Showing posts from February, 2018

What do you do with all their Artwork?

Someone asked me this week what I do with all the Arts & Crafts my little ones create?

Well, it goes straight up on the fridge as DD3 loves to see it displayed and must make her feel very proud of herself. This is great, until your fridge is so cluttered you can't even get to the handle! So what do you do with it?

Here are some ideas:

1) keep a memory box/folder to look back on. We keep a selection of dated artwork in preschool folders for all the kiddies.

2) gift it to grandparents! We always have a pile of lovely artwork the kiddies have done for their grandparents and great grandparents. I'm sure they'll appreciate their fridge being cluttered with artwork too!

3) if it's nearing the end of the year then buy some mini calendar tabs to attach to paintings and create your own calendars to give out to friends and family.

4) instead of the fridge, make a dedicated 'art wall' or piece of string across their bedroom to proudly peg up with Minipegs! 

5) cut it …

Using EdPlace in our Home Ed Classroom - review

When I first started Home Educating, many moons ago, there was not a lot on offer to us as Home Educators in terms of online information, events & workshops that we could take part in (everything was schools only!!!), online resources and subscriptions etc. Not many people had heard of Home Education, HE families were dotted around, just doing their own thing, in their own way.

For the past few years HE has been on the rise here in the UK and now there is a plethora of information out there and so many resources to choose from, it can be overwhelming when you're just starting out.

So when I set up this blog and my Instagram, a year ago, I had all you lovely readers in mind!

I decided to share ideas and resources, which I think could be of benefit to you, so you don't have to sift through lots of online educational offers, from great fun freebies to educational packages such as EdPlace, an online learning provider which is 100% aligned to the National Curriculum.

I have…

What Science activities are you planning?

With British Science Week slowly creeping up on us we are starting to plan Science experiments for our Home Ed classroom and find out what events are happening in our area.

It runs from 9th - 18th March and is the UK's biggest celebration of Science! So why not get involved and find out what's happening in your area?!

We have been kindly sent this book, Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder, to review in our Home Ed Science kitchen! We will be planning and carrying out these fantastic experiments, colourfully laid out in this book!

The boys have already had their hands on it, finding all the equipment we need, which we already have lying around the kitchen!

'Every child can be a scientist with the help of Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder.'

We will be carrying out lots of fun experiments from exploring Newton's Third Law by making balloon-driven cars to investigating chemical reactions with vitamin-powered rockets! So watch this space for our review which will be part…

DD14'S Silver Arts Award - Working alongside an Artist

Today DD14 worked alongside the aerial artist, costume designer and sculptor, Becky Truman, as part of her Silver Arts Award. DD14 recently attended and reviewed an exhibition by this Artist. Check it out here.

Taking inspiration from Cupola: a circus installation in the gallery, celebrating 250 years of Circus she created a mask using different techniques and skills.

Check out our photos!!

Let them make their mark!

When will my child write? Now they can read, they can surely start writing? Right?

Many people ask me for help and tips to help their child/children to write. They often worry about their child not being able to write even through they can read very well.

I remind them that as adults we can write without much thought, but for a child, the skill takes lots of practice, time and encouragement. So I say, forget the paper and pencil for now, and allow them to get messy with mark making, using anything you find around the house such as shaving foam, sand, or coloured chalk etc. This will not only be a fun way to learn to write, but it will give them the skills they need as they take their first steps towards writing.

Setting up a shaving foam tray is simple. Take an A4 sized tray (or larger), add shaving foam, spread it out with a spatula and you could then add glitter or sequins to make it more fun. Then allow them to make shapes, or copy letters or words from flashcards. If you don'…

Home Ed Q&A with Daniela

Another lovely Home Ed Q&A session here with Daniela!!
Enjoy :)

When and why did you decide to Home Educate?
I decided to homeschool when my daughter was a baby. She has a food allergy and I wanted to create a safe learning environment for her. In sha Allah.
What kind of approach do you take?

We are kind of all over the place. Currently focusing on play, teaching manners and learning Spanish. I guess you can say unschooling.

Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other? She does most of her work at home. If she wants to write a letter, play doctor or read a book..I go with the flow and try to encourage learning and independence.

What is your favourite thing about Home Education?
You can do it whenever, wherever!

What subjects do you teach and do you stick to a timetable? Currently focusing on phonics, writing and spanish.  No. I did in the past but it became a struggle to keep her on a strict schedule which took away some of the fun. 

Activities from favourite stories!

After choosing and reading favourite story books from our local library I always feel inspired to think up a great follow on activity for DD3. It gives her the opportunity to further her understanding of the story and enjoy an activity following the same theme. These type of play possibilities cover a number of areas of learning development such as language and communication, role-play and drama, literacy and more.

It's quite simple really, just choose a favourite book, enjoy reading it with your little one, then bring it to life with props such as finger puppets or make you own craft on that theme.

If you have more time to plan and prepare, you could go all out and make your own story sack with various props or even paint your own story stones in order retell the story or allow them to make up their own version.

How to make story stones.

How to make story spoons.

How to make story sacks.

Check out these cute story sacks 

Spring Science Lessons!

It's that time of year again! Time to get the kiddies involved in getting the garden ready for Spring.

Make science lessons fun this season by getting out and doing some planting and gardening!
Check out these fab deals on gardening equipment, pots and seed trays etc. Have a go at growing your own veg and fruit or why not plant some bee friendly flowers.

Here are some links that may help with lesson planning or ideas for projects:

and for all of you with a butterfly garden net, don't forget to order your caterpillars which can be bought between April to September!