Summer Portraits 2013

So we’ve been so busy this summer I’ve neglected to update the weekly portraits. Here are my favourite shots of the girls this summer. Advertisements

How does your garden grow?

My last post was some weeks ago and I’ve been very aware of my neglect of the blog.  Perhaps ‘neglect’ is the wrong word.  It’s been a semi-conscience decision. I follow a lot, and I mean a *lot*, of home education/unschooling blogs – from the practical-advice kind to the philosophical kind to the school-is-the-devil-incarnate kind … Continue reading

Sound Bites – Good Riddance

“The old system where every child was locked away and set into nonstop, daily cut throat competition with every other child for silly prizes called grades is broken beyond repair. If it could be fixed it could have been fixed by now. Good riddance.”  John Taylor Gatto

Rites of Passage

Two weeks ago we went to my niece and nephew’s sports day.  The girls had never witnessed a school sports day before and Shahada, being pretty speedy, mentioned several times how she’d love to run.  Of course she couldn’t.  Not in any of the races anyway. My sister asked, ”Don’t you regret that they’re going … Continue reading

Sound Bites – Rules, Schmules.

“Children who live surrounded by rules, instead of learning about principles, end up becoming adept at getting around rules, finding the loopholes in rules, disguising non-compliance, or deflecting blame for non-compliance (i.e. lying about what they did). These are the skills that they then bring into adult life.” Robyn Coburn

The Three R’s (Part Two)

My children could already read (to some degree) when we decided to home school.  In terms of what that means for me and helping them to learn, I’m very lucky…or unlucky.  It depends on your point of view. I’ve been spared the worry about the girls learning sounds, letters and blending.  They had the basics … Continue reading