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After a Year of Homeschooling

After a year of homeschooling, I can honestly say that I enjoy the process enormously. I was scared at first and unsure whether I could provide my son with the level of education he deserved but I have to say that the two of us are doing pretty well. The fact that I have become more comfortable with the whole process, has been incredibly helpful for both of us. The past year has been life-changing for the Little M.; after a year of homeschooling he can: READ!!! WRITE He loves English and creative writing. He can tell people what his hobby is, what subjects he enjoys learning and what subjects he is interested in and which ones not so much. His confidence is soaring; he doesn’t put himself down as much as he used to. Sometimes he does have a bad day, but he quickly can manage that type of negativity. He writes his own stories. He does it phonetically but he is doing it, and we encourage him to write his phonetic stories. The …

London Is Lagging Behind

In 2016 the UK decided to leave the European Union. The moment the Leave vote won, the drama surrounding the deal, no deal, ministers, elections, and the basic understanding of what leaving the EU would mean for the UK took over every inch of political and social life. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, the majority, including the politicians voting to leave the EU, didn’t understand what EU is and what leaving the EU means. So much efforts, energy and money has been already devoted to Brexit that London, which used to be one of the most exciting cities in the world, is starting to fall behind many other European cities, which are pioneering in sustainability, sustainable lifestyle and start-ups creating conscious economy, conscious consumption, and conscious lifestyle. Like any other mammoth city, London needs sustainability; it needs green incentives, cleaner air and, in London’s case, it surely needs a conscious lifestyle. But unfortunately, London is way too busy, focusing on Brexit and what it means for the city’s economy, art sector and future development. We have …

5 Places in Wroclaw I Always Go Back To

Wroclaw is a wonderfully cosmopolitan city in the south-west of Poland, where I was born and where I go back to at least twice a year. The city has changed massively since I was a child and I’m beyond grateful for that. When I’m in Wroclaw, apart from visiting friends and family, I always go back to those five places for food, coffee and drinks, and I can honestly recommend them to anyone who is travelling through, visiting or thinking of settling in Wroclaw (the order is random):   Pod Papugami – and old, established a restaurant on the Main Square (Rynek). The food they serve is traditional but with a touch of modern spin and the menu is always changed a bit with each coming season. The interior is full of old classic Hollywood posters, which gives the place a unique and one of a kind feel. Over the years the quality of food and the service has not changed and has always stayed delicious. Pod Papugami has been opened for as long as …

Monster

Who is the Monster that lives under my bed? Who is it? How did it get there? Why did it choose me? Is it possible that I chose it? Will it ever leave me alone and go away? Go, go, find another person to torture with your relentless sarcastic, repetitive screams Will you try to stay and destroy every single bit of my life and me? Why do you get energised by bashing me, kicking me, and seeing me suffer? I did nothing wrong. I was simply born like children are, So, please, pretty please leave and never, ever come back. London, 20 Nov.2018

How Is Star Wars Inspiring Little M.?

I was planning to write about how Star Wars films have been inspiring a new generation of filmmakers to tell visual stories. However, I must honestly admit I’ve never been a massive fan of the franchise, so I know very little about all that inspiration filmmakers feel while watching or analysing it. I felt that writing about that would be somehow dishonest. However, what I do know for certain is that Little M. has been hugely inspired and influenced by the Star Wars. Before we started home-schooling Little M. attended a Steiner School, and Steiner education is in strong opposition to a modern day entertainment. Of course, he watched films, videos, and TV shows, we weren’t Amish, but for a very long time, I thought that Star Wars was too violent for his developing sensitivity. However, when he started coding and animation classes as part of his home-schooling education, I didn’t want him to feel left out since all his new classmates knew the films well. So finally I allowed him to be introduced to …