Home Education Guide

I decided to Home Educate back in 2003 when I had my first child, and now teach all my five children at home, they have never been in the schooling system. There were many reasons which influenced my decision but the main was to enjoy watching my children learn, develop and bond with each other and I didn't feel I needed any external help. Now in 2017 I am happy I made those decisions and my eldest in now studying for her IGCSES. Home Education is on the increase and many people have asked me over the years many questions such as What is Home Ed all about? Where do I start? Which books should I buy? Do you need to be a teacher or have a degree yourself? So I have put this short article together so that Inshallah it may benefit someone.

What is Home Education?
Home Education is when children do not enter the school system at age 5 rather they are educated at home by parents or tutors.  According to the 1996 Education Act in England and Wales, it is the parents (not the state) who ar…

Scholastic practice books

I don't really use workbooks before they reach a certain age and even when they're ready, we use textbooks which are more thorough but I came across these fun Scholastic practice books for English and Maths. I've bought these two books which cover the whole of the Year 2 curriculum. They are packed with 100 fun, brightly coloured activities which support the National Curriculum. Home educated children do not need to follow the National Curriculum, but I like to use it as a  structure and add to it with topics and subjects my children are interested in. 
So DS6 started these today and he's really enjoying them. He completed an activity from each book and then went off to play. He feels all grown up now he's got this new set of books to pull out, whilst his older  siblings are doing their studying. 
The Maths book covers Number and place value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Measurement, Geometry & Statistics 
The English book …

Spring Activity Ideas

Throughout each season DD3 enjoys the activities I have prepared for her. Check out these lovely Spring activities from last year and some which I have been planning for this coming Spring. We can't wait to get started!!! Have you started planning your Spring themed activities yet? Please share in the comments below. :)

I cut out a cardboard butterfly and attached to a stick in the ground. DD3 chose bits of nature from around the garden to glue onto her butterfly.

Turn all those pesky plastic eggs, your kiddies won't let you throw away, into fun educational activities!! We use them to sound out cvc words by twisting and making new words and to revise timetables!!

Weave nature on sticks!!

Go pond dipping!! Our pond in our local woods is filled with frogs and tadpoles. The kiddies love learning about the frog and butterfly cycle. We will be ordering our caterpillars in a few weeks! Check out the Insectlore butterfly Garden we have here:

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Evan-Moor books

We have been using these fun Evan-Moor books for years now. The little ones enjoy the cut and paste activities and then rearrange the sentences in the correct order. When they reach the 'read it yourself' stage they enjoy this Fairy Tale Sequencing book:

This book contains 10 classic fairy tales for children to cut and glue into the correct sequence. Children cut out the sentences of the story and move them around until they have placed them into the correct order. Then, children glue the sentences onto an illustrated story page. Fairy tale stories to sequence include: - Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Little Red Riding Hood - The Gingerbread Boy - The Little Red Hen - The Three Billy Goats Gruff - The Three Little Pigs - Jack and the Beanstalk - The Fisherman and his Wife - The Emperor's New Clothes - Rumplestiltskin.

 This book contains 20 stories of familiar "How to" activities, each told in four or six brief segments, that your students can cut and paste int…

Chai chat...with Marie

Hi! I’m Marie and I’ve been home educating for ten years. I’ve shared most of my life with my awesome husband. We live on the land with four of our five children who enjoy helping dad and raising dogs, calves, ducks, goats and pigs. Two of our daughters have graduated so far and we’re blessed to be the grandparents of a precious granddaughter. I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to live this life with them and I’m counting each second as precious. In those rare moments when there’s time to breathe and cappuccinos and chocolate are bliss, I love to read, walk and journal. Above all, I love my Saviour and exploring His exquisite creation brings me much joy.

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When and why did you decide to Home Educate? We decided to home educate ten years ago when we consiste…