Ooops! Canada!

Ooops! A total aberration! I forgot to thank everyone from Canada who reads homeschoolingmiddleeast. Canada – where some of my dearest friends live, one of my own nationalities, the country of my son’s birth, the only place in the world where people have stopped to ask if they can help when I’ve been looking at a map instead of me having to ask them, a country of incredible beauty, of much-missed toy lending libraries, of incredible home birth midwifery and lactation support and lastly of ‘Tim Hortons’. Actually, I wasn’t at all partial to ‘Timmies’ but I still feel warm inside whenever I see one because I think of them as so quintessentially Canadian (although new ownership is no longer so). I saw one most recently, after a long time, in a very odd place for me, for any Canadian I think, next to a beach in Dubai – considering the time I might ever have felt tempted by a ‘Tim Hortons’ was in the midst of very cold Canadian winters!! Thanks all you Canadian readers! You rock!


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 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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3 Responses to Ooops! Canada!

  1. shaema imam says:

    Ah, the public libraries and coop playgroups in canada! (yes, and tim hortons!)

  2. shaema imam says:

    They also publically fund and provide support for home education in Alberta!

    • Really! That’s quite progressive for the most conservative province in Canada! I have to say I don’t miss Tim Hortons at all and now you can get your fix in Dubai, in Jumeirah, across from the beach, most odd after Toronto usually quite grim locations in strip malls etc…!

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