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Home Education Guide

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Welcome to our blog!

I home educate my children DD15, DS12, DS9, DS7 & DD4 in Yorkshire, UK. They have never been in the schooling system and Home Ed is just part of normal family life for us!

I wrote this guide a few years ago after many families began home educating and asking me many questions. I then set up this blog in January 2017 followed by my Instagram page theworldistheirclassroom

Not only do we blog our Home Ed Adventure but we also collaborate with brands and companies in order to bring you some great educational product reviews, discounts and giveaways! Here are some of our favourite collaborations:- 

Beaker Creatures by Learning Resources
EdPlace
Oxford University Press
Denkit Co
Botley the Coding Robot by Learning Resources 
Arty Mouse
Science Book
Playfoam by Learning Resources
The Present Finder
Toucan Box
Daradam
Studio Arabiya
Mysteries in Time
Mister Maker
Letterbox Lab
Little Brian

We are thrilled to be ambassadors of Willow & Wildbox - here is our latest review here (there&#…

Artie 3000™ - The Coding and Drawing Robot - Review

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'Say hello to Artie!!! where coding meets creativity! Children will develop left and right-brain skills with Artie 3000™, the WiFi enabled coding and drawing robot. For children ages 7 - 11 years old.'

DS7 says, 'Artie 3000™ is my favourite robot as it draws cool designs when I code it.'


Primary learners will develop: Left-brain skills such as basic programming, geometry and maths as they control Artie Right-brain skills such as creativity, imagination and expression as they develop patterns and drawing With four modes of play: pre-programmed shapes, games, art for colouring and freeform coding, children will love coding Artie to “tell” the robot what to do!


The easy-to-use drag and drop programming can be used on a Mac, PC or tablet Artie 3000™ includes: Multilingual QuickStart guide Three activity cards Built-in drag and drop visual programming interface Further browser based languages to extend coding knowledge: Javascript, Blockly, Point & Click, Python and Remo…

ExplorerBoxes - Review

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ADVENTURE, LEARNING, TOGETHER TIME!
'Captivating activities that explore our amazing world!'


DS7 and DD4 have been on an amazing adventure this week with their ExplorerBoxes. We received the Science themed box and the Woodland themed box which have been perfect to spark their imaginations and ask all their curious questions. The boxes are cute little sturdy cardboard suitcases, with a fun design, ready to take little ones on a fun learning journey!


'These exciting new boxes are sent directly through the post to little explorers aged 3-8, an ExplorerBox is an exciting themed children’s activity box. Little explorers have tonnes of fun learning about our amazing world through making and doing.


Each box contains four individually packaged and captivating activities, all of the materials and instructions, fun facts, and great ideas for other ways to explore the theme...think stomp rockets, constellation spotting, minibeast hunts, weather vanes, liquid rainbows and cress heads...
O…

Ogden Water, Halifax

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Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve offers a superb opportunity to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Over 300,000 people visit Ogden Water every year for picnics, walking, feeding the ducks, family outings and nature activities. Why not enjoy a picnic at one of our picnic tables, whilst taking in the stunning views.

The visitor centre is open 10.30am to 3.15pm. Why not pop in for a tea, coffee, flapjack or gingerbread man and remember to pick up some duck food to feed our wildfowl. 
The visitor centre also has many leaflets about things to do in the area.  Please note there is no cycling allowed anywhere on the Ogden Water estate. There is also no fishing allowed within the reservoir. There is car park space but please remember to pop a £1 in the 'honesty box' which can be found in the visitor centre at the end of the walk. 

This was a lovely family walk with lots to see. The boys even found lots of painted rocks hidden along the walls as they rambled along.…

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019 KIDS' HANDBOOK - review

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'As excitement builds in the run-up to the Cricket World Cup 2019, the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Kids' Handbook, from Carlton Books, provides the perfect tournament companion for one-day cricket fans aged 7+. The book is bursting with information about the hosts, England and Wales, plus the grounds, teams profiles, superstar players, Cricket World Cup facts, stats and record breakers, as well as loads of games, quizzes and puzzles.'

DS10 is cricket crazy and has always enjoyed playing for our local under 9's team. This year he will be training with the older boys having lots of fun joining in the cricket practise on a Tuesday evening while I sit with my flask of hot tea chatting with the other mums sat out in the cold!



DS10 says, 'I can't wait for the cricket matches to start so I can record them in my new handbook. There are lots of Cricket themed puzzles and quizzes to tackle in this book.'

DS10 has been busy reading up all about his favourite s…

Goit Stock Waterfalls - Cullingworth, Bradford

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We had a lovely walk in Cullingworth this weekend at Goit Stock Waterfalls. It was a bit of a trek to actually get down to the largest waterfall, so wear good walking shoes! Glad I only took DS12 and DS10! Here are some of our photos:

'There are not many Waterfalls in West Yorkshire, but Goit Stock is one of them, and can be found Cullingworth near Bingley A pleasant Fall of about 5m preceded by a smaller one. A 10 minute walk means this is to get to, although the path may be slippy when wet and numerous tree roots to negotiate. Bradford Council have helped by installing a steel staircase in one part. Park on Hallas Lane, Post Code BD13 5BU, nr the junction with Greenside Lane. Follow Hallas Lane (Unmade track) down hill for approx 500m, cross the bridge and turn immediately left, following the signpost. Follow the path for another 250m to the falls.' Yorkshire Waterfalls Blog



This woodland walk that takes you past several smaller waterfalls and the well-known larger waterfal…

Get your free glow in the dark poster!!

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Our Blue Planet - free resources from Open Learn

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There are always lots of great free resources to download and order on the Open Learn website here, posters and booklets from your favourite OU/BBC programmes!



World Kids' Colouring Day 2019

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The spring colouring competition is back — get ready to “Change the World” with your class!
As Home Educators we can also sign up and take part!



 'For World Kids’ Colouring Day 2019, we’re asking UK primary school pupils to pick up a pencil and consider how they’d like to “Change the World” when they grow up.
And the best part? Partaking in the competition will allow your pupils to literally change the world, too — through the work of worldwide children’s charity, Plan International. You see, for every competition entry we receive, we’ll donate €1 to help Plan International advance a number of school development projects in Rwanda.
To begin planning your World Kids Colouring Day lesson, download your FREE “Change the World” themed activity sheets here.
Every pupil entered into the competition will be given the chance to win: £250 worth of stationery for their school. A bespoke art classroom workshop with artist and caricaturist Picasso Griffiths. An official winner’s certificate …

Games on the Go - Review

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"Are we nearly there yet?"  Are you familiar with this line? or maybe bickering in the back as you're heading out for the day? When travelling with children one of the best ideas is to take along an activity and not show them until they start getting fed up and fidgety! I have placed this quirky little set of wipeable game cards, Games on the Go by Lonely Planet Kids, within hands reach in the back of our car, ready for the kiddies to play whilst travelling to and from our Home Ed day trips or further afield. This sturdy little box consists of 40 wipe-clean cards and a dry-erase pen, perfect for those long car journeys!

'Banish the boredom of long car journeys and other big trips with Games on the Go, a fun and colourful mix of seek and find games, drawing challenges, word searches and more. A must-pack addition on any family trip, it fits easily inside carry-on luggage and can be deployed in seconds!'



It's not long after we set off on our family trip, that …

Your A-Z of helping hedgehogs!

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Spring has sprung and many hedgehogs are now emerging from their sleepy slumbers. Is your garden hedgehog ready? Keen to fatten up before the mating season begins, hedgehogs will be busy rustling around in search of invertebrates and will appreciate the wild areas, log piles and leaf litter in the corners of your garden. Here are a list of ways from A-Z, from Hedgehog Street, that you can help hedgehogs that visit your garden:


A… is for Autumn orphans and juveniles. Keep an eye out for any small hedgehogs that look underweight. If you find any small hedgehogs get in touch with BHPS for advice on 01584 890 801 or info@britishhedgehogs.org.uk

B… is for Bonfires which are popular nesting or hiding places for hedgehogs. Make sure you check bonfires beforelighting them or relocate them on the day of burning. Why not make a compost heap for hedgehogs to burrow in over winter?

C... is for Hedgehog Champions, spreading the Hedgehog Street message to their neighbours and local communities. Find …

Home Ed Q & A with Yusra!

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Today's Home Ed Q & A is with Yusra, all the way in Australia! So grab a cuppa and have a read of how their Home Education adventure is going so far!
Yusra (Umm Summer) is a homeschooling mother of four currently residing in Australia. She is passionate about homeschooling and raising God-conscious children, organisation, travel and being a homemaker. You can find her here:
Instagram: @the_inspired_muslim_mama Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/The-inspired-muslim-mama-315725169107953/




When and why did you decide to Home Educate?

It was a natural progression for us. I am a strong believer in early learning and the importance of the early years so I began to read and talk to them before my twins were even born. Although I didn't fully grasp the meaning behind the phrase - "the mind of a child is like a sponge" - until both my girls amazed me by pointing out all the body parts in Arabic when I prompted them at the early age of 16 months. I didn't realise how fa…