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Welcome to my blog! I'm Nicola! I home educate my children DD14, DS11, DS9, DS6 & DD3.

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

Firstly, just a quick note on how to get around my blog. The PC version is slightly different to the mobile version but they both have an icon of three small lines in the top left hand corner of the Home Page. (On the PC version this may be clicked automatically and therefore, show a side panel.) But if you click this, you should be able to easily find older posts in the archive as well as some labels which I have tagged onto posts in order to group similar ones together. There is a search bar at the top of the Home Page screen to quickly search for a particular word. Hope this makes it easier to find what you're looking for.

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Our Den Building & Bird Feeding Adventure

It's the start of summer and the boys are feeling adventurous. What a great time to take our classroom outdoors and into the sunshine! We have been exploring these amazing Den Kit bags and Pizza Bird Feeder kits from The Den Kit co. Follow us on our den building adventure!!!

We started our wild adventure in our own garden by making pizzas for the birds!! 

Kids love to get messy and this lovely bird feeder kit, from The Den Kit co, took making bird feeders to the next level by bringing them their very own pizza parlour in our front garden. 

The kiddies mixed soil and water for the pizza base and then layered each one with different toppings from these lovely hessian, drawstring bags. 

After placing them outside in their chosen spot, away from the neighbour's cat, they sat back and relaxed whilst observing which birds came to have a taste of their pizza creations. 

The bag comes with a selection of identification cards which makes it easier for the kiddies to note down which bir…

Work Experience Placement 2 - Sports Centre

DD14 started her second work experience placement at our local Sports Centre. She had to read lots of Health and Safety information before signing in and had the opportunity to learn about hazards and COSHH.

She had to do lots of health and safety inspections around the building, and making sure the toilets had enough look rolls and handwash. Hmm..Nice!

By week two she was a pro and knew how to do all the checks. 

She checked the gym equipment and vacuumed before anyone arrived to use it. 

Checked equipment and replenished stock.

She prepared the hall for the aerobics classes and made she the floor was free of any spillages etc. 

She worked on the reception greeting customers as well as taking money and counting the float. 

One of the checks was the Sauna room before anyone used it

and setting up the badminton nets!!
She enjoyed her work experience at the Sports Centre and getting to know all the staff who have given her a great report to add to her CV....onto Work Experience number 3…

National Insect Week

Today we are out in the garden looking for insects as part of National Insect Week.
We have been spotting & identifying as well as keeping a tally chart of the different types we have found, writing insect poems and short stories.
Why not join us this National Insect Week and take your classroom outdoors!

National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. Every two years, the Royal Entomological Society organises the week, supported by a large number of partner organisations with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects. For more information and to read the free magazine for young entomologists check the website out here

Phonics in our Home Ed Classroom

We've recently been checking out this fabulous new series from Oxford University Press. I love to blog and share great educational resources that I use in our Home Ed classroom with you all. So please read on to find out more about this new launch!!

The Bigfoot Mystery and other stories - check it out here.
As mothers of young children learning to read, we are all familiar with the characters Biff, Chip and Kipper! These well known characters are still featured in the new Read with Oxford series. I have used the phonics method to teach all my children to read. At the age of around 3 they have been able to sound out words themselves, using their phonetic knowledge. We have been using the stage 4 books in order to allow DS6 to become a much more confident reader, picking up these books whenever he feels like, and settling down in his chair to read by himself.  He's enjoying the new series as each book consists of short stories which are simple enough for him to read independent…

Willow & Wild Box

'Nature inspired fun & learning'
The little ones have been busy little bees this week trying out all the activities in their Willow and Wild Box as well as getting stuck into their Random acts of Wildness for #30dayswild!

This new, brightly-coloured, personalised nature subscription box, aimed at children ages 3-8 years, is a great way to take your Home Ed classroom outdoors, making their early Science lessons fun and practical with plenty of 'hands on' activities.

'Quality time, out of the box....Discover a new way for your creative explorers to play & learn about nature with Willow & Wild Box.

​A personalised, monthly subscription box for 3 - 8 year olds, packed full of craft, gardening, cooking and outdoor activities, delivered straight through your letterbox.'

The Willow and Wild Box not only gives children opportunities to explore and develop their gross and fine motor skills but also gives them a lifelong love of the great outdoors!
So what did…

C is for a Cracking Collection

'Unlock your child's learning...'

We have been eagerly awaiting the third box in the A2Zactivitybox series! After having fun with all the activities in the previous boxes, DD3 couldn't wait to open box C!

This box has taught DD3 all about metamorphosis! We started by setting up the box as a pond as DD3 couldn't wait to get the frog to have a 'swim'. We discussed the life cycle of a frog which tied in nicely with our recent visit to the woods where there are tadpoles and frogs to spot.

DD3 then made two chocolate nests using the ingredients provided in the box. She carefully crushed up the cereal, added the melted chocolate and eggs, then popped them into the fridge to set. She was very excited to find out there was something edible inside the box!! :)

We then looked at the butterfly life cycle and she put on her butterfly leggings and top, then took the vibrant, orange scarf from the box in order to swirl it around making butterfly movements in the air. Thi…