Some of you may be aware of the #30dayswild challenge run by the UK Wildlife Trust throughout June. Some of you may have seen the gorgeous magazine-worthy blog and Instagram posts recording the "Random Acts of Wildness" that over 49,000 people, including me, have signed up to commit... here's ours. So, we're home educating. We are … Continue reading #30dayswild – here’s how we’re doing!
Written for World Autism Awareness Week: this is my equivalent of the shaved head, raffle or sponsored slim. If it touches you at all, please click here to make a donation to the National Autistic Society or at least, share as widely as you can so we can hopefully tap into some rich people... Pause Accidents will happen (even in … Continue reading Pause: an alphabetical proverbial poem about adulting and parenting
Due to a combination of severe technical and emotional issues, I have reverted to blogging here at Dirty, Naked and Happy. WELL it's not a true midlife crisis without some completely contradictory and fickle behaviour IS IT? Tried to go high heels and realised I'm better off in my old trackies, eh? What. Evuh. Let's all pretend the … Continue reading Forgive us (me) this day our daily bread
Words can inflame situations and words can burn and scar. So often I hear parents ruining an amazing learning moment with thoughtless words, leaving the child scorched, smarting in pain and with nothing salvageable left from their experience. Mum! I made a boat that floated all the way across the puddle and... Junior, why are your … Continue reading Scorched: parenting and learning
I can't guarantee anything for anyone else, nor for my own family. I know what does damage, and I know what might help. Every second of every day things happen or don't happen and there are consequences. I would say if you don't want to gamble, don't unschool, but the truth is that everything else … Continue reading Guarantee
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain
‘Democracy Street’ is a national collaborative arts project commissioned by the Houses of Parliament Speaker’s Art Fund and Arts Council England. For me, still lost in post-referendum anxiety, the timing could not be more poignant. The artist behind Democracy Street is Jon Adams, who I had the privilege of meeting at a National Autistic Society event, he … Continue reading Walking along Democracy Street
People often ask me how my daughter is educated at home, what we do, whether we have tutors, workbooks, follow the national curriculum etc... I'm never quite sure what to say. To sum up our amazing, awesome learning adventure in few-enough words to satisfy what is generally only a very fleeting casual interest would be impossible and, I feel, … Continue reading What does home ed look like?
The other day my husband sent me a link to an old TEDTalk from 2006 by Sir Ken Robinson: "Do schools kill creativity?", it was as good to watch as ever. I love this TEDTalk, make a coffee, tea, whatever and make time to watch this. Firstly because Ken Robinson is so naturally very funny; a … Continue reading Do schools kill creativity? Yes, they did.