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A Home Educating September

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October has arrived bringing with it a chill and a whoosh amberĀ 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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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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Bring Science to Life with Two Beautiful Books by Meredith Hooper

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‘The Drop in my Drink – The Story of Water on Our Planet’ and The Pebble in my Pocket – A History of Our Earth’ by Meredith Hooper. It is incredibly hard to do justice to either of these books. Each one is an expertly written, factually accurate science book yet both are poetic and gentle. The incredibly beautiful full …

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‘Outside – A Guide to Discovering Nature’

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‘Outside – A Guide to Discovering Nature’ is a beautifully designed guide to the natural world. It has been written by Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Ines Teixeira do Rosario who are both natural history experts. Their depth of knowledge and passion for nature is evident in the comprehensive text. This offering could easily have been compiled as a dry …

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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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Home Education Plan 2015/16 – For a 5/6 Year Old

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His interest in reading has increased dramatically over the last 6 months. He is keen to read at every given opportunity so our aim is to very actively encourage him to develop a life long love of reading. We aim to bring on his writing and comprehension skills by making these activities fun. He is mathematically very curious and enjoys …

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Home Education Plan 2015/16 – For My 10/11 Year Old

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This year we are pleased that our 10 year old has decided to drop the time tabled approach. He has requested that we continue with a structured style of learning but is more flexible about what topic/subject can happen when. We are planning on using many books this year to inspire learning which will appeal to his love of reading. …

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Home Education Summer Style

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The boys have still spent many of their mornings engaged in a learning activity of some description but their afternoons have been taken up by play. They have been out with friends most days and when it has been wet we have still made the effort to get outdoors. My 5 year old has taken to writing little stories on …

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Home Education – The Warm Week That Was

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Summer well and truly arrived in the UK last week and it was wonderful. The chance to stock up on vitamin D was taken with open arms so a lot of our home education occurred outside. For some reason this year my hay-fever seems to be limited to a couple of sneezes which is great. In other years it has …

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Summer Outdoors – How to be Tick Vigilant

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In the UK as in many parts of the world the summer months bring with them the risk of tick bites. Ticks are nasty little sider-like creatures that will wait until they can bite a passing animal or human. They will climb to the top of a plant and wait – this is called ‘questing’. They are most likely to …