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
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
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 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
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss We’re book obsessed in this household as you might have noticed from previous posts. Here are some of the magical books we’ve been reading this month: As part of our marine biology unit study (see … More September’s Beautiful Children’s Books
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!
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!
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!
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)
Sadly, I managed to get all the way through my schooled education without an appreciation of the beauty, wit and effortless elegance of Shakespeare’s work. I studied three of his plays, and Twelfth Night was far and away my favourite, with all its cleverly constructed plot twists, but it was presented to us in a … More Twelfth Night, Part 2: Shakespeare for kids