Routines

Our little family thrives on having some structure to its day…I know I’ve written about unstructured play, but by routine I mean an overall general routine applied to our day, everyday, so everyone knows where they stand.  Otherwise, completely unstructured days can be just as overwhelming for little ones as too much structured play.  Therefore when we thought about this …

Self Learning Mini Men & Discovering.

Self learning, a home educators dream!  I hadn’t imagined a situation where self learning would be happening so well as I am so new to this, but rapidly seeing that it happens all the time for the children.  A very generous Father Christmas 😉 gave our two little ones these lovely glasses in their stockings.  They come with 4 pairs …

School’s Out!!!

Uh oh……I’ve got my work cut out….first words from my little lady’s mouth to me this morning (today being the last day of her school term), “Mamma, are we doing learning tomorrow?” Well, I suppose reading a trail map and solving clues on an Easter egg hunt is a good start for a Good Friday 😉  She bounced into school …

De registration.

With three school days left and a school parents evening, it seemed about time, (especially as our little lady spilled the beans at school a few weeks back) that I made our plans official and handed our de registration letter into the school.  I have used a template I found somewhere on-line, and kept it as brief and unemotional as …

Children Need Nature, and Nature Needs Them.

  Children and nature are a match.  Children need nature, and nature needs them.  We are quite an outdoors family, and firm believers in the phrase, that there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing.  However, the winter has been very very wet, and very very windy.  Living in such an exposed place as we do, sometimes …

Egg Science with Whizz Pop Bang! Magazine

I have taken out a subscription to a monthly children’s science magazine called “Whizz Pop Bang!”.  The idea behind this is to give us inspiration and fun ideas for our science part of home educating.  Inside it is full of information, some articles, and hands on experiments to get your little people enthused.  With 2 very different ages in our …

Home Education Expenses

Whilst discussing with a friend about how excited I was I would be able to take the children on lots of adventures, she asked if I had looked into reduced memberships or reduced entrance fees for home schooling families.  I admitted I had not, and went off home to look….anything that saves money for a family of five (very often …

Back to School…..for the Last Time….

So this morning we took a deep breath, packed up three bags, (book bag, PE bag, and school bag), and rushed out into the drizzly day.  None of us can wait to wake up to being able to investigate the world at our pace, and not rush around, and indulge in whatever interest has taken our attention for that day. …