Why is this website in English?
English is a language that many people have in common.
Home education is happening around the world and we want other home learners to be able to find us. When we travel abroad (or if other families travel our way), we like to connect with local home learning groups in different countries and make friends.
Why don’t your children go to school?
Every family has their own reasons for choosing home education. We have exemption based on life philosophies. We want to spend the majority of our time helping our children learn in ways that best fit with our individual life philosophies. This is not a decision that is taken lightly. Home education requires tremendous commitment and responsibility.
Are you against school?
Not at all. Most of our nieces and nephews, our friends’ children and our neighbours’ children go to school. We are happy that the option exists. But each family is different and for home educating families, the option to learn together as a family is something we highly value.
How do you socialize?
By spending time with people. Much of home education happens in our communities while our children are out and about. We meet people of all backgrounds and ages and we have conversations and we learn from one another. Many home educated children are enrolled in different clubs or activities, take workshops, and participate in tournaments. They go to the library and visit interesting places that children love. Home educated children play with their neighbours after school hours and during the weekends and holidays. At other times, they often play with their home educated friends.
Do you teach together?
No. Each family takes responsibility for their own children’s education. Parents tailor their children’s education to suit their child’s individual needs and learning style. However, we do love to meet up and learn together, just like children learn together when they visit a museum or join a club. We also help eachother out with recommendations for different resources and with ideas.
How do my children meet other Home Learners?
There are events and networks around the country where home educated families regularly meet. For example:
Amsterdam Home Learners, meets weekly and most of their meetings are open to all. There is also a monthly meeting at the beautiful Boshutten for all home educated families.
Leiden Home Learners, they have open meetings which are listed on the sidebar of their website
Many activities and trips are posted on regional mailing lists or on Facebook. There is also a wonderful facebook group (TO-Doen) that organizes regular meetings and collaborative home education projects.
If you are new to the Netherlands, there are some tips about public transport, museum memberships and children’s passes available here.