It’s my birthday today so a short post! Writing a short post and having an early night is my treat to myself 😉 since the day has been about ‘celebrating’ my birthday the way the kids think I should i.e. having their friends over and a big chocolate cake! And now they are cuddled up with their father watching the original ‘Superman’ movie with fish fingers when they should be in bed. They are in heaven! They think my birthday is the best! But they are so happy. That really is the best present I could ever have. And their excitement about my turning a year older, and having candles on the cake to mark decades instead of single years, is precious.
When I read about other home educators, unschoolers in particular, I am jealous! I am especially jealous because of the environments that they live in. I am trying to home educate in Bahrain in the Middle East, living here as an expatriate (expat). Bahrain is a tiny island. There is no natural beauty (I’m sorry Bahrainis but when you’ve travelled the world widely, you realize this). Bahrain is a desert environment but without the ability to even enjoy the desert – there are oil pipelines all over the place, so no pristine desert, so no off-roading or camping among sand dunes like in Oman, for instance. For most of the year it’s unbearably hot and humid so it’s not much fun for the kids to play outside. Although, my kids do go outside every day for at least a bit whilst others don’t seem to go outside, at all, for months. And at least by not being at school, my kids are able to enjoy the slightly cooler morning hours rather than waiting to go outside after school and homework when it’s either hotter or dark!
I’m jealous of all the amazing community resources so many other home educators have; amazing libraries and librarians (libraries are very limited here and the librarians haven’t got a clue what home education is), we sorely lack museums, community activities, secondhand sales and especially a community of fellow home educators (wherever they are on the unschooling spectrum).
But we do have each other. At the moment, that’s a very tight knit 3 of us, myself and the two kids, since my husband works such long hours and is frequently travelling away from home, but in time, we really hope this will change and he’ll be able to more bodily join us on our home educating adventure rather than being a financial contributor and cheerleader from the sidelines.
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