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A Funny Kind of Education

A Funny Kind of Education [Kindle Edition]

Ross Mountney
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The children were just not thriving in school. They were unhappy, unwell and switched off. But what on earth could their parents do about it? They couldn’t possibly home educate...or could they?
This is the story of the excitement, panic and hilarity of life with kids when you home school. A story to move hearts and minds and get you giggling. And change your view of education forever.

"At last a book that dispels the myths surrounding home-education and demonstrates the lifestyle perfectly, I was nodding my head in agreement throughout."
Julia Pollard. Home Educator and mum of five.

“...a delightful and amusing memoir which challenges conventional attitudes to education.”
Kate Adams. Reader in Education and author of ‘Behaviour for Learning in the Primary School’ and others.

“Ross’s work is so inspiring...”
Mark Boyle. Founder of the Freeconomy Community and author of ‘The Moneyless Man’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
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  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Ross Mountney is a parent, writer, teacher and home educator. She started her career in teaching but soon felt that much of what went on in schools was just no good for some children. She realised it wasn't good for hers either so she ended up home educating and wanted to support other parents in doing so too.

Hence the books 'Learning Without School. Home Education' and 'A Funny Kind of Education'

But her primary passion has always been children and supporting mums in raising them. She wrote her latest book to do just that; 'Mumhood. How to handle it. Why it matters'.

She continues to write about parenting, home education, children's learning and life in general.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Ross writes so vividly of the distress school caused her children and her fears about taking them out to home educate them - I had tears in my eyes as it brought back our agonising over whether to take our unhappy child out of school. And I remember the initial disbelief at how easily learning happens when a child is allowed to do it in the way that suits them. Surely anything worthwhile requires hard work? It can't be this easy... we must be doing something wrong.

That was more than thirty years ago for us, and life was very different - computing was limited to programming a ZX81 in Basic - but so much of the experience is the same. I kept recognising one thing after another.

We felt the same gratitude to Education Otherwise for bringing together home educating families to talk incessantly about it all, to admit misgivings we could not discuss with critical relatives, and find support and solutions or reassurance.

We also had lovely supportive local authority advisors, although they were a minority in those days. We enjoyed their visits, and realised how rare it is for adults to listen properly to a child for any length of time. Then we had a spell when we sent in reports instead of having visits because we did not like the advisor they wanted to send. When he reached the end of statutory education (school leaving age) a different advisor came to visit. He insisted on seeing her on his own because, as he had always asserted, his learning was his own responsibility. She came out saying she was `most impressed', but we never found out any more.

I remember the same struggle for time for myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put it down. 29 Oct 2012
I've been reading Ross Mountney now for about nine years and she has never failed to inspire me where education is concerned. The latest book "A Funny Kind of Education" has done more than inspire me; it has enchanted me, transported me and made me cry. "A Funny Kind of Education" is fundamentally a memoir of the days when Ross was home educating her two daughters. However, it is more than that. It is a story of how childhood should be, about family love, loss and furthermore it also makes us yearn to have our own special adventure.
Deciding to home educate your child is a difficult and life changing decision and fear stops many people from actually doing it. "A Funny Kind of Education" does not mask home education in rose coloured glasses but demonstrates that it is accessible and definitely more than worthwhile. "A Funny Kind of Education" will be around for a long time whilst parents and educators alike read and discuss it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every parent 15 April 2013
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I am new at home educating but felt it was my last option. After reading all the reviews of this book I knew I had to read it and I am so pleased I did and grateful to the author for writing it. It's really about how the author overcame the negativity she received when people saw her and her children out and about during term time and how they managed everyday living. It makes you laugh and feel normal that you decided to home educate and also has sad moments within it. It also makes you realise that it matters not what people think as long as you feel that the way your children are being raised and as long as they are happy - they will learn - its just a different way of learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How it used to be 21 Oct 2012
What this book tells readers and educationalists alike is of an education which is learning at its best. If schools could be allowed to use this model(like they used to do) and could leave the political mire behind, then children would have an enjoyable time, learning.A compulsive read whatever your child's education-a clever combination of fact and story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to hearten the bravest choice! 24 Feb 2013
I've just finished reading Ross's latest book 'A Funny Kind of Education' after following her blog for the last year and reading her first book when we first set out on our home ed adventure in 2011. It is a comfortable read, talking through decisions their family has made along the way and how their day-to-days were spent, sprinkled with amusing, heartfelt and honest tales.

I loved how it transported me to a place where home ed was normalised, as every home ed family knows, it is a balm to not feel odd as we are still swimming against a strong tide which can be very brave. This is changing I believe :) as more and more people are looking outside of the full-time state school option.

There are many places in the book where Ross shares her thoughts on this and other pertinent topics about why families choose to educate at home (or more specifically 'out and about'!) as an alternative to the school environment for their child or children.

Great for newcomers and seasoned home-edders alike, I fully recommend this book.

Ali Chapman aka Weststar
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an enjoyable read - highly recommended 22 Oct 2012
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This book arrived two days ago and I have found it compulsive reading.

It is heart warming, honest, funny, inspiring, down to earth, and even moved me to tears at one very sad part.

Thank you Ross for simply the best book about home education I have read - and I have read a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and entertaining introduction to home education
A good read. An excellent introduction to home education. I feel it shows how good home education is, how schools are failing some/many students and how you are still normal... Read more
Published 21 days ago by AndyS
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was so funny. My family thought I had gone crazy as ...
This book was so funny. My family thought I had gone crazy as I kept laughing whilst reading it. The author has such a down to earth way of expressing the trials and tribulations... Read more
Published 1 month ago by lottiespoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
I really enjoyed the gentle way the author takes you on a journey through the years. It's a journey of discovery that equips the reader with the thoughts that unschooling really... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roo
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
An inspiration and enough to get me wanting to start home educating immediately. So much of what is said in this book really gets you reflecting on the purpose and different... Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Moden
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Every parent should read this and then ask if she is really right for their child.

Ross Mountney expertly conveys parental anxieties and how to make this work within... Read more
Published 7 months ago by rachel k
5.0 out of 5 stars So Encouraging.
If you are thinking of home educating or you do home educate and are feeling alone in it or wondering if you are doing ok, read this book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Smalley
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Syntax
I had been looking forward to reading this; the subject is interesting and the reviews were, on the whole, very positive. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Blimey O'Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas present
I received this for Christmas last year and spent several days wrapped up in my duvet in our little cottage reading it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Book lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Inspiration!
This is an absolutely heart warming account of Home Education. It's funny, bright, happy, tearful and just a wonderful book! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars valuable insight
Reassuring that home education is a valid option for children but also takes into accounts the emotional energy that this can also involve. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Claire Frary
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