The time when nothing happens

It doesn’t seem to matter how long they’ve been coming to the woods, when children first arrive there is always a space of time where nothing happens. They sit, they wait, they hang on their parents’ shoulders. I worry that I’m not providing enough. The temptation at this point, is to start making suggestions, ‘whyContinue reading “The time when nothing happens”

This is not home education

Radio 4 are running a new series called ‘The Corona Chronicles’. This is my submission, but if it doesn’t get selected I thought I’d share it here anyway. I’ve been home educating for over 6 years and I’ve heard every awed, shocked and concerned comment there is: ‘But what about their social lives?’ ‘How canContinue reading “This is not home education”

Trust, not Timetables

Bin the covid-19 lock-down learning schedules and embrace your opportunity to find freedom I’ve been told by many friends over the years that I’m a ‘do-er’. Sometimes this is presented as a criticism by someone highly sceptical of the wisdom of always doing things. Sometimes it is said with wonder, and a bit of uncertainty,Continue reading “Trust, not Timetables”

When ashes are better than branches

One of the things that I love about my forest school is all of the unpredictable avenues of conversation that take place round the fire whilst the children are off doing Important Things. This week I met a mum who told a story that fitted in so well with my current educational worldview that itContinue reading “When ashes are better than branches”

Axe wielding as danger-avoidance

“Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree, because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch, or you might simply get covered in sap, and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors, where it is harderContinue reading “Axe wielding as danger-avoidance”