We’ll be living in Dubai by the end of October…

We’re moving to Dubai. We expect to be there by the end of October. Any homeschoolers living in the U.A.E. please do get in touch on this blog, or by email, and let’s get together!

I am really going to miss the wonderful, small group of homeschoolers in Bahrain that I’ve been so privileged to have met, but unfortunately,  only so recently.

I’m going to desperately miss the wonderful friends I have in Bahrain, some whom I’ve known since the beginning of the four years that we’ve been here. Bahrain has been my daughter’s whole life. We moved here from the UK when she was just 6 weeks old! And I’m going to miss the house where she’s grown up, the old villa with the beautiful lush garden, possibly the lushest in the whole of Bahrain.

I just hope they’ll come and visit us in Dubai!

But I’m looking forward to hopefully being near some lovely public parks and beaches that we don’t have here.  I’m really looking forward to living close to some dear old friends again, one of whom I’ve known since University days and who I moved to Dubai with back in 1997! Moving to Dubai the first time was the craziest and best adventure of my life (other than getting married and having kids!) I don’ t think it will be quite so crazy this time but possibly more hectic given the size Dubai is now compared to the first time I lived there! And the size of Dubai compared to, comparatively, sleepy Bahrain. But I won’t miss the tear gas, burning tyres or traffic jams as a result of both of those. I will miss the interesting political landscape here though.

I’ll be blogging about homeschooling in the midst of a move soon. Hopefully, there may be some useful tips in there somewhere for you!



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 We’ll be living in Dubai by the end of October…

  1. shamaila dar says:

    Hi, my son is 11 years old. He has hearing deficiency. i wanted to do home schooling for him. how can i do that?

  2. Hi Shamaila, Homeschooling hearing impaired kids is not my area of expertise. Presumably, you need to either teach yourself how to teach a hearing impaired child or find a tutor. All of us homeschooling Mums (and sometimes Dads) have had to find a way to teach our kids/mentor our kids to learn. Hopefully learning how to homeschool your hearing impaired child will be as satisying and exciting a challenge! I am loving our adventure, as scary as it sometimes is! Homeschooling your child builds such a special bond. I don’t know where you live so I don’t know what resources you have available locally. These are some websites that I found with a google search http://www.nathhan.com/articles/artbrian.htm http://www.deafhomeschool.com/ http://www.raisingdeafkids.org/learning/choices/homeschool.php http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/deaf.htm#.UcL_jefviSo

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