Activate Your Knowledge Networks

Aaah, more words of wisdom, nicely put, from my favourite homeschooling author and blogger 🙂 I have been thinking about just this topic. I have been wondering what people we know/could get know in Dubai who would enjoy being (and be useful) resources for my children. My kids are still quite young but I’m sure my son especially would benefit from somebody else’s enthusiasm, let alone knowledge, about something he’s interested in.

Edward is growing his hair really long these days. It’s quite a bit longer than mine now. When asked why he’s doing this – not judgementally, we support his freedom to choose his own hairstyle, even at 8 years old, he says it’s because he wants it like ‘the guys I met at the film-making workshop in Bahrain’. This was a workshop aimed at teenagers which a friend, knowing Edward’s dream to make movies, organized for us to attend (despite his being so much younger than everyone else). He loved it. The students running the workshop (in their 20s) were very kind, loved Edward’s enthusiasm and gave him a lot of personal attention. I think this was a sort of life highlight for Edward and these guys are sort of heroes to him. It may not be entirely conscious, because he doesn’t talk about it as such (and Edward does talk a lot!) but I think he wants to emulate the way these dudes looked as well and keep within him the special way they made him feel. And they had long hair! We have to be prepared! It’s especially unusual to see boys here with long hair because it is so incredibly hot in summer. But he doesn’t seem to be bothered by people now constantly thinking he’s a girl! Good for him!

So, I will thinking about not only the people I know here (obviously not that many after only living in Dubai for a few months) and who they might know and keep my eyes open!!

Anyway, I am on the lookout for more role models for the kids. And I loved the way Laura has suggested we can all go about it.

Laura Grace Weldon

You have more resources for learning than you might imagine. Not money, but the people you know. They have all sorts of expertise and experience to share. Add another degree of separation, the people they know, and the range wildly expands. These are your knowledge networks.  You can activate these networks to enliven your life and your child’s learning.

It may never have occurred to you that your sister-in-law’s cake decorating business might help you vet your own start-up ideas. She can also give your children insight into possible culinary careers, the benefits of entrepreneurship, the art of shaping sugar, or the folly of overindulgent weddings. Everywhere in your life are people who have valuable (and sometimes cautionary) experience—your former boss’ penchant for explaining probabilities, your world traveler friend’s proficiency in planning, your stepbrother’s tales of incarceration, your father’s new passion for gardening and canning, your friend’s long journey through…

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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 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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