People interested in home education often want to know how a normal day works. What is it really like to educate children at home? How can it work when there are children of different ages, or different interests? What about the presence of a baby, or an inquisitive toddler? What happens when the car won’t start, when the washing machine floods, when the children squabble or get bored? Do children – or parents – find themselves lonely in between home educators’ meetings? On this page, however, I’ve selected a few blogs by home educators which mostly describe what life is like on a day-to-day basis for those educating children at home.
Blogs by home educators, past or present, still updated regularly:
The World is their Classroom – Nicola is an Islamic home educator with five children in the UK. Her blog is about day to day life including some educational activities done with her children.
Mamma’s School – Sonia and her family in the UK began home educating after Easter 2016. Descriptions of their life and educational explorations with a seven-year-old girl and twin four-year-old boys.
Along came Cherry – Cherry has two young daughters, and has recently started home educating. Her blog has craft ideas as well as home education posts.
Beautiful Tribe – Adele has two young daughters, and has been home educating them in a relaxed way. Her blog is about family life, creativity, and home education.
Patch of Puddles – Merry writes about life with her four daughters and young son. They home educated for many years, then the girls went to school. One of them was not happy there, so is now home educated again. Merry also manages to run the excellent MuddlePuddle site which is packed with ideas and activities for young children.
Wight Weirdos – Martin and Susan have been home educators for many years; their two daughters are now adults, and their son is a teenager.
Radical Ramblings – books and baking, cats, general chat, and a radical unschooling lifestyle
Sometimes it’s Peaceful – Gill, an autonomous home educator in the UK writes about her life with children of various ages.
Making it up – Jax and Tim juggle work and home as they educate their daughter and younger son, while caring for two little ones, as well.
Educating Hannah – plenty of photos and details of the wider education of a 12-year-old girl.
Always Somewhere – Sheila is a good friend of mine, who has been home educating her family of six children; the oldest is now eighteen, the youngest six.
Feet on the ground and head in the clouds – blog from a mother of four lively boys, who has been home educating for many years.
Former home educators’ blogs:
Just another morning here – Sarah has three children, two teenage daughters and a son. After a few years of home education the children started attending schools, which has worked well for them all. The blog is still updated, and the family are still home educators at heart!
Grit’s Day – a former home educator of triplet girls, this blog is regularly updated with posts about education which are of relevance to current home educators.
Scottish vegan homemaker – Penny educated her son and daughter at home, in a house packed with books. They are now adults but the blog continues.
Brummie at Sea – my older son’s blog about his life on the MV Doulos and his work in Carlisle.
Home ed blogs which have not been updated in some time:
We hate workbooks! – June describes life with her four daughters; the oldest was 13 when she stopped writing on the blog, and the youngest was two. Plenty of photos to illustrate their days.
Starchild Searching – Lou used to be a home educator in the UK with four ‘lovely, wild, veggie children’ as she puts it.
Progressive homeschool – Nika is an American mother whose home educating was eclectic with quite a focus on science experimentation.