Showing posts from October, 2017

Writing Ideas

Have fun with writing!

*Building a character -
Think about their actions, opinions, appearance, lifestyle, age, background, anything unusual about them.

*Writing dialogue in stories - use alternatives to 'said', vary the shapes of the sentences by moving the words that tell the reader who is speaking.

*Writing an accurate description - keep it brief, pay attention to detail.

*Constructing an argument - research your topic on the internet, books etc. Include things such as 'I think this' 'Having considered all the information...'

*Writing a play text - Capitalise names of characters followed by a colon, stage directions in italics.

*Writing a ballad - an old poem which tells a story - the kiddies like this one

*Writing a diary entry - include details and observations. Imagine it being found by your great- grandchildren.

*Writing a news report - remember the five question words - Who? What? Where? When? Why?

*Writing …

Autumn Artwork with the little ones


Home Ed Q&A with.....Mummy_Honey_Bee

When and why did you decide to Home Educate?

My husband and I both made the decision to home educate before we had children. We both run a business from home which allows us to have the time to home educate our son.. Alhamdulilah.
We both dislike everything about school and decided it wasn't for us.
Many years ago i use to work for a playwork organisation. It was run by a brilliant man called Meynell who was essentically a "Bare footed Hippy". His main ethos was to provide amazing learning experiences through play and the things i learnt from him was mind blowing. I took everything that i had learnt and went on to run my own childrens centre.
During that time i worked along side Barnet Play Association in London, as a childrens Art Therepist for vulerable children and young people.
I have been to every training event, special needs seminars, child development lectures and so on. Which all adds to my understanding of the importances of childhood.
  I also worked clo…

Home Ed Q&A with....Gemma from Our Muslim Homeschool

When and why did you decide to Home Educate? The decision to Home-educate was not a simple one for us. In truth, I had never really considered homeschooling as an option for my family. However, as my eldest son got nearer to the school-starting age, and as I learnt more about who he was and his own beautiful personality, I realised that traditional schooling would not be the best option for him. So we decided to “take the plunge” and withdraw his application for primary school and home-educate him. I know from the bottom of my heart that this was the right decision for him. In fact, he thrived and has done so well at home that we decided to homeschool his younger sibling too! What kind of approach do you take? We are trying to follow a Charlotte Mason approach, but as many of you readers will realise, learning new education philosophies takes time…time that most home educators do not have! As such, I am trying to educate myself on Miss Mason’s approach and implement what I learn as I go …

Workshop with Lou Sumray :)

The boys had a great time making flipbooks today with local Artist Lou Sumray. Check out her website here

They will be adding their Artwork to their Arts Awards :)

Recipes for Home Ed Mums by Home Ed Mums

Quick & Easy Spicy Chickpeas

Heat a little oil in a pan, add a teaspoon of cumin seeds, a tablespoon of gram flour, chopped tomato, half teaspoon of ginger, 1 green chilli (diced), 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 3 tsps coriander powder and fry for a few minutes.

Add 1 can of chickpeas and teaspoon of salt, leave to fry for another few minutes.

Add 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 tsp of Garam Masala, simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve with white rice or pitta bread x

Crazy Cardboard Critters

Check out the video we uploaded on Instagram of DS11's Dachshund dogs in action, signed by artist Johnny White

Here us the Artist the boys worked with today

Arts Award - making lanterns

Making lanterns today in our local art gallery. DS8 will be adding this activity to his Arts Award :)

Free kids activity pack!!


Birdseed sensory tray

'Ways sensory trays benefit children Exploratory sense – by giving children a tray of open ended resources it encourages children to use materials in a way they see appropriate to them with no pressure to produce an end product. This also increases a child’s confidence to use both new and familiar materials in whatever way. It is important here to provide for children but not to interrupt their play and let them lead their own learning. Sit, observe and watch their imaginations come to life. Language – this activity absorbs children in language. Although we have said to let your child play independently with this activity, always be on hand to support if needed. Answer their questions ‘what is this called?’, ‘what’s that?’ and engage in their conversations with them leading but encourage them to make their own decisions as to what items are used for. Maths – This is a great activity for maths skills to develop. Children will quickly want ‘more’ of a sensory item to ‘add’ to another. …


The world's seabirds are in rapid decline. Help monitor them and change conservation worldwide!

It's time to get involved in a brand new Zooniverse project - Seabird Watch
Some of the world's seabird colonies are in decline, but researchers are not sure why. Seabird Watch will allow you to help them answer this question by counting the numbers of seabirds in nesting colonies around the North Atlantic.
This project is being launched in collaboration with BBC Autumnwatch and we hope to complete all of the data by the final show on Thursday this week.
Help us achieve that goal right now at

So DS11 is starting his day identifying and recording Sea Birds!!

Recipes for Home Ed mums by Home Ed Mums

Algerian Pancakes (Begreer) - Thank you to Djamila for this recipe

1 cup fine semolina
1 cup Plain Flour
2 cups luke warm water
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 packet of yeast (7g)
half tps sugar

Mix in the blender, then leave between 30-60mins

Heat non stick pan, add a little oil/butter and using a ladle our one portion of the mixture onto the pan. Cook on low heat until bubbles have formed.

Rub butter on each 'begreer' made, once cooled you can put on top of one another.

Can be eaten with melted butter & honey or whatever you wish.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

'The dates are in! Join us for Big Garden Birdwatch 27 - 29 January 2018.

Registration opens 13 December 2017.'

Wild recipes

'Cooking and nature go hand in hand, and not only is foraging really fun, you make some brilliant recipes! Here we'd like to share some of our favourites with you.'

Cushion Doll Review

This weekend DD3 received this lovely gift from Hijabi Mama Treats a cute, canvas tote bag and a cosy cushion doll. They were beautifully gift wrapped and DD3's name was written on tag for that personal touch. DD3 was so excited to receive this big, gold, spotty parcel through the post on a dull Saturday morning, it probably felt like Eid again! She couldn't wait to tear it to pieces and see what was inside!

The cushion doll is so soft and squidgy she gave it a big squeeze after unwrapping it. DD3 decided to name her 'Laila'. She's the perfect size for DD3 to carry from room to room and the perfect buddy for story time snuggled up with books and blanket. She's found a special place to keep her, next to her pillow at night, ready to carry downstairs at breakfast time! and with the fabric different shades of pink she's been an instant favourite for my little girl who just loves all things pretty and pink!

WWF - Go Wild


DS5 playing the games and reading the stories on WWF Go wild today, learning about endangered species along the way.

Recipes for home ed mums by home ed mums

Thank you to mummy_honey_bee for this recipe. Follow on instagram!!!
Dessert topped with icecream or cream.
For the filling:
500g pumpkin boiled.
1 tin evaporated milk
2 eggs, beaten
5 dates
1 tp of honey
1 tp ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice
1/2 tp salt
Icing sugar for dusting
For the pastry:
200g plain flour
90g butter
2 tlsp cold water
*Place in fridge for 30mins before use.

Filling: Place the pumpkin in a saucepan and Simmer in water for 15 mins.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
Roll out the pastry and place in baking tin.
Line the pastry with baking parchment and baking beans, then bake for 15 mins.This is called blind baking.
Then remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Increase oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
Place dates in a small mug topped with boiling water to soften them for 15 mins. Then puree the dates. Blend the pumpkin in a blender.
In a separate bowl, combine the dates, honey, salt and cinnamon.
Mix in the beaten eggs, and evaporated milk, then add …

What is Home Ed? - this is my first blog post, but posting again for those who haven't read it

Asalaamualaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathu

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, not even nursery. 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 rise 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 …