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

Overview of our Homeschool Plans 2019/20 – English

Recently, I’ve had lots of questions about how we homeschool. Although I wholeheartedly believe home education should look different for every family, I’ve personally found it very helpful to see how others do it. So, I’ve written a series of posts sharing our plans for the current school year by subject area. Here’s the first: English skills. … More Overview of our Homeschool Plans 2019/20 – English

The breadth of reading in one homeschool day…

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…

Igniting their Imagination: Story Writing Ideas for Children

A post for your budding author – some simple ideas to inspire children struggling to get started with their story writing. Use exciting story openers, change the perspective from which the story is written or have a go at imitating the style and structure of a successful children’s author to create a fictional story based on a true historical event. … More Igniting their Imagination: Story Writing Ideas for Children

Read the World Summer Book Club: Europe Week!

Europe is the focus of this week’s Read the World Summer Book Club, hosted by Jamie C. Martin from Simple Homeschool, which we’re thoroughly enjoying. Rather fortuitously we’d planned to be in Spain for the first half of the week, practising the children’s developing language skills, so we decided to keep it simple and focus … More Read the World Summer Book Club: Europe Week!

Read the World Summer Book Club: Where Africa meets Europe!

As mentioned in this post, we’re joining in with Simple Homeschool’s Read the World Summer Book Club this year, and we’re loving it! The book recommendations in Jamie C. Martin’s book, Give Your Child the World, are sublime: there’s such diversity in the types of story she endorses and yet each and every one we’ve … More Read the World Summer Book Club: Where Africa meets Europe!

Read the World Summer Book Club: Multicultural Week!

We’re super excited to be joining in with the Read the World Summer Book Club led by Jamie C. Martin, editor of the brilliant Simple Homeschool blog. The challenge is simple and is designed not to be too arduous so as not to overload families in this busy summer period: as a minimum, just read one book from … More Read the World Summer Book Club: Multicultural Week!

Our top 10 mystery books for children (aged 8-12)

Jam packed with intrigue, suspense, puzzles and conundrums to solve and fast paced adventure, where the cleverest children outwit the enemy, it’s no surprise that children love mystery books. They’re a safe thrill, a cerebral version of a rollercoaster ride, and by reading carefully and thinking critically, children have the opportunity to piece together the … More Our top 10 mystery books for children (aged 8-12)