Happy Friday, homeschoolers! I have quite a mixed bag of news and views for you this week. So let’s get to it.
First the news…
On the international front, homeschooling has now been banned in China. And remember the Romeike family? Well, here’s another family in Germany whose children were taken away because they dared to homeschool.
While not related to homeschooling, this story about a dad in the UK who was fined because he dared to let his child miss school for a trip to Disneyland. His words are what got everyone’s attention on my Facebook page.
“You are not the final arbiter of what’s right for your child,” he said.
In education related news closer to home, student loan protections have recently been withdrawn.
And in things to chew on, this article about what really makes good readers caught my eye. I distinctly remember my daughter using invented spelling before she began to read, but I don’t recall such a thing with my son. Either way, something to think about.
…then the views!
I took most of the week off to catch up on reading and as a treat for finishing my book Create Your Own Homeschooling Curriculum: A Step by Step Guide which comes out in May. If you haven’t pre-ordered it, you should do so now! The price will go up in May.
I’m still muddling my way through Greek philosophy and drama in my self appointed assignments, but I did have time to delve into the history of the Middle East as well, which I found fascinating and also to read some children’s books!