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Home Education In Focus At Manchester Museum

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Today we took part in a focus group at Manchester Museum along with 6 other home educating families. I wanted to share this with you because it was a positive experience. It can be easy to feel annexed by large institutions who seemingly favour school groups within their education provision. Just getting hold of a person willing to discuss a …

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5 Reasons to Hate Home Education – Just A Little Bit

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Home education is a legal option in the UK  and you’ll find home education communities in towns and cities from coast to coast. Families are free to adopt educational philosophies which best suit their children, which play to their ambitions and aspirations.  What ever the reason people turn to home education initially for many it becomes a wonderful way of …

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A Home Educating September

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October has arrived bringing with it a chill and a whoosh amber autumn leaves. We have a lot of activities pencilled in for this month including an archeological workshop, an archeological dig and a spot of bookmaking in one of England’s oldest libraries. It should be enormously fun and educational as long as we avoid the seasonal illnesses which creep up …

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How This Home Educating Family Spent Their Summer

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When the schools break up for the long summer holidays what do home educators do? I’m not sure about everyone else but I can share with you a little of what we got up to this summer. Some of the families I know carry on with their normal routine, others ditch all the work and some, like us, just go …

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Why It’s Important to Take Your Children to the Art Gallery

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The artist Jake Chapman famously caused controversy in 2014 with his assertion that taking children to see art was ‘a complete waste of time’. This arbitrary statement I believe was actually a rather dangerous one to make. Telling parents that galleries aren’t places for their offspring suggests that these institutions are solely for those trained in art, artists or ‘posh’ …

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Home Education in Manchester at Christmas Time!

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Manchester is a fabulous place to visit in December. There are all kinds of great things going on and the place is adorned with twinkling lights, it really is spectacular. So what can the home education community in and around the area have a go at in the run up to Christmas? There are wonderful activities organised by some very …

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I’m Back & Just in Time for Christmas!

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Waiting for Miscarriage – Unexpected Sadness The journey leading up to my miscarriage wasn’t a smooth one which is why the blog posts and link-up’s were few and far between. Looking back I knew that there was something wrong and spent my evenings asleep on the sofa rather than writing. I’m feeling less lethargic with every passing day and as …

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Bury Royal Fusiliers Museum, Bury Libraries & Learning About WW1

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It is 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War and to mark this the boys have been working on a WW1 project. They have used some of the fantastic resources available this year from The Royal British Legion which include an educational poster, CD Rom and dvd’s. Last week we sat and watched the documentary about the …

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A Visit to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester

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My children are crazy about LEGO as are most of their contemporaries. They don’t just have a few bricks, a couple of oddly shaped trees and two or three frilly edged yellow flowers as I did when I was a child. They have a chest-like box filled with pieces many of which once formed intricate models from Star Wars, lord …

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Homeschool Adventures – WW2 & Evacuees

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We are learning about world history in chronological order however this week we took a detour and learnt about The Second World War.  The boys read books about the war (a reading list is at the end of this post) and looked at old photographs of evacuees. They listened to old radio broadcasts from the early 1940’s including Neville Chamberlains September …