Wednesday, 19 July 2017

An Academic Year of Home Education

"I have used the words "home schooling" to describe the process by which children grow and learn in the world without going, or going very much, to schools, because those words are familiar and quickly understood. But in one very important sense they are misleading. What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth in the world is not that it is a better school than the schools but that it isn't a school at all. "
John Holt -  Teach Your Own

Today has been a strange one for me. Full of bittersweet emotions. I watched my nieces, who I've grown up with, graduate from university. Beaming with pride as they move onto the next stage of their lives. Part of me wondering how I will feel when my girls are 21. Will university be their chosen path? Will they be travelling around the world? 

I looked over at Big Bean walking along a wall with her doll in her hand, talking to herself about all sorts of beautiful nonsense, and I realised. Today would have been her last day of year 2. Her last day at infant school. 

Today I have been home educating her for a full academic year. 


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Our Allotment; A Fresh Start

The post is part of a series of posts documenting the progress of our alllotment. You can see all of the posts here.

Our journey into home education with the girls has led to me craving a simpler life for our family. I yearn to step away from the pull of consumerism and the daily rat race. I want a simple life; to live the good life.


Monday, 3 July 2017


One of Little Beans birthday presents was a live butterfly garden from InsectLore. We thought this would be fun to do as a family. Little Bean is a huge nature girl and is currently fascinated by insects.

We turned this into a fab little project as they asked questions and explored the amazing transformation of butterflies.


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Read With Us: July 2017

What we've mostly been reading this month. . .