5 02, 2011

having a voice…

By |February 5th, 2011|home education|8 Comments

I recently contributed a post for purpos/ed (which is about opening a debate  around education) with my partner and son which I hope offered a voice for people outside the formal education system. I think we questioned that system and presented one view from the home education/home learning perspective and also from the perspetive of [...]

3 02, 2011

the purpose of education

By |February 3rd, 2011|autism, home education, learning|43 Comments

Our son has made us question every aspect of our lives and our place in society. Like most families we encounter informal learning opportunities every day. However we decided not to participate in the formal education offered by the state. We learn at home, in our community, in the wider world. My son has Aspergers [...]

3 12, 2010

random act of kindness

By |December 3rd, 2010|home education|1 Comment

we had an unusual and very nice surprise this week from a stranger. We received a copy of a book from Amazon that we don't already have and that we didn't order. It was 'My name is Mina' by David Almond.  It came with a message saying: 'found your blog recently. Thought you would like [...]

26 02, 2010

scapegoats and scaremongers

By |February 26th, 2010|home education|6 Comments

>I've been away for a while - trying to focus only on what I have to. Lots happening and will do a catch up post soon... However I am moved to write today following the ridiculous media and government response to the court case about the awful death of 7 year old Khyra Ishaq. A [...]

15 01, 2009

home learning

By |January 15th, 2009|home education|4 Comments

> we are now really immersed in the home learning and are trying a new routine where each day we do one hour of intense one to one work followed by one hour of self-directed learning. The rest of the time tends to be flexible and of course home learning happens all the time wherever [...]

15 02, 2008

new beginnings

By |February 15th, 2008|home education, home life|5 Comments

> frozen in time It feels like we are coming out of hibernation... So much has happened that I don't have time to do write it all down, but I think we're coming back to the blogging and soon to the home education... laurie is due to start secondary school this year and it has [...]

16 05, 2006

impressings

By |May 16th, 2006|home education|8 Comments

>the home education officer came today Laurie and I were a bit fab today. I'd written out our philosophy - child centred, informal, indpendent learning and holistic approach. In my usual anal way I'd written a bloody report!!! It listed each subject, the resources and the related activities. Resources included tv computer games, internet, books, [...]