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

11 Simple Creative Geography Projects

“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.
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Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 4

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

Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 3 (Home Care & Leisure Time)

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)

Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 1 (Physical & Mental Health)

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.
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Bean10’s Favourite Books

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