Homeschooling on the Road, or Worldschooling

In just over a week, we’re setting off for a three-month trip travelling around the world. The vast majority of the children’s learning will be hands on, experiential type learning, such as snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, going on a Maori cultural experience day or hiking a volcano. Having said that, although we’re refocussing our educational priorities during this time, there are many simple ways to keep up with their studies in a fun way as we travel. Here’s how we plan to incorporate a bit of “stealth learning” into time spent driving, waiting in airports or flying. … More Homeschooling on the Road, or Worldschooling

The breadth of reading in one homeschool day…

Reading is a hugely significant part of our life; books are integral to our home education journey. As I reflected on what we completed in homeschool last Wednesday, I realised the variety of literary genres covered in just one day was fairly substantial. So, for anyone interested in what homeschool looks like for us, I thought I’d share a day in our life through the books we read. … More The breadth of reading in one homeschool day…

Igniting their Imagination: Story Writing Ideas for Children

A post for your budding author – some simple ideas to inspire children struggling to get started with their story writing. Use exciting story openers, change the perspective from which the story is written or have a go at imitating the style and structure of a successful children’s author to create a fictional story based on a true historical event. … More Igniting their Imagination: Story Writing Ideas for Children

An Advent Calendar with an educational twist!

A few years ago, when the children were only about 4 or 5, we started a Christmas tradition that has since become an absolute favourite in our household. It started with the discovery of this Christmas tree shaped, reusable Advent Calendar buried in the corner of our local charity shop (here’s something similar, but you … More An Advent Calendar with an educational twist!

A little break…

Sadly, I recently found out that I have a type of skin cancer on my nose, but fortunately, it’s one of the best types (a basal cell carcinoma) in that it’s unlikely to spread. Tomorrow is my operation to have it removed, so I’m planning to take a month’s break from blogging to rest and … More A little break…