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

What We’re Reading

Bean11 recently had to write a letter from her future self (from the year 2060) as part of an acting creative challenge she’d been set. This quote from her letter really made me smile:
“In this decade, there are billions of books in thousands of genres. In fact, the first of each month is a ‘reading day’, where everyone, all across the world, devotes their entire day to reading.”
To me, this sounds like bliss! Sticking with this theme, here are the books each of us are currently enjoying/have just finished. … More What We’re Reading