Sunday, 22 July 2018

We're off Travelling the World with the Kids

We've taken a huge leap and are off travelling around the world with our kids. The adventure begins January 2019.

You can follow along here on our new website!

We hope you enjoy following along on our journey and adventures!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

I'm not teaching my children to read

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein

Something incredible has happened, my 8 year old has picked up a book and started to read. It may sound strange to some people that I'm excited about this, what is so exciting about that, I hear you ask, can't all 8 year olds read? I understand this confusion. In the UK literacy is at the forefront of education from the moment a child begins school at the tender age of 4. From the minute they start school they are taught to read using the phonics system, then subsequently tested and measured on their reading skill. By age 8 all UK school aged children are expected to be reading quite substantial chapter books and be able to spell words such as 'picturesque', 'consequence' and 'phenomenal' during weekly tests. They must learn the about fronted adverbials and conjunctions. As well as writing large amounts comprehensively, in cursive writing, and being assessed termly. If they fall behind, they are taken out of other more creative lessons for 'interventions' to ensure they are not falling behind. All normal stuff for schooled children.

Now ask yourselves, Who made these targets? Who decided what our children should know and when they should know it by? Who do all of these data and assessments really benefit? Why do 8 year olds need to know about fronted adverbials? 

And the big question, what about children who are less academically gifted? The wild children, the free spirits. The painters, dancers, sportspeople and eccentric inventors. Where do they fit into this one size fits all curriculum? 


Monday, 14 May 2018

6 Lifechoices People Question

As people and parents, we are not mainstream. We have tried living the conventional life and we can hand on heart say that it is not for us. Because of our life/parenting choices we are often at the end of lots of questions. This post is by no means a dig, the questions are more often than not well meaning and people are genuinely curious as to why we make the choices we do.

We thought it would be interesting for people to read about the 6 lifestyle choices that we make that intrigue people the most.


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Make Time

There's one word I want to talk about; TIME.

It is a word full of contradictions and emotions for me at the minute. And it's something I'm really struggling with.

Since home educating we have more time. Time to be together, time to bond, time to pursue our interests and passions, time to be in nature, and time to enjoy childhood.

The gift of time is a wondrous thing and this path has allowed me to cherish the slow days with our children. It has given our children time to enjoy their childhood, to be free.

But home education has also stolen time. Time for me. Time to be more than just a mummy, a facilitator. Time to be myself. This is the toughest part of being a home educating parent.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” ~ Eleanor Brownn


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Read with Us April 2018

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

The Earth Book: A World of Exploration and Wonder
 The Earth Book; by Jonathan Litton & Thomas Hegbrook
Sometimes you just come across those rare gems of books that just blow you away. This is one of those books. It literally contains everything you need to know about our planet. From climate to habitats, oceans and volcanoes to the earth's inhabitants. It just captures you and makes you want to read more. This isn't just for the kids and would make an awesome coffee table book, or a special gift.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Read With Us March 2018

What we've mostly been reading this month . . . (Women's Day Special)

March is a big month for women. It's mothers day and International Women's Day, so this month's books are a celebration of all the wonderful women in the world.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
 Bold Women in Black History; by Vashti Harrison
The girls have been asking lots of questions lately about racism, segregation, and slavery. They are upset and appalled that people have been/are treated differently because of colour, and rightly so. I thought this was an apt book for them, to show them examples of strong black women who have pushed hard to fight for equality and acceptance. Some of the stories are astonishing, but they are written in a way that children will understand, and the sweet drawings help to keep it light enough for young ones.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Because schools just don't work anymore

There is concern amongst many home educators in the UK, myself included, about a new bill, The Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill. This has been triggered by concerns that a growing number of families have chosen elective home education in the UK. A 97% increase in numbers since 2012.  The bill, if made into law, would see local authorities given a duty to “monitor the educational, physical and emotional” development of home educated children. It has been created by Lord Soley and is currently being put to the House of Lords, and also says annual assessments should be undertaken.

Instead of worrying about the parent's capabilities in providing a suitable education for their own children, and trying to pass a bill to standardise home education. Perhaps they should spend their time asking themselves why there is an increase in families choosing to educate their children otherwise than at school.


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Read with Us February 2018

What we've mostly been reading this month . . . (Ancient Egypt Special)

As it was Big Bean's birthday, and she adores Ancient Egypt, I thought it'd be fun to dedicate February's book post to our favourite Ancient Egypt books that she received as gifts.Egyptomania

Egyptomania; by Emma Giuliani & Carole Saturno
This book is from Annual Store and was a birthday book she chose herself. The photo does not do this book justice at all. You need to take the time to sit and just play with it. It's a book full of flaps and pop-ups. With modern, bold illustrations and fun facts about Egypt, it makes you feel like you're playing whilst cramming your brain with knowledge. It's not just for kids, we leave this on our coffee table and all the adults pick it up to play with. It's definitely worth the price tag people.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Lessons for my Rebel Girl

My darling girl turned 8 this week. 8!?! I have no idea where that time has gone, everyone was so right, time really does fly.

She seems to have changed overnight. No longer is she a fragile little girl, but a fierce tween, with strong opinions on her life. She is developing a crazy awesome sense of style, dyeing her hair all the shades of the rainbow, experimenting with make-up, and listening to indie rock music. But at the same time, playing with her dolls, obsessing over Harry Potter, being fascinated with Egyptians, only wearing the colour purple, and playing make believe small worlds with her sister. She dreams of travelling the world, hunting fossils and discovering archaeological gems. I imagine her like some kind of rebel Lara Croft.


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Monster Movie

Today has been a lazy day at home where we've been making use of our Christmas presents.

Little Bean loves putting on shows with her Playmobil people and dolls, which she often records on my phone. We bought her this kit for Christmas so she could be inspired to create some of her own animations.

Animation Studio