A homeschooler homeschooling her children; a nice perspective

A quick link to a homeschooling Mum who was herself homeschooled; a nice perspective. 

I think the think she most values about homeschooling is what I most value about homeschooling: TIME. As her point no. 8 (in her list of ‘Amazing Benefits of Homeschooling from a Graduate’s Perspective’) says, “Time to think deeply ~  Are you seeing a trend here?  TIME is such a huge gift that we give to our children…Homeschooling provides more flexibility and time to think deeply about things. My favorite childhood places to go and “think” were both outside. I would do my hardcore thinking while out for a jog around the block or from my perch atop the roof {yes, I had a permissive mother}. We were encouraged to ask questions {no question was off the table} and think deeply. We were also given time to process.” 

I also think ‘time’ is so vital for everybody’s bodies to work optimally, by not being rushed to eat, sleep, toilet etc… in the way it is during the schoolday – and not only rushed but scheduled. Nature does not like such things scheduled, it is not natural. Happy homeschooling!

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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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5 Responses to A homeschooler homeschooling her children; a nice perspective

  1. Katie says:

    Great article! thanks for sharing Penny! I will be homeschooling my 16 yr old daughter this year in Dubai. She has had a horrible school experience all her life and enough is enough. I only wish I had taken her out of school before now. We are excited about her next ‘school’ year coming up. She is artistic, she loves to read, she loves to garden and cook. She will do the K12 program but at her own pace and she will not have to deal with mean teenagers telling her she is dumb–because she learns a bit slower than others. She will not have to listen to all the gossip and deal with all the mean looks that comes with high school teens. She is not into ‘drama’ and gossip, she just wants peace in her life and to be a kid. I can’t wait for her to be at home with us this next year. I love your blog Penny, I admire what you are doing. I wish I had homeschooled my kids. I hope we get to meet up in Dubai soon! KT

    • Hi KT, SO great to hear from you. My son is now 9, we’ve been h/s for 2.5 years and we all couldn’t be happier. We now live in Spain. We left Dubai about a year ago but I haven’t updated my blog. H/S is the least exciting thing going on in our lives nowadays so I haven’t found the motivation to write about it although it’s still something I very much enjoy knowing more and more about. There is a great h/s crowd in Dubai who you can meet through DUNEHA including some teenagers. It’s also nice to meet other h/s Mums, even if their kids are younger. I’m not a fan of K-12 BUT any way that gets you to start on your new h/s adventure with confidence is great. You are certainly doing the right thing and will reap great rewards in terms of your relationship with your daughter and indeed how she feels about herself as a person. If you’re British you might also want to consider: http://www.net-school.co.uk/ or http://interhigh.co.uk/ or http://briteschool.co.uk/ I don’t know them but have met one happy customer! Good luck! Very best wishes, Penny

      • Hi KT, SO great to hear from you. My son is now 9, we’ve been h/s for 2.5 years and we all couldn’t be happier. We now live in Spain. We left Dubai about a year ago but I haven’t updated my blog. H/S is the least exciting thing going on in our lives nowadays so I haven’t found the motivation to write about it although it’s still something I very much enjoy knowing more and more about. There is a great h/s crowd in Dubai who you can meet through DUNEHA including some teenagers. It’s also nice to meet other h/s Mums, even if their kids are younger. I’m not a fan of K-12 BUT any way that gets you to start on your new h/s adventure with confidence is great. You are certainly doing the right thing and will reap great rewards in terms of your relationship with your daughter and indeed how she feels about herself as a person. If you’re British you might also want to consider: http://www.net-school.co.uk/ or http://interhigh.co.uk/ or http://briteschool.co.uk/ I don’t know them but have met one happy customer! Good luck! Very best wishes, Penny

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Penny,
    I can no longer access my old email add . Could you contact me on my new one as I haven t got access to your email details( forgot my password etc ) ?! Miss you xxx veronika

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