Talking about home education and how it could work for you

Just in case you haven’t seen it, and whilst I’m having a little break, you might like to pop across to YouTube and listen to me talk about home education and how you can make it work for you! It talks about the usual issues; socialising, how the children learn, how to go about it.

It’s called ‘Home Education – Can I really do it?’ And shows how you possibly can:

 

And there are several books on the My Books page which you also might find helpful, for both beginners and those who’ve been going longer term and just need a bit of a boost!

My work is here to support parents and children for whom school doesn’t work too well and show how there are other valid ways to educate, so peruse, use it and share it as much as you like! The more it’s out there the more awareness will be raised of the fact that children do not have to suffer for an education; if they’re suffering with the school way – there are alternatives!

 

Important message!

No one wants to read long blogs right now. I’m not that keen on writing them whilst everyone’s holidaying. So have created another way of leaving you with an important message:

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Feel free to pass it on!

It’s today!

It’s available TODAY: the new story for the little ones, so they get to read of a child who’s home educated just like them.

I remember all the books we read to ours were always about schooled children – I decided to do something about that. Hence the lovable little rogue ‘Harry’ was born in ‘Who’s Not In School?’. He’s out on his another adventure now – find him exclusively at the publisher; Bird’s Nest Books

Illustrations by James Robinson

Illustration by James Robinson

I also remember clearly what it was like to home educate. I look back on those days as treasured memories of delight and happiness.

Funny how memory eradicates the tricky bits! Because of course there were tricky bits and that’s what started me writing about home schooling. To bring comfort and reassurance, guidance and encouragement to those who wanted to have a go but lacked a bit of courage, and to those who’ve been doing it a while but need that little support during the long haul.

And I now realise that’s what my writing’s always been about – reassurance and personal support – so check my books out if that’s what you need right now. You’ll find them on the ‘My Books’ page; they’ll offer you comfort and kindness whilst I go AWOL occasionally during the summer.

Hard to believe there are all these now.

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How did that happen and where did the time go?

That’s what you’ll all be saying about your home education one day!

Short of ‘Good Ideas’?

My blogs might slow down for a bit over summer, but if you’re short of ideas dip into Michael Rosen’s book. DSC06116

This man has surely got to be a home educator at heart!

His book ‘Good Ideas – How to be your child’s (and your own) best teacher’ illustrates beautifully an approach to learning home educators already use; just being engaged with your kids.

And it shows how all parents can teach their kids and get involved with education simply by being an engaged, attentive, observational and a curious parent. A good article on what he says about that here. It’s more about parenting than teaching, how the two are intertwined, how the world is full of the best curriculum you’ll ever have, and how interacting with the children whilst you show it to them will help them learn and will build essential life skills that go beyond the academic, to application in the real world.

It’s a fabulous resource. A readable book. And a reminder how to be curious yourself so that your child will be and how this is a precursor to learning.

When you’re too tired to think up anything else, dip into Michael’s book, and you’ll be inspired and regenerated.

Living life is learning about life and Michael illustrates how easily this can happen.

Your support is immensely valued…

It’s a tough business selling books. Since it’s only those who reach the dizzy heights of hundreds of thousands of sales who hit the press many people don’t know this and think it’s a lucrative doddle. Ask any of the less famous writers just jotting away and they’ll agree; it isn’t!

I also know it’s tough financially for many home educating families who make that choice at the sacrifice of an income and consequently have a more frugal existence. We do of course reap other rewards by doing so, but I know buying books is a luxury.

So the publisher of my latest two is doing her best to keep the prices as low as she can and offer discount, despite the financial challenges a small Indie publisher faces.

Jane, at Bird’s nest Books, a home educator herself so she knows what it’s like, is also a champion of less well known minority groups trying to do things differently. Despite it being unlikely that these books will reach the numbers of the more mainstream earners mentioned above Jane still hopes to “publish fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children, particularly (but not exclusively) books which are aimed at or feature traditionally underrepresented groups and communities”, as it says on their site. I’m honoured to be part of that. We do need to put bread on the table but money isn’t the only consideration.

So, however you give it, your support is always immensely valued.

If you belong to a home educating or parent group you can club together and get a £2 discount on five copies of the ‘Home Education Notebook’ and share it among you. And if you pre-order the new children’s book ‘The Wrong Adventure’ you can also get a discount at the checkout using this code RMTWA. So head over to their shop.

And both the publisher and I would be eternally grateful if you’d share this around your groups and Facebook as much as you can and help us spread the word.

Let’s get the minority voices heard.

A peep inside the new children's book out on Aug 8th. Pre-order with the code for a discount

A peep inside the new children’s book out on Aug 8th. Pre-order with the code above for a discount. Illustrations by James Robinson

 

Education and School don’t always overlap!

Remember me saying I find stuff about education in the most unlikely places? Saw this quote in an Art book the other day (‘Steal Like An Artist’ by Austin Kleon) and thought I’d share it as my post today, to maybe get you thinking about yourself for a change as well as the children!

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So nice to have what I’m always saying endorsed!

It’s the ongoing life’s work of all of us to educate ourselves, as much as it is all parents’ job to take responsibility for the children’s, rather than always abdicating it to schools, for learning can take place within our lives all the time, not just in institutions and on courses.

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Just for today though, think about your own education. By demonstrating it’s importance in this way you’ll also be indirectly educating the kids. This book might not do it for you, you might be inspired by Instagram or cookery, but inspiration is just another route to education. Go find some for yourself!

The Wrong Adventure!

I’m delighted to tell you that Harry’s off on another adventure.

Illustrations by James Robinson

Illustrations by James Robinson

If you haven’t already met him he’s the adventurous little homeschooler in ‘Who’s Not In School? who wants to learn about everything.

But his adventures in trying to do so often lead him into trouble as his curious investigations – particularly into the more interesting things that belong to older siblings – end up annoying people. So Harry decides to go off on an adventure on his own where he can’t annoy anybody.

See how he does this in ‘The Wrong Adventure’ which will be out at the beginning of August. It’s illustrated by James Robinson, a home educated young man himself with incredible talent.

If you pop across to Bird’s Nest Books to pre-order your copy you can receive a discount. Enter this code RMTWA at the checkout and your copy will only be £7.50 instead of the usual price of £8.99

It’s the perfect story to read outside with your youngsters this summer.