A Fun Day of Spanish

Bean10 has been finding Spanish a little tough recently, so I wanted to inject a bit of fun into the subject (and at the same time give him a much-needed confidence boost) by creating a day filled with entertaining ways of practising the language. It turned out to be just what they needed – here’s what we got up to. … More A Fun Day of Spanish

Dear Overwhelmed Homeschool Mummy – A Letter From Your Guardian Angel

It’s a demanding (but rewarding) role this homeschooling motherhood. Even five years in, there are still weeks when I fail to take enough rest and end up at burnout point by the weekend. I’m sure I’m not the only one. So, to all those overwhelmed homeschooling mummies out there (new and existing), here’s a letter of encouragement to you from your own guardian angels. … More Dear Overwhelmed Homeschool Mummy – A Letter From Your Guardian Angel

What We’re Reading

Bean11 recently had to write a letter from her future self (from the year 2060) as part of an acting creative challenge she’d been set. This quote from her letter really made me smile:
“In this decade, there are billions of books in thousands of genres. In fact, the first of each month is a ‘reading day’, where everyone, all across the world, devotes their entire day to reading.”
To me, this sounds like bliss! Sticking with this theme, here are the books each of us are currently enjoying/have just finished. … More What We’re Reading

Homemade Cryptic Advent Calendars!

One of our most treasured Christmas traditions is our reusable Advent calendar, filled with cryptic clues which, once deciphered, lead the children to a hidden note with a simple Christmas-themed activity for that day along with a random act of kindness. To fit in with our studies, this year will be entirely Victorian-themed, with Victorian puzzles, crafts, decorations, recipes and games. To spread the love, the Beans have also sewn a cryptic Advent calendar each to gift to their cousins and filled it with cute little clues as to the hiding place of their daily chocolate coin! … More Homemade Cryptic Advent Calendars!

A View Into Our Homeschool Days: Physics Lessons Part 1

When I first started home educating, I was very keen to see what it looked like for current homeschoolers on a day to day basis. So, I’m starting a series of shorter posts highlighting a detailed snapshot of what home education looks like for us each week/month for the different subject areas. First up: physics. … More A View Into Our Homeschool Days: Physics Lessons Part 1

Overview of our Curriculum Plans 2020/21

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

Curriculum Plans 2020/21 – History (for a 9- and 11-year old)

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)