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
In honour of Simple Homeschool’s 10th Annual Homeschool Day in the Life link-up, I thought I’d show you one of our recent days of homeschooling. But actually, I’ve decided to cheat and show you two contrasting days: one structured, following-the-plan type of day and another more off-schedule, creative style of day. … More A homeschool day in the life (with a 10- and 9-year-old)
A new segment on the blog – a few snapshots to capture our week of learning. A glimpse into our lives to encapsulate the diversity of our days, with ordinary moments sprinkled with a smidgen of the extraordinary… … More Our Homeschool Week in Pictures (& Videos)
One of the most common questions asked of home educators is “But how do you manage their socialisation?” A question often asked in innocence, but one which is certain to irritate the recipient. In this post I explain why I believe that children are actually better socialised outside of our current schooling system. … More But How Do You Socialise Them?
Following on from the last series of posts about what we cover in our homeschool by subject, this one looks at how we combine these elements to form a weekly and yearly schedule. In essence, ‘a week in our life’ post! … More Our Homeschool Schedule
A Day in the Life of a Worldschooler – this post covers the next couple of days of our adventure, seeing glaciers for the first time and a backstage pass at a kiwi sanctuary, whilst giving an insight into how the children are learning along the way. … More A day in the life of a worldschooler (with an 8- and 9-year old)
In just over a week, we’re setting off for a three-month trip travelling around the world. The vast majority of the children’s learning will be hands on, experiential type learning, such as snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, going on a Maori cultural experience day or hiking a volcano. Having said that, although we’re refocussing our educational priorities during this time, there are many simple ways to keep up with their studies in a fun way as we travel. Here’s how we plan to incorporate a bit of “stealth learning” into time spent driving, waiting in airports or flying. … More Homeschooling on the Road, or Worldschooling