Why Do We Homeschool? [Part 1]

It’s finally here! I’ve been planning to write this blog series for the last 3 years (most of the time was spent procrastinating working on other projects, so don’t expect 3 years worth of material). It’s also the first time I’m officially introducing Mrs Mayers, so when I write ‘we’ or ‘our’, you know who I’m talking about. 😊

We also want to say a big thanks to our Twitter and Facebook friends who have asked us a stack of questions relating to home education, and patiently waited for us to blog about it.

So where to start?

Let’s start at the very beginning, that’s a very good place to start).


In our family, there’s a song for everything!

Our main reasons for homeschooling were wanting our 3 children (at the time) to be closer to us and to each other, and live a holistic life not one where their faith was compartmentalised into a few hours on a Sunday. They were in school already and it was striking to see how they were able to spend the best part of their waking day listening to their teachers, following instructions and being model children, but were the complete opposite at home!

We had some good friends that home schooled before us, and just knowing them dropped a seed in our minds which began to sprout as we grew more unhappy with the education system (especially the organised Mafia/PTA racket. Do you have one of those at your kid’s school? Always extorting money from you?). I also remember the school was keen to place negative labels on the kids like ‘fidgety’ and ‘poor reading skills’ even at the age of 5 or younger.

This journey took a couple of years where my wife was initially more keen than I was but after a while, I came around to the idea and initiated Deregistration Day in 2009. 

Picture chosen for dramatic effect. The actual letter was word processed.

I wrote the letter to the headteacher of the school withdrawing them from the end of that term rather than disrupt things and pull them out immediately. It was the first time they’d ever had to de-register someone from their school before, but was a very straightforward process.

And that was that! We were free. Ready to embark on a new and exciting journey into the unknown world of home education after the summer break. But what should that look like?

I’ll continue the story next week Monday [edit: Part 2 is here] and begin to answer your questions so keep ’em coming. Also please share with your network or anyone that you think might be interested.

3 Things I’m Grateful For

 Life is very different in St Kitts. Now if I was organised, I would have 16 things to be grateful for in 2016, but because I’m not (yet), I’m just going to do 3 (aka 3 Things I Take For Granted in the UK).
1. Running water (which is sometimes hot).

There are a couple of different reasons this one makes the list. Over here, the water sometimes goes off at night and the pressure is variable anyway, which affects whether or not the hot water kicks in! Not every home here has a water supply so standpipes are a regular sight here too.

2. An Internet connection

As someone who uses the Internet every now and then 😊 I’m truly grateful that I can keep up to date with what’s going on in the world and keep in touch with friends. A couple of noticeable differences though. The Internet is SLOW. Currently 2Mbps (but moving up to 6Mbps soon) compared to the 50Mbps I’m used to at home. But hey, give me warm weather and slow internet over cold weather and fast internet any day.

3. Electricity

We had our first power cut recently. No electricity means no wifi, or charging devices, or using a microwave, or having lights. It’s another one of those things that are “just there” ready for you to use whenever you want, so when it’s not there, you really do feel it.

So if you have hot and cold running water, an Internet connection and electricity, recognise that you are blessed!

What are you grateful for?

Oh, and here’s one of my favourite tunes. Grateful (Fanatix Remix) by Dennis Ferrer & Kenny Bobien.

 

Living off the Land

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One of the things that is noticeably different about living in St Kitts is the abundance of food that either grows nearby, or can be supplied by a neighbour (often they just bring things round for you).

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So far we’ve had breadfruit, bananas, coconuts, pumpkin, starfruit, breadnuts, yam, oranges, peas and watermelon all for free!

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Some veg still has dirt on it, or is shaped strangely, but organic is much more tasty. Coconut water fresh from the coconut is much nicer than anything I’ve bought from the shops.

To be continued…

Unplugged

 

  aka 4 months in St Kitts!

And it’s not really fully unplugged otherwise I wouldn’t be able to post this. But I digress.

9+ hrs in the sky, no wifi or 4G is very different for someone who’s connected pretty much all day every day. But I was prepared. I had a few news app articles and emails saved for offline viewing, and bit of music, plus there was a family to chat to and films to watch. And I slept most of the way. There was nothing to miss out on. Time, for a while stood still. I now and more convinced that this constantly connected age we live in is not healthy for us.

So even now, I’m writing about day 1 a week late. But what is late anyway…

So we’re here for a while 🌴 😊
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I was tidying up my blog a little bit and realised that I haven’t posted about our 7th little blessing! I do still blog, just not here very much so follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for breaking news 😁

So our 4th daughter Baby A was born in June 2014. Her name means “made by God” and she’s still the happiest, babbliest baby and flourishing as she is surrounded by love 😍

2013 – The end of the year

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This year has been amazing! So many highlights. But the overriding theme has been amazing people.

I live with 7 amazing people, and have an amazing family beyond that.

I work with amazing people.

I go to church and fellowship with amazing people.

I get to interact with amazing people on social networks.

I make music with and for amazing people.

Amazing, really!

[this is a re-titled repost of a previous post but it’s more relevant now then it was then!]

There’s a new baby in the Mayers house!

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Our 6th child, was born last week. A beautiful little girl whose name means “God has answered” and “ray of light”.

Now, while only some know that my wife and I are totally open to family size (it’s in God’s hands!) Baby E was a direct answer to her sister’s prayers.

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Our only other daughter (the other 4 are boys) was a little sad and upset with the male to female ratio in the home until one night something happened.

We have prayers and devotion time after our evening meal before everyone goes to bed, but on this occasion, S came back downstairs and prayed with my wife, specifically that she would have a baby, and it would be a girl so she could have a sister.

It wasn’t long after this that the solid blue stripe on the Clearvue test confirmed things and a few months down the line here we are. Another little blessing, an answer to prayer and an awesome birthday gift for me!

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I encourage you to let the little ones pray and watch it build their faith and yours. Our 2 year old prays, and even though I can only understand “Aaaaaaaaamen”, God knows what he’s saying.

Coming soon…”Why do we home-educate”