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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to Lorna Tormey and Pauline O'Reilly from the Home Education Network. Both Lorna and Pauline have decided to educate their children at home and the share the experience for the benefit of listeners who might be interested in doing the same, in the immediate term or in the future. Among the various topics we discuss are:

  • Why they began home educating their children
  • A typical day of home educating
  • Unschooling
  • Autonomous Education
  • John Holt
  • Not following a specific curriculum
  • A weekly routine that constantly changes
  • Giving up a career to home educate
  • Choices about secondary schooling and going to university
  • Learning algebra
  • How different families approach home education
  • Helpful sources of information for home education
  • Steiner Education (bringing together hands, heart and head)
  • Dealing with challenge
  • Dealing with boredom
  • How active parents are as home educators as children grow older
  • Difficult days and creating space for parents’ own projects
  • Support of the Home Education Network
  • Opportunities for children to socialise with other children
  • Play-based learning
  • World schooling
  • Advice for parents who are currently involved in involuntary home education
  • Deschooling
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