Monday, 29 May 2017


Inquiry based learning allows us to explore any topic that piques the girls interests. Recently this has been pigs!

I did my usual and went to the library and borrowed pretty much every book, both fiction and non fiction, that I could find about pigs. I hunted our home for anything pig related and set up a youtube playlist about pigs. 

I left out this invitation to play and these are the adorable pigs the girls made using playdough.


Friday, 26 May 2017

Rosy Cheeks and Black Feet

Standing at my kitchen window, cup of tea in hand. It's 8.30am and all of the children in our street are making the daily commute to school. I can hear stressed parents screaming at their children to "hurry up, we're gonna be late", "Why haven't you brushed your teeth?"! I smile - I used to be one of those hyper stressed adults trying to cram two reluctant children into the car whilst panicking about being late for work myself. And I smile because over and above all of that stress two voices can be heard loud and clear. The giggles and screams of my daughters ecstatically bouncing on the trampoline, holding hands, skipping around the garden. And I smile more because I know that I am doing the best for them. By giving up my job, by taking them out of school, by giving them the opportunity to be wild and free. Yes we hardly have any money now we rely on one wage, yes it is exhausting being with my kids twenty four hours a day. But seeing the joy on their faces and how relaxed and content they are makes all of the sacrifices worthwhile.


Thursday, 25 May 2017


I love setting up invitations to play for the girls and leaving them out to be discovered. It is such a fun way to promote play and evoke questions.

There are so many benefits of playdough; building fine motor skills, developing imagination, promoting story telling, it's therapeutic and can be used to further literacy and numeracy skills.

Playdough is one of our all time favourite play materials. I try to create a playdough invitation for all of our topics.

Here are a few of them:


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A Lesson in Perseverance

Big Bean seems to have grown up before my eyes this week. She has started sleeping all night in her own room - she has always slept with us. She gets up before us, and when I head down for breakfast she can usually be found on the sofa reading or watching Horrible Histories. She is dressed, has brushed her teeth, washed her face, brushed her hair and made her own breakfast! She is so proud when she tells me she has managed this independently. I know when it was school we were headed for she was reluctant to complete all of the above. But now she has purpose to her days, now her days belong to her she is so keen to crack on with it. It's magical to watch her grow in this way. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

YouTube: How we use it in our Homeschool

YouTube is amazing, there is literally a video on there for any subject you want to know about. But it is a minefield when you are a parent. We've all been there when children are inquisitive about something so you look for a video, click on it, only to find that a) it's massively inappropriate or b) it has an overly long advert that again, is massively inappropriate.


Monday, 8 May 2017

A Week of Engineering

Last week was the SPARK Engineering Festival at the gorgeous Lincoln Cathedral. Big Bean has always loved to tinker with stuff so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to focus our learning around engineers.


Thursday, 4 May 2017

A 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. 

I thought I would share a view of a typical homeschool day for us. A day where we are at home, no visitors or trips planned, no friends to see, daddy at work; just the girlies and I.

I'm not going to pretend we are perfect and that everyday is all sweetness and light; our day started with the phrase "Mummy, she called me a bumhole!". But despite the occasional sibling argument our days are pretty magical.


Monday, 1 May 2017