I’m Not Avoiding You All!

I know it’s been ages since I last blogged. I am really missing it! We’re just very busy in the UK and not doing much homeschooling as such – but certainly living life to the full – an important part of unschooling.

I’m trying to ensure that the kids are very aware of what’s it’s like to be staying in different places, travelling around the country a little bit, meeting lots of new people. We were just at my sister’s amazing wedding in Scotland. The kids happily chatted to both child and adult guests, all complete strangers and danced their socks off with Hubby and I until 11.30pm, when the wedding ended!  I think full participation in unusual situations is a very important part of life. So the emphasis is on learning to live a full and interesting life right now, not on book-learning.

I am also ensuring the kids are outside as much as possible; rain or shine, because so much of life in Dubai is indoors so many months of the year. I also want to try and have them enjoy museums, castles and so on which are, again, not available in Dubai.

I’ll write more when I can. Back to ‘Scrabble’ right now – a great spelling teacher!




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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One Response to I’m Not Avoiding You All!

  1. aishaaarshad says:

    Hi Penny,
    It’s so nice to hear from you again! Glad to know you are having a good time in UK 🙂 We are also at home, in the States, enjoying time with family and doing enriching activities, things we wouldn’t normally get to do in Dubai. Like you, I love that my kids get time to do so many different activities, even during the school year, and that reflects in their level of maturity and being able to get along with all different types of people.
    As far as curriculum, we’ve decided to go with Keystone this year instead of K12. The curriculum is just as rigorous for 1/3 the cost, plus there are no due dates so the kids are able to design their schedule all on their own. I hope this total flexibility, as opposed to the pseudo-flexibility of K12, will help my kids finally take full ownership of their schedule and their work, and develop some key life skills. Still haven’t made a final decision about moving/not moving. Your advice a few months ago, at the bowling center, helped me realize that my hesitation in proceeding with my plan was not really a bad thing. We’re taking our time with this and hopefully in the end it’ll all work out.
    Take care and can’t wait to see you back in Dubai!

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