OUR Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen homeschools her nine children and insists that grades don’t matter.
As schools shut during the pandemic and over multiple lockdowns in the UK, parents globally took on the role of teacher to educate their own children.
Shepherdess Amanda Owen taught her many children in their Ravenseat home whilst also working on a demanding Yorkshire farm.
She told the Mirror that her children's happiness and health comes before their educational achievement.
Amanda said: "No two people, household or family are the same and, as long as children are happy, that's what matters."
She got real about the family's unique situation, saying that while some children may have some catching up to do, her kids all have smiles on our faces, which she feels is worth more than getting an A, B or C grade.
Since first appearing on TV in 2018 Amanda got honest about homeschool horrors, saying: "Everyone's situation is unique and for me, of course homeschooling brought it's own problems.
"We didn't have enough technology for everyone to be sitting down at a laptop from 9am until 3pm and, to be honest with you, it wasn't something I thought was particularly healthy anyway." She continued.
In the Channel 5 series, Amanda cares for her nine children with her husband Clive Owen, they are; Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, 10, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clemmy, five, and youngest, four-year-old Nancy.
"It (homeschooling) was difficult really." She admitted to the Mirror.
She said that the farm keeps the family very busy as there's always something going on with their animals so she found it difficult to say, 'Hey come on kids, let's log on and do some geography' when lots was already going on outside.
When asked how her children found lockdown and homeschooling, Amanda said: "To be honest with you, they're not particularly worriers."
She preached about the benefits of them all being different ages so each having a different understanding of the pandemic.
Amanda credits their relationship as a family unit that means they can talk about anything.
She continued on homeschooling her nine children on a busy farm: "I think it's really healthy.
“What's bothering the older teenagers can translate to the younger ones and they can always have someone to listen to them and discuss their problem. We're all into problem solving and cope with any situation we find ourselves in."
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