I have had a keen interest in the learning and development of babies, Children and young students, since 2008. My relentless research into educational approaches and resources was largely fuelled by the needs and development of my own children – who have been a constant reminder of how individual a child can be.
Our first-born is an extremely confident social-butterfly, with an aptitude for learning that demands a challenging schedule, and still she will stay up late reading several books simultaneously. Our son is an over-thinker, with worries and anxieties, and yet he is extremely imaginative and naturally agile, whilst possessing a bold personality to keep us all on our toes! Both children excel academically; however, they learn in quite different ways.
Our daughter began her early years in a Montessori setting, and, after a recommendation from MENSA, we ensured that she gained a full-time place in a local primary school with a reputable gifted-and-talented programme. However, as a family, we chose to deregister her in 2015, (age 6yrs), because home educating proposed a more flexible curriculum suited to her interests and abilities. Whilst our summer-born son did attend the same Montessori setting, he never really settled there. And, after the success of home educating his older sister, we never registered him at a school. Home education suits our son even more than it does our daughter, who would enjoy certain aspects of a school setting, but prefers the freedom of being home-schooled.