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

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

Snow days and holidays / January 2019

In the hour and a half between walking Sparkly Eyes to Brownies and Dancing Toes to Guides, sleet turned to snow and started settling on our streets. “It’s scattering down” declared my delighted youngest daughter. And Rhythm Dude returned from rugby practice with more grin than mud, having played as the smow came down. Our… Continue reading Snow days and holidays / January 2019

Day by Day, Homeschool, Homeschool Questions, Routines

Ideals and reality January 2019

I think I'm quite an idealistic person; I have a vision of how I'd like to parent, what I'd like to pour into our kids, the environment and experiences I'd like them to be surrounded by and enjoy. The more I read, the more this vision is fuelled with fresh ideas. This is good, I… Continue reading Ideals and reality January 2019

Day by Day, Messy Crafts, Science and Nature

Edible slime / January 2019

What is it that makes slime so irresistible to most small girls? I guess it's tactile and soothing. We used to make ublek (cornflour and water) for poorly children in hospital; it was part of the whole package of therapeutic play. As a mum, though, I'm not a great fan of it, as it creates… Continue reading Edible slime / January 2019

Day by Day, History Projects

Around the year in picture books – Europe November/December 2018

We ended our tour of North America in Boston and decided to cross the Atlantic by ship. So, following in the footsteps of the redoubtable Katy (“What Katy did Next” by Susan Coolidge) we donned our sea shoes and stepped aboard an ocean liner. Once docked, we departed from Katy’s  itinerary and set off on… Continue reading Around the year in picture books – Europe November/December 2018