Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Life After Home Education

[first posted on Homeschool Pen Pals : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschoolpen-pals.]

Hi, my name is Beverley and I'm from South Australia. I have three adult children who were home educated. I'd like to correspond with other parents with home ed graduates.

I am still active in promoting and supporting home education, enjoy gardening, landscaping our property, building and travelling. It is my ambition to find time to continue writing fiction. I am the editor of a home ed newsletter and online magazine.

Since my early teenage years I've been interested in education and socialisation processes and what motivates people. At the moment I'm pondering the issues around 'nature' and 'nurture' - why our children turn out to be the people they are; what worked for us as parents; what worked for them as youngsters.

As a older homeschooling parent I always found it difficult to talk about my worries and doubts - too many younger mums needed reassurance that home ed will work for them and I didn't want to undermine their confidence. It worked for our family, but that didn't stop me from worrying! Now I'd like to chat with other older mums like myself openly and frankly about our home ed experiences. My interest is personal, but I am a writer and tend to eventually pull my thoughts together and put them down in an article or two. It's my way of making sense of the world.