Our Flexible Learning Lifestyle

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Well if you hadn’t quite clued on to the fact that we are home educating our girls then this post will hopefully say it loud and clear.

WE ARE HOME EDUCATING!

Have been since October 2017 and I’m pleased to say that so far, so good we all seem to be enjoying our new flexible learning lifestyle (as I like to call it).

You may or may not be surprised to hear that home educating is becoming more and more popular in Britain as families for various different reasons decide to educate their children outside of the traditional school system. Living on a small island the home ed community here is of course small, but very much alive and growing.

Our Flexible Learning Lifestyle | The Open Home

I am aware though, that for many of my friends and readers on the island we are in fact the first home educating family that you actually know so many of you of course, have questions about what we do, what’s allowed and whether or not we are crazy. The latter of which is still open to debate.

Snippets of our home educating lifestyle have and will continue to creep into my Daughter Diaries and Gratitude Journal posts from time to time, but I thought I would occasionally do some home ed specific posts to help you understand it all a little more.

I’ve actually been really surprised by the genuine interest and encouragement that has been coming my way. I guess I was mainly expecting blank and confused expressions, tinged with a side of judgement, which I admit I do get from time to time, but I’m pleased to report that the response has been mostly positive.

Our Flexible Learning Lifestyle | The Open Home

Before I share more posts about our home ed lifestyle let me first disclose that I am by no means an expert and this is not a homeschool “how-to” blog. There are many veteran homeschoolers out there with a wealth of information and flashy websites with affiliate links to go with it. I’m not planning to go too deep and wide with my blog posts here, but rather just give you a glimpse into what “school” looks like for us on this tiny island and what led us to home educate in the first place.

My hope is that by sharing a little about our learning lifestyle here that my readers will come to understand two things about home education. Firstly, that it can be a wonderfully enriching educational choice for many families and secondly, that not all homeschoolers are unsociable, tree-hugging, school-hating weirdos – although I’m sure some of us are!

If you have any questions in regard to home educating, particularly on a small island like Guernsey then please leave your questions in the comments and I’ll try my best to answer them in future posts.

What would you like to know about home educating on a small island?

5 thoughts on “Our Flexible Learning Lifestyle

  1. Karla February 14, 2018 / 13:04

    Kudos to you for beginning this journey! As a homeschooled adult, I can look back with many fond memories of learning at home.

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    • Jessica February 15, 2018 / 13:16

      Thank you, Karla. I hope our girls will also have such fond memories.

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  2. Lisa February 14, 2018 / 19:42

    I love this idea! If only I had the courage and ability I would certainly consider home schooling for Cole. I’m interested to hear more about it. Including the hours, the criteria, how you document their work, who assesses what you do. How flexible you can you be and how do you and the kids adjust from you being parents to their teachers which I’m sure are similar but different roles at the same time. Lots of questions which I’m sure by following your updates will be answered over time. Well done you! I admire you and your whole family. You’re amazing, all of you, extremely intellectual. xxx

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    • Jessica February 23, 2018 / 14:30

      You can find the courage, List and definitely have the ability, you’re already his very first teacher right now! The logistics or work is the tricky thing, but there can be ways round that. Happy to chat homeschool anytime if it’s something you every consider pursuing and will definitely try and cover some of your points above in my upcoming blog posts. xx

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