Perfect Books for Christmas Gifts (10 years to Young Adult)

In this house, delving into a good book, and discovering its hidden exciting new worlds, characters and possibilities, is the best way to relax. We’ve selected five excellent books from six age categories which would make the perfect Christmas presents for the young people in your lives – this post covers the first three categories, from 10 years to young adult. Look out for my next blog post with recommendations for ages 3 to 10 years – coming soon! … More Perfect Books for Christmas Gifts (10 years to Young Adult)

Finding Balance in Your Homeschool Life

Choosing how best to spend time on your home education journey is never easy. The combination of a total freedom of choice with what feels like complete responsibility for nurturing those most precious to you can be incredibly daunting. But fear not – this post encourages you to worry less about whether you’ve chosen the best curriculum and focus more on finding the right balance for your family’s needs. … More Finding Balance in Your Homeschool Life

What We’re Reading

I’m in the process of compiling a guide of our top 100 book recommendations for each age category. So, we’ve all been busily researching and reading away to make sure we haven’t missed anything exceptional to recommend on top of our existing favourites. To give you a taster, here are some of the best books we’ve read recently in the 9-12 and teen/young adult categories. … More What We’re Reading

30 Family Movies to Watch with Your Tweens/Teens (that Parents Will Love too!)

At the beginning of the first lockdown, we instigated a now much-treasured family tradition of a Saturday family movie night. Here are thirty of our favourites – some classics, others recently released; some light-hearted, others more serious and poignant – all of which will be loved by tweens/teens and adults alike. … More 30 Family Movies to Watch with Your Tweens/Teens (that Parents Will Love too!)

Teaching Your Child to be Resilient

Passion is like the heart that focuses us on our goal. Resilience is like the blood that keeps the heart pumping. Together they make grit and after years of research Angela Lee Duckworth has proved that people with more grit are much more likely to succeed in their life goals and be happier too. Who wouldn’t want that for their children? This post looks at the resilience element, highlighting ways you can help your child learn this key skill. … More Teaching Your Child to be Resilient

How to Teach Writing in Your Homeschool

“My child hates writing. I can’t get him/her to write anything,” is one of the commonest complaints I hear from parents. I can empathise. Although I have one writing-lover in this house, I also have a writing-hater. And yet that child is now a competent writer. Here are our top tips for how to support your child in developing this essential skill. … More How to Teach Writing in Your Homeschool

A Fun Day of Spanish

Bean10 has been finding Spanish a little tough recently, so I wanted to inject a bit of fun into the subject (and at the same time give him a much-needed confidence boost) by creating a day filled with entertaining ways of practising the language. It turned out to be just what they needed – here’s what we got up to. … More A Fun Day of Spanish

Dear Overwhelmed Homeschool Mummy – A Letter From Your Guardian Angel

It’s a demanding (but rewarding) role this homeschooling motherhood. Even five years in, there are still weeks when I fail to take enough rest and end up at burnout point by the weekend. I’m sure I’m not the only one. So, to all those overwhelmed homeschooling mummies out there (new and existing), here’s a letter of encouragement to you from your own guardian angels. … More Dear Overwhelmed Homeschool Mummy – A Letter From Your Guardian Angel