A lovely post from a new unschooling friend in England

This is a lovely post about a day we shared with this family and some others yesterday in the park. Since we met up in the morning, I guess all the families could be loosely termed ‘unschooling families’ if a term had to be used because otherwise they’d be too busy doing ‘school at home’ to come.

The lovely blogger, Katie, was playing with the boys/maybe some of the girls and it was my son, Edward, who came up with the “…best line of the game “Even civilized countries don’t torture prisoners.”” I’m a proud Mum! I think she was grateful too since she was the prisoner at the time I think! When I read the post this morning, I did have to explain to Edward the use of the word ‘even’ and that perhaps “even UNcivilized countries don’t torture prisoners” might have more accurately expressed his thought. He was too busy in the middle of an imaginary game, with his sister (yeah! Brother and sister playing amicably in our house is something not to be messed with!) that I didn’t want to spoil the moment with further debate.

I wanted to share Katie’s post because it so much reflects what so many ‘peaceful parenting’ parents feel, even the ones that send their kids to school. We are so hard on ourselves. We are so disappointed when we feel we ‘fail’ for even half an hour a day. She had lots of lovely, supportive comments on FB though so I was very pleased to see that. One of them included a link to another post which I will share separately. Thank you for sharing, Katie and thanks to all Mums who are trying to parent peacefully. I try hard every day. I will try harder. That’s all I can say.

 

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Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai. If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is now 8 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 4, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward. Although we would consider, if we moved continents (!) an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. But I can't see us moving very far for some time. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We live in the Middle East which is a very challenging place to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I'll blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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One Response to A lovely post from a new unschooling friend in England

  1. Rameeza says:

    I love that thought about homeschooling penny!I am a tutor for homeschooling kids on british curriculum..and I give free classes -5 trial classes to my kids(students) on Science and Math.If any body wants it..feel free to contact my Skype id:hrameeja

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