Home Education Guide

Welcome to our blog!

I home educate my children DD16, DS13, DS10, DS8 & DD5 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
Letterbox Lab
Little Brian
Eco Kids Magazine
Coding Critters by Learning Resources
Carlton Books
Coding Park
Tackling Tables

We also interview other Home Ed families across the globe, so look out for our Home …

Autumn themed play!

So who's ready for Autumn?
Here is a collection of photos of the things we got up to last year! If you'd like to see this year's Autumn activities then keep an eye on our Instagram account here

I made this board for DD5. We added coloured salt by grating chalk into table salt.  She used the little twig 'pencils' to make marks and form letters. She was also at a stage where she was beginning to count, so we used the leaves for some simple adding and subtracting exercises. 

This is always a fun activity to revise their phonics each Autumn. We make an autumn tree and write words or sounds on the leaves. Last Autumn she was learning words with the 'an' sound. She read the word on each leaf before gluing it onto her tree if it contained the 'an' sound. 

DD5 enjoyed making this 'Autumn owl' using a paper plate we had in the craft box. I keep a large cardboard box in which I throw all the cardboard rolls, packaging, foil, paper plates, cereal box…

Slimy Science and Special, Sparky Experiments! - Review

This weekend we have lots of easy peasy science experiments planned for DD5 & DS8 using these STEM books 'Slimy Science and Awesome Experiments' and 'Cool Circuits and Wicked Wires', new out this month from B Small Publishing! Follow along over on Instagram here as the kiddies enjoy some freaky, fun experiments.

These colourful, lively books are crammed full of experiments to spark your child's interest. DD5 & DS8 browsed through each one, deciding which experiments they wanted to try out first. We started with Slimy Science as we didn't need to go out and buy anything special, we used things we already had at home such as food colouring and vinegar. 

Slimy Science and Awesome Experiments

'Amaze your friends and take your next steps in STEM with these weird and wonderful experiments. You don’t need any special equipment to get started. Everything has been tried and tested. There are clear step-by-step instructions and ‘Fact Files’ explain the scienc…

Mud & Bloom - Review & Discount Code

Inspiring children to connect with nature

Look what arrived just in time for the weekend! Our October Mud & Bloom box! I always plan 'hands on' activities each season for DD5's Science & Nature lessons, and the Mud & Bloom subscription boxes have made it so much easier. 
They're packed with lots of themed nature & craft activities for young children, including fact sheets and quizzes making them perfect for busy Home Ed mums. Instead of trawling through Autumn themed nature activities online, and trying to gather all the resources, all the resources and ideas come packed in one little Mud & Bloom box straight to your door!

What is a Mud & Bloom box?
The boxes are for 3-8 year old's and which are delivered through your letter box at the beginning of each month.
Each box includes everything you need for four seasonal activities: gardening and nature crafts - along with instructions, nature news and a quiz aimed at teaching children about the seas…

Steam School - Competition!

The world needs a generation of scientists, engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs who are ready to solve humanity’s biggest challenges. STEAM is an interdisciplinary education model, exploring science, technology, entrepreneurship (engineering is more commonly used), art and maths, encouraging students to develop their creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills in a real world context. STEAM education removes limitations, encouraging independent learning and inspires wonder, critique, enquiry, and innovation. All of which are a perfect foundation for preparing young people for ‘future jobs’ – 65% of which the World Economic Forum predicts – haven’t even been invented yet.

The Steam School platform combines STEAM powered project based learning with weekly broadcasts from global STEAM experts. The platform includes the following features:
Steam School hosts 6 missions every academic year exploring some of the world’s most pressing issues, showcasing #STEAM4good projects,…

Bloomsbury Young Readers - review

'Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. They are packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and include inside cover notes to help adults reading with children, as well as ideas for activities related to the stories.'

DD5 has been absorbed in her two new Young Readers purple band books this morning. As soon as they came through the letterbox she was super keen to read each story. Measuring 212 x 145 mm, they are the perfect size for her to hold as she confidently reads away to herself. Each glossy page has colourful illustrations and simple text. These books have certainly encouraged her to read, attempt tricky words, and a great start to her becoming a confident reader. 'Knights v Dragons' has introduced her to chapter books too!

Read on to read her little reviews!

Each book contains 'Tips for Grown ups' at the beginning, which provide ways to engage your child t…

Home Ed voices podcast – a British Home Education podcast

The Home Ed Voices Podcast is a UK-based Home Education Podcast that profiles the lives of home ed families. It aims to show how amazing and diverse our home education experiences are.
There are so many ways to be a great home educator, and so many interesting and useful resources for you to use. But the big thing is to know that you are not alone, and this podcast intends to show you that, fortnight after fortnight.

Catch up with the latest Home Ed Podcasts over on the Home Ed Voices website here.

This is My World - Book review - Lonely Planet Kids

'If you were asked to tell someone on the other side of the world about yourself, where would you start?
Perhaps you'd mention your favourite hobbies, the pranks you play on your family, or what you want to be when you grow up. Would you include a selfie or a family photo? A cute snap of your puppy or that awesome shot of you playing your favourite sport?'

Meet 84 kiddies from around the globe with this amazing new hardback book, This is My World, from Lonely Planet Kids. We have been introduced to their families and pets, learning about their backgrounds and where they're from and what’s unique about their lives – from weather, local festivals and hobbies to their favourite sports and food. 

The kiddies have been engrossed in this book from the minute it arrived through our letterbox! They have been fascinated with how children, similar ages to themselves, live and what they get up to on their side of the planet. 
They've discovered what it’s like to live in an o…

Free Endangered Animals pack!

It's endangered animals month over at The Worldy Adventures of Archibold Clutterbuck & Friends!
'The perfect place for homeschool geography lessons, teachers and children excited to learn about the world.
So grab your trunk, tighten those bootlaces, scroll down and let's head out on some Worldly Adventures!
Also if you head to this link here you can grab a FREE Activity Pack all about Endangered Animals.. that's right FREE! It has lots to keep your little explorers entertained including wordsearches, colour ins and unique activities such a Black Rhino Survey and a make your own save the animals poster!'

This month we are learning all about endangered animals with this amazing new free activity pack from The Worldly Adventures of Archibold Clutterbuck & Friends. There is also a great A2 poster available to purchase in the online shop full of fascinating facts!
The boys curiously read the poster and couldn't wait to have a look inside the activity pack. …