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Home Education Thoughts

Last week, instead of Talitha starting school, we sort of “officially” started our home education journey as a family. We’re calling it “homeschool” for her benefit and we’ve made a fuss of her starting something new since she was asking lots of questions about friends who were going to school and wondering why she wasn’t. Fortunately, she has lots of friends who are home educated, which makes the whole thing a lot simpler. She’s been excited, every morning asking if she can do her “homeschool” today. Essentially, I’ve just been

Talitha turned four in June. She would have been starting Reception at school this week. She isn’t going to. We didn’t apply for a school place. We started talking about home educating early in my pregnancy with her. It was something that had appealed to me for a long time. I knew homeschooling families and was not exactly thrilled with my own school experience. Laurence, on the other hand, had gone to boarding school and looked back on it mostly fondly. So he took a little time to come around

Laurence and I started talking about homeschooling (that was the term we used at the time and we still use both terms now) before Talitha was born. I may not have even been pregnant with her yet. I’m not sure. I remember I brought it up while we were having a stroll around Clifton Village, where we used to live, and he was pretty scandalised. I grew up knowing families who homeschooled and disliking school myself. He went to boarding school and, on balance, found the experience positive. Fast forward

On the blog today we’re enjoying the company of a mama I’ve been getting to know over the past few months. Polly, who blogs at This Enchanted Pixie, comes across as genuine, confident and full of life and love, both on her blog and in person. I’m so pleased that she’s sharing her reasons for home educating her daughters, especially since we plan to do the same. Hello! I’m happy to be here, sharing a little of Adele’s space today! I’m Polly, I’m a thirty something mama to three girls

I can’t remember when we first started talking about home education. It was probably before Talitha was even conceived. Since then, we’ve gone round and round talking about the merits of alternative education while maintaining a wait-and-see approach. After all, she’s only just trying out her consonant sounds. She’s not running off and getting hooked on phonics next week. I realise that this topic is provocative for some, though I don’t really get why. On a couple of occasions people have actually taken offence when I’ve casually mentioned that we’re

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