This Homeschooling Life #2 – Finding rhythm

I had a lot of intentions this past month. Lots of plans were going to materialise into pretty pictures for this blog post. In fact, I was going to write a weekly update to keep an eye on what we’ve been up to. I’ve managed one week so far. Looking back, the month doesn’t look like I planned. And that’s absolutely fine. Between sickness passing from one family member to another and me struggling a bit with low mood (not something I talk much about here), we’ve had to slow right down and reassess. I’ve spent a lot of this…

What did we do all week? – Home learning adventures 1

I came to the end of this week feeling a bit deflated. The house was (is) a mess. The kids were ill in turns so we ended up canceling quite a few of our plans and, for various reasons, Laurence and I have been a bit stressed and grumpy. So, it’s easy to look back and wonder what we did, if anything at all. Then my friend Roz shared her weekly reflections from her family’s home learning journey and it made me think that I should start keeping track of what we get up to, if even just to remind…

Rugby World Cup kids activity – flags in a cup (printable)

This year’s Rugby World Cup opens this Friday so this printable is just in time. Laurence is well into rugby (I am trying to be a bit more open) and he’d love the girls to get a taste for it too. He’s even taking Talitha to see Fiji and Australia play in Cardiff next week. We thought it would be fun to theme some activities around the Rugby World Cup so he’s put together this flag printable to get us all familiar with the countries playing. The idea is that we’ll take a flag out every time a team gets…

6 ideas for introducing kids to Caribbean Carnival

Yesterday I did a little Caribbean Carnival intro as a theme for our home education co-op. It was a bit of a random time as Nottinghill Carnival had already been and St Paul’s Carnival was downsized to a celebration this year (and had already been). But hey ho. Also, I’m not sure I really nailed it as a theme though we did have fun. Perhaps we could have done with a circle time or videos. Certainly, I’d have liked to have included some tropical fruit or Caribbean snacks. In future, a field trip to see a steel band or mas…

This homeschooling life – The very beginning

Last week, instead of Talitha starting school, we sort of “officially” started our home education journey as a family. We’re calling it “homeschool” for her benefit and we’ve made a fuss of her starting something new since she was asking lots of questions about friends who were going to school and wondering why she wasn’t. Fortunately, she has lots of friends who are home educated, which makes the whole thing a lot simpler. She’s been excited, every morning asking if she can do her “homeschool” today. Essentially, I’ve just been doing more of what I was doing with her before…

Why we want to home educate

Talitha turned four in June. She would have been starting Reception at school this week. She isn’t going to. We didn’t apply for a school place. We started talking about home educating early in my pregnancy with her. It was something that had appealed to me for a long time. I knew homeschooling families and was not exactly thrilled with my own school experience. Laurence, on the other hand, had gone to boarding school and looked back on it mostly fondly. So he took a little time to come around to the idea. Once he had, though, that was it.…

Raising butterflies

This was such a good bit of fun, I just have to share it here even though we did it a few months ago. The girls were given money for Christmas so we used it to buy an Insectlore Butterfly Garden. The netted butterfly enclosure was delivered with instructions and a voucher code to order the caterpillars. Here are the caterpillars when they arrived. One hadn’t hatched yet. They grew scarily big rather quickly. I wish I’d taken a picture of the massive caterpillars. Definitely a real-life illustration of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Eventually, they crawled to the top of…