When I first embarked on this homeschooling journey I admitted to being somewhat reluctant, but really I was just totally overwhelmed. Completely out of my depth in a way I have never been before. I didn’t know where to start, or who to ask for help and support. Whilst not being the mainstream way to educate kids, for a family that travels it’s actually an incredibly practical solution. Practical in that it’s cheap (compared to international schooling), and free of traditional schedules that would make travelling tricky. However it does require a little (or a lot) of creativity on…

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Well here we are. September is just on the horizon with a new school year, and guess what? We’re still homeschooling. Putting the children into conventional school has been a serious consideration this year. We’ve even been and looked around several options locally. But nowhere feels quite right, so it’s back to homeschooling for us. It’s a decision that I’m surprisingly okay about. I’m still no teacher by any stretch of the imagination. The last year was spent unnecessarily beating myself up that the kiddies will be ruined by this homeschooling debacle, which they haven’t been. And I think, finally,…

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It’s some sort of incredible coincidence that as I hit the milestone of 52 weeks* in Singapore, Singapore is celebrating 52 years of independence. I mean, what are the chances? Really?  (*52 weeks being a year of officially living in Singapore. I haven’t actually been in Singapore for a solid 52 weeks. But that’s just details, details) So to celebrate the big five-two, here are 52 things I know now that I didn’t know a year ago…   Expat Life 1.When meeting someone new be prepared to answer the following four questions (they’re all people want to know about you).…

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Please note this blog post is sponsored by Bayard Something that it turns out my children miss from home is magazines. We used to let them each choose one magazine every couple of weeks or so to chuck in the trolley with the supermarket shop. Since moving to Singapore we’ve let them have a magazine each once. Just once. And they cost me the best part of $30. I thought they were expensive in England, not so much anymore. And the thing is, I actually quite enjoy kiddie magazines because – and perhaps this says a lot about my ability…

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There are several upsides to our home schooling adventure, but there are also downsides. The main one, and the one that causes me the most amount of guilt, is the lack of facilities available in our 1200 square foot apartment. We are limited by space, not surprisingly, and our “classroom” is the dining table. It’s a set up that works for the basics – spelling, reading, writing, maths etc – but doesn’t offer us much flexibility for hands on activities, especially science. Ultimately we just don’t have the space, or the storage, for everything that the kids would be exposed…

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