Why We Made The Decision To Home Education

The decision to home educate was one that was thought about long and hard. I don’t think it’s something you can just jump into without thought. Our 10 year old had wanted to come out of school for 2/3 years. She was very unhappy in school and would cling to us each morning when we took her to school. Things were decided for us when we found out that a teacher had said that people were uncomfortable around our child. This came a few months after a teacher called.her despicable.

Learning A New language

Abbie decided a while ago that she wanted to learn Swedish. The reason behind this is that she wants to move there after going on holiday. We looked at several language courses including some free ones like Duolingo: Learn Languages Free and Innovative Language 101 – Learn English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese, and more. But neither of these had Swedish on them.

We ended up choosing The Rosetta Stone Swedish Complete Course. This was one probably the most expensive but we waited to buy it until an offer came on for 60% off.

All the family have been using it but Abbie is doing brilliantly. She seems to have a natural aptitude for it. I have recorded a small section today of her doing a pronunciation section so you can see what it is like. YouTube video

First HE Meeting

I went to my first HE meeting last night, adults only at a pub (first time I’ve been out in years). It was nice to have a talk with 2 other people who are home educating. Looking forward to more events and meeting more people.

My 10 year old has started another blog (just about her life now) and this is one line from today’s post. “since i have been taken out of school my behavior has improved especially towards my sister”. It’s nice to know that she is thinking like that.


We spent half the day in the woods and in the country park today. It’s only a short (10 minute walk) from the house to the park. Lots of cute little creatures around. But, I’m not allowed to tell you about them as Abbie is writing a blog post tomorrow with photos!!!!

I’m looking forward to going to my first HE meeting on Monday (evening meet for adults only). And on Wednesday morning we will be attending a group meet. Hopefully lots of children there and things to do.

Joint/Duo Reading 2

Abbie used to love reading from age 3 until she was 6. After year 2 at school she really didn’t enjoy it anymore and especially not out loud. We never found out the reason why. So we were so surprised today when she was doing the duo reading with my husband. Three times she carried on reading after she had read ‘her page’. It was funny to hear her ask “how many pages have I read?”

We hope we are turning a corner now and she will start to enjoy it again and read for fun.