Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Unschooling Maths

I thought I would do a post to talk about maths and what this looks like for us, just on the off chance that some people are interested.

We've been homeschooling for the last 18 months now and I feel like we have found our rhythm, have totally deschooled and I am definitely way more relaxed about our choices.

We are totally unschooled now. I follow the girls in whatever direction their learning happens to take.

Although I still believe that in order for this amazing learning journey to unfold, while it isn't my job to 'teach' the girls, it is my job to surround them with quality resources and engaging experiences.

This is what I strive to do each day, be present and facilitate any learning that happens to take place.

One of the areas where I have invested in quality materials is maths. I wanted the girls to be able to explore the subject hands on which is why I set up a maths shelf in the home ed shed, full of any equipment they may need to explore maths concepts.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Hedgehogs and Autumn Fun

Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year! The colours, the clothes, the change in weather, the dark nights, the celebrations and all of the cosiness. I think some of this has rubbed off on the girls and we've been exploring lots about this beautiful season.


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Read with Us: October 2017 (Nature)

What we've mostly been reading this month . . .  (Nature Corner Special)

As the season changes and the leaves turn we seem to spend more time out in nature, collecting things. Our reading this month seems to reflect that change in pace. 

Natural World: By Amanda Wood & Mike Jolley, Illustrated by Owen Davey
A gorgeous non fiction book rammed full of facts and information about the Natural World. The illustrations are amazing and the layout is really easy for the kids to follow. the pages are cross referenced so you can read cover to cover, or follow the pages on a trail of the subject your'e interested in. This book has captivated the girls.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Not Back to School

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.

So this week we got back into the swing of things if you like. We never really got out of the swing as unschooling means we just carry on doing our own thing right the way through the summer holidays. The only difference being daddy is at home with us.

The girls really struggled the first half of the week. They argued constantly, snapped at each other, and were tired, teary and cranky. Which by the end of Tuesday made me tired, teary and very cranky. When we got down to it whilst snuggling and apologising to one another at bedtime, they just really really missed their daddy. 

Wednesday soon cheered them up when we met our lovely friends, and had an amazing day of play. They ending up climbing into the water feature and pouring buckets of freezing water over their heads. A proper not back to school celebration.

I haven't shared a Day in the Life post recently, so I thought it would be fun to do one, once we had become used to not having Daddy around. 


Friday, 1 September 2017

Read with Us: September 2017 (Bedtime Stories)

What we've mostly been reading this month . . .  (Bedtime Stories Special)

We are currently reading 4 chapter books at bedtime (a few pages from each). Now the girls are getting older they are moving away from picture books and are craving something with more depth. I have talked about a couple of these book series before, but I will talk about them again as we can't get enough. All of these books are fab for boys and girls alike. If they're a capable reader they'll manage them on their own. But my girls love being read to at bedtimes, especially when we do silly accents for the characters. 


Wednesday, 30 August 2017


This is such a lovely, lazy topic to do as it requires no planning really and the children totally lead it. Plus you get to go on some gorgeous 'educational' days out (British summer weather dependant of course).


Monday, 7 August 2017

Camp Bestival 2017

This was our second year embarking on a 4 hour journey to the sunny Dorset coast to spend a long weekend being wild and free, dancing until the wee hours.

This was our fourth festival with the kiddos and we absolutely love the experience and atmosphere. They aren't cheap - we use it as a mini holiday. And as anyone who camps with children will know you have to pack everything and plan for every eventuality.

I'm so glad we packed like this was a military operation as the good old British weather didn't disappoint. We had a full weekend of torrential rain and gale force winds. Boy I am glad I bought £10 worth of plastic ponchos from Poundland!


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.