Friday, 24 March 2017

Sleeping Bags for Lottie

I very rarely watch the news, the current state of world affairs depresses me and I prefer to stay cosy in my little bubble. But it was on in the background the other evening and a report caught my attention.

It was about UK schools and the current lack of funding. One headteacher was being interviewed and said that when the current textiles teacher retired they wouldn't be replacing her and the subject was to be removed from the curriculum. This was echoed by various other headteachers who were stripping back all but the 'core' subjects.

This story really affected me. How can we let the future generation down like this? Not all children excel at english, maths, science and other academic subjects. If we take away their opportunities to explore other subjects then where will this leave them? Disillusioned with themselves and their futures limited. 

It really made me think about the girls and the wonderful opportunities they get being home educated. 


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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Moana; inspiring Creativity

Big bean is still Moana crazy since watching the film. It has really captured her imagination and artistic flair.

Here are some of her Moana inspired creations. She made all of these completely independently, and I adore them.


 A gorgeous drawing of Moana on her boat.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

We Hate Phonics!

I'm gonna put it out there... I HATE PHONICS! I have always struggled with the concept of teaching my children silly little rhymes and actions to go with each phoneme, only to tell them in my next breath that sometimes that phoneme makes a different sound entirely, without teaching them the context of such words it all seems a bit irrelevant.

But I went along with it because they were at school, it is what we were told was best for them.

Little Bean was already reading and sounding out words before she started reception, she learnt this independently with guidance from us, no phonics necessary.

For 2 years we watched Big Bean struggle to understand phonics, she would become frustrated and throw a temper tantrum at home when we were trying to complete her phonics homework (I know homework, in KS1- another thing I abhor).  By the end of year 1 I had completely given up. I remember sitting at parents evening and the teacher told me she had failed her phonics check. I replied "I really don't care, I don't even want to know the results." I was then informed that in year 2 she would be retaking the test and having extra phonics during the afternoons (PE and Creative time). Like that's really going to get her to absorb phonics; remove all of the things she excels at (Art, PE), and replace it with something she really struggles with. It was at this point we pulled her out, her self esteem is on the mend now and I feel ready to introduce some form of reading again with her.


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Monday, 20 March 2017

Introducing Shakespeare

Following the principle of Inquiry Based Learning I try to loosely plan our learning based on the children's passions. Sometimes this is from questions that they ask, and sometimes it is from watching them play.

Our mornings always begin with free play whilst I wake myself up with a cuppa and catch up on some chores. On this particular day we didn't have anything planned, so I sat quietly, cup of tea in hand, watching them play. The girls had brought their Usborne Books slot together theatre downstairs and were putting on shows for one another.

Mid Performance!

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Choosing Joy and Saying Yes

My favourite thing about home education is the slow pace of life. There is no need to rush around anymore, no screaming and stressing to just get dressed and get out of the house. No snapping at each other in the evenings because we are tired and have a billion jobs to do. We can savour each and every moment and take the time to truly find the joy.

I have become a YES mum. Can we paint? YES Can we run around the garden? YES Can we have a tea party? YES Can we stay up late and have a sleepover in each others rooms? YES. Home education allows us to pretty much do as we please, to choose the joy in life.

Riding our bikes
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Monday, 13 March 2017

Gardening

We all enjoy getting outside as much as possible and I have recently signed us up to the RSPB Give nature a home plan. It is so good to have something to refer back to and have activities that the girls can follow. Plus we earn a bronze, silver and gold award for tasks achieved which is also a great incentive.

Planting Seeds

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Bake-aholics

As you will know if you follow me on Instagram we bake a lot. The girls are really into baking, and I think its a really valuable learning tool, life skill and ... I'm a cake addict.

Icing biscuits

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

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