to on pain of death. Sit at the kitchen table to eat, all together,with knife and fork, at the necessary time “Thank you for my dinner” and “Please may I be excused” were necessary after meals Go to bed at the […]

Making Homeschooling Easier on Everyone

Are you met with resistance every time you mention that maybe, just possibly, they might want to do some written work of some sort? I am, but I have a secret weapon or two in making homeschooling easier on everyone. I’ve had a lot of practice. I have the sort of boys who will occasionally […]

Homeschooling Pros and Cons

Homeschooling pros and cons, honestly. We homeschool for many good reasons, but there are negatives to our way of raising kids, if you see those negatives as big or small totally depends on you, your lifestyle, your finances, your needs and your kids’ personalities. Before choosing homeschooling for your family ( and it has to […]

What is Deschooling?

Deschooling is a term you’ll often hear in homeschooling, unschooling or worldschooling circles. It’s a common term, but one you need to grasp before moving forward with a homeschooling career. Both the parent and the child have to be deschooled, some give ratios, one month of deschooling for every year the child was in school. […]

Homeschooling a 12 Year Old

My elder child was 12 last week. It’s not one of the big milestones, he didn’t become a teen and didn’t pass from junior school to high school, but he’s changed so much I thought I’d tell you about it. Homeschooling a 12 year old is very different to homeschooling an 11, 10, or, obviously, […]

Experimenting With Project Based Unschooling

I am not a total unschooler, tried it, didn’t like it, my kids just aren’t the unschool type. But this month, just for a change, we designated Project Based Unschooling Month. The kids would each have a project and they would be free to work on it every day, nothing else required. So how did […]

Why We Didn’t Opt Out of School

Hi, good morning from a rainy Romania. Occasional wet days are a great excuse to stay in and write blog posts so I want to explain today why we opted out of school and why we opted out of normal, or rather why we didn’t. It’s something that’s been on my mind since Jessica wrote […]

Homeschooling Sucks Sometimes

If you’re new to homeschooling, I want to reassure you that you’re not the only one having bad days. Things go wrong, it all gets too much, the kids won’t cooperate and nerves get frazzled. On those days homeschooling sucks bigtime. I’ve been homeschooling a long time. The boys are 11 and 9 now and […]

Thoughts on Homeschooling into Highschool

If, like me, you have a homeschooled child approaching high school age, well done!¬†Give yourself and your child, heck, give your whole family, a big pat on the back. Not many of us make it this far. Have you noticed that most of the mums in the online groups have tiny tots? Did you spot […]