Yesterday I received a letter from the Education Caseworker at our Local Authority requesting that I make contact regarding T's education. I had heard of Education Philosophies but up until last night had no idea how to write one. I took to twitter for help (to no avail - oops!) and then to the local … Continue reading Day 11 – Home Educating Writing the Educational Philosophy
Today was our first official Home Education meet up, The Greeks' Takeover at Manchester Art Gallery an activity open to both schools and home ed groups. The company was great, and it was wonderful (for me mostly) to meet and talk to other 'established' home ed parents. The morning consisted of a very traditional 'school … Continue reading Home Educating – What We Learned Today
First Official Week Home Educating - Exploring & Making Things! Its been our first week of no school runs. I actually used to enjoy the walk to school, what I didn't enjoy was the alarm at 7.30am, and the mad rush out of the door! This week has been focused on 'deschooling' i.e. treating every … Continue reading First Official Week Home Educating
Whilst this is all new to us, the fear of the unknown and him not going back to school seems to have faded fast. I'm now experiencing wonderful feelings of excitement and eagerness, its a great feeling, a mixture of relief and clarity. While I've been relishing in these feelings I've been observing him. We've … Continue reading Home Educating – Things He Is Doing That I’m Noticing
During my quest to educate myself on home educating, the term 'Deschooling' has popped up on many occasions. What exactly is deschooling? A quick search on google finds this: "Deschooling, a term rooted in the beliefs of Ivan Illich, is the shift from a traditional, government-influenced institution of schooling to a less-restricted method of learning … Continue reading Deschooling. What Is It Exactly?
This is a copy of the letter I'm sending to the school to de-register T: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX 21st December 2018 Dear Ms XXXXX Re: T XXXXXXX After careful consideration I have decided to withdraw T from school in order to take personal responsibility for his education. Please delete his name from the register in accordance with … Continue reading The De-Registration Letter
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Washington Thurman I started looking in to home educating in 2017 after realising that my then 7 year old son T wasn't … Continue reading Home Educating – How Did We Get Here?