I’m a big believer in the power of card and board games to aid children’s development in a non-stressful way, improving their general knowledge and teaching them a range of skills from strategic thinking to collaboration. And we’ve played board games more than ever through lockdown – this post highlights our favourite geography-based games. … More Our Favourite Geography Games
Seven weeks into our new homeschool term and we’ve settled into a happy rhythm. Although I believe the very beauty of home education is the flexibility to tailor plans to your own family’s needs, it’s always helpful to see how others are doing it. So, here are our high-level curriculum plans for 2020/21. As we progress through the year, I’ll share short posts to give a flavour of how the different subjects work in practice. … More Overview of our Curriculum Plans 2020/21
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.
… More 11 Simple Creative Geography Projects
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