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
History acts as the backbone to our homeschooling year, with a large percentage of the books we read, drama sessions we do, documentaries we watch, and, in normal times, trips we go on, centring around the time period we’re studying. I’m always intrigued by others’ homeschool plans, so I thought it would be useful to share our history curriculum, from the Victorians to World War 1, warts and all! … More Curriculum Plans 2020/21 – History (for a 9- and 11-year old)
Last week officially marked the end of our homeschool year and for Bean10 the end of her primary education (seriously how did that happen so quickly!). Here’s how we wrapped up the term with a yearly review in three main subjects, some no-pressure mini “tests”, the creation of a summer bucket list and a celebration day! … More Wrapping up the Homeschool Year
Reading historically based stories to support our studies is a key part of our homeschool. Snuggled together on the sofa, these books have brought the lives of historical characters such as Florence Nightingale, Marie Antoinette or the first settlers in Virginia right into our living room. This post looks at how powerful these tales can be, inspiring curiosity and developing empathy and self-evaluation skills in their readers. … More The Power of Historical Stories for Children
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
So ingrained in my pysche is the need to tackle and “tick off” difficult daily tasks first, before treating myself to the pleasures of the more joyful activities on my list, that it only seemed natural to home educate in this same manner. This meant beginning our days with the hardest subject: either maths or … More Kick start your Morning (Basket)!