Home-schooling, fun or failure?

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You teach yourself!
I threw Femke’s book through our little classroom and when I did this for the second time, the girls quietly responded with saying: Mammy, you would have lost your job, now already, had you been a teacher in our school.
That was not the best way of teaching.
It reminded me of the CD we had been listening so often during our long journey’s.
ANN SHIRLEY, HAS A VERY BAD TEMPER! says the voice on the cd.
Anne (with an e) stood before the blackboard in the classroom and had to stand there, because she had lost her temper when Gilbert had called her: Carrots!!! because of her glorious red hair. And so Anne of Avonlea, the girl in the famous Canadian story lost her temper and was called to the front of the class.
I should have been there too.
That is the failure part of home-schooling. For the rest, I am sure that you are eager to know how things are going here and the pictures are giving at least a slight impression.
Now we have a daily routine as if I am running an orphanage, that is all fine and set. And for the rest I am learning and the girls are teaching me how to teach. Apart of those few moments that I am with my hands in my hair, plain exhausted of all the changes, language study, and other things, it is going pretty well.
I am sure we will look back on this time later and say: It was pretty tough actually, but we made it!
Enjoy the pictures:

Serious work at 10.07 am.
Learning together, precious moments.
This is a pretty common thing to see for us those days. Marijke got back a few good marks what was encouraging for her. Well done, Marijke!
Judith talks about the Zoo. And Laurens eyes tell the story.
Drawing outside, in a quiet nature reserve, close to sunset time.
Femke is checking if there is something underneath to spot and draw… Fun!
The sunset is mid December around 4.00 p.m. Time to go home, close the curtains, light the candles and open the books for a few hours of happy reading. Forget about things what went wrong, and learning day by day.

Warm greetings from the students in Osijek.
Jelle, Janneke, Marijke, Judith, Femke and Laurens.


  1. So good to see a glimpse of your new life – and sorry you had a tough day when your frustration thew the book! I am sure you are a great teacher… wish I could be with you all.

  2. Thank you, Ruth… we hope to be here for a long time, so I am sure that there will be an opportunity for you
    to visit us, earlier or later…. Glad that it is weekend!

  3. Brings back memories of the five years Kathy and I spent homeschooling in Ukraine. Can relate and yes there were hard times but also precious times looking back. Hang in there and take a deep breath. Lovely photos by the way – so nice to have some beautiful nature close by – something we didn’t have in Donetsk while homeschooling. Great way to de-stress with the kids.

  4. Good to hear how things are going Janneke! I’m glad you didn’t throw any books around during Learning that LASTS! 😉 I remember when I first came over to the Centre that I didn’t feel like a teacher very much but it comes with practice, so keep persevering! Glad to see you’re still smiling at the end…

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