My name is Sue, and I come from the UK. In 1997 I moved to Cyprus with my husband and our two sons. If you wish, you can read about us at our family website or about our day to day life at my Cyprus blog. We decided to try home educating for our first year in Cyprus, while we settled in.
The staff at the boys’ UK school were encouraging about this, although I assumed they would both go to school after the first year. They were nine and eleven when we moved. We quickly discovered the many benefits of home education, however, and kept going. The book ‘Free Range Education: How Home Education Works’, edited by Terri Dowty, has a chapter which I wrote, which explains more fully how we began our home educating, and why we decided to continue.
You can also read about some of our early forays into home education – with day to day descriptions, and how we gradually moved from ‘school at home’ to a much more eclectic style, in the home education diaries at the family website.
Daniel and Tim are now 29 and 27. Daniel worked for a year at the local youth theatre company and then spent four years working on the ‘floating book ship’ MV Doulos from January 2006 until it was retired from service in December 2009. He now works in Carlisle, doing media and audio-visual work. He was married at the end of April 2011 to Becky, whom he met on the Doulos; their first child was born in June 2014. Daniel’s current activities can be found on his blog brummie@sea.
Tim worked for two years in Cyprus as a church organist, and studied for a certificate of higher education with the Open Theological College. He applied to university in the UK in January 2008, and was offered a place at Newman College in Birmingham, to study Theology for Education.
Tim graduated with a very high 2:1 in the summer of 2011, then completed an MA in Theology at Nottingham University at the end of 2013. While completing his studies he worked as a accompanist for two choirs and did IT support for a small business. he is now back in Cyprus working (ironically…) at a local school, teaching music and IT.
The home-ed.info site
This site is now nearly seventeen years old.
At the start of 1999, when we had decided to continue our home educating – probably long-term – I did a lot of research online. I found that although there were many American ‘homeschooling’ sites, there were very few intended for British home educators.
My sons suggested I start a site of my own, and although I knew nothing about web-sites, I registered at a free site called Geocities, and launched my first few pages on February 1st 1999. I had a positive reaction from people on UK home education mailing lists, and since I enjoyed writing, I added further pages regularly, and re-designed every couple of years to keep it looking reasonably modern.
In April 2006, someone who read my blog suggested that I move the site to its own domain, rather than Geocities (now combined with Yahoo). Richard offered me a bit of space on one of his servers, and I registered the domain name home-ed.info. I did a fair bit of upgrading and editing as I moved the site, and launched it officially on May 1st 2006. Since Geocities sites all closed down by the end of 2009, I am very thankful that I made the move when I did.
In the Summer of 2007 I went through every page – now about 120 of them – and cleaned up the HTML to make them compliant with W3C guidelines. This was time-consuming, and I wondered at the time if I would do better to use some kind of template, or stylesheet.
At the start of March 2008, I realised that I needed to do some more changes. One of the fonts I used was not showing on some computers, and the site was looking a bit dated. So I read a few tutorials on CSS. I found a template I liked and played around with it. I hoped not to have to update significantly again, but in March 2015 I realised that I needed to make the site work with tablets and smart phones. I was persuaded to start using WordPress; after a steep learning curve, I think the switch was beneficial.
I hope the site is now consistent, and functional in all devices. I am continuing to add loosely educational pages to the site irregularly. I do apologise for any broken links, missing images or other problems.
If you would like to contact me, my email address is: