Lost Photos

I’m devastated that the photo’s I uploaded to my computer last week are missing. They are not even in the recently deleted bin! However thanks to Facebook most of them are on there. Yet I need to ensure this doesn’t happen again. There are two main reasons for this

1) memories – however we need to sometimes take less photos and just pay attention more

2) in case it is required by the Local Authority.

We’ve been deregistered now since the end of the Summer Term 2016. To date I have had no contact from any of the 3 LA’s that could have contacted me. Now some home educators welcome that, whilst I’m little concerned. We as a family appear to be in the minority of those that home school for reasons other bullying, disillusion with the system or additional needs. Those families will quite often have a negative view and fear of the authorities. On one hand I can understand that and could potential feel the same. However ┬áhaving worked in Child Protection (many moons ago) there are a lot of children out there that could be under the radar. I also appreciate that children in school are also under the radar at times, there are numerous serious case reviews out there.

Yet if I don’t have any contact with the LA how do I know if there are any options out there for my children? For example I heard today of one LA that funds 5 GCSE’s. Now thats something I would want to know about. Having to fund 4 children through 5 GCSE’s is going to have a cost implication. What I would like from our LA’s is access to resources and information. However the internet is awash with it, my head has been swimming with ideas this week!

Each family has it own reasons for home educating and the level of involvement they would like – however should regulations be brought in for those families? Maybe something to ponder on for another post.

16 days and counting….


The countdown in our household is on. A visual timetable of the big life changing event that we are waiting for, with a mixture of emotions ranging form extreme happiness and gentle anxiety. I won’t deny that I am frightened with the journey that lays ahead for us. Am I doing the right thing? Will I be the right person? How we will finish this alive? 

I’m hoping that the most I can teach my children is well a few GCSE’s and then happiness. I’m hoping that with happiness they will become good learners. They will experience the joy when all the bits click into place.  As an educator in early years, I firmly believe in the principles from Dr Ferre Laevers, the well-being and involvement scales (Leuven Scales). Thus children being in the zone of proximinal learning because they are happy!  

This blog is prehaps to help with my sanity on the journey and help other like minded people not to be scared to take the leap of faith.  

Hello

Hi Everyone,

Thought it was time to actually start blogging properly now. My little family has been home-educating now since the beginning of September. We are still finding our feet and there has been a few wobbles along the way and no doubt more to come. It’s been a fairly easier transition than I thought. Albeit we are doing limited “structured” work due to an impending move back home to Wales. So my plans for her at the moment include lots of adventures in London and sparking the children’s interests. This then hopefully will form the basis of our educating when we move.

I really think I need to change the name from homeschooling to home educating? Wonder how I do that?