“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin
As a busy parent, the thought of tackling hands-on, possibly messy projects can feel somewhat overwhelming. And yet, as Mr. Franklin tells us it’s often the most powerful way to learn.
With that in mind, here are 11 super simple projects designed to build your child’s geographical skills in creative and memorable ways.
… More 11 Simple Creative Geography Projects
Today for something a little different on the blog. Back in February, we were lucky enough to squeeze in a trip to the most beautiful island of Dominica. Known as the Caribbean’s adventure island, it is without doubt the perfect spot for thrill-seeking families. One of our favourite days was canyoning along a lesser known part of the Titou Gorge – abseiling, traversing and cannonballing along this stunning ravine is a memory that will stick with me forever. Here’s my first attempt at editing a video to give you a taster of this awesome experience! … More Canyoning in Dominica!
The final instalment in a series of posts about using the lockdown opportunity to slow down and patiently show our little ones how to complete vital life skills.
Today we review some of the crucial, but less tangible or concrete skills, such as the ability to direct their own learning; manage their time well; effectively communicate; think critically and solve problems; and help others and the environment. … More Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 4
The third installment in a series of posts about using the lockdown opportunity to slow down and patiently show our little ones how to complete vital life skills.
Today’s offering is about encouraging your children to take more accountability in helping care for their home, garden and possessions, combined with ideas for involving them in planning your free time together. … More Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 3 (Home Care & Leisure Time)
The second installment in a series of posts about using the lockdown opportunity to slow down and patiently show our little ones how to complete vital life skills. Today’s offering is about the three Fs: Food, Fire and Finances! … More Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 2 (Food, Fire & Finances)
I am most definitely guilty of doing too much for my little Beans, tasks they most certainly could do for themselves – like cooking, washing or slapping on their sunscreen. It comes from a place of love, but am I really doing them any favours by removing these mundane tasks from their plates?
This is the first in a series of posts about using the lockdown opportunity to slow down and patiently show our little ones how to complete vital life skills – today’s offering is about helping them manage their physical and mental health.
… More Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 1 (Physical & Mental Health)
Today we have a treat: a guest post from Bean10 about her favourite books of all time. Because let’s face it, in this period of lockdown, is there anything better than snuggling down (or indeed sitting up in a tree!) with a good book, letting its words flow around your head, and carrying you off into another world? Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration from her selections. … More Bean10’s Favourite Books
A few snapshots to capture our week of learning in this new world of physical (although not virtual) social isolation. A glimpse into our lives to encapsulate the diversity of our days from our home and surrounding countryside… … More Our Homeschool Week in Pictures (& Videos)
Millions of children are now home educating for the very first time. Many of them have been given the wonderful opportunity of completing projects about topics of their own choosing. But, given the rigidity of the normal school timetable, with little opportunity for autonomous learning, have students been equipped with the skills to manage such an independent project? And, how do we as parents help them develop these skills, whilst simultaneously allowing them to maintain control over their studies? This post aims to help by sharing some of the ways we tackle projects in our homeschool. … More How to Plan a Project with Your Child
From next Monday, millions of families will find themselves thrust unexpectantly into the world of home education. For many, there will be a sense of feeling overwhelmed – excited and terrified at the same time. In this post, I use my experience of homeschooling to help guide you through setting up a simple routine along with ideas for staying sane with your littles at your side 24/7. Hope it helps! … More Unexpectedly Homeschooling? How to Stay Sane When Your Kids are Home 24/7