Well, here it is, finally.
I have been thinking about starting a blog for some time now. I began looking into the idea of home education for my daughter last year when I realised that I couldn't carry on struggling with school fees to keep her at the Steiner School she's attended since the age of 4. My initial thoughts were that she would go to the local state school, but then I had that same uncomfortable feeling of dread as when she was due to register for reception class. This is not particularly a reaction to 'state' schools, or our local schools (which seem generally quite good), but goes much deeper and is concerned with how children are 'educated', and what mainstream, conventional schooling does to children as individuals.
I started off looking at home ed as a possible option if things didn't work out at the local school, but through reading and research, and contact with the home ed community, as well as discussions with my daughter, I decided to give it a try.
Going back to the reason for starting the blog - I came across many blogs detailing the lives of home educating families, and found them an invaluable source of information and inspiration. So I suppose this is partly my little attempt to offer the same to others. It will also be interesting to keep track of how we evolve - I have no rigid plan of how we will approach things, we both have lots of ideas, and in time will develop a way of learning that suits my girl. She finishes school next week, so after a nice long break we will start to move into some kind of routine, but it will not be formal or rigid.