This is a journal recording our adventures and misadventures of, initially, our home educating journey, followed by following our dreams by moving to Sweden. When our 7 year old beautiful, full of life, school loving daughter moved to junior school, we had prepared ourselves for the increase in learning tempo. However, what we were not prepared for was watching our creative, nature loving daughter almost shrivel up with school and begin to dread each school day. She loved to write stories, paint, create, and make, but access to these pleasures was reduced. Well, virtually non-existent. She always worked hard and therefore did well at maths and english, and anything else that was put her way, but there was no place for her own talents, abilities, and interests to be nurtured. Then there are our 2 beautiful 4 year old twin boys (due to go to school in September), that are always going to be round pegs in square holes with the educational system, preferring to do most of their learning by any physical means available and preferably outdoors covered in mud! So Dadda and I sat and chatted about the unimaginable. Myself, Mamma, trying to home school (well, more “out and about” school) and bring back our daughter’s zest for learning, and excitement about discovering, as well as giving her time and resources for the subjects she enjoyed most (the same will apply to our twins as they grow). This blog charts the ups (and realistically the downs) of our adventure. I hope it can be used as a place for tips and hints for some, and encourage those who feel the same to have the confidence to go for it. I am a qualified paediatric nurse, not a teacher, but as a parent I could see something needed to be done, and am stepping up to the huge challenge of trying to teach my trio something! My aim is to help them become self motivated, self thinking learners, with a passion. Not a little person going through a sausage factory process. One size does not fit all, children are individuals and their learning needs to take this into account.
Update July 2016: Since starting this blog we have seen a huge difference, not only in our little lady, but in our family dynamics. However, we are now about to start the immigration process to Sweden, and whilst our little lady will return to school, it is a very different system, and there is still plenty of space for my home education style input too. Follow us on our even bigger family adventure and journey through moving to another country, and how I continue to help them learn at home (or as you may have gathered I do it in the great outdoors mainly!), using what I have learnt over the last few months 🙂 This blog is here, hopefully, to inspire you to follow your dreams, get outside in nature, and educate children outside the box….