Thank you MIB (Mums in Bahrain) readers!

Since I posted my blog URL earlier today on the MIB Community website, I’ve had over 300 views in Bahrain alone! This is an extraordinary response, especially for a 3 week old, unknown blog. This must be from MIB readers, which shows us all how many Mums tune in to the MIB Community web page so a huge vote of confidence in this resource! It’s nice to feel people are connecting about something other than tire burning 😉 although personally I think that it’s very important to share information about areas to avoid for the time being etc… (as per a comment I made on a Mum’s post last night about her experience in City Centre Mall). Thank you SO much for reading homeschoolingmiddleeast. I feel super-honoured that so many busy Mums have taken time out to do this today and I guess it shows there’s a huge, latent interest in homeschooling too. You know where I am now – what my URL is, so please do comment on anything you find inspiring, anything you want to debate. You just need to scroll right down to the bottom of the page, after you’ve clicked on the title of the day you want to comment on. By the way, TomTom was awesome! Pity we weren’t allowed to dance though, unlike  Dan Zanes 😦 All those VIP chairs in the way! 

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About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! 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 nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, 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 an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. 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 lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to 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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2 Responses to Thank you MIB (Mums in Bahrain) readers!

  1. Nada says:

    hi homeschooler! I also don’t take my kids to school. I wouldn’t consider myself a homeschooler though. I think I may consider myself as a “free schooler”. I currently plan on opening a school that would be considered an “alternative school” . This means that it differs from “traditional schools.” I am very inspired by “Sudbury Valley School”. I am a mother of 3, all below the age of 5. I am a Bahraini. May I know what prompted you to homeschool in Bahrain?

    • Hi Nada, It wouldn’t really have made any difference where I lived, the decision would have been the same – if I couldn’t live somewhere with a very alternative school, then I would have decided to homeschool because if you read the first few days of my blog 😉 I explain that my son has hated school ever since he started. He was at Nursery in a genteel English village, then IKNS and then St. Chris. There was nothing wrong with these schools as such, but they all expected a level of conformity and although they tried with my son, he still hated them. I would not jump at the chance of sending my kids to an alternative school either. I would have to really evaluate it first. But I think what you’re doing is very interesting and I would love to keep in touch and discuss things further with you. Best wishes.

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