Home Education or Homeschool?

Home Education or Homeschool?

Home Education or Home Schooling? What’s the difference and does it really matter? Are labels relevant? Well, the short answer is yes, in my opinion, it does matter. In the U.K. it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children receive a suitable...
The Value of Play

The Value of Play

Last month I was honoured to be interviewed by a local author who was writing an article advising parents about how they can support their children’s learning at home. In our discussion around the many forms that learning can take, we explored the role of play. The...
Educating at Home

Educating at Home

What very strange times we find ourselves in, friends. My son and I are asthmatic and we all have coughs so we are currently hiding from the world – for how long, who knows, but it’s going to be a long spring! I know many of you are in the same boat; you may be...

Storytelling Tips

Storytelling And how to weave it into your learning journey We have told stories for thousands of years, huddled around campfires, sharing tales of war and peace, creating stories to explain the mysteries of nature… We tell stories every day. How can we tap into our...
Verbs

Verbs

Verbs: the basics, plus imperatives and transitives/intransitives, along with some suggested games and activities.s A verb is a word which tells us what someone or something is doing/being, often described as an action word or a ‘doing’ word, e.g. run, love, eat. A...

The Home Ed Review, Part 1

American Home School Curricula When you start home educating, at whatever stage, one is often super keen. I was warned by friends and members of the HE community that it is a really common trap to buy lots of resources and things that you don’t really need and newbies...
Assessing our Home Ed Kids

Assessing our Home Ed Kids

Should we do it? If so, how, when and why? Assessing our Home Educated Children How do you feel about “assessing” your child? Assessment can be a bit of an emotive word. It might inspire horrible memories from our own schooldays of scratching your head in a spelling...
Discovering Our Past

Discovering Our Past

How Should We Help Our Children Learn History? History is a vitally important subject for us all. We need to know where we’ve come from and discover the struggles and incredible achievements of the past. History can be taught well, and badly. Taught badly, it is a dry...
How To… Support Your Child With Spelling

How To… Support Your Child With Spelling

Does anyone remember struggling to remember how to spell a word? The frustration as the fog descends and you feel it evade your grip, in the end settling on guessing, knowing it doesn’t look right. For some people this never really goes away; try as they might,...
Learning Through Literature: The First World War

Learning Through Literature: The First World War

Learning Through Literature: The First World War “Mummy, why are there poppies everywhere?” It is inevitable that our children will have questions at this time of year, about poppies, remembrance and war, about the purpose of remembering and the historical events...