For more info about any home ed events mentioned here, to find out who else is thinking of going, or if you’re thinking of switching to non-school education and would like to talk it over, you might like to join the East Midlands Home Education emailing list. (Alternative way to subscribe: send an email to emhe-subscribe at yahoogroups dot com, from the email address that you want to have joined to the list.)
The list is private inasmuch as only home edders and maybe-soon-home-edders are meant to join it. People are often very willing to share their own experiences.
If you put your city/town/village or area in the subject line when you first post to the list, there’s a good chance it’ll catch the eye of others in your area, and they’ll reply to say “oh, we’re near you”.
It’s a good place to ask questions such as…
- “My child age X is really not liking school. Did anyone else take their child out at a similar age? How did it go?”
- “A few of us are planning to go to Wollaton Park on Thursday afternoon – anyone want to join us?”
- “Are there any other children around 8 to 12 who are into everything about animal care, who might like to meet up with my son age 9?”
- “My neighbour told me that the law about home ed says [x y z]. Is it true?”
- “My child age 8 isn’t very interested in maths, and I’d like to find ways to make it enjoyable. What kinds of things do you all do?”
- “We’re thinking of signing up for [web site] – has anyone else used it? was it worth the money?”
- “I think my daughter may have dyslexia. Other people in a similar situation, did you get a formal diagnosis? If so, how did you go about it, and did you find it was useful?”
- “I got a letter from the Council asking about our educational provision – does everyone get the same letter?”
- “These GCSE courses for teens, at Central College – what subjects can you currently do?”
- “Someone at the group the other day mentioned a home ed trip to [museum]. Who’s organising that?”
- “I met someone the other day who teaches Japanese. Supposing I were to set up a regular group at our house, how many people would be interested?”
If you don’t want to get more emails, you can also just view the same messages on the Yahoo web site.
(If you use email lists like this, it’s a good idea to set up your email program to have folders, and make all the emails from one list go into one folder. How to do this depends on your email program. You can try searching on “filters” plus the name of your email program. Or you can just ask a techie friend who has the same email program as you.)
If you prefer Facebook, there are also some private Facebook groups for local home ed activities, e.g.
- Home Education Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County
- HEAD ON – Home Education Activities Derbyshire Or Nottinghamshire
- East Midlands Home Education (confusingly not the same thing as the email list of the same name).
Bear in mind that Facebook can be very unfriendly to people who aren’t using their “real” name, and can lock people out of their accounts with no warning if they suspect you of that. So be cautious of relying on it as your only connection to people.
A not-very-regularly-updated Twitter account exists at @NonSchoolNottm. Don’t rely on this for upcoming events – do join the EMHE list (as described above)… but if you hang out on Twitter anyway, it does point to interesting stuff sometimes 🙂