Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 1 (Physical & Mental Health)

I am most definitely guilty of doing too much for my little Beans, tasks they most certainly could do for themselves – like cooking, washing or slapping on their sunscreen. It comes from a place of love, but am I really doing them any favours by removing these mundane tasks from their plates?

This is the first in a series of posts about using the lockdown opportunity to slow down and patiently show our little ones how to complete vital life skills – today’s offering is about helping them manage their physical and mental health.
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Bean10’s Favourite Books

Today we have a treat: a guest post from Bean10 about her favourite books of all time. Because let’s face it, in this period of lockdown, is there anything better than snuggling down (or indeed sitting up in a tree!) with a good book, letting its words flow around your head, and carrying you off into another world? Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration from her selections. … More Bean10’s Favourite Books

How to Plan a Project with Your Child

Millions of children are now home educating for the very first time. Many of them have been given the wonderful opportunity of completing projects about topics of their own choosing. But, given the rigidity of the normal school timetable, with little opportunity for autonomous learning, have students been equipped with the skills to manage such an independent project? And, how do we as parents help them develop these skills, whilst simultaneously allowing them to maintain control over their studies? This post aims to help by sharing some of the ways we tackle projects in our homeschool. … More How to Plan a Project with Your Child

Unexpectedly Homeschooling? How to Stay Sane When Your Kids are Home 24/7

From next Monday, millions of families will find themselves thrust unexpectantly into the world of home education. For many, there will be a sense of feeling overwhelmed – excited and terrified at the same time. In this post, I use my experience of homeschooling to help guide you through setting up a simple routine along with ideas for staying sane with your littles at your side 24/7. Hope it helps! … More Unexpectedly Homeschooling? How to Stay Sane When Your Kids are Home 24/7

A homeschool day in the life (with a 10- and 9-year-old)

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)

The Power of Historical Stories for Children

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 Part 3 – Remembering the Splendour of the Whitsundays

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