Category Archives: Road School

Learning: Not At School

There is no ‘right’ way to deal with educating your children during the current situation, but here are some thoughts about what we learned from the experience of supporting our own children’s learning when they weren’t in school. 1. A … Continue reading

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A Grand Tour

When I was ten years old, my parents took me and my sister on a tour of Europe. We had a VW Campervan, with a top that tilted up. Me and my sister got to hide in roof at nights, … Continue reading

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Today I had the strange but lovely experience of having to read my own book. When you get to the proofs stage, you are in the last bit of the book writing process. This is the proof, if you like, … Continue reading

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My 10 Laws of Packing

1. You always think you’ve got 50% more space than you’ve actually got. 2. Delegate the jobs. Have a Chief Documents Holder and a Chief Packer. 3. Once someone has taken on the role of Chief of Something, don’t check … Continue reading

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Rapa Nui

The very name conjures up a fantasy As it rolls off your tongue and pours into The hot, dark seedbed of your imagination. A long, cramped plane ride; patience frays But you know there are giant stone heads ahead Heads … Continue reading

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Knowledge is in the World

In the fields opposite our home, where the children play, there is lots of knowledge. There are birds and trees to name, bridges to be built; there are sticks to carry and holes to dig, there is team work and … Continue reading

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He for She

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” Mexican Proverb As I’ve discovered this week, writing about gender brings out strong reactions in other people. This is fine, because I don’t use my blog as a way … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Thinking

“Learning happens when people have to think hard.” Robert Coe Today I am sat in my study, writing (or, to more accurate, ‘writing’). I have banned myself from Twitter, the urgent emails are all answered, the preschool accounts are pretty … Continue reading

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The Passion and The Project

“You’ll never guess what we’re doing for our topic this term, mum!” the kid says, all excited, as we cycle home after the first day back at school. “Give me a clue,” I say. “There were two of them in … Continue reading

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A Question of Culture

We have always travelled a lot with our children. They both had passports from 3 months old, and since then they have spent lots of time every year visiting their family in Portugal. We also lived overseas with them for … Continue reading

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