In honour of Simple Homeschool’s 10th Annual Homeschool Day in the Life link-up, I thought I’d show you one of our recent days of homeschooling. But actually, I’ve decided to cheat and show you two contrasting days: one structured, following-the-plan type of day and another more off-schedule, creative style of day. … More A homeschool day in the life (with a 10- and 9-year-old)
A new segment on the blog – a few snapshots to capture our week of learning. A glimpse into our lives to encapsulate the diversity of our days, with ordinary moments sprinkled with a smidgen of the extraordinary… … More Our Homeschool Week in Pictures (& Videos)
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
Australia – a vast, diverse and beautiful country, currently in the news for the terrifying and extensive wildfires which have raged across its south east coast. My heart, prayers and love go out to the families, communities and wildlife affected by these savage infernos. In these dark times, I think it’s important to remember the light and in particular the magnificence of this unique island country. It’s ten months since we spent three glorious weeks in this special country; I’ve finally managed to write up the third part of our adventures there – from Port Douglas down via Townsville to the stunning Whitsundays. … More Australia Part 3 – Remembering the Splendour of the Whitsundays
For me, the time between Christmas and New Year is one of reflection about what worked well as a family and what we achieved in the year, as well as planning our family goals for 2020. This post documents our commitments for the upcoming year from walking, cycling or kayaking 732 miles to more time outside completing microadventures to service projects helping others. … More Our family goals for 2020
Playing a game is both a wonderful way to connect with your clan and, at the same time, significantly aid their development, in skills ranging from logical thinking to collaboration to perseverance. All whilst having a giggle! This post looks at why games can be so powerful and shares some of our favourites. … More What Can Board and Card Games Teach Your Children?
As the end of November approaches, it’s time to bring down our treasured collection of Christmas books! We’ve amassed quite a selection over the years: here are our favourites. … More Our Favourite Christmas Books
One of the most common questions asked of home educators is “But how do you manage their socialisation?” A question often asked in innocence, but one which is certain to irritate the recipient. In this post I explain why I believe that children are actually better socialised outside of our current schooling system. … More But How Do You Socialise Them?
Without doubt, the best part of our recent trip to Marrakech was a two-day hiking excursion outside the city in the nearby High Atlas Mountains. Trekking through this beautiful landscape, with the fragrant smells of the juniper trees, and discovering traditional Berber villages was an experience we’ll never forget! … More Hiking the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Hands on workshops with your family are such a fun way to learn together. Here’s a short post about how we learned how to make a traditional Moroccan brass bowl down a backstreet in Marrakech’s famous medina. … More Traditional Brassware Workshop in Marrakech