Our son Ewan has never been to school. He attended a small, nurturing playgroup until he was five years old. When he left playgroup he became ‘officially’ home educated in the eyes of the state. That was two years ago. It certainly was not any easy decision to decide to home educate our son. It has also been a journey with many ups and downs, yet the longer we home educate the more strongly I believe we made the right decision.
Parents experience countless challenges and doubts, whatever path they choose to take, as well as many delights and feelings of joy along the way. Looking at our seven year old son today, I can say with conviction that he is thriving and he is happy. He experiences a whole variety of rich learning experiences every week, in many different contexts with a variety of different people. Below I shed a little light and wisdom on our home educating journey so far.
What our week looks like
Our typical week involves two days at a home educating Montesorri group, one session at forest school, one to two days at home and a variety of day trips out to local nature reserves, museums and education centres. When we are at home Ewan plays the piano, learns to read and pursues a number of ongoing projects, which have included space and local history. Ewan also attends piano and swimming
lessons, goes to Beavers and until recently went to martial arts class. At the weekends Ewan and his younger sister, Tessa, are often actively out and about with their dad doing outdoor pursuits, such as climbing, wild camping, cycle camping, canoeing and attending wildlife groups. We also go on regular holidays to the continent, to Scottish Islands and sometimes further afield to the States or Asia. Continue reading Educating Ewan: our home educating journey so far