On Attachment

On Attachment

The first few months of motherhood are, for many of us, a bewildering time. You think you know what it’s going to be like, but you don’t, however well prepared you are. You may not feel that you know very much at all. I felt absolutely clueless. One thing I did know...

Home Education: FAQs!

This week the small person and I have been learning about how our democracy works as we found ourselves volunteering to represent local home educators in petitioning our local MP to ensure that any changes to the current guidance for local authorities happen...
How to Help Your Child Love English: Top Tips

How to Help Your Child Love English: Top Tips

I did my teacher training through the notorious Literacy Hour, which meant that we couldn’t write a poem about the snow when it was snowing, we had to do Greek Myths because that was what the NLS said we had to do in Year 5 Term 2.  In the independent system, we could...
How to Write a Good Story

How to Write a Good Story

How to Write A Good Story We are natural storytellers.  Yet writing a story is a surprisingly complex process and can be overwhelming. Here are some tips for getting past that overwhelm. What Makes a Good Story? A short story should be a snapshot of a moment in time...
Human

Human

Emotions “I’m only 12. I don’t really have emotions.” This bewildering statement was once delivered calmly in the middle of a poetry lesson. The child said someone had said to him once, “You’re twelve. What can you possibly have to worry about?” I asked him if he’d...
Reading: Finding the Joy

Reading: Finding the Joy

Reading is a magical, joyous gift we can share with our children. Fluent literacy opens innumerable doors, to other areas of curriculum, to in depth understanding, to the future. But despite our best efforts, it’s not always easy, or pleasurable, for our children. How...
Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Excitement abounds in our family this week as we prepare for Chinese New Year.  It’s such a rich celebration, filled with opportunities for creativity, discussion and exploration. Here are just a few ideas. 🐉 Phonics: Little ones early on in their literacy journey can...
The Magic of Storytelling

The Magic of Storytelling

Stories Are Everywhere We tell stories all the time. We tell stories on purpose – hushed and giggling at teenage sleepovers, delighting in frightening our friends; gathered around a smoking campfire; tucking our children up in bed. And we tell stories without really...
Who Is Educating Whom?

Who Is Educating Whom?

    The perpetually enigmatic and shifting nature of parenthood means I have never in all my life been so acutely in agreement with Socrates, who is reputed to have said, “I know only one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” I have, however, learned a...

Instincts

Instincts Motherhood is an extraordinarily humbling experience. Before, I thought I knew about children. I babysat, I harboured ambitions of a career as a perpetually adored Miss Honey in an idyllic village primary school. Most of all, I dreamed of motherhood with an...