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The right way to home educate

Newsletter · Oct 12, 2021


In last week’s email I talked a little bit about how there is no one right way to home educate. I strongly believe that we overcomplicate home education. Not because we want to, but because we’re coming at it with so much built up context and experience on what we believe a good education should look like. We end up spending too much time trying to fit our children into that model and not enough time working out what other, better fitting, versions might exist.

We don’t invest enough time or energy into designing an education that’s tailored to our child.

Doing that is the real power of choosing a life without school, and when we do we often end up with a much simpler, less stressful approach than the one we’ve experienced ourselves at school.

Reflecting on all this stirred enough of a fire in me to make a whole podcast episode on it, so if you haven’t listened this week grab yourself 20 minutes sometime. I dig more into de-schooling, and put up some starting points for thoughtfully designing the right education for your child. This is important work for anyone starting out on a home education journey, yes, but also anyone already on this path who might be struggling to find their flow.

I really hope you take something from this episode, but let’s not stop there – send me back an email with anything you get stuck on while you work through this process, or jump over and ask a question in my Facebook group.

Let’s keep lifting each other up while we break that old model down, because while it can sometimes feel like you’re a bit alone in this… you’re most definitely not.

Thanks for reading, talk soon!


Issy Butson, aka Stark Raving Dad. Author of The Grandparent's Guide to Home Schooling

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