Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai. If you want to contact me my email is email@example.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into.
23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is now 8 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 4, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward. Although we would consider, if we moved continents (!) an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. But I can't see us moving very far for some time.
Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We live in the Middle East which is a very challenging place to home educate.
This is an exciting journey that I'll blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog.
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