The Beans are currently obsessed with anything spy related. So, when a friend laid out his idea for a secret spy mission which would see the children navigating themselves across the countryside on foot and by kayak, solving puzzles and collecting important documents on route, I knew this would be right up their street! This post documents their first two missions, along with plans for future assignments. Super simple to set up, hopefully it will inspire you to plan one of your own for some summer spying fun! … More Secret Spy Missions
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin
As a busy parent, the thought of tackling hands-on, possibly messy projects can feel somewhat overwhelming. And yet, as Mr. Franklin tells us it’s often the most powerful way to learn.
With that in mind, here are 11 super simple projects designed to build your child’s geographical skills in creative and memorable ways.
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The last in the series of posts about our homeschool plans for 2019/20 – this time, it’s all about science, nature and the humanities. … More Overview of our Homeschool Plans 2019/20: Science and Humanities
As I’ve mentioned many times before, my two Beans (and I) LOVE learning about other countries. They relish the opportunity to find out about the people, their language, culture and religions; the flora and fauna; the geography; and the history of countries very different from their own. So much so in fact, that they asked … More Planning a lapbook country study – Indonesia
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!
Do your children love solving clues and puzzling out conundrums? Try these Treasure Trails and explore the hidden nooks and crannies of UK cities, towns and villages at the same time. … More Treasure Trails: ignite your inner Sherlock Holmes and solve mysteries across the UK
Our learning has meandered all over the place this week, as we’ve flowed from Leonardo da Vinci, to a plethora of science questions inspired by this genius (such as why we see lightning before we hear thunder), to an abundance of art work, and finally to drawing maps. What started as a fascination by Bean7 in … More Map skills: the way forward!
Almost exactly a year ago, after watching the last of the reddish hues of the sun disappear behind the African plains, we sat together as a family and had a mini review of our year to date. My husband asked the children what they loved about home schooling, what they didn’t like so much and … More The Land of Smiles: a mini Thailand unit study