We’re Homeschoolers, We Don’t Do Times Tables

A month ago we were summering in Richmond Upon Thames, London and my two boys were spending a lot of time with the two boys downstairs. As they discussed the finer points of Pokemon Go in the garden below my window, I overheard this conversation. ” You don’t go to school?” “No.” “Really!” “Yes.” “What’s […]

There is No Right Way to Homeschool

The right way to homeschool doesn’t exist in that there is no, one, definitive right way. You can consider yourself a homeschooler, unschooler, worldschooler or home educator and I’ll bet you won’t find another family doing it the same way as you. This week we’ve been staying with and visiting 3 other homeschooling families, in […]

How to Get Homeschooled

Weird title for a blog post don’t you think? So why “How to get homeschooled” ?  A few weeks ago, I was using a keyword planning tool to research possible future blog posts. It gives us bloggers an idea of what people are searching for and how many other people are writing posts on those […]

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 […]