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
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
For a long time now, the Beans have been obsessed with the animals of the ocean – I think aided by a combination of their fascination with Blue Planet II, living near the sea and being awed by the corals, fish, rays, sharks and other underwater animals they were lucky enough to see at the … More Planning a Marine Biology Unit Study
By MrJ I came downstairs this morning to find Bean 9 conducting an experiment in the kitchen. Inspired by an online competition to design a tool for survival on a desert island (Year of Engineeering challenge), she was attempting, with the use of a filter constructed from paper, to desalinate a salty water mixture. Unfortunately … More More Daddy Science – Purification of Sea Water!
Children love to help, and our Beans are no exception, some times this can be beneficial and on other occasions it can make even the most straightforward tasks doubly difficult. In fact, it can be tempting to reject offers of assistance, especially if you know that alone you will be quicker and more efficient. However, … More Daddy engineering – Building a heat exchanger!
Bean7 & 8 love making things with their Daddy at the weekend. Be that constructing a marble run or designing and building a mini trebuchet out of random pieces from the garage (more about this in another post), they treasure this opportunity for hands on learning. But then, what child doesn’t love a bit of … More DIY Science: Make your own Garden Rocket!
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)!
When I first entered the world of home ed and joined all the relevant Facebook groups, I was literally blown away by the sheer quantity of exciting trips and educational days out available, offering both an opportunity for mixing with new children and making friends, along with a chance for some hands on, multi sensory … More Spanning the gap!: a bridge mini project