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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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Phonics in our Home Ed Classroom

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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

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'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

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'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…

Eid Gift Ideas

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Take a look at these Eid Gift Ideas!

Blessed Night Jigsaw Puzzle -
From With a Spin

'Embrace the Muslim holidays with one of our beautiful jigsaw puzzles featuring classic scenes of Muslim populated villages. The "Blessed Night" puzzle features festive Muslim town square decorated with iconic lanterns mimicking the night before Ramadan, Eid or other celebrations.

The puzzle makes a thoughtful gift for kids and adults alike, and also gives them a fun pastime they can work on together. Gather the family around and enjoy a time-honored tradition of assembling a jigsaw puzzle, a fun pastime for everyone to work together.'

The With A Spin 110 pieces jigsaws make great gifts for your favourite puzzler all year long.


Check out these lovely Arabic games at Daradam. They would make amazing Eid gifts that your children or grandchildren will surely treasure for many years. The Arabicubes are made out of high quality Linden Wood and can be passed down through generations. Want 20%…

Tour de Yorkshire Exhibition

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'Lucy Pittaway has been confirmed as the race's official artist for a third successful year. See her five new soft pastel drawings in the Civic Art Gallery.  The Tour de Yorkshireroute includes Bradford's Ilkley and Haworth over the weekend of4 - 6 May.'



'Lucy beat off stiff competition to be awarded the title in 2016 and the partnership has flourished in the time since then. Her first commission 'Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails'proved hugely popular with cycling fans and art aficionados alike, and the 'Pedals, Passion and Glory' piece in 2017 was also a significant success. New for 2018 - instead of creating just one official print - Lucy has produced a series of five bespoke Tour de Yorkshire pieces.'

Today I took DS9 to see her artwork at Cartwright Hall in Bradford. 

We didn't get to watch the Tour de Yorkshire this year, but enjoyed watching last year as it came through our local park.

DS9 says 'I liked all the prints, but the ones wi…

Day in the life of DS9

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Since turning 9, DS9 has started to develop his own interests in different subjects and I can now tag him up with his older brother, DS11, in subjects such as Maths.

He enjoys Maths and Cricket and has even done a bit of Spanish which he asked to do! Glad I can remember most of the vocab from my school days!!
So what's a typical Home Ed day like for DS9?
He likes to come downstairs early and arrange his books at his favourite seat at the table, usually asking to do his Maths first. 

He's currently working on the topic Algebra which he seems to be grasping easily. After Maths, he enjoys a 'hands on' science lesson usually choosing a simple experiment which can be carried out in the kitchen. He then writes up his experiment in his science book. For English he enjoys Spelling tests and writing his own stories in his Usborne Mystery Book. I try to give him lots of writing opportunities such as writing a diary entry for a character from a book he's recently read, writin…