Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Read with Us: August 2017

What we've mostly been reading this month . . . 


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

An Academic Year of Home Education

"I have used the words "home schooling" to describe the process by which children grow and learn in the world without going, or going very much, to schools, because those words are familiar and quickly understood. But in one very important sense they are misleading. What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth in the world is not that it is a better school than the schools but that it isn't a school at all. "
John Holt -  Teach Your Own

Today has been a strange one for me. Full of bittersweet emotions. I watched my nieces, who I've grown up with, graduate from university. Beaming with pride as they move onto the next stage of their lives. Part of me wondering how I will feel when my girls are 21. Will university be their chosen path? Will they be travelling around the world? 

I looked over at Big Bean walking along a wall with her doll in her hand, talking to herself about all sorts of beautiful nonsense, and I realised. Today would have been her last day of year 2. Her last day at infant school. 

Today I have been home educating her for a full academic year. 


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Our Allotment; A Fresh Start

The post is part of a series of posts documenting the progress of our alllotment. You can see all of the posts here.

Our journey into home education with the girls has led to me craving a simpler life for our family. I yearn to step away from the pull of consumerism and the daily rat race. I want a simple life; to live the good life.


Monday, 3 July 2017


One of Little Beans birthday presents was a live butterfly garden from InsectLore. We thought this would be fun to do as a family. Little Bean is a huge nature girl and is currently fascinated by insects.

We turned this into a fab little project as they asked questions and explored the amazing transformation of butterflies.


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Read With Us: July 2017

What we've mostly been reading this month. . .


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Women in Science

As you well know by now, we use project or inquiry based learning in our homeschool. This allows the children to follow their passions, and also enables us to weave many subjects into one project.

Inspiration can truly come from anywhere. You can read about some more of our projects here.

Big Bean is very, very interested and passionate about science. She collects rocks and fossils, studies nature and is a keen chemist. It is also a fabulous subject for her because it is creative and hands-on. Rather than being writing based.

During our latest book shop trip we purchased this amazing book, Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

No need to teach!

I thought I would write a post about a subject I am most passionate. It is a topic that I feel more and more strongly about as we immerse ourselves deeper into our unschooling way of life.

It is what I like to refer to as pushiness; the act of pushing ones children to do stuff/learn stuff before they are ready and able to do the stuff for themselves.


Monday, 19 June 2017

A Summer Day in Our Homeschool Life

This post is part of a group of posts that gives you a glimpse into a regular day in our homeschool life. You can read all of the posts here. 

Today was hot, I mean for the UK it was basically tropical. We all woke up sweaty and with little energy because the heat has been making it so difficult to sleep at night. Today was another day where we have stayed home and the pace has been slow, so it feels like we haven't really accomplished much. When in reality we have done loads today.

I thought it would be nice to share how we have spent this hot sticky summers day.


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Shout Out to Homeschool Daddy

The question I am most commonly asked by non-homeschool parents is "How can you stand to be around your children 24 hours a day?".

Of course I find this totally bizarre. I truly love being around my children all day, in all honesty I think I prefer their company to that of many adults! But this got me thinking about why other parents feel this way, am I a total weirdo? I am certainly in the minority. Most parents can't wait for holidays to be over to get their kids back to school - I used to sob the night before term began again.

I don't want to give the impression that my life and children are perfect. They are not.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Our Maths Shelf

When it comes to maths, as with everything, we don't follow a curriculum. I really believe that maths is something that is picked up through practical tasks in everyday life.

My children can weigh ingredients when following a recipe, they can measure how tall they are with a tape measure in inches and centimetres, they have a basic understanding of money, they understand percentages, they can tell the time and can share things equally between people. There is probably a whole lot more mathematical stuff that they can do but I don't really think about it much, I just trust that they are gaining the knowledge they need to get through life. 

In our home ed shed we have a dedicated maths shelf, which is full of equipment for the girls to use when they need to, or when they feel like it.