A LITTLE BACKGROUND To begin with, I would like to express how infinitely grateful I am for having a garden! I love that we can step out into our own tiny little corner of the great outdoors. We can use it at any time of day and in any way we want, while showing some … More Paradise Lost… and Regained? A Tale of Two Gardens
I’ve been hesitating somewhat to write this post. I’d really like it to be a positive one, as focusing on the good sides of life is so important to me. It would be quite easy to let myself get dragged down by thoughts about all the difficult and sometimes miserable aspects of our existance. But … More 4 Reasons Why Home Education (Homeschooling) is a Good Fit for our Autistic Child
With the beginning of a new year comes a flurry of posts on social media, about the highlights that have been during the past year, and the happiness that may come in the next. Looking back on the year that we’ve had, I’ve found it a little bit difficult to join in the joyful exclamations … More A Hopeful New Year…
So, today it’s back to school for most kids in the UK. If you (like us) are doing home education, it needn’t make a great difference, as you may have been educating – more or less – throughout the summer anyway. For me, this “New Year” starting has given me a little nudge up the … More Happy New Educational Year!
The strains of being at school and the magic of summer holidays It’s now been almost six months since Penguin stopped going to school, as we started homeschooling, or Elective Home Education as it’s formally called here in the UK. The were several reasons for why we thought this would be a better fit for … More 7 significant (non-academic) steps forward in our first few months of Home Education
I feel that I owe you an explanation as to why I’ve chosen the name “Sensational Learning”. Although I’m hoping that the learning experiences I try to create for Penguin will indeed sometimes be sensational, in the usual meaning of the word, I wouldn’t have chosen the name on that basis alone. Instead, it comes … More How do you mean, “sensational”?
I’m starting this blog to share my thoughts and ongoing experiences of learning differently. I’m the mother of a boy with autism, aged 10. He’s non-verbal and classed as having a learning disability, and we’ve recently taken the plunge into home education (or home schooling, if you prefer that term). Here on the blog I’ll … More Purpose, meaning, respect & passion.