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Shakespeare Week 2017 | Resources & Ideas to Help You Celebrate

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It’s Shakespeare Week once again and this year there are even more great resources available to help you celebrate. Shakespeare Week is an annual national celebration of Shakespeare for primary school aged children organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, giving children a great first encounter with Shakespeare – his characters, stories and language. Shakespeare Week has been embraced by Britain’s …

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First News – Current Affairs For Children

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2017 has just begun and already it is shaping up to be quite the year for news. Every day seems to carry with it another shock story as political unrest sweeps across the globe. Children are curious about the news and can be heard singing ‘do you wanna build a wall’ with friends but do they really know what is …

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Manchester Art Gallery – An Ideal Place To Visit With Children

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We visit regularly often before or after other activities that we might be attending that day. Manchester Art Gallery is wonderful because you can spend as much or little time there as you wish. A day can easily slip away as you visit each exhibition space to ponder the beautiful artwork and take time to reflect over a coffee in …

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‘A Tower of Giraffes’ – A Charming Read

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‘A Tower of Giraffes – Animal Bunches’ written and illustrated by Anna Wright. This beautifully presented book will be enjoyed by adults and children. The name given to a group of animals is revealed on each page and is accompanied by interesting information about the creatures. The reader will learn the names of some peculiar groups of animals such as …

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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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‘Pandora’ A Modern Day Fable

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‘ The imaginative book ‘Pandora‘ is absolutely stunning. Victoria Turnbull manages to weave a highly emotive, rich, lyrical tale while using very few words – she has a natural gift for storytelling. The illustrations are dream-like transcending any familiar landscape and transporting the reader to a world of wistful wonder. The pages will draw children in as they study every …

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‘Mabrook!’ A Book About Muslim Weddings.

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‘ This vibrantly designed book explores Muslim wedding ceremonies across the world. It focuses on the diversity within the Islamic faith which is an unusual theme to come across in a children’s picture book. The author poetically and effectively explains the differences between the ceremonies while describing the sacred vows and promises common to them all. The reader is taken …

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Where Did The Week Go?

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It’s Saturday already – how is that possible? I’m acutely aware that the weeks will continue to relentlessly speed onwards towards summer 2017. I better get on with this home education palaver post haste. This week has hurtled by with alarming rapidity and I feel a little bit shell shocked. The LEA visit on Tuesday knocked me off my game …

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How We Teach Maths At Home.

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We have tried all sorts of maths resources on our home education journey to date. From games to door-stopper size text books – we have tried it all. The games we found to have short life spans and the text books, well they gave watching paint dry a run for its money. We have found a resource which suits the boys …

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‘Counting Lions’ Our Children’s Choice Book of the Month

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The book is stunning. Poetically written facts about endangered creatures are complimented by full page charcoal drawings. Virginia McKenna OBE, the founder of the Born Free Foundation, has written the stirring forward. She urges the reader to look at the beauty of animals and do all that we can to save them. One hundred years ago there were 100,000 tigers …