Home Education Guide

Welcome to our blog!

I home educate my children DD14, DS12, DS9, DS6 & DD4 in Yorkshire, UK. They have never been in the schooling system and Home Ed is just part of normal family life for us!

I wrote this guide a few years ago after many families began home educating and asking me many questions. I then set up this blog in January 2017 followed by my Instagram page theworldistheirclassroom

Not only do we blog our Home Ed Adventure but we also collaborate with brands and companies in order to bring you some great educational product reviews, discounts and giveaways! Here are some of our favourite collaborations:- 

Beaker Creatures by Learning Resources
Oxford University Press
Denkit Co
Botley the Coding Robot by Learning Resources 
Arty Mouse
Science Book
Playfoam by Learning Resources
The Present Finder
Toucan Box
Studio Arabiya
Mysteries in Time
Mister Maker
Letterbox Lab
Little Brian

We are thrilled to be ambassadors of Willow & Wildbox - here is our latest review here (there&#…

Managing the Kiddies' Screentime with TimeTokens - Review

This week we are trying out an amazing new framework, TimeTokens which has been co-created by a 7 year old, to try to keep the kiddies' screentime to a healthy limit and hopefully it will also give us more opportunity to do things together as a family. 
I have always been conscious of how much time my children sit in front of a screen whether it is watching online cartoons or documentaries, playing games or sat competing each other on the playstation. We do not have a TV and our lounge only has bookcases, but as they get older and inevitably have more devices around the house for studying and rewarding their work, it has become harder to monitor the amount of time each of them has sitting in front of a screen. Experts have written guidelines on how much recreational screentime children should have each day, according to their age. So now the older ones need to use their tablets for studying as well as for pleasure, then it certainly has become more difficult to make sure the youn…

My Home Education Experience by Beth Levicki - Guest Blog Post

Over the next few weeks I will be publishing a series of guest blog posts written by people, from all walks of life,  who were home educated. With my eldest, DD15, having started college this September, I thought it would be nice to hear what other young people, who were Home Educated, have gone on to do.

The questions I put forward to them were - How did you find being Home Educated? Where has it taken you and what are you doing now? and What are your plans for the future?

Today I have a lovely post to share with you from Beth, who was Home Educated.

When my mother found out about home education, my brother and I were in primary school and we weren’t very happy. It was September 2001 and I was 5-years-old, my brother 8-years old. I don’t remember how I felt when my mother took us out of school but I remember that my brother used to cry before going to school and would cry when the day was over. Of my school experience, at that age, I only remember being afraid of one of my teachers, M…

Winter Crafts for Kiddies

I prepare crafts for the kiddies at the start of each season and this weekend I have been scrolling through our Instagram page here to remind myself of all the activities we got up to last year. Here are some of our favourites that we thought we'd share with you all and we can't wait to show you some of the crafts we have planned for this year too! All you need are a few bits and bobs you'll probably already have in your Home Ed classrooms!
1) Ice Lanterns - We love making colourful ice lanterns to place out in our front garden. Adding food colouring really makes the candles stand out against the crisp, white snow. They are simple to make. Just fill a small bowl with water, add food colouring, glitter or anything else you fancy, then place a smaller bowl or cup in the centre. Place in the freezer overnight. Once it's frozen, remove the cup and bowl, then pop a candle inside and watch it glow out in the snow! This is also a great science experiment if you're coveri…

Stems - The Flexible 3D Maker Toy - Review

Today we have been learning through play with this cool new educational toy, Stems, from Learning Resources

'Stems is the incredibly flexible ‘maker’ toy that stimulates STEM learning through creative construction. Stems’ intriguingly organic-looking pieces join together naturally along their bobbly spine to create surprising models from jumping frogs and bouncing balls to vehicles. Tactile and brightly coloured, Stems’ possibilities are as unlimited as a child’s ingenuity or imagination.
Every Stem is exactly the same simple shape, they are so bendy that you only need this one shape to make pretty much anything you can imagine! Strong, lightweight and very portable Stems deliver long lasting play value as one bright colourful creation follows another.'

These brightly coloured Stems are available in tubs of 20 or 60. We received the tub of 60 which provided the kiddies with lots of opportunity to get creative, following the build guide to make a jumping frog and bouncy ball, …

Polar Bear Island - Book Review & Giveaway

'“Welcome to Polar Bear Island. NO OTHERS ALLOWED!” Parker is the mayor of this peaceful, predictable island, and he wants to keep it just the way it is. But Kirby, a penguin, thinks the place is paradise, and she wants to stay. Parker says no, but the other polar bears love Kirby —and soon they’re begging Parker to let Kirby (and her family) move in. Will Parker agree . . . and make the island fun for EVERYONE? With its gentle message of inclusivity, this playful and lighthearted story will delight children.'

Every winter I search for the best wintery, snowy stories for my children to read as the snow falls gently against the windows and they drink their hot chocolates around the fire. I pop these books into our special 'winter book basket'. So when I discovered this lovely, new hardback story book with polar bears, penguins and a snowy setting, I just new it would be the perfect book to add to our basket. 
DS12 and DS9 have been enjoying reading Polar Bear Island to …

Super Ski Jump Game - Review & Giveaway

The kiddies have been competing against each other this week and showing off all their tricks with this new Super Ski Jump game from Drumond Park. DS12 quickly assembled the ski jump ramp and they each chose a skiing character to slide down at different gradients. The fun characters to choose from have skis, a snowboard, a sledge and there is even one sat in a bathtub, which the kiddies thought was quite funny!

They have been having a great time practising their skiing skills and learning new tricks before starting a competitive game and trying to score the highest points possible. DS7 placed his character at the top of the slope and set the ramp to the highest level. He then turned the wheel to send his character speeding down the ramp and pressed the lever which sent it whizzing and flipping before landing with style. DS9 used his maths skills to judge and record the scores as they played. Check out our short slip here.

Super Ski Jump is the perfect family game to play during the…

Willow & Wild Box - Pansies and Wheat Grass - Review

'Quality time, out of the box...'
Yes, it's that time of the month again when the little ones are feeling crafty and eagerly await their next nature-inspired activity box from Willow & Wild Box!
We have recently hung up lots of bird feeders in the hedge to watch the little sparrows, blue tits and robins who frequent our garden and who else should arrive whilst we're watching them? The postman with our next Willow & Wild Box of course!
Is it just me or are these boxes just getting better and better?! If you have been following our Willow & Wild Box blog posts throughout the year, then you will have seen all the exciting nature activities that we have been up to from sowing sweetcorn and making a broad bean house to painting a paper plate jellyfish and keeping a nature journal! This year has been one action packed Nature adventure as Ambassadors of Willow & Wild Box!
and here is November's Box!

This month we have been:  Sowing pansies Making a grass h…