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All in a Day

We have had a lovely day here in Devon.  Lots of time outside with the animals.  Colin the cockerel looking proud of himself as he…

Is it over?

This weekend has been a bit of a wash-out in all fairness, and not just because of the awful weather.  I have been struck with migraines again recently, something that has plagued me on and off since my school attending days...

Birdwatching

We are a huge fan of nature watching here.  Whether it's wildlife programs on the TV (the Spring Watch / Winter Watch /Autumn Watch episodes are a particularly favourite, along with David Attenborough shows, and anything hosted by Chris Packham),  or better still, capturing nature's magic whilst out and about, I don't think our enthusiasm will ever wane...

But bullying toughens them up.

So often I get told that "children needed to go to school to toughen them up, so they learn that life isn't all rosy."

I've heard this said what seems like a million times since I've been home-educating.  It ranks pretty highly along with the lack of socialisation and the mums can't teach everything concerns,  as what to expect in a conversation with somebody that doesn't understand home-ed...

But how do you know they are learning?

One thing I always get asked as a home-educator is just how do I know that my children are learning if we don't sit tests or exams?   How can I possibly know if they are improving if I don't regularly enforce written work or follow reading schemes? 

I can't help but smile as I give my answer...

My Thoughts

Looking around social media, it appears that once again home-educators are being forced to defend themselves, to speak up, to put forward a case and answer the the critics.

Back in 2010, we (as in home-educating families), were put under the spotlight.  Accusations of hidden child abuse and poor education standards were been thrown at us from all angles...

So how do I get started?

One of the range of questions that I am always finding in my email box is “But, just how do I do it? I mean, how do I get started? What do I do??”

The very first thing you should do is to ensure that you have followed the correct de-registration process for your area...

Our Home-Education Story

We have been home-educating for 15 years.

Our home-educating adventure began when my youngest son Joseph (now 21) was bullied (for want of a better word), at primary school. He was so young. Just 4/5 years old...

Weekending

We love the weekends. 

Even though in reality the weekends aren't considerably different in routine to weekdays for the children and I, Saturday and Sunday does usually mean that daddy is home so we can have proper family time. 

This weekend of course we had the added excitement of snow still being around and about our way...

About Us

We are a home-educating, outdoor loving family residing in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Here we detail our countryside lifestyle, where our days are filled with animals, children, learning experiences, crafts, and a lot of fun.  

Our household consists of Julia (mama), Lee (dad), Amara aged 5, Taisia aged 8, Callum aged 13, Tiegan aged 17, and Joseph aged 21 - our eldest daughter (23) has flown the nest...