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A word of thanks & to whet your appetite for Monday

Thank you so much to all those who supported my blog tour. It has meant so much. Thank you also to the wonderful host blogs; I’m so grateful to you for letting me gab on over on your blogs about education from all different angles! And to Bird’s Nest Books for organising it.

If you haven’t discovered these brilliant blogs yet click the links on my previous post. They’re worth a visit; it’s always inspiring to explore new ideas. Did you check any of them out – do let me know? Today (Thurs) is your last chance to win my latest book over at the Home Education Podcast. 

Meanwhile, another thought provoking book; ‘Rethinking Learning To Read’ has just come my way, which the author is going to talk about on Monday’s blog. Even its introduction got my educational juices going. It tells us how there is historical evidence to show that people learnt to read quite successfully through informal approaches long before schemes and schools came on the scene! (Just like many home educators do!)

Can’t wait to read the rest. Pop by Monday and listen to what the author has to say.

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Catch me other places!

blog-tour-badge There’ll be a slight change with my next few posts.

My publisher at Bird’s Nest Books has arranged for me to do a blog tour, so I’ll be posting in other places for a while.

It’s a great opportunity for me to visit other blogging friends and blog from slightly different angles. And a great opportunity for you to check out other sites you may not have seen before.

It’ll start this later week on:

Thursday 2nd Feb with Becky’s blog www.family-budgeting.co.uk where there are some great money saving tips.

On Friday 3rd I’m over at www.downsideup.com where Hayley talks about her work to support parents and children with Down’s syndrome.

Saturday 4th finds me with Louise, a fellow author also home educating, who asks where ideas originate. www.louisewalterswriter.blogspot.co.uk

On Monday 6th it’s David’s turn at dadvworld.com who blogs from a dad’s point of view as well as home educating. He posed some thought-provoking questions!

And on Tuesday 7th I’ll be over with Keris who also writes about home education as well as children’s books at https://happyhomeed.com

Finally, on Wednesday 8th I’m with Holly at Naturalmumma.com talking a little about our journey through parenting and home education.

And just to finish off on Thursday 9th the home education podcast site will be chatting about my latest book at Ep.44 and have one to give away!

I hope you’ll get a chance to pop over and have a read and don’t forget to tell me, or leave a comment there and share the blog. It’s always so uplifting to hear from you and know the post has been of interest and is getting to those who need it. And don’t forget to visit Bird’s Nest Books too for any extensions to the schedule.

The case of the disappearing comments!

I love receiving your comments. THANK YOU!

They’re extremely valuable and often more thought provoking than my original post! And I appreciate all who give time to share their thoughts here.

So I’m very SORRY if you’re one of the people who’ve spent time doing that and then had your comment wiped. It wasn’t me! I didn’t even know it was happening until another reader alerted me through Twitter.

It seems to be a WordPress glitch. I’ve had quite a few recently. If anyone else has had the same do let me know – or have any tips about overcoming it that would also be helpful.

All these platforms are a wonderful way of expanding ideas – when they’re working that is. Frustrating when you’ve been tapping away then it all disappears, whatever forum you’re on.

I usually share the posts via Facebook so you can leave a comment there and let me know you’ve had yours wiped. I rarely take any off myself – think only had one occasion to do that, for they’re all valuable even the ones that disagree. Or email me (see the Who Am I? page) Or tweet @RMOUNTEY7 But please don’t give up!

It’s great to get a discussion going – everyone learns from it. (Hope you’re doing loads of that with the kids – it’s a valuable learning approach for them too. Discussion broadens minds, ideas, horizons, mental agility, education…)

I’m surprised that people sometimes ask if they can SHARE this stuff around; of course – that’s what it’s here for! Pass it on all you can.

Meanwhile, thank you for bearing with me. All contributions always welcome, it’s stimulating to be able to share ideas and hear yours. Hopefully normal service will return soon so keep your comments coming. If someone could try on this post and it doesn’t appear then please let me know if you can through other platforms – I’d be most grateful.

And thanks again for reading!

Wishing you Happy New Year energy!

One for me - a landscape to look at on those wintry days I can't get out

One for me – a landscape to look at on those wintry days when I can’t get out

I get sick of words sometimes! Yea – I know I’m a writer but everyone gets tired of their job!

I often spend ages looking for the right ones, sometimes it takes a whole mile of tramping out in the wild to rustle up enough inspiration to even think when writing so depletes it. Let’s face it any work depletes it!

And finding the right words to express yourself is extremely difficult. Even great philosophers have a problem with language, because some concepts are so intangible and difficult to express the language can limit what you mean. It can be a barrier to pure thought. Certainly hard to write what we mean at times.

And we expect kids to do it?!

Anyway, sick of the linear form and released from the writing treadmill (yep – it can be as much a treadmill as any other job), I’ve been taking some time over the holiday to try and restore some creative energy, so turned my hand to more practical, hands on and visual forms of representing the things I love, or expressing love to others through making them gifts.

Several bags and cushions later I feel much refreshed. And practising some of the other ideas I’ve preached here throughout the year I bought nothing, just reused stuff we had, some of the fabrics dating right back to when the children were here and we’d collected materials from the recycling centre. So glad I didn’t pass them on as I threatened to do on several occasions I felt over cluttered!

And I was able to express my love for others, my love of textile, and my love of the land, in a different way from words, even if I did write this blog to tell you – the experience turning me back to writing and thus being just the refresher I needed.

I hope you were able to refresh over Christmas among all the other demands and now face the new year nicely rejuvenated.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my wonderful readers whose support means so much words still fail to do justice to it!

Flipping 500!!

Flipping heck – my 5ooth post! I’d never have thought it!

...decided I look better out of focus!

…decided I look better out of focus!

I suppose having been here for five years and kept at it regularly it was bound to happen. Five years of championing parenting and children and mums and home educators and I still feel just as passionately about all that as I ever did. Actually it goes back a long way before five years.

But this isn’t meant to be about me. It’s about YOU; you my faithful followers.

This is a great opportunity to say a heartfelt THANK YOU! Thank you to all who’ve followed me so faithfully, who’ve taken time out of busy lives to leave me a comment, who’ve ‘Liked’ my posts and my Facebook Page, RT’d my tweets, who’ve left me lovely reviews on Amazon about my books and an especial thank you to all those who’ve even bought them. I SO APPRECIATE IT!

It’s hard to find words to tell you how much you have lifted me up. So this seems like a good time to express my heartfelt gratitude to all you wonderful people who’ve read my stuff and shown support.

You make it worth it. THANK YOU.

Thank you very, very much! x

Massive boobs and Home Education blogs

Two lovely grown up Home Ed kids, not too scarred by their experience!

The biggest boob we ever made when home educating was introducing our kids to the World Wide Web via a massive pair of breasts.

We hadn’t been hooked up till then; it was fairly antiquated where we live and like with fashion, we got everything several years later than everyone else.

Keen to get started with it we all sat excitedly round the new computer and ‘dialled up’. But somehow we immediately got onto the website of a prostitute with enough bosom for ten people. I’ve never seen the kids – or my husband – so glued to a screen!

Now, the web is such a big part of home school life you can’t imagine ever being without it, as we were when we first sprung the kids from school. But apart from information, one of the very best things about it is the opportunity to network, raise awareness, and through blogs showcase home education as it really is.

I’ve been looking at some random ones lately. It is truly uplifting to see the commitment of parents, the inspirational, diverse and valuable activities that kids are engaged in, and the breadth of approaches home educating families take. You can’t help but get the impression of a wonderful way to raise and educate kids. And you also get a sense of the LOVE. You wouldn’t get that in a school.

So I thought I’d put a few links on here so that parents visiting will get a reassuring idea of how well home schooling works  and hopefully some of those ridiculous myths and misconceptions about it will be dispelled.

Here are some I’ve visited so far:

http://manydifferentdrums.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.the-chicken-shed.blogspot.co.uk/

http://thegallivanters.blogspot.co.uk/

http://classroomfree.blogspot.co.uk/

http://anordinary-life.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.autonomouseducation.com/

http://joyous-art.blogspot.co.uk/

http://shinynewcomputer.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.simplyhomeschooled.com/

http://feetonthegroundandheadintheclouds.blogspot.co.uk/

http://homeeducationdad.wordpress.com/

They are in no special order or preference, it’s just ones I’ve got round so far and if you’re doing one and want it displayed send me a link and I’ll add it. If you’ve contacted me before and I’ve forgotten you please get in touch. If there’s enough I could start a collection!

And hopefully I’ll get the links right this time and not make such a massive boob as I did when my kids were young!