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
Reading is a hugely significant part of our life; books are integral to our home education journey. As I reflected on what we completed in homeschool last Wednesday, I realised the variety of literary genres covered in just one day was fairly substantial. So, for anyone interested in what homeschool looks like for us, I thought I’d share a day in our life through the books we read. … More The breadth of reading in one homeschool day…
A few years ago, when the children were only about 4 or 5, we started a Christmas tradition that has since become an absolute favourite in our household. It started with the discovery of this Christmas tree shaped, reusable Advent Calendar buried in the corner of our local charity shop (here’s something similar, but you … More An Advent Calendar with an educational twist!
Our learning is most definitely not confined to one area of the house. It happens everywhere: out on nature walks; at museums; across the globe as we travel; in the supermarket; listening to audiobooks in the car; playing with their friends; or really wherever they happen to be. That being said, we do have a … More Creating Spaces to Learn