Chattin’ with Laura Grace Weldon of “Free Range Learning” fame

I just had a nice little ‘chat’ with Laura Grace Weldon of “Free Range Learning” fame. How cool is that! It made me feel a lot less isolated, to talk to someone on the other side of the world who’s so well-known in the worldwide homeschooling community. How gracious of her to spend time with me on her blog (which I’d just discovered due to wordpress’s reading suggestions. Thank goodness she also blogs on wordpress!).

I’m so excited I don’t know how I’m going to get to sleep in about half an hour!

See the link here and there are lots of other great articles. I like the one about the wrongness of coercing children which had some great discussion about productive boredom in the comments afterwards. I have posted about this too – I think boredom can lead to great creativity although it is sometimes, as a commentor pointed out, a plea for attention when you’ve been a bit too busy or if they’re tired or recovering from illness. Laura Grace Weldon rocks!


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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4 Responses to Chattin’ with Laura Grace Weldon of “Free Range Learning” fame

  1. Ooh, how fabulous, thanks for the link, will go and read…

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