New to Home Education?

Well, I’ve finally done it!

Since deciding a few months to home ed, I have been meaning to create this blog to share our journey with others and hopefully meet a few people in the same boat along the way.  As I get going, I’ll be adding more and more to this site to log our adventures and maybe the odd resource or idea which might be of use to someone.

But first, a little bit about me and us.

I have been a primary school teacher since 2008 and have become increasingly disengaged with our education system, to the point where I just can’t face sending my son into an environment which I believe creates unhappy and unmotivated children.  I know there are children who love it, I know there are excellent teachers and schools out there, I am not here to criticise, condemn or judge but as a parent, you have to go with your instincts and these are mine!

My son is 3 and won’t be attending school nursery in September.  We won’t be applying for a reception place for September 2014 and intend to carry on as we have always done; learning through playing and exploring his interests.  There will be some structure to our day; the aim is to have structured and largely discreet “lessons” in the morning, with afternoons for playing, visiting parks and museums, making things etc.  Although we plan to have this structural element, it will be extremely flexible – if it’s snowing one day, we’ll be out there in that snow if that’s what he wants to do, whether or not we were planning to get through some maths or literacy.  And if something is dull, we’ll change it!

You might have noticed there’s a question mark in the title of this post.  Whilst thinking about what our educational philosophy will be and how we will learn together, I’ve been waiting to “start” home educating.  The other day it occurred to me; we’ve been home educating since he was born – that’s what we’ve always done and that’s what we’ll continue to do.  So perhaps we’re not as new as we thought – it’s made the whole thing a bit less daunting.