Stories

We got our daughter back!

We got our daughter back!

Three years ago, our daughter entered secondary school and, initially, seemed to thrive. It is a well respected school, the same one our boys had gone to with positive experiences. However, as time went on, we noticed her getting more insular and less excited about...

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Consider the Trees

Consider the Trees

I'm usually the first one awake and this morning was no exception. I walked out to my spot in the living room, Moreton Bay glimmering on the horizon, a thin strand of silver under an overcast sky. We were blessed early last year to find a secluded rental property with...

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Taking the leap & no regrets!

Taking the leap & no regrets!

If you had told me when my son started school in 2011 that we would become home educators, I honestly would have laughed out loud. Coming from a family of teachers, the thought of home educating did not even come onto my radar. I will also confess the term ‘home...

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Deschooling myself

Deschooling myself

"Do you remember when we learned all about the Sumerians when you were younger?" I asked my 18 year old daughter. "We dressed up, made different foods, and even did a puppet show?" Looking at me blankly, she responded "No, I don't remember doing that!" We used to get...

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I Feel Proud of Myself

I Feel Proud of Myself

The photo is such a special one to me, the happiness and laughter on my daughter’s face is one thing - but there is something that you can not see in this photo…  Minutes before this was taken on Saturday night, my daughter had just watched herself on a cinema screen...

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Dyslexia

I started home educating before I had any idea that my daughter might have any learning difficulties.  She was clearly a bright child, making her milestones, curious and interested, and extremely conversational.  I am not British and was not impressed with what I saw...

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Remember the End Goal

Remember the End Goal

My story began over 20 years ago when our 1st  child was born.  As  new parents, we were full of idealism and wanting the best for our daughter and we both thought home educating would offer a wonderful way to educate our child.  My husband encouraged me to home...

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Breathe, Take Your Time, Find Your Feet!

Breathe, Take Your Time, Find Your Feet!

When we first started two years ago, we bought a big expensive boxed curriculum, which worked well for us initially but as I found my feet, I discovered that it didn’t entirely meet our needs. So, now we’re into our third year and I’m beginning to “pick and mix” to...

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From Mainstream to Home

From Mainstream to Home

We joined the world of home education over two years ago with our two girls who are now 13 and 10 years old. They are very different from each other and, therefore, need a different approach to learning, as was the case in school but they were unable to provide that...

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A Family World Adventure

A Family World Adventure

One of our dreams all through our homeschool journey was that one day we would be able to take a year out and go travelling with our family - early on we had met another family who had spent some time going around the States in an RV and the idea of taking a family...

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Why We Chose to Home Educate

Oliver, our eldest son, was born on the 26th August, a summer-born baby boy.  Oliver was a bright, inquisitive baby and toddler - always asking questions at every opportunity and eager to learn new things. He enjoyed pre-school for a time, but then became frustrated...

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The Glorious Days…

There aren’t many whole days that I could describe as ‘glorious’, but they come as moments, sometimes hours if we’re lucky. They’re the moments our kids are rolling around laughing and making up funny rhymes or working together on building a den. With my oldest child,...

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Looking Back on My First Year

Looking Back on My First Year

When my 9 year old daughter innocently explained that she was using disassociation and self-harm strategies to get through maths lessons, we knew we’d never walk her over the threshold of the school again.  As ex educators, both my wife and I had already experienced...

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