Day by Day, History Projects

Around the World in Picture Books – Antarctica – Jan/Feb 2019

I was not hugely inspired by the thought of Antarctica...all that snow and ice, a research station and lots of penguins. However, thanks Usborne's "Polar Adventures" it developed into a fascinating project, and led onto a trek up to the Artic, too. We read about three explorers who ventured to the South Pole; Amundsen, Scott… Continue reading Around the World in Picture Books – Antarctica – Jan/Feb 2019

Day by Day

Balancing busyness and rest March 2019

It seems I continually fight a battle to live a quieter, simpler life. The sort I think I read about, where children have hours to run free in a meadow chasing butterflies, while Mum sits in a shady spot sipping tea and reading a book. Having purposefully stepped off the conventional parenting treadmill, I often… Continue reading Balancing busyness and rest March 2019

Adoption, Adoption reflections, Day by Day

Holidays through the seasons March 2019

One great advantage of homeschooling is that we've been able to go on holidays when everyone else is at school. This not only gives me a delicious feeling of playing truant...in a legitimate sort of way...but also it's cheaper and campsites, countryside, beaches, museums etc are all quieter. Since the boys started college, we've not… Continue reading Holidays through the seasons March 2019

Day by Day, Homeschool, Homeschool Questions, Routines

Ideas for younger children

I recently had a bit of a clear out of our games and resources for younger children. Although I sometimes miss those years, it was generally with a grateful heart that I filled a nice bag for the charity shop! So, as we are slowly moving on from this season, I thought I'd jot down… Continue reading Ideas for younger children

Day by Day, Nature & Animals, Science and Nature

Kitchen chemistry – solutions and suspensions – February 2019

In our continuing study of the properties of matter, we’ve been learning about solutions, suspensions, solubility and precipitates. To demonstrate this, and because we needed a break from our usual routine, we had a kitchen science morning, raiding the boys’ IGCSE kit. We experimented with different chemicals, using some of the tests for cations (positive… Continue reading Kitchen chemistry – solutions and suspensions – February 2019

Day by Day, Homeschool, Homeschool Questions, Routines

Those grey winter days…February 2019

I set out to write something about keeping going through the dreary and seemingly endless days of a wet British winter. I started on one such day, and forty eight hours later am finishing it while sitting under a cloudless blue sky, listening to a chorus of birds with the warmth of a pale winter… Continue reading Those grey winter days…February 2019