If we were in England, Kieran would have started secondary school this week, which means we are officially past the primary school years. Home educating our children was the only thing I ever considered for our two; school never entered my mind as an option. We don’t generally keep track of the ‘school years’, but this does seem an appropriate time to reflect back on the choice we made. I wrote this post years ago during the during the Badman Era, and though I wrote it at a time I was very anti-the-establishment of schools, I wouldn’t change what I wrote. We continue to facilitate the children with their education and will continue to do so as they prepare for their futures. It is the lifestyle that fits all of our needs as individuals and our family unit as a whole.
We realized very early into this way of life that the weather in England is generally lovely when the schools open, so we have tended to take time off during September. Then as the children got older, we decided to have an outing on the actual first day of school to celebrate our choice of lifestyle and I started to post photos called ‘No Uniforms Allowed’. This year we decided to do our photos in August when the California children went back to school. We spent a lovely afternoon at Half Moon Bay, California. In honour of this tradition and as a time of reflection, I put together this slideshow of photos starting from the year Hazel would have started school. They are all taken in the month of September. The photos in the early years were just ‘normal’ photos of the children, the ‘No Uniform Allowed’ outings started in about 2010. In the early photos they look to me like babes, and I still, to this day, feel children start school far too young. I am ever so happy our two could just be children whose only priority was to play and to enjoy life.