Showing posts from May, 2019

Home Ed Q & A - with two lovely ladies from Mended Tea Cups

Today's Home Ed Q & A is with two lovely ladies, Molly & Helen, from Mended Tea Cups - a UK Home Education Day at a Time Podcast.
If you would like to listen to their podcasts then check them out here
You can also follow along on Molly's blog here 'Mothering through the Seasons' and on Instagram here

When and why did you decide to home ed?

M: When our eldest son was 4, about 14 years ago now.
We’d known one family who homeschooled, and although I didn’t understand it, I couldn’t
help but notice what a strong family unit they were, and how naturally their parenting style

Although I had homeschool logged in my mind, our eldest started reception half time at four.
He managed and it was a nice school, but it seemed so early to begin formal education and
eventually we took him out towards the end of the year. All our other children have been
home educated from the start. Our reasons to home ed have changed slightly over the
years, but essentially we think c…

365 Days Wild - Guest Post by Lucy McRobert

As I’m writing, it’s a beautiful day outside. A proper spring day in late May. Annoyingly, I’m stuck in the dark study staring at a screen, but with the patio doors wide open I can smell the richness of the grass, feel the warmth of the sunshine and even enjoy the occasional scream as our swifts go racing past. They seem to be having such fun, careering around the sky like racing car drivers.

Despite the glorious afternoon beckoning, I’m snatching an hour of quiet time to write. My daughter, Georgiana, has finally collapsed exhausted on the bed for her nap. We’ll see how long it lasts! We shared in a beautiful walk through the village earlier. At eight months old, I am experiencing the joy of rediscovering nature through her eyes. It’s a fascinating and magical process. She is obsessed by plants and animals, desperate to touch, feel, taste, listen to, examine everything, and she instinctively knows the difference between living and inanimate objects. She’ll sit watching birds out of th…

Anorak Magazine - Review

'Anorak Magazine, the ‘happy mag for kids’ is aimed at boys and girls aged between 6 and 12 years old. DOT is aimed at pre-schoolers.
At Anorak, we are very proud of producing printed magazines on REAL (recycled) paper with REAL (vegetable) ink. It makes them smell nice and it is at the heart of our commitment to provide kids with a calm, immersive, fun piece of culture.
Unlike magazines of today, neither of our publications are throw away titles. Just like much loved children’s magazines and annuals of the past they are designed to be collected, kept, handed down and revisited.
Studio Anorak's main philosophy is to encourage children to tap into their imagination, use their creativity to learn and is here to amplify their voices. It has at the core of its offering a passion for words and images that challenge and stimulate. And silly jokes too.'

We are a family of avid readers and that doesn't mean just books, we love magazines too! and now DD4 is at the stage where she…

Nature Journal Envy - Guest Post

Nature Journal Envy 

I’m envious.  Am I allowed to say that?

Nature Journals are everywhere I look at the moment and they are all so beautiful, filled with lovely pages of hand drawn illustrations with the important observation notes. I admire those who have the organisation skills to get it all in one book and get their kids to do it too.

I confess - I have tried and I gave up. It was never going to happen. I always lost the book or the kids started drawing My Little Pony in it or something that seemed unsuitable. And I questioned my motives; Is it about the beautiful finished sketchbook? or is it about the experience?

 Does having viable proof in a book mean it is also in the heart?

 I just can’t seem to get all our observations into the damn sketchbook.

We have done our fair share of what constitutes nature journalling. We have examined and documented and sketched and noted and been amazed at what we have and continue to see in the natural world. I just don’t have a trail of it to s…

Denso Marston Nature Reserve

Nature on our doorstep!

Bradford has some real hidden gems, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. This morning we were up early and had a lovely walk around the Denso Marston Nature Reserve in Baildon

It's a great place to spot some amazing wildlife such as Mandarin Ducks. 

'The seven acre reserve is situated between the River Aire and the Denso Marston factory in Shipley, West Yorkshire. Created in 1991 on Denso Marston washland for the benefit of wildlife, community enjoyment and education. An urban haven of woodland, meadows and pools with varied wildlife complement the other green areas in the wildlife rich Aire valley.'

There is even a 'Spider Club' which encourages children to get involved with nature. 

Throughout the year they also organise a variety of events including guided walks, workshops and group activities. Check out the events calendar here

There's lots to explore and you can walk along the River Aire which runs alongs…

treat trunk - Healthy Snack Boxes - Review

This week we have been on a snacking adventure with treat trunk! Are you looking for healthier snacks for your children? Then check out treat trunk you're sure to discover something new inside each box!
'Full of adventure. Free from hassle. Every month, we handpick the most exciting snacks especially for you, both savoury and sweet. Our Treat Trunks are delivered directly to your door and come packed full of surprises for all the family.
Never stop adventuring! With each delivery, you’ll be introduced to the latest and most tantalising snacking trends of the month, as well as a few of the irreplaceable old classics of course. Choose from 2 dietary options and 2 sizes.'

Our personalised family snack box arrived this week full of healthy treats for the whole family. The box was brimming with goodies, many of which were new to us and we couldn't wait to give them a try, from yummy cho…

Dolphins - Strange and Wonderful - book review

DS7 is currently into Oceans and Sea Creatures. He has just started his very first project making a powerpoint presentation to showcase all the information he has found out so far. He's always enjoyed watching Octonauts on TV and has learnt so much information and is forever telling us all about tiger sharks and sun fish, so I thought he would enjoy doing a little project, incorporating all his subjects as he goes. He's also creating artwork of his favourite sea creatures, researching measurements and gathering facts. Here is one of the books he has been engrossed in lately, Dolphins - Strange and Wonderful. It's a lovely hardback book full of amazing facts and detailed illustrations, perfect for marine mad DS7!

'Here is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to dolphin species from all over the world; this title is the latest installment in the popular Strange and Wonderful series and a terrific STEM choice.'

'With fascinating facts and detailed, illumina…

Cell-Fie Education Boxes from uOpen - Review

Look what arrived this week! Our Cell-Fie Education boxes from uOpen which have been delivered just in time for DD15's first Biology exam next week! We have chosen the GCSE Biology box and the KS3 Chemistry box for DS12 to get stuck into! 

''uOpen is the home of brilliant subscription boxes! Whether you're looking to buy a monthly delivery of your favourite things, a special treat for yourself, or a unique gift for someone special, you're sure to find something you love on uOpen.' 
You can receive 10% off uOpen with discount code: THANKS10

Here's a bit more information about Cell-Fie Education boxes and check out our unboxing video here:
'AtCell-fie Education, we deliver monthly science activity kits straight to your door! Our boxes are aimed at 7-14 year old’s with a budding interest in science and the world around them.
​Designed for kids, by teachers, we ensure that there’s always an educational element to the box. We design our boxes based around the …

GeoSafari® Jr. Kidnoculars® Extreme™ - Review

'The bright colours and functional nature of our GeoSafari® Jr products encourage children to get outside and explore the world around them.'

Check out these new, cool GeoSafari® Jr. Kidnoculars® Extreme™ from Learning Resources which allow young children to get outside up close to nature. As soon as they arrived the kiddies couldn't wait to give them a go and I must admit, I had a little go myself! They have built-in audio amplification which encourage children to use both sight and sound to explore the world around them.

DD4 was up first this morning and she headed straight to the garden which was full of birdsong. She put on the Kidnoculars and listened intently to all the new sounds she could hear. She enjoyed listening to all the different tweets, but got annoyed when a car drove by! She could hear the sounds clearly and watched the birds through the easy-to-see 3 x magnification Kidnoculars.

DD4 says, 'I like looking up at the sky with my Kidnoculars® to watch bi…