Your World of Thinking

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Hello, I'm Sophie.

I’m a qualified teacher, full time home educator and I’ve recently gained my ‘Time to Think’ coaching qualification, if that wasn’t enough!

I set up ‘Your World of Thinking’ because I have a passion for supporting families with their thinking, wellbeing and learning.

I came across ‘Time to Think’ after chatting to a friend about listening.  In fact I was explaining how it felt to not be listened to, after going through a tricky experience with someone, and she told me to read Nancy Kline’s book.  It resonated with me instantly and I could see similarities with the way I know that children learn.  Nancy’s approach talks about providing others with a ‘thinking environment’, or ten ways in which we can help others achieve their very best thinking.

Family Life

I live in a little rural village in Devon with my husband and three children.  We love spending time with friends, being outdoors in the forest or at the beach and we try to live organically as much as we can, but like everything, it’s work in progress.

I’m mad about learning and one of the biggest hopes I have for my children is that they grow up to enjoy learning too.

One of the most difficult things about home educating is that you hardly get a moment to yourself but having ‘Time to Think’ in my life means that I make those quality thinking moments count.  I’m not perfect by any means, but I’m constantly reflecting and challenging myself in all aspects of family life.

I would say to anyone wanting to reach out to me, don’t hesitate.  I would love to work with you in whatever way is right for you.  I know there are currently so many people struggling in these really difficult times and just having someone to talk to can make such a difference.

A Little Bit More Detail...

Teacher Turn Parent

I learnt a great deal whilst teaching.  It was the best job but also the worst job in the world.  It pushed me to my limits at times but the learning I gained during those years were invaluable.

I’m an Early Childhood Studies specialist, which basically means that my expertise lies with the learning and development of children aged between 3 and 7.  Although I’m sure that’ll change once my three all get past that age!

I left teaching when I had my firstborn to be a full time stay at home mum and I absolutely love it.

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Parent Turn Home Educator

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I actually knew I was going to home educate before I had children. 

During my teaching years I learnt a lot about how children truly learn and it just didn’t seem to match with what our education system provided. 

So home educating seemed right up my street and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Home Educator Turn 'Time to Think' Coach

My coaching journey is only just beginning. 

Although anyone can call themselves a coach, I never felt particularly comfortable with this idea.  So in 2021 l became a fully qualified ‘Time to Think’ coach.

I’m also not sure about the word ‘coach’ either as the dictionary definition, which uses the word ‘teach’ and train’ is definitely not what my approach is all about.  

‘Time to Think’ pioneered by Nancy Kline is an approach that encourages the use of working in ten ways with someone (or a group of people) in order to help them achieve their very best thinking.

Her approach resonated with me because it’s all about starting from the adult’s thinking, giving them time (which quite often we’re short of) and allowing people to think and talk through their own solutions to their own problems.  Similarly with children, starting from their own interests is the best way to help them move forward in their thinking.

This approach was made for me!

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Finally, my faith...

We are a family of faith and it’s at the centre of everything we do.  If you’d like to hear more about what it means to be a Christian or if you would like us to pray for you then please just ask.  It won’t cost you anything but could be lifechanging.

"The solution to an overbusy life is not more time. It's to slow down and simplify our lives around what really matters."
John Mark Comer