Today has been a good day. This morning, after a late start, Bean did some reading and maths, Plum completed another lesson on Reading Eggs* (with lots of giggles) and PK happily played. After lunch, Bean and I went to the allotment for a couple of hours. It[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Bean and Stonelaughter have been experimenting again, this time with salt and crystals. They dissolved salt into water, until no more would dissolve, added food colouring and poured their mixture into egg shells.  They agreed to leave them for 3 days and then come back to see what[…]