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&#…

Building Confidence in KS2 Maths

Are you looking for weekly one-to-one online lessons for your child that are a fun, build confidence and experience for your child and that are aligned to the national curriculum?

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They are the biggest maths tutoring community in the UK and every week they provide specialist one-to-one tutoring to thousands of children aged 7 to 11.

Here's how it works:

'A world class maths tutor is only a few clicks away!
Tell us a little about your child, select your time slot and when you want to start, and our intelligent platform will match your child with the right primary maths tutor for their needs.

Rolling monthly subscriptions will save you money!
Our monthly subscriptions give you the freedom to choose lesson times that work for both your child and you, and provide you with high-quality, affordable maths tuition at your fingertips.

We create a programme of maths …

Letterbox Lab - Slime and Swirls - Review

DS12 has been busy experimenting this week with his third Award Winning Letterbox Lab - which is a fun pack of exciting experiments that are delivered through the door each month, and this month it's all about Slime! Check out our last review here!

As always, the box is crammed with everything you need, so no need to pop out to the shops! There was even a cute bottle of touchable bubbles which DS12 thought were lots of fun!
He started off making some slippery slime, whilst learning all about polymers and non-newtonian fluids. He tried stretching, breaking and making shapes from it, following instructions by the colouful characters, Meg and Pico, in the simple instruction guide. The guide sets out the equipment needed, which can easily be found in labelled science-themed packets within the explore box, how to carry out the experiment safely and with extra information to discover more about the experiments. There are also extension activities which provide ideas to develop the less…

Zimpli Kids Playtime Range - Review

All things slimy and gooey seem to be very popular at the moment, with kids and adults alike! So we have been trying out the Playtime Range at Zimpli Kids in order to take slimy sensory play to a whole new level!
The Playtime Range consists of Gelli Play and Slime Play for use indoors or out, in large tubs or bowls. We have also tried out the Baff Time fun as well as SnoBall Play!

'Our Playtime range truly does bring new experiences to Playtime with Gelli Play, Slime Play and Gelli Snow. By exploring new processes and textures, children can enjoy Playtime whilst learning at the same time. These products are 100% safe on skin, made in the UK, non toxic and environmentally friendly. There’s also no need to worry about staining skin, carpets, clothes or bath tubs, as all our products are stain free! The products in this range are also available in a range of different colours.' Zimpli Kids
Check out the Zimpli Kids You Tube channel here

The GelliPlay box made a truckload of jell…

Free Duck Guide!


Healthy snacks on the go!

I love my chocolate, but I'm also concsious about staying healthy and always try to instil healthy eating habits in the kiddies too!

With it being the start of National Chocolate Week, I am trying to stick to our healthy eating plans, especially when it comes to snacking! 
As a busy mum of five who also blogs and has a part-time job, it's sometimes just too easy to give in and grab quick snacks here and there. As I am preparing to head out of the door for work, I also have to prepare breakfast for the kiddies as well as set up their activities for the day before I head out. This week I have been trying out the latest organic raw chocolate goodies from Choc Chick which are launching today and which make the health benefits of cacao more accessible than ever before. They are ideal  to keep stacked up in my locker at work, in the car and in my handbag! They are suitable for Vegans, as well as being dairy and gluten free!

'CHOC CHICK Quinoa Pops - Deliciously crispy raw chocola…

Roblox Master Gamer's Guide - Review

It's Friday at last! Time for the kiddies to wind down and have some free learning time. This week the boys have discovered Roblox, after receving this new Gamer's Guide. We were sent two copies of this colourful new guide so we are giving one away over on Instagram here

'There is a world of content to explore in Roblox, and Carlton's brand-new Master Gamer's Guide has everything you need to find, beat and even create the best games. This book contains info on the hottest Roblox games like Jailbreak and Hide and Seek Extreme, plus top tips to get you to the top of the leader boards, earn Robux, and impress your mates. There's even an easy-nofollow guide to start making your own games, plus crucial info on how to stay safe and have fun when you're playing online.'

This new guide is simple to follow and the boys easily chose a game from the guide and then found it on the online app, ready to play.

DS7 enjoyed making pizzas on the 'Work at a pizza p…

Writing essentials and creating writing opportunities for young children

People often ask me how I taught my children to read and write and I always start by telling them to put aside pens, pencils and paper, and create lots of mark making opportunities. 
Mark Making, in the Early years, is not just about encouraging Early Writing, but it's providing children with sensory and physical play experiences. This can take many different forms as there are so many ideas that you can explore, in order to give your child a fun play activity. It also encourages and incorporates early Maths and Science along the way. 
Over the years I have provided many different Mark Making activities for my kiddies from sand and water play and painting with string to outdoor chalking and printing with potatoes. There are so many creative ideas in order to encourage creativity and spark curiosity.  
I have found that activities such as using plastic tweezers to move small objects from one container to another or using a plastic needle for early threading and sewing, have really…

The HappySelf Journal - review

This week I have been encouraging the boys to slow down and reflect on how their day went and what they enjoyed about it, by logging their thoughts and feelings in their HappySelf Journals. By writing down things they were grateful for, how their day went and ticking off little moments they remembered about their day, The HappySelf Journal not only promotes happiness and develops a growth mindset, but it also creates the perfect writing opportunity for them.

The HappySelf Journal is 'A daily journal for children aged 6 to 12, based on scientifically proven methods that promote happiness, develop healthy habits for life and nurture enquiring minds. Beautifully illustrated and easy to use, with just a few minutes focus each day, children benefit by being encouraged to express gratitude, reflect on their emotions and think about their actions.' The HappySelf Journal

The boys enjoyed filling in the fun pages all about themselves and what makes them happy. It has been encouraging …

The Happy Book Club

This week we received this lovely Autumn bundle of books from The Happy Book Club through the post. 
The Happy Book Club is 'The only kid's bookshop you need! Selling award-winning book subscriptions amongst other things. All gift-wrapped as standard. The perfect present!'
and they have a clear vision!!
1) To improve children's enjoyment and competence of reading.
2) To allow opportunities for children to express and enhance their imagination, creativity and inquisitiveness.
3) To bring families together.
The books were beautifully packaged in brown paper and tied with an orange string to give it a warm Autumn feel, as this month's theme is all about Autumn. Check out DS9 unwrapping the parcel here
I love the fact that with every order placed, The Happy Book Club donate money to charity. This month they donated to The Woodland Trust. 

Both DD4 and DS7 were delighted with their new books. I read them out that night whilst they snuggled in their beds and since then the…

We're learning Spanish! - Review

I always enjoyed learning Spanish at school, and regularly tested my conversational skills on holidays abroad throughout the year. I went on to take the Spanish GCSE but then didn't have the chance to continue.

DS9 and DS7 have both shown interest in learning Spanish and often watch YouTube videos to pick up basic phrases.

I have just discovered Hello Languages which are a vibrant language learning books for beginners from b small publishing!
They are wonderfully illustrated and consist of workbooks, colouring books, a beginner's guide and a picture dictionary.

'These are the perfect books to accompany school starters as they learn a new language. From simply saying hello to giving detailed directions around town, each expertly designed section gives young linguists the basic language skills they will need to carry on learning as they grow. Bold, bright illustrations and clear, simple grammar bring the essential vocabulary to life. Guides and translations of the target word…