We are about to move countries, to Dubai, and surround ourselves with new people. My kids and I are really social so I expect that will happen quickly, and that will be lovely, but this is a great reminder to be selective in the end, for really healthy reasons about who we spend time with. We have been very lucky in Bahrain to have found such wonderful friends who have given us so, so much – some whom we’ve only met recently and yet have already given us so much. I just hope we can find a special community in Dubai too 🙂

Just The Nine Of Us

I saw this quote as I was sipping my coffee in front of my laptop, devouring breakfast after the morning rush was over and the school kids were finally out the door and on the bus:

Another inspirational and deep quote, posted on Facebook, one might sarcastically say. But the truth of it struck me, as it has been something I have been taking note of and adapting my life to (and in turn the life of my family to) over the past few years. I would say especially since the chapter of life where I am no longer bearing children, but moving forward and raising my now complete family, has come to be…

I have repeatedly stated that I would rather be alone than wish I were. This can be applied to marriage, friendships, a work setting, whatever.  This was not always the case for me. Growing up, I never lacked…

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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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  1. jmj9 says:

    I think sometimes if we are selective, then we do wind up “finding” that community bit by bit. Keep us posted on your move!

  2. If we become like the 5 people we most spend time with, that explains why I’m getting more like my husband and kids all the time…..

    But really, I’m eager to hear all about your family’s move. Dubai will be lucky to have you!

    • That’s too funny! I know what you mean. I’m going out to dinner tonight with a friend and it’s probably been a year since I’ve done that! I don’t know how I’ll stay awake ‘so late’! Thank you for being so kind about Dubai and I’ll certainly blog about it. I just reblogged your latest wonder 🙂

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