Yesterday afternoon I got a phone call that I’ve been waiting about 8 months for.  And on the basis of that call, the kids and I got up early this morning (well, early for us anyway) and went to meet a guy in overalls and wellies who showed[…]

Today, Plum finished map 3 on Reading Eggs. We don’t play Reading Eggs every day – she’s only 3 after all, so there’s really no rush to get her reading. So today, she completed the map and then there’s a quiz at the end of each map. I[…]

It’s odd, but I had never really considered home education to be a feminist issue. Apparently it is though. Recently, a friend mentioned their dissatisfaction with the school system and I commented that I was really pleased we’d made the move to home education. Someone else, who I[…]

We can sum up very quickly what people need to teach their own children. First of all, they have to like them, enjoy their company, their physical presence, their energy, foolishness and passion. They have to enjoy all their talk and questions, and enjoy equally trying to answer[…]

Bean asked if we could do some maths this afternoon. But he was quite specific; he didn’t want to use Mathletics or Khan Academy, which is what we use for most of our “formal” maths, he wanted to play snap. More specifically, he wanted to play Fraction Action[…]

In a couple of weeks, Bean will swim up river from his Beaver colony and join his Cub pack. He is very excited about this. He should have done it in January, but we had a timetabling issue (Cubs clashed with Judo and it proved difficult to find[…]