The second in a series of posts highlighting a snapshot of what home education looks like for us each week/month for the different subject areas. Today we look at how we investigated Newton’s three fundamental laws of motion, using lots of hands-on experiments. … More A View Into Our Days: Newton’s Laws
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
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
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)!