Home Education Guide

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
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&#…

STEM Explorers™: Geomakers™

DS7 has been broadening his maths skills, learning all about Geometry this week. He dived into his new Geomakers™ box from Learning Resources to see the 3D building challenges take shape as he skillfully manipulated the unique curved rods, straight sticks and multi-hole connectors to make his own 2D and 3D creations. 

'Activate a child’s natural curiosity and extend your STEM learning activities with our STEM Explorers range. Featuring our best-selling STEM products, STEM Explorers will engage young learners with hands-on activities.' Learning Resources
This fun interactive Geometry box is great to develop critical thinking and fine motor skills in young children. DS7 was totally engaged and absorbed with this new educational toy as he used the 58 pieces to make various shapes following the simple activity guide as well as trying out his own ideas. The guide helps develop shape comparison and spatial reasoning as DS7 worked his way through each engaging task. 
DS7 says, '…

Space Mission: Nonsense Words - review

Learning phonics is a very important tool to develop reading fluency. Children learn that the letters they see on the page can be decoded and once they have learnt this code they can then apply it to any word they see. Using these skills they easily and quickly develop into fluent readers as they use their phonics knowledge to sound out all the words they see around them each day.
DD4 enjoys reading her books and using her flashcards, but learning through play in the early years has always been a great way to instil a love of learning.

This week DD4 has been practising her phonemes by playing this fun phonics read and rescue game from Learning Resources.  Aimed at children aged 4+ it is the perfect game for solitary play to revise her sounds or co-operative play where she plays along with her siblings. Using the super suction feature on the colourful flying saucers she read and rescued aliens and astronauts as she flew her saucer across the table. She carefully landed her saucer on a…

My STEM Day - review

This week the kiddies have been getting involved in lots of STEM challenges using these fun new titles due to be released this week from Carlton Books. 
Each book is packed with simple explanations on interesting topics such as How do Mobile Phones Work? Why do we have Seasons? How do Solar Panels Work? and What is Probability?
Aimed at children 7+ DS7 and DS10 have both been flicking through each book, having a read and looking at the fun illustrations. Each area of learning has a puzzle activity to complete in the book and a simple do-at-home experiment to carry out. 

'Why do ice lollies melt? How do your lungs work? How do you digest your lunch? With the help of dynamic illustrations and fun activities, My STEM Day Science takes you through the day and explain how incredible science underpins everything you do.
Starting in the morning and working through the day, you'll find out how science lies behind so many everyday tasks and objects. Every page is filled with amazing o…

Plastic - Past, Present, and Future

'The world consumes over 300 million tonnes of plastic each year. But when did we start using plastic? And why? Where does all the plastic waste go?'
Plastic - you either love it or hate it but we are surrounded by it each day and it has been making a difference to people's lives around the world for many years such as in the medical field to keep us safe from diseases - hospitals now have plastic disposable needles, transport such as cars and areoplanes are lighter and supermarkets are bursting with products packaged with plastic. So why are people now starting to detest the stuff and how can we teach our children to use it responsibly both now and in the future?
Today is World Oceans Day and we have been discovering all about plastic with this amazing new hardback book Plastic from Scribe which teaches children all about how plastic has changed our lives for the better but it also poses are serious risk for the future. It begins with a heartbraking tale on the night of J…

Highlights for Children - review

Look what arrived in the post this week! A fantastic bundle of exciting activity books, maze books and workbooks from Highlights for Children. These fun activity books are packed with puzzles, mazes and crossword fun as well as plenty of hidden pictures to search and find along the way! Highlights for Children's philosophy is that children become their “best selves” by using their creativity and imagination; developing their reading, thinking, and reasoning skills; and learning to treat others with respect, kindness, and sensitivity. Read on to see what the kiddies thought of them!

These super cute jumbo hardback Hidden Pictures books are great fun to introduce young children to puzzle books. On each fold out page there are over 140 colourful objects to spot on each brilliantly illustrated page. These books engage eagle eyed young readers to spot many different activities going on in each scene. ABC Town has objects, neighbourhood places and animals to search for and Let's Co…

Home Ed Q & A - with two lovely ladies from Mended Tea Cups

Today's Home Ed Q & A is with two lovely ladies, Molly & Helen, from Mended Tea Cups - a UK Home Education Day at a Time Podcast.
If you would like to listen to their podcasts then check them out here
You can also follow along on Molly's blog here 'Mothering through the Seasons' and on Instagram here

When and why did you decide to home ed?

M: When our eldest son was 4, about 14 years ago now.
We’d known one family who homeschooled, and although I didn’t understand it, I couldn’t
help but notice what a strong family unit they were, and how naturally their parenting style

Although I had homeschool logged in my mind, our eldest started reception half time at four.
He managed and it was a nice school, but it seemed so early to begin formal education and
eventually we took him out towards the end of the year. All our other children have been
home educated from the start. Our reasons to home ed have changed slightly over the
years, but essentially we think c…

365 Days Wild - Guest Post by Lucy McRobert

As I’m writing, it’s a beautiful day outside. A proper spring day in late May. Annoyingly, I’m stuck in the dark study staring at a screen, but with the patio doors wide open I can smell the richness of the grass, feel the warmth of the sunshine and even enjoy the occasional scream as our swifts go racing past. They seem to be having such fun, careering around the sky like racing car drivers.

Despite the glorious afternoon beckoning, I’m snatching an hour of quiet time to write. My daughter, Georgiana, has finally collapsed exhausted on the bed for her nap. We’ll see how long it lasts! We shared in a beautiful walk through the village earlier. At eight months old, I am experiencing the joy of rediscovering nature through her eyes. It’s a fascinating and magical process. She is obsessed by plants and animals, desperate to touch, feel, taste, listen to, examine everything, and she instinctively knows the difference between living and inanimate objects. She’ll sit watching birds out of th…

Anorak Magazine - Review

'Anorak Magazine, the ‘happy mag for kids’ is aimed at boys and girls aged between 6 and 12 years old. DOT is aimed at pre-schoolers.
At Anorak, we are very proud of producing printed magazines on REAL (recycled) paper with REAL (vegetable) ink. It makes them smell nice and it is at the heart of our commitment to provide kids with a calm, immersive, fun piece of culture.
Unlike magazines of today, neither of our publications are throw away titles. Just like much loved children’s magazines and annuals of the past they are designed to be collected, kept, handed down and revisited.
Studio Anorak's main philosophy is to encourage children to tap into their imagination, use their creativity to learn and is here to amplify their voices. It has at the core of its offering a passion for words and images that challenge and stimulate. And silly jokes too.'

We are a family of avid readers and that doesn't mean just books, we love magazines too! and now DD4 is at the stage where she…