Benefits of Homeschooling

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Having Time for Pets
We really enjoy our for legged family and have so many lovely memories with them. Being homeschooled means the kids and the animals can be really close. Our dogs are devoted to the children and instinctively protect them from strangers; something which offers me peace of mind in this day and age.

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Being a Close Knit Family
This is so important to us. They love their cousins, their great grandparents, both sets of grandparents and god parents. They interact with people from all ages everyday and will hopefully always will be able to relate to other people no matter the age gap.

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Unstructured Play
Some of our favorite memories begin like this. And for expressive kids who would be criticised in a normal school setting, this is freedom and childhood, fun and acceptance. Once these precious years are gone, you can never get them back.

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Art and Crafts
The dogs were more than happy to participate add the kids experimented with hair chalk.

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Culture
The kids still enjoy Odissi and this wad taken after a workshop with visiting teachers from Japan and Russia.

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Learning New Skills: Photography
This was taken by Katelin during a workshop organised by other HSers

On Homeschooling Centres Again

By very definition, homeschooling or home education is done at home. If you’re posh and loaded, hire a private tutor. Or even a few. If you’re average or capable or mad, you do it yourself.

Yes, you the parent will do the educating. If you can be trusted to keep a newborn alive, you can teach a child to read, write and count. Really, you can. You can leave your child’s innate curiosity to handle the rest. Or you can get a syllabus and help them through it.

But do stop asking me to recommend homeschool centres. It’s an oxymoron. You’re not doing your research and you are courting my scorn. I’m reserving my patience for worthier causes so before you pull your child from the system, you need to learn to do a bit of research.

(I got something like 20 questions on my comments section asking for homeschool centre recommendations. I’ve binned them all!)