Clare Gregory, 39, decided to take her seven-year-old out of school so she could learn about how to save the planet – her daughter is now learning how to become a “future green change-maker”
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A mum has taken her daughter out of school in order to home-teach her “greener ways of living”.
Mum-of-two Clare Gregory, 39, said she decided to take on the responsibility of teaching her seven-year-old from home when she realised her classes weren’t focused enough on climate change.
Cora has been homeschooled since January and her first day saw her learning about how to develop sustainable ecosystems for growing food and achieve a Net Zero Britain, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Clare, from Wilmslow and who has no previous primary teaching experience, said Cora has no curriculum and starts her three-hour day whenever she feels “ready”.
Her education is much more hands-on and in contact with nature as mum Clare feels practical skills such as learning how to construct an honest box to sell eggs can help her in her studies of maths, IT and art.
After lessons, the two will then grow vegetables and look after chickens which were bought specifically to help teach her animal handling skills.
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Mum-of-two Clare said Cora used climate teenage star Greta Thunberg as an inspiration for her daughter while she hopes that by providing Cora with the proper green skills can make her a leader in tackling climate change for her generation.
“Cora is learning through everyday life, how to succeed and thrive and be a future green change-maker without her necessarily realising it yet at this young age,” Clare said.
“We wanted Cora’s education to be more nature-based and focused on how to live more sustainably.
“As parents, we feel not enough is being done to tackle the climate crisis.
“We worry about what the future holds for our children and grandchildren.
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“The popular opinion is that children do not need to be burdened by the issues and problems we are facing regarding climate change.”
Clare and husband Christian, 44, say they are inspired by the creative teaching styles of Norway, Finland and Denmark, which don’t follow ‘regimented structures’.
The unorthodox approach to teaching means that Cora can decide what she wants to learn about.
“We learned what free-range and organic mean and we are presently working on producing the UK’s first zero-carbon egg,” Clare explains.
“More recently though, Cora expressed her wish to sell our eggs, so she had to design an egg box label, produce a flyer, and help construct an honest box.”
Clare feels this allows her to learn classic lessons like Maths, IT, and Art in a more practical way.
“We do not follow a curriculum,” she said.
“We like that learning this way is more hands-on, relevant and experiential.
“We feel, like schools abroad, it better prepares children for life.”
Little Cora was inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who pioneered the School Strike for Climate in 2018.
Clare said: “She is aware of who she is and totally admires her for ‘standing up to grown-ups’.
“She thinks she is ‘brave’ for doing what she is doing and said more people should do something to make people listen to them, like Greta, if they believe something is that important.”
The family of-four try to live as sustainably as possible by recycling, composting, walking, cycling and mending their own clothes.
Clare gave up her job as childbirth educator to teach Cora full-time and the family are supported by Christian’s job as a Customer Services Manager at Manchester Airport.
This is conflicting for them, Clare said, as air travel is such a large contributor to climate change.
She adds that family and friends have mixed opinions as to how the parents are raising Cora.
Despite this, they plan to implement a similar education on 15-month-old son Kit.
“Family think we are crazy for taking her out of school, they think we will deeply regret it,” Clare explains.
“Far from preparing Cora well for the future, they believe she will be ill-prepared having not learnt the national curriculum.”
But they are pushing forward with their eco-curriculum in a bid to practice what they preach and help make a better future for their kids.
Clare is starting a course to become a Green Educator with Green School later this month.
She said: “How can anyone with young children in their lives not worry about the world our children will inherit and how it will affect them?
“We would like to inspire families to see the benefits of taking responsibility for teaching their children greener ways of living.”