Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Increasing Number Of Parents Opting To Have Children School-Homed

WASHINGTON—According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, an increasing number of American parents are choosing to have their children raised at school rather than at home.

Deputy Education Secretary Anthony W. Miller said that many parents who school-home find U.S. households to be frightening, overwhelming environments for their children, and feel that they are just not conducive to producing well-rounded members of society.

Thousands of mothers and fathers polled in the study also believe that those running American homes cannot be trusted to keep their kids safe.

"Every year more parents are finding that their homes are not equipped to instill the right values in their children," Miller said. "When it comes to important life skills such as proper nutrition, safe sex, and even basic socialization, a growing number of mothers and fathers think it's better to rely on educators to guide and nurture their kids."

"And really, who can blame them?" Miller continued. "American homes have let down our nation's youth time and again in almost every imaginable respect."
According to the report, children raised at home were less likely to receive individual adult attention, and were often subjected to ineffective and wildly inconsistent disciplinary measures. The study also found that many parents expressed concerns that, when at home, their children were being teased and bullied by those older than themselves.

In addition to providing better supervision and overall direction, school-homing has become popular among mothers and fathers who just want to be less involved in the day-to-day lives of their children.

Read the full article here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Aussies in the house!

The last three days, we've been happily hosting five Aussies! A befriended Australian homeschooling family, living in Holland, visiting England :).

It was a little bit confusing at first that the kids could speak English ánd Dutch! Adam said: just like me, Daddy!

American pancakes for breakfast

It was so good to see that the kids got on so well: playing, watching movies, running around, playing "some" PlayStation ;))

Shared interests

We've also tried the nearby swimming pool in Torquay, the Waves leisure Pool. The boys thought it was really cool. They loved the waves!

Thanks for coming over! And thank you for the opportunity to get to know you a little bit better! Boaz said that he didn't like it that you were going home and Adam said: they've been here such a short time!! ;)

Thursday, March 25, 2010


....by this book

I've (clearly) always misunderstood unschooling. It makes more sense now!!

So, when I'm not with the kids, ordering groceries, going on a trip, welcoming visitors, cooking dinner or skyping with Lieke ;))

I'm reading, and reading, and reading...

Just wanted to let you know :)

P.S.: I've ordered the book (cheap(er)!) here, on Lulu.com. Americans can buy the book from Sandra Dodd's website.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My wall of fame

I love my 'workplace'!

And I have my personal wall.

And I love that even more!

Although I really love living here, it reminds me of all the good things in Holland.

It's not finished, there are always things that can be added. I'm still missing some pictures of people that I love (like the rest of the family and some godchildren), but I'm not good at all in printing pictures.

Don't ask me **how** bad!

So if you think you should be there, send me something and I might add it ;))

Saturday, March 20, 2010

They made my day!

Today I had a mum's day out, with Heather again :)

We went to Exeter



Mosaic tiles (also inspired by her) at Opus Mosaic

And some nice (? sugary ;)) hot white chocolate stuff for the boys

And....I wanted to buy a bottle of wine for Job.
So I went into M&S.
Found a bottle.
And I wanted to pay....

But the lady at the checkout asked me:
Do you have an ID on you?


I asked her, showing my driver licence: how old do you think I am? :)


Me: Well....I'm 32

Oh!! ??

And I've got three kids

I thought you were 23, 24....(you can't buy alcohol in the UK if you're under 25)

So I told her she made my day ;)

And so did you, Heather! :)



Friday, March 19, 2010

A drowsy day

A drowsy day it was. But I love drowsy days (after a few good Spring days!)

I repotted some vegetable plants

Boaz and Levi did some painting

Boaz made and tried some masks

He found out (and took a picture of it) what he'd like to get for his birthday (three months to go ;)))

Adam played his favorite computer game

We played

We read (more about this book later!)

We watched TV (aaaaaalways Cbeebies :))

And made a hut

And he came home! Yeah!!

It was a good day!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bear Feet ~ Newton Abbot

Yesterday we went to an indoor playground (Bear Feet) with one of our groups. The boys enjoyed playing and I enjoyed (very much!) chatting.

It was ashame though they didn't give us the correct information about the prizes :(

I'm really sorry about the boring blog again ;) and the absence of nice pictures. This one belongs to the category "diary" I guess.

*mum, it's sóóó hot in here!!!*

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More enjoying!

These days, we are enjoying the company of Job's parents.

They (and we) enjoy:

Sitting outside (and inside :)), reading books in the sun

Walking on the moors

Playing with the kids

Reading with Levi

Eating our neighbours home made lime marmelade (and my smoothies)

And just being together

Friday, March 12, 2010

Kents Cavern ~ Torquay

Today we've been to the (I think it is) biggest cave of the UK: Kents Cavern in Torquay. We went with the local Home Education "Historical Visits" group.

The difficult part was that Adam was a little claustrophobic. So it took a while to get him a little at ease. And Levi didn't really see the point of going into the Cave anyway ;)). But I think we did ok, eventually.

We had a very nice tour; the guide was very friendly, very child-orientated and entertaining!

After the Cave, we had lunch and after that we did a quest in the garden (everybody happy!); Adam helped several other people finding the ones they had missed (in English!!) and Levi and Boaz could run around.

We did some fun digging and were allowed to bring the "treasures" home.

(I'm sorry for my short stories, lately. It's just that I spend less time on the computer (which is good actually))

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Donkey Sanctuary ~ Sidmouth

Yesterday, we had a very sunny (and windy) day at the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth with one of our homeschool groups.

The boys groomed the donkeys.

..and walked them.

And Boaz even raked the donkey poop! ;) (couldn't get my camera on time though, because Levi was afraid had to adjust to the idea that the donkeys weren't going to hurt him.

Cute baby donkeys

A new friend?

In the heart of the maze

Chilling (or erm....done....:))

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


We've been busy, last week and this week.

Busy enjoying:

The nice weather and being outside

The trampoline

Catching up with the program that Job, Adam en I really really like watching together ("Wie is de mol"). We're really behind (we are at #4 now)

And yes, it's that time of the year again ;)) (for the people that know me well) I'm going to stick to it this time ;)) and not for just eight months :). She, Gillian McKeith is just sóó right!!

Reading about growing our own vegetables

Sowing the first seeds. I know, it seems a lot, but we have plenty of space

Potatoes from this project

and two greenhouses.

And I love "trying". Planning to even do some more sowing....

What have you been enjoying lately?!