The Homeschool Guru Blog

The Power to Write Your Own Narrative: Imaginative Play and Well-being

Anna Dusseau | 30th July 2020 “Mum, can we play that game again?” I raise one eyebrow from behind my coffee cup. This means: “Which one?” From behind her back, my daughter now reveals the dreaded plastic dolls who – though originally identifiable as merchandise models of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and ChoContinue reading “The Power to Write Your Own Narrative: Imaginative Play and Well-being”

On Being Yourself

Anna Dusseau | 15th July 2020 “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde The year is 2016 and I’m sat on a riverbank overlooking the Thames. There is a boat race that takes place here and it’s fun to watch. We try to avoid the crowds; going upriver as far as possible untilContinue reading “On Being Yourself”

Ten Problems, One Solution: Chocolate

Anna Dusseau | 15th May 2020 Dark chocolate, to be specific. Because in this house, there is just one solution to a whole host of problems. Don’t overthink it. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Get involved and give yourself a brain-boosting, endorphin-soaring, antioxidant, 85% dose of ‘I-can-handle-this’ and change your parenting stress habits for life. Here’s howContinue reading “Ten Problems, One Solution: Chocolate”

One For The Dads

Anna Dusseau | 7th May 2020 “This one is for the daddies driving Polos/Changing nappies, making lunch and playing yo-yo.” (Probably Not) Nikki Minaj I am conscious that this feels like a female space. Not blogging per se, but the world of parent blogging. Wait, scrap that. Just parenting full stop. Biologically and statistically, it’sContinue reading “One For The Dads”

Garlic Farts, C Section Scars and Wine o Clock: Thank You, Liebster Award!

Anna Dusseau | 5th May 2020 My first award! Woohoo! Thanks so much to Andi at Diary of a Gay Dad for nominating my blog Homeschool Guru for this award. You legend! Okay then, here come my answers to the interview questions. I’m a newbie on the blogging scene so fasten your seatbelt, boys andContinue reading “Garlic Farts, C Section Scars and Wine o Clock: Thank You, Liebster Award!”

Pimp Your Crumble: from Poached Pear Princesses to Tinned Peach Tony

Anna Dusseau | 4th May 2020 I love a good crumble. Tasty? Yep. Comfort food? Sure. But, more than that, crumbles are the wise homeschool mama’s choice for putting food on the table that is healthy, inexpensive and – because a large crumble will typically last you a few days – reduces time spent preparingContinue reading “Pimp Your Crumble: from Poached Pear Princesses to Tinned Peach Tony”

Homeschooling is Dangerous, Harvard? Come On, Now..

Anna Dusseau | 30th April 2020 Last week was a kick in the nuts. According to the Daily Mail, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet has labelled homeschooling as ‘dangerous’, claiming that it gives parents “authoritarian control” over children. Okaaaaay. I mean, it’s the Daily Mail, so I’m easy like Sunday morning at this point. ItContinue reading “Homeschooling is Dangerous, Harvard? Come On, Now..”

Get Ready to Rumble: Safe Rules for Serious Play Fights

Anna Dusseau | 28th April 2020 Play fighting is a daily occurrence in our house. Daily? Perhaps I should say hourly. I think that’s why my kids are so happy. You see, play fighting – also known as roughhousing – releases a chemical called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which stimulates neuron growth within the cortex andContinue reading “Get Ready to Rumble: Safe Rules for Serious Play Fights”

Oh, Shit!

Anna Dusseau | 27th April 2020 Even before I hit the button on the Nespresso machine this morning, darling daughter wandered into the living room and announced that today she would like to dig a hole in the garden and poo in it. I thought you might like to know it’s not all sunbeams andContinue reading “Oh, Shit!”

Dark Chocolate and Screaming Orgasms: the Not-So-Secret Recipe to Being a Yummy Mummy

Anna Dusseau | 21st April 2020 Or daddy? I feel this is a universal post. And you already know the first two items, so let’s get cracking with the rest, shall we? Confession: I didn’t bounce back at all after my daughter was born and spent the two years between my first and second childContinue reading “Dark Chocolate and Screaming Orgasms: the Not-So-Secret Recipe to Being a Yummy Mummy”

Homeschool Holiday Haiku

Anna Dusseau | 20th April 2020 I hope you’re on holiday now, enjoying the weather Because everyone’s brain works better When you take a break. Originally written by Erica from trampoline club, age 9, who doesn’t care for the exactings of haiku but seems to know a thing or two about neuroscience. Thanks, Erica! ;Continue reading “Homeschool Holiday Haiku”

Shit I Wish I Didn’t Have to Explain to My Kids..

Anna Dusseau | 17th April 2020 “Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” Ray Romano It’s hot. It’s so obviously hot. Donald Trump isn’t the Prime Minister of Hollywood. I mean, is he? Hula Hoops don’t count towards your five a day. YouContinue reading “Shit I Wish I Didn’t Have to Explain to My Kids..”

50 Homeschooling Resources You Need in Your Life, Like NOW!

Anna Dusseau | 15th April 2020 Google Earth Maths? No Problem! Encyclopaedia Top Trumps Story of the World Recorders Story Cubes Child safety kitchen utensils Scrap paper drawer Matilda Splendid Spelling Game Binoculars Cartoon History of the Universe Curiosity Box Rubik’s Cube Kiddi Zoom Camera An atlas or globe Tennis rackets Skipping rope Magformers DrContinue reading “50 Homeschooling Resources You Need in Your Life, Like NOW!”

Reflections of a Reluctant Teacher: My Education Journey

Anna Dusseau | 14th April 2020 Becoming a homeschooling family has been a cathartic process for me, as I realise now that I come from a long line of homeschoolers. We just didn’t know it back then. Both sides of my family are packed with incredibly bright, bookish people who simmer in that slightly hyper-intelligentContinue reading “Reflections of a Reluctant Teacher: My Education Journey”

Homeschool Rules #4: 50 Genius Ways to Avoid Losing your Shiz with the Kidz

Anna Dusseau | 2nd April 2020 Omfg, these little people! We love them but they can grind your gears, right? I sometimes feel like they were sent to test me. Like, do you remember way back in your first pregnancy when you felt a bit panicky because you couldn’t find those vegan multivitamins with theContinue reading “Homeschool Rules #4: 50 Genius Ways to Avoid Losing your Shiz with the Kidz”

Going Nowhere: Why a Global Mindset is More Important Than Ever Right Now

Anna Dusseau | 25th March 2020 I am, like you, stuck at home. We are doing our best to keep spirits up and minds focused, but it’s not easy. Not when you allow yourself a glimpse of what’s going on across the world. I absolutely understand the struggle for parents to homeschool their children rightContinue reading “Going Nowhere: Why a Global Mindset is More Important Than Ever Right Now”


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