Homemade Cryptic Advent Calendars!

One of our most treasured Christmas traditions is our reusable Advent calendar, filled with cryptic clues which, once deciphered, lead the children to a hidden note with a simple Christmas-themed activity for that day along with a random act of kindness. To fit in with our studies, this year will be entirely Victorian-themed, with Victorian puzzles, crafts, decorations, recipes and games. To spread the love, the Beans have also sewn a cryptic Advent calendar each to gift to their cousins and filled it with cute little clues as to the hiding place of their daily chocolate coin! … More Homemade Cryptic Advent Calendars!

Carving Out Time for Yourself

For busy parents, especially at this time of year in the crazy run up to Christmas, it can be so hard to find time for yourself. To take time to stop and breathe; move away from the relentless to do list and instead do something you enjoy, an activity that nourishes your soul. This post is about doing just that – gifting yourself the time to be creative, manage your physical and mental health, and socialise with your tribe. … More Carving Out Time for Yourself

A View Into Our Homeschool Days: Physics Lessons Part 1

When I first started home educating, I was very keen to see what it looked like for current homeschoolers on a day to day basis. So, I’m starting a series of shorter posts highlighting a detailed snapshot of what home education looks like for us each week/month for the different subject areas. First up: physics. … More A View Into Our Homeschool Days: Physics Lessons Part 1

Five Autumnal Lockdown Microadventures

I don’t know about you, but I’m so much happier if I’ve spent a good chunk of time outside in the fresh air. As are our kids, although it can be hard this time of year to encourage them into the great outdoors. Having a focus and making it into an adventure makes it so much more appealing. Here are five autumnal microadventures that we’ve enjoyed recently, which can all be done during the lockdown period. … More Five Autumnal Lockdown Microadventures

Overview of our Curriculum Plans 2020/21

Seven weeks into our new homeschool term and we’ve settled into a happy rhythm. Although I believe the very beauty of home education is the flexibility to tailor plans to your own family’s needs, it’s always helpful to see how others are doing it. So, here are our high-level curriculum plans for 2020/21. As we progress through the year, I’ll share short posts to give a flavour of how the different subjects work in practice. … More Overview of our Curriculum Plans 2020/21

Microadventures in Devon

As psychologist Claudia Hammond says, “The more we move away from our regular routine, and the more conscious we are of what we’re doing, the more slowly time seems to pass.”

So, to live in the moment, we need to actively engage the underused conscious parts of our mind – those needed for learning new skills and trying new activities or novel experiences.

This blog post (co-written by Bean11 and me) shows how we incorporated a series of microadventures into our Devon holiday to do just that. … More Microadventures in Devon

Curriculum Plans 2020/21 – History (for a 9- and 11-year old)

History acts as the backbone to our homeschooling year, with a large percentage of the books we read, drama sessions we do, documentaries we watch, and, in normal times, trips we go on, centring around the time period we’re studying. I’m always intrigued by others’ homeschool plans, so I thought it would be useful to share our history curriculum, from the Victorians to World War 1, warts and all! … More Curriculum Plans 2020/21 – History (for a 9- and 11-year old)

Why Homeschool?

There is always an influx of children into the world of home education in September time, so I thought it would be useful to do a post on why homeschool in the first place (bearing in mind that homeschooling in normal times is very different from home education throughout a lockdown experience). Here we look at all the advantages in terms of the academics; mental and physical health; socialisation; flexibility; and family as a whole. … More Why Homeschool?

Secret Spy Missions

The Beans are currently obsessed with anything spy related. So, when a friend laid out his idea for a secret spy mission which would see the children navigating themselves across the countryside on foot and by kayak, solving puzzles and collecting important documents on route, I knew this would be right up their street! This post documents their first two missions, along with plans for future assignments. Super simple to set up, hopefully it will inspire you to plan one of your own for some summer spying fun! … More Secret Spy Missions