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!)
Even with the lockdown restrictions, no two homeschool days ever look the same. But, in honour of Simple Homeschool’s 11th Annual Homeschool Day in the Life link-up, I made an effort last Thursday to document exactly what we did to give you a peek into our home ed life. … More A homeschool day in the life (with an 11- and 10-year-old)
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
St. Catherine of Siena said, “Be who you were meant to be, and you will set the world on fire.” Today’s post is about just that – how we as parents can help our children develop their passions and follow their dreams. Because surely, helping our children to find a job they love has to be one of the greatest gifts we can give them. … More Developing Their Passions
A simple post today with a few snapshots to capture our week of learning; a glimpse into our lives to encapsulate the diversity of homeschooling days. … More Our Homeschool Week in Pictures
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!
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?
Last week officially marked the end of our homeschool year and for Bean10 the end of her primary education (seriously how did that happen so quickly!). Here’s how we wrapped up the term with a yearly review in three main subjects, some no-pressure mini “tests”, the creation of a summer bucket list and a celebration day! … More Wrapping up the Homeschool Year
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)
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