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Please come and share your home education stories.  Your good days, your bad days.  Stories of everyday home eding to show how it works practically for your family.  

We'd also love to know how you started and why? So please don't think you must be an experienced home eder to share, even in the first days you have a tale to tell.

Please come back and update as you travel down the path.  We all know home ed is a journey, it is nice to follow the journey of others.

Hopefully also we can gather tales from those that are through the other side.  We all love home ed success stories. 

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Promises to keep...

Posted by Anne B on March 31, 2014 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (5)

We're coming up to Madam's 5 year full-time HE anniversary, and today she found my last 5 year diary, which covers the period when we were navigating a somewhat traumatic school exit and was reading it and smiling at how far she'd come and as she spotted the promises I'd made her when we started out. Looking at them, I thought they might be worth resurrecting here.

1) I will not patronise you. If you've done well, I will tell you, if you haven't, I'll also tell you.


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A reminder for myself for the bad days

Posted by EmmaH on March 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (5)

My 4th child has always been a challenge. For the first six weeks of his life he screamed. Constantly. It has been up and down since then, with periods of relative calm and others that are the stuff of nightmares.


As I get to know him and understand him better, more and more I see a little boy who is vibrant, full of life and bursting with intelligence. He is also a sensitive little soul: the radio is too loud, the light is too bright, the clothes are too tickley. The most ...

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Who Goes There?

Posted by Anne B on February 24, 2014 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Okay, it's a little over a fortnight, but you weren't counting, were you? Or maybe I'll amend the resolution to twice a month, which is a little bit woollier...

So, anyway, here I am, on a break from finding Dr Who quotations for Monster to use as copywork and Madam to use as starting points for discursive essays, which she needs more practice on pre IGCSE English.

I deliberately introduced Madam and Monster to Dr Who after meeting some very nice Daleks. (As you do. Oh, you don't?...

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Raindrops keep falling...

Posted by Anne B on February 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (3)

I suppose I should have worked out something was coming when the restuarant/softplay/ice rink complex in our beloved park was refurbished and rechristened the Ark, but I clung to the belief that this weather was just a passing few days.

Well, it isn't. We seem to have a choice between strong winds, torrential rain and strong winds and torrential rain, which is pretty tough on a young man who needs outdoor time if he's to be able to control himself.

Luckily, I have the essentials f...

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To Blog or Not ... You Decide

Posted by Mandy on February 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (7)

To Blog or Not …. You Decide

I hate blogs and yet I am considering setting up one of my own. Often, I find myself thinking that HE has turned my life and views upside down. My hubby was reflecting on it recently, saying “You’re turning into your worst nightmare” whilst I pinned up a list of things to do for him on the fridge. I was never going to be one of those obsessively organised (and sorry, bossy) women. Here I am though, so, I think what I am trying to s...

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Sometimes, it looks as if I'm planning this

Posted by Anne B on January 7, 2014 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Like today, when our project on biomes (types of habitat for those, like me, who hadn't heard of them before) took us to tropical rainforests and what constitutes excessive rainfall and how you define a monsoon.

We work on 2/3 what I want them to do and 1/3 interest related stuff, and, being the nosy and curious pair they are, more often than not they end up working together on their interest-related stuff and coming at it from different angles. So, today Madam is looking at how animals...

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Back Again!!

Posted by Boyceview on October 2, 2013 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (4)

Been on our annual HE break - well we haven't actually been anywhere - just our usual mid June to end August time off HE. Now we work through to next June, Christmas off of course!

I just realised its become usual to have this break actually, and I usually stay away from laptop/forums/school stuff/HE activities as well. We've evolved into a yearly rhythm!

We started 'back to school' at beginning of September. I've also realised it gets easier to get back into the routine...

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An average day

Posted by tarenath on September 24, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (4)

So this is what we did yesterday. I'd say this was a better than average day, plus it's a Monday and we always seem to get the most done on Mondays. My alarm goes off at 7am but I've been awake for a while listening to DH get ready for work. I throw on some clothes and put my hair up, not enough time for a shower this morning. Mighty is already awake and getting dressed, and I prod Mouse out of bed to do the same. Breakfast for them this morning is waffles and I spend most of the morning chas...

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A day in our life

Posted by EmmaH on September 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (7)

Notes from a day last week. It was a middling sort of day - we have had better and we have had worse. It was also a 'booky' kind of day - some days are more craft, or sporty or something else! The narrative has ended up mostly about me - if I have the energy I thought it might be interesting to write from each of the children's perspectives too. It's also pretty long - just a warning - I won't be offended if you get bored with our trivialities!

By way of explanation, M is my...

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A selection of my blog entries

Posted by Jos on September 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (2)

Note these go backwards in time and are probably best read from the bottom.

AAS is All About Spelling

Scone - son 13

Moo - daughter 11

Peter and Jane

Posted on September 21, 2013 by jinnyjos

AAS Ground to a halt. Too many different sounds to be mastered before we seemed to get anywhere. Upset child, despairing mother.


Conversations with dyslexic brother about how he only learnt whole words.


Back to Peter and Ja...

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