Home Education Guide

Welcome to our blog!

I home educate my children DD14, DS12, DS9, DS6 & 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
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
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&#…

Ultimate Eye Twisters - Review

This new book, Ultimate Eye Twisters, published by Carlton Books, has been entertaining the kiddies this week whilst they've been feeling unwell with colds. It's packed with over 180 illusions which have been boggling their minds! I have walked into the room to find DS12 staring at dots and seeing things that don't appear at first. It's all a bit bizarre but to these crazy guys, it's just a really cool book to look through, especially when they don't feel like doing much else. 

'Ultimate Eye Twisters is a bumper collection of crazy and mesmerizing optical illusions and visual puzzles. It contains hours of eye-boggling, mind-twisting fun for kids who love the challenges of visual trickery.'

Each time they pick up the book they find something new to look at. Even DS7 has enjoyed looking through the puzzles, trying to figure out what he can actually see! When they want to pick up a book, but don't feel like reading or getting pens out for puzzles, this…

Our Top Ten Educational Books 2018!

Over the past year we have used so many different books in our Home Ed classroom whether it be for independant reading, crazy crafting or to inspire a few exciting, new projects. We have recommended many different types of books from Vikings and The Titanic to Dino crafts and STEM books. We thought we would look back at these books that have found their way onto our shelves this year and choose the kiddies Top Ten favourite picks to share with you all! So here they are:

1) Forest School - published by GMC Publications
Do you take your classroom outdoors? Do you attend a Forest School? If you're looking for a book about outdoor skills and play for children, then this is the perfect book for you! This chunky book is printed on thick, high quality FSC paper which can easily be picked up and taken out and about as you and your children explore the great outdoors on your wild, muddy adventure. Check out the full review and author interview here

2) Arty Mouse
Put the fun back into lear…

Our Top Ten Educational Subscriptions 2018! HE Discount too!

Over the past year we have had the chance to try our many Educational Subscriptions some of which came straight through our door which the kiddies raced to be the first to snatch from the letterbox! So which subscriptions did the kiddies think were the best this year? Check out their Top Ten here, in no particular order:

1) LetterBox Lab - Home Ed Discount available!

We think Letterbox Lab is a great resource to have each month providing fantastic experiments for all budding scientists to carry out over a number of days or even a week and the best thing is that they have great discounts for Home Ed families! Check out the full review here.

2) Geo Journey
The kiddies have started their adventure with Geo Journey to explore the countries of the World in their Geography Lessons. They will be receiving fact-filled letters each month which include photos, postcards, activity booklets, travel tickets & souvenirs from different countries! I thought this would be a nice, interactive way to…

Slime Invasion!

Turn your bath into jelly and back again!
'Gelli Baff turns water into colourful goo and back again - providing you with 100% safe bath time fun.
Simply fill your bath with 40 litres of warm water, sprinkle the goo former over the surface of the bath and leave it for two minutes. Watch in amazement as your boring bath water magically starts to turn into a fun, thick goo. Then stir well, get in and have fun! The goo is a completely harmless powder that soaks up 400 times its own weight in water.'

I recently reviewed some slime products for Zimpli Kids here and the kiddies had a whale of a time! Quite literally! They turned the bath blue and added all their sea creatures for an underwater adventure. Today I thought I would share some more pics with you all. 

DD4 enjoyed using the pink GelliBaff and added her dinosaurs. The whole bath turned into a fun jelly playtime. The more water that is added, the more it turns into a gloopy jelly which DD4 loves the feeling of. 

The boys us…

Life at the Zoo - Book Review

'This is the perfect book for every budding zoologist and animal-loving kid! Featuring illuminating photography and writing from Michael George, Life at the Zoo provides a unique behind-the-scenes view. Children can meet the creatures who live there and the people who care for them, too. They'll have so much fun, they won't even realize how much they're learning!'

Life at the Zoo by Michael George is a fabulous, informative book for children allowing them a glimpse at the secret world of their favourite animals. The book is crammed full of colourful photographs and information which is set out in an easy to read style.

The book appealed to all my kiddies from DD4 who enjoyed looking at the photos, especially the pink flamingos (her favourite animal at the moment) right up to DD15 who enjoyd reading all about zoo life and having a look 'behind the scenes' to see what life at the zoo is really like and the many job roles there are in order to keep the zoo run…

The Secret Life of the Red Fox and the Little Brown Bat - Review

'This gorgeous and lyrical picture book from renowned science author Laurence Pringle and debut illustrator Kate Garchinsky follows a year in the life of a red fox named Vixen as she finds food, hunts, escapes threats, finds a mate, and raises her kits—all the way to the day that she and her mate watch their kits head off to lead their own secret lives. Stunning, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The book also includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.'
With the weather wet and windy again and we are all feeling cold, it's the perfect weather to snuggle up in our cosy room with a book. 

Today the kiddies have taken some of their new books from our Winter book basket which sits near the fire. We are reading The Secret Life of the Red Fox and the Little Brown Bat. 

The kiddies are enjoying listening to the story of …

Snowflake-Inspired Projects - Review

We heard that snowflakes have already started to fall over at Nana and Grandad's house the other week. The kiddies are hoping for another very white winter. They have their winter hats, scarves and gloves ready, and as soon as a few snowflakes start to fall, they will be out there!

Last year they made an igloo, made a 'snow mountain' in the middle of the road to stop the cars coming past :) used bottles of spray paint to get creative and even used it for some Science Experiments such as making coloured ice balls with balloons to roll around in the snow. 
They also enjoy making ice lanterns and and decorative snowflakes, so this year we are trying out this lovely Snowflake-inspired craft book from Carlton Books. Check out our 'sneak peek' over on Instagram here.

This Snowflake craft books is packed with creative ideas from Snowflake window art to cute little gift card tags. All you need is a craft knife and board and away you go. DS12 made a start on the window art …

Thunder Pug - Book Review by DS7

Today DS7 is reviewing Thunder Pug written by Kim Norman and illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi, published by Sterling Children's Books. Check out our sneak peek inside the book over on Instagram here
This hardback book is a heart warming tale of two animal characters who love doing almost everything together. One day Percy the Pug decides to take on a new identity when his friend is too busy to play with him anymore. I asked DS7 to read the book to DD4 and then tell me what he thought, these are the questions I asked him:

Who are the main characters and what are they like?

The characters are Percy the Pug and Petunia the Pig. They are friends who like to play together, puffing dandelion seeds and playing other games. 
What happens in the story?

Petunia wins a blue ribbon and doesn't have time to play with Pug anymore so Pug reads his superhero comic and has a good idea that turns out rubbish until Petunia comes along. She has an idea too which is better than Percy's.

What did…

Chewwies - grow strong! - Review

As a mother of five active kiddies I always seek ways to optimise their health. One of these ways is exploring the different options of vitamins on the market. I have come across many different varieties and brands but wanted something which are not only palatable, but also having the added benefit of not containing sugar, articifical colours and anything else deemed unhealthy.

Last week we discovered Chewwies, the yummy gummy vitamins! We have been sent this Chewwies Bundle Pack which consists of Chewwies Multivitamin and Vitamin D3, shaped like little teddy bears. As soon as the kiddies saw them they wanted to give them a try, they do look just like sweets after all! But would they taste as nice as they look?

'Chewwies® was founded and established by a group of dedicated and committed healthcare professionals, who found it increasingly difficult to provide their children with healthy supplements which suited their dietary requirements.
The majority of vitamins and supplements avai…

Timeout Bags - Review

Last Sunday we had family visiting in the afternoon, so out came the hoover and we cleaned the house from top to bottom. It's too easy to turn on the computer and allow the kiddies to have some screentime whilst I am busy fluffing cushions and clearing away toys, so that no one stands on any tiny Lego pieces, OUCH! However, I had just the thing to keep the kiddies occupied - a Timeout Bag!

A Timeout Bag is an eco-friendly bespoke activity bag in line with the National Curriculum, supporting 'STEAM' Education, and designed to minimise screentime and encourage learning through play.

'We offer bespoke activity packs for kids, including a selection of educational books, games, toys and healthy snacks.   Our eco-friendly bags represent great value for money, where combined prices are unachievable independently.  Our goal is to minimise screen time and to encourage learning through play. Too much screen time may lead to behavioural issues and affect sleeping patterns, especi…