Does homeschooling shelter children from the real world?

A common perception of homeschooling is that it shelters children. That as homeschooling or unschooling parents we’re narrowing down their worldview, deliberately or not, to something that sits inside our own little walls. The perception also holds that children need school to prepare them for the real world, and if a child misses out on […]

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Blurring the line between school and prison

He raises his hand. It’s only 9:30am and he knows he should have used the toilet before he was ushered into this room. It’s going to be embarrassing and disruptive now, but he’s desperate so he puts his hand up to ask permission anyway. It’s granted – it always is – but rules are rules, […]

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You will make sure they’re still learning, won’t you?

We met someone on the beach recently when they stopped to comment on our lovely seaside holiday. It would have looked that way – it was during the school term and we were camped out on the beach, bags and towels and food spread around, kids out playing in the water. We smiled, said we […]

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This is her classroom.

This is her classroom. ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ And the beach. The library. The museum. Dance class. Our karate club. Our local shops. Our street. Playgrounds. The train. Our home. ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ Her classmates? Everyone, everywhere, of any age and from any background.  ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ She will never tie learning to a school. It will be everywhere, […]

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Preparing children for the ‘real world’

We’re sometimes asked how we’ll prepare our children for the real world if they’re not going through the school system. My answer is always a question – what world, specifically, are you talking about? If it’s one with alarm clocks, a job you don’t like, a boss you don’t respect, colleagues you moan about, structure, […]

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11 parenting inevitabilities

Let’s talk parenting inevitabilities, because frankly…they’re pretty much endless. Here are a few we’ve learned (🙈) over the years: 1) Even though it’s been 4 years since your youngest child was a baby, you’ll still find fresh spit-up on your clothes most days. Or, more accurately, your friends and/or work colleagues will find the spit-up. […]

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Why we’re choosing to homeschool

If your home is anything like ours, your exhausted kids announce their arrival home from school with a jacket in your face, a pair of shoes flung across the room, and a backpack through a window. Stuff, tears and minor lacerations all over the show. A normal day. But then you spot the white corner […]

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