Showing posts from April, 2019

GeoSafari® SeaScope® and GeoSafari® Jr. Critter Habitat - Review

We enjoy taking our classroom outdoors all year round, but throughout the month of May we are taking part in Walk in the Woods Month by heading out to wander the woodlands and watch nature spring back to life as well as celebrating our local trees.

There are so many benefits of learning out in the fresh air from developing children's communication skills to nurturing their creativity as they ramble through fields of bluebells and listen to bird song.

Today we ventured into the woods to discover what wildlife was lurking under the ponds and streams using our GeoSafari® SeaScope® for some under water exploration and the kiddies collected what they found by placing wildlife carefully into their GeoSafari® Jr. Critter Habitat, to observe them up close!

The GeoSafari® SeaScope® promotes and encourages exploration through active play. DS7 and DS10 both enjoyed spying through this scientific scope as they placed it beneath the water in the ponds and streams. They were amazed to see lots…

Home Ed Q & A with Katy from the US!

I am Katy, wife to JD, and mother of two boys. My husband is in the United States Army, so home changes for us every few years. We are believers, lovers of nature and music, and seekers of adventures. If you are ever interested in our life outside of homeschool, which includes lots of photos of our dogs, you can follow my personal account @misskatyyyyy

When and why did you decide to Home Educate?

When we lived in Colorado, our kids started out in a public school. For 2 years, our oldest attended public school (preschool and kindergarten). Our little completed a year of preschool in the public school system. We moved to a new house right before our kids were set to start kindergarten and first grade, thus making a switch in schools for them to a different public school. That school ended up being a complete nightmare for our family, so we made the decision to unenroll our boys and start taking them to a local charter school that just happened to be a Waldorf school after a friend recomm…

Artie 3000™ - The Coding and Drawing Robot - Review

'Say hello to Artie!!! where coding meets creativity! Children will develop left and right-brain skills with Artie 3000™, the WiFi enabled coding and drawing robot. For children ages 7 - 11 years old.'

DS7 says, 'Artie 3000™ is my favourite robot as it draws cool designs when I code it.'

Primary learners will develop: Left-brain skills such as basic programming, geometry and maths as they control Artie Right-brain skills such as creativity, imagination and expression as they develop patterns and drawing With four modes of play: pre-programmed shapes, games, art for colouring and freeform coding, children will love coding Artie to “tell” the robot what to do!

The easy-to-use drag and drop programming can be used on a Mac, PC or tablet Artie 3000™ includes: Multilingual QuickStart guide Three activity cards Built-in drag and drop visual programming interface Further browser based languages to extend coding knowledge: Javascript, Blockly, Point & Click, Python and Remo…

ExplorerBoxes - Review

'Captivating activities that explore our amazing world!'

DS7 and DD4 have been on an amazing adventure this week with their ExplorerBoxes. We received the Science themed box and the Woodland themed box which have been perfect to spark their imaginations and ask all their curious questions. The boxes are cute little sturdy cardboard suitcases, with a fun design, ready to take little ones on a fun learning journey!

'These exciting new boxes are sent directly through the post to little explorers aged 3-8, an ExplorerBox is an exciting themed children’s activity box. Little explorers have tonnes of fun learning about our amazing world through making and doing.

Each box contains four individually packaged and captivating activities, all of the materials and instructions, fun facts, and great ideas for other ways to explore the theme...think stomp rockets, constellation spotting, minibeast hunts, weather vanes, liquid rainbows and cress heads...

Ogden Water, Halifax

Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve offers a superb opportunity to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Over 300,000 people visit Ogden Water every year for picnics, walking, feeding the ducks, family outings and nature activities. Why not enjoy a picnic at one of our picnic tables, whilst taking in the stunning views.

The visitor centre is open 10.30am to 3.15pm. Why not pop in for a tea, coffee, flapjack or gingerbread man and remember to pick up some duck food to feed our wildfowl. 
The visitor centre also has many leaflets about things to do in the area.  Please note there is no cycling allowed anywhere on the Ogden Water estate. There is also no fishing allowed within the reservoir. There is car park space but please remember to pop a £1 in the 'honesty box' which can be found in the visitor centre at the end of the walk. 

This was a lovely family walk with lots to see. The boys even found lots of painted rocks hidden along the walls as they rambled along.…


'As excitement builds in the run-up to the Cricket World Cup 2019, the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Kids' Handbook, from Carlton Books, provides the perfect tournament companion for one-day cricket fans aged 7+. The book is bursting with information about the hosts, England and Wales, plus the grounds, teams profiles, superstar players, Cricket World Cup facts, stats and record breakers, as well as loads of games, quizzes and puzzles.'

DS10 is cricket crazy and has always enjoyed playing for our local under 9's team. This year he will be training with the older boys having lots of fun joining in the cricket practise on a Tuesday evening while I sit with my flask of hot tea chatting with the other mums sat out in the cold!

DS10 says, 'I can't wait for the cricket matches to start so I can record them in my new handbook. There are lots of Cricket themed puzzles and quizzes to tackle in this book.'

DS10 has been busy reading up all about his favourite s…

Goit Stock Waterfalls - Cullingworth, Bradford

We had a lovely walk in Cullingworth this weekend at Goit Stock Waterfalls. It was a bit of a trek to actually get down to the largest waterfall, so wear good walking shoes! Glad I only took DS12 and DS10! Here are some of our photos:

'There are not many Waterfalls in West Yorkshire, but Goit Stock is one of them, and can be found Cullingworth near Bingley A pleasant Fall of about 5m preceded by a smaller one. A 10 minute walk means this is to get to, although the path may be slippy when wet and numerous tree roots to negotiate. Bradford Council have helped by installing a steel staircase in one part. Park on Hallas Lane, Post Code BD13 5BU, nr the junction with Greenside Lane. Follow Hallas Lane (Unmade track) down hill for approx 500m, cross the bridge and turn immediately left, following the signpost. Follow the path for another 250m to the falls.' Yorkshire Waterfalls Blog

This woodland walk that takes you past several smaller waterfalls and the well-known larger waterfal…

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Our Blue Planet - free resources from Open Learn

There are always lots of great free resources to download and order on the Open Learn website here, posters and booklets from your favourite OU/BBC programmes!

World Kids' Colouring Day 2019

The spring colouring competition is back — get ready to “Change the World” with your class!
As Home Educators we can also sign up and take part!

 'For World Kids’ Colouring Day 2019, we’re asking UK primary school pupils to pick up a pencil and consider how they’d like to “Change the World” when they grow up.
And the best part? Partaking in the competition will allow your pupils to literally change the world, too — through the work of worldwide children’s charity, Plan International. You see, for every competition entry we receive, we’ll donate €1 to help Plan International advance a number of school development projects in Rwanda.
To begin planning your World Kids Colouring Day lesson, download your FREE “Change the World” themed activity sheets here.
Every pupil entered into the competition will be given the chance to win: £250 worth of stationery for their school. A bespoke art classroom workshop with artist and caricaturist Picasso Griffiths. An official winner’s certificate …