We are an outdoor family, and love being immersed in the outdoors and nature. The aim of the blog is to help others to connect to nature and the outdoors, provide inspiration for outdoor adventures and learning, and educate others why the outdoors and nature is so important.
This blog started out as a journal recording our adventures and misadventures of our home educating journey, then onto following our dream move to Sweden and life living there. It all started back when our then 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 passions 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 then 4 year old twin boys (due to go to school that 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! I am a qualified paediatric nurse, not a teacher, but as a parent I could see something needed to be done. One size does not fit all, children are individuals and their learning needs to take this into account. 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 would apply to our twins as they grow). Then in October 2016 we got the opportunity to be able to fulfil a life long dream of Dadda’s and mine and move to Sweden. Whilst our three children did 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….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.