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Homeschooling Teens: Catching Up with Charlotte

We are at a really good place in our lives at the moment.  I have three happy, confident and motivated teens, who are thriving and busy following their dreams.  The teen years aren't always the easiest to navigate and we have had our fair share of struggles.  But I watch us chatting together, joking together,…

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One Girl, One Passion, One World

For the past couple of years my youngest twin has been passionate about the plight of trafficked humans and human slavery.  At 13 (when this notion of slavery really took off) I wasn't sure what I should be doing - encouraging her or dissuading her.  I mean human trafficking is a sordid, excruciatingly painful and…

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Angelicscalliwags Catch Up and Plans for Next Year: Charlotte

Charlotte has big plans this year which are almost completely opposite in nature to her twin sister's.  I find it so interesting that two girls who have rarely been apart in the past fifteen years, and have been brought up exactly the same, are so completely different in their personalities and interests.  Having finished her…

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Interest-Led Learning for Teenagers: An Interview with Lillie

Describe how your school has changed over the past few years?  I've been given more control over what I do.  I've been allowed to choose which GCSEs I want to do and I am not being forced to any GCSEs that I don't enjoy.  I am pleased I am allowed to do this because I…

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Interest-Led Learning for Teenagers: An Interview with Thomas

Describe how your school has changed over the past few years? It has become harder as we have approached IGCSEs.  We have to set our own goals and fulfill them.  It was waaay more hands on when we were younger, now it is less so.  I like a balance of hands on and book study.…

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Unschooling Teens – Questions Anybody?

I don't unschool the younger years.  For starters I never want to miss even one minute of the privilege of seeing my children learn along side me, but also my guys just don't enjoy learning alone when they are young.  I am very hands on up until they become teens.  There are no hard and…

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Around London in 8 Destinations: The Actual Day

Warning!!  Ultra, ultra looooong post coming up with over 60 photos.  Apologies (but it was such a good day, I couldn't resist 🙂  ) The morning eventually arrived.  We were all experiencing a mixture of anxiety and exhilaration.  I had spent a night worrying whether I was pushing the chicks out of the nest too…

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Precious Moments

After a sad Friday (which I won't go into as other people are involved), we were gifted with a weekend full of friends and busy-ness which was just what we needed. Sunday we all had a lovely day at church, followed by fellowship with another homeschooling family as they joined us for an impromptu picnic…

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Reader Question: How Do You Manage Chores and Pocket Money – Part Two

Yesterday I shared how we do chores in our house.  Today I will be covering pocket-money (although we don't call it that). Our children have never been given pocket-money 'for free'.  In fact they were never really given any money, primarily because for a long time we could not afford it.  So, why can we…

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The Teen Years: Finding a Balance Between Exam Led Learning and Delight Led Learning

At what age does the future of one's children suddenly seem to matter more?  At what age does home school becomes something a little more serious, and a little less fun?  And when this does happen, how do you stop yourself panicking at the enormity of it all? It hit me sometime last year and…

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A Letter to my Girls Part 2

You were the sweetest natured little girls ever known.  I have heard that twins tend to be easier than singletons and I can confirm from my experience of you two that this is true.  You were always smiling, from the moment you woke: to moment you snuggled down together at night: And all the minutes…

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Ten Things to Love about Teens

I always wondered what life would be like once our three similar aged older children hit adolescence.  Would all hell break loose, or would things stay as wonderful as they always had been during their childhood?  The hormones hit once they turned ten or so.  And things did change.  For a while it was chaos. …

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