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    Decided to home educate? 5 steps to get you on your way.

    Deciding to home educate your children is exciting and wildly terrifying at the same time. There’s been soul-searching and sleepless nights. Worry and fear about what could go wrong if you leave school and if you don’t. You’ve spent a long time thinking about home education and now you’ve made the decision, you just want to get on with it. Here are my top five steps to get you started. Deregistration letter. If your child is registered at a school then you need to get their name removed from the school register. It’s important you do this in writing. For a useful template with the appropriate legal wording, visit this page and…

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    Supporting natural learning : A step by step guide.

    Natural learning happens, well… naturally! As humans we’re meant to learn. It’s a lifelong process; an evolutionary design to give us the best chance of survival. We see this clearly in babies as they learn to walk and talk – they learn incredibly complex actions with no need for formal instruction, through a process that is highly efficient. But this doesn’t happen in a vacuum. There are many ways that we can support our children with natural learning and much that can get in its way. In the eight years that our family has been home educating I’ve seen many times how these positive and negative forces can play out.…

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    Thinking of home educating?

    Once upon a time… we found ourselves contemplating the idea of home education. For our family it was the first step of an amazing journey. With the benefit of hindsight, there really was no turning back for us. Home education had presented itself as an actual, real-life, legal and practical possibility and life would never be quite the same again. At the time, of course things felt less clear. We began searching in earnest for anything we could find out about the subject and pondered long and hard about whether this ‘home ed’ lark really was such a great idea. There are lots of fantastic resources out there with huge…

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    Joy lists : A Home Education Essential (what they are, why you should have one and how to get started).

    What is a joy list?   A place to record everything that brings you joy. Think of it as an inventory of enjoyment, a collection of all that comforts and that cheers. Literally a note to self of all you love, big and small.  Anything that sends you squealing with excitement and dancing with delight can make it on to your joy list.   Why are joy lists so important for home education?   Creating joy lists with your children sets the tone for home education. Acknowledging and respecting from the outset the importance of joy for effective learning. When we enjoy what we’re doing, learning follows effortlessly.   Joy lists…