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 […]

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 […]

Sometimes Homeschooling Sucks

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. I’ve been homeschooling a long time. The boys are 11 and 9 now and I can see, it’s more than […]

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 […]

Brazilian Amazon: The Ultimate Outdoor Classroom Experience

Travel teaches us many things, this guest post from Patty illustrates perfectly why travel should be an important part of any child’s upbringing. A beautiful message from the heart of the Amazon. I know Patty in real life, we met as part of her Our Whole Village project during a one week stay in Umbria […]

What We Think of Minecraft Homeschool. Seven Wonders of the World Review

Love it or hate it, Minecraft is part of most of our lives these days. I bought a Minecraft account for my elder son when he was just 7 and he’s been hooked ever since, my younger son followed at 6. At times I’ve regretted it, sure , I’ve ranted about the amount of time they […]

Teaching Kids About Islam

Teaching children about all world religions is the key to understanding the world, its history and the way things are today. These days the media presents us with a very warped image of Islam and there are far too many misunderstandings and prejudices stemming from ignorance. If we all took the time to learn a […]