There are many home ed families blogging. Here are some Australian blogs of interest:
Livin’ On The Road
Mum, Dad and four kids home educating and blogging while travelling around Australia. You can follow them at http://www.livinontheroad.com.au
Home School Learning for Tomorrow’s World
Jackie’s regulation home ed blog. Believing that play is the main way children learn about themselves, others and their world, her blog is her way of sharing the things they are doing that work. http://www.homeschoollearning.com.au/
Free Range in Suburbia
Regular Otherways columnist and unschooling mama to a free-rangish family of three daughters, Shay Reynolds has an unschooling blog at http://www.freerangeinsuburbia.com/
“My kids are free-range, my garden is edible, my intentions are good & my leggings are pants. I’m the hippy next door…”
This family is new to home education this year and their blog details their journey into the world of home education.
I’m a sometimes textile designer living in Tasmania with my little family. Our home is where children are born, nurtured and educated, gardens grow and creativity flows… my days are spent designing, dreaming, learning and playing with my three little owlets.
Along the way, you’ll read about our unschooling adventures, see things I make, watch us fix up our little nest and try and leave as tiny a footprint on our beautiful corner of the world as possible. You might find a recipe or two and hear some of the music we love too…
Bare feet, Laughter and perennial wonder
After university I enjoyed three years teaching junior high; loved working with the kids, but did my head in with the limitations and frustrations of the school system. During this time I met some amazing home-schoolers who shattered my misinformed suspicions of home education. I was captivated by their zest for life and hunger for learning. My teaching career within formal schooling was short-lived but I couldn’t wait to have kids of my own – to be a dad and explore home education.
Now nearly twenty years on, I can’t imagine giving those many, many moments in which my children learn – developing a new skill, grasping a novel fact, “getting” algebra, composing a song, eating a tomato they planted, discovering something about themselves, writing a book, etc. etc. etc. – to another adult. For me, home education is simply about life – bare feet in summer, lots of milo in winter, laughter and frustration, our rhythm and routine, dance and bugs, many highs and some lows … perennial wonder.
Of course my wife and I have had to juggle our own careers with the time home education requires. Lorna is a professional photographer specialising in child and family portraiture and I’m what may best be described as a coach or consultant to groups, teams, church communities and home schoolers – and an aspiring but novice writer.
If you’re just beginning the home ed adventure or if you simply need a dose of pick-me-up, I hope the articles and questions on this site will be just the tonic.