Home School Joy


Welcome to Home School Joy and thanks for stopping by.  

I hope you find some thing to take away from the site which is inspired by our home school education. Home schooling has changed the way we live.

In Summer 2013, as we entered the 6th year of an expat life, we made the dramatic decision to homeschool our children then age 4, 3 and 1.  Unexpected and surprisingly liberating, it has opened our eyes to possibilities.

We no longer see the world in the black and white of ‘school’ or ‘not’. We see learning everywhere. 

Our home school and preschool education doesn’t stop with our third culture kids. The grownups have been learning too. 

Once upon a time I was a vet. After years of traditional “study" I saw any learning as a chore. While easily accomplished, it wasn’t often fun. Finally, I now see how wrong I was. As my kids discover the world around them I am rediscovering it with them. I love it. From home school science to simple birthday party ideas for kids: from healthy living nature walks to city exploring: we are discovering every day.

And that’s not all. I am finding out how much more there is to life. No longer occupied with school runs, lunch boxes and extra activities I can look around. I can see how pre-occupied we have become with ’stuff' and how we have lost sight of simple natural healthy living and happy parenting.

Using chemicals in our homes and in our food seems somehow normal. I don’t think it is. I am trying to change all our habits to make things a little bit more natural. Nothing drastic (yet!) but simple and effective healthy living tips. At the end of the day I have 3 kids under 5 and it needs to be easy!

In this digital age of 'more, more, more' it is hard to keep track of what makes us truly happy. Living for the moment seems to be increasingly hard to do. I am working hard to change this.

I have also come to realise that I don’t need so much stuff. Easily said but harder to accomplish (I am a master shopper on a budget). I am trying to reduce the amount we need to live happily and at the same time spend less (isn’t everyone?).  

Minimalism may be all the rage but there is a reason for that. We have too much. I can spend more time organising stuff than I do using it. And I suspect I am not alone….who else out there hasn’t justified a new buy with the immortal words ‘but it’s on sale’. Here is our journey to living with less.

And yes, homeschooling often involves making and creating so it will be a challenge!

At times I think, "isn’t homeschooling for those who like doing things a little bit differently?”" For those with strong religious beliefs or morals?”  "For those who know what they are doing such as teachers?"

Or, and this is where I stand (most days) isn’t it just what is best for our kids? Home school joy at its simplest.

Join us on a journey to educate our kids into healthy, responsible, global citizens.
I hope you enjoy looking around and look forward to hearing from you!

Nicole