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The Histronauts - Review & Interview with Author Frances Durkin

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Over the past couple of weeks the kiddies have been dipping into these amazing new books, The Histronauts, during their History and Geography lessons. They are packed with stories, facts and activities which have really captivated the boys so much that they are even carrying them off to bed  for some bedtime reading! Interestingly, these books have been written by Frances Durkin who was also Home Educated! This week we managed to catch up with Frances to ask her some pertinent questions about Home Education and what a day in the life of an Author is like, so please grab yourself a cuppa and keep reading to find out what she had to say!!

We have the books A Roman Adventure and An Egyptian Adventure, both of which are beautifully illustrated with warm, calming colours and which captivated all my children from DS6 up to DD14. The kiddies followed along on the adventures of four colourful characters Luna, Newton, Nani and Hero to help uncover the secrets of the past. They enjoyed looking…

Home Ed Q&A with Annely

Today I am interviewing Annely to find out more about their Home Education adventure which you can follow over on Instagram here.
When and why did you decide to Home Educate? We started our Home Ed journey in May 2017, my son was 7 years old then and in Year 3. For a long time he had been mentioning tummy pains which would disappear during school holidays and weekends, coming back again on Sunday evenings. But he would never refuse to go to school, being a firm rule follower, he never thought not going to school would even be an option. He was a so called ‘silent sufferer’. When it became clear that those tummy pains weren’t anything medical and were caused by anxiety and stress I started looking into home education, reading various articles and blog posts. It didn’t take me long to realise this would be the right choice for him. I also have an older daughter who back then was finishing her last year in primary school. She was most supportive towards our decision to home educate her bro…

Autumn ideas for the little ones!

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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 DD4. We added coloured salt by grating chalk into table salt.  DD4 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. 

DD4 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…

10 things to do with the kiddies this Autumn

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It's nearing the end of summer and the children have already started to notice signs of Autumn all around us. Leaves are starting to change colour and fall and we have already spotted lots of juicy blackberries, in the woods, ready to pick.



As one season blends into the next I always start thinking about activities, here are some I am planning for Autumn:

1) Learning all about Hibernation and which animals hibernate, here are some great links:

Hibernation

Which UK animals hibernate? There are some lovely colouring sheets here too: Squirrel Autumn Autumn Scene

2) Making a bug hotel and Hedgehog Home to get close up with wildlife! See the links we used here:
Give a hog a home!

Build a bug hotel!

3) Blackberry picking in our local woods and surrounding areas! We usually make pies, ice lollies and edible paint for DD4!


4) Making leaf biscuits with the little ones for those extra cuppas!! Here's a nice recipe: Gingerbread Men Recipe - but we cut ours into leaves!


5) Collecting leaves and …

Minecraft STEM Challenge Books & Master Builder Time Machine - Review

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The boys have been using Minecraft as part of their Education for a long while now, it is arguably the world's greatest and most influential online game. They create their own little worlds with amazing structures in Minecraft by using their creative thinking and designing skills. These Minecraft STEM Challenge books have come at just the right time as they discover the STEM subjects whilst learning through what they think of is 'play'. The prefect way to combine play with Education!


These books have taught them how to add a city and a theme park to their little online worlds. As they build they have learnt key STEM principles and they get to read fascinating STEM facts whilst following the fun, vibrant illustrated instructions inside each book. They have been taking inspiration from the colour images from Minecraft throughout each book and all the top tips it provides throughout. Any written instructions are presented in a clear, simple step-by-step fashion.


The boys sta…

Seedboms by Kabloom - Review

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We have been busy this Bank Holiday Weekend throwing and growing with our Seedboms from Kabloom! They are little wildflower filled biodegradable pots which the kiddies have been having lots of fun with. There are many different designs from Pollinator Beeboms to a children's story book inspired seedbom 'Theres a Tiger in the Garden'. 


So what actually are seedboms?
'Seedboms are the friendly bombs that grow. Guerrilla Gardening grenades filled with flower power potential. Join forces with nature to transform unloved spaces with a blast of life and colour! Filled with an explosive mix of organic peat-free compost and wildflower or herb seeds... Easy to use. You don’t need to be a gardener and there‘s no need to plant them. Seedboms split open upon impact with the ground and grow where they land. Help sustain bee, butterfly and other important insect populations by growing nectar rich wildflowers.'


These little pots of happiness are so delightful that I really didn&…