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15/1/14 – Stone Age Teeth, DNA and Chinese New Year.

In Art, Dad's Editorial, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Maths, Science, Subjects by Prudence

We eased in to Wednesday with our usual reading at breakfast time routine. It is such a relaxing part of our day and we all look forward to it.  We went to the library after breakfast where we spent an hour reading. Theo found a book about China which he really enjoyed and Tristan chose several picture books to bring …

Apple – Disappointing Customer Service.

In Dad's Editorial, Editorials by Prudence

Just a quick note to illustrate that despite the greatness of Apple Products, their customer service leaves a lot to be desired. Specifically with me, they seem to make a habit of wasting my time. I was after an iMac to use for the boys education needs but as some of you may know iMacs usually come with a small …

Detoxification

In Dad's Editorial, Editorials by Prudence

Aaah, the time has come. After working ridiculous hours and coming quite close (it felt) to cardiac arrest on a number of occasions I have finally made it to my annual leave. It was hard fought and hard won with my direct superior not wanting me to be absent from the company at all or certainly moving a good portion …

Inappropriate questions

In Dad's Editorial, Editorials by Prudence

Yesterday in a phone call to Prudence she told me how she had been accosted in the public library by a rude mother whose children are still attending Theo’s previous school. As Prue was with the children in the library this woman barged into their social space and without so much as an introduction or by-your-leave began quizzing Prudence about …

To answer the critics…

In Dad's Editorial, Editorials by Prudence

This entry has been prompted by only the second negative comment I have received since we have begun homeschooling. On both occasions the comment has taken the same form, used the same line of reasoning (which is flawed as I will explain later) and has on both occasions come from teachers. In our previous writings we have been critical of …

Week One Over – Deschooling Complete

In Dad's Editorial, Editorials by Prudence

The first week is done and what a fantastic, reassuring, affirmative week it has been. We have managed to shake off the shackles and concentrate on the most important part of schooling; children learning and enjoying themselves while they do it. The information seems to stick a lot better that way. Prue has done the most wonderful job in the …

OFSTED agree with us?

In Dad's Editorial, Editorials by Prudence

It’s nice to have your opinions validated. We all like validation.When you’re undertaking a task like we are, homeschooling your own child that is, it’s a happy chance when that validation comes at an opportune time. Our belief over the first few years of our experience with state provided education is that they ‘teach to the middle’. That is if …

How and why we began to home educate.

In Dad's Editorial, Editorials by Paul Clarke

I suppose there are many reasons to decide to home educate your child and as Prudence and I have been trawling the Internet for advice in the matter, we have come across some very good justifications. We can only start by telling you what our reasons to home educate are and they are twofold. Firstly we were not satisfied with the …