We’ve been home schooling for close to 2 years now. And it is only recently (past 6 months) that I feel we can say we’ve gone in, through and out the end of that deschooling period. Deschooling being the time the kids need to get out of the rhythm and system of school and adapt to … [Read more…]
I was accompanied by my 3 year old when I went to the recent European elections to place my vote. We were given our slips to place our x’s. My son looked sad when he didn’t get one. I asked the people working there if he could have a piece of paper to use to … [Read more…]
I found this video incredibly emotional. Please watch it. In addition to the tough journey Scott has had, he discovered 71 learning styles. 70 of the learning styles are non verbal and have been classified as ‘learning difficulties’. !!!
Here’s a number chart made with Duplo Lego. A simple idea to teach numbers, counting and even colours in a visual way.
We can visually teach our kids alot about concepts of maths. They won’t know that it’s called fractions. Nor will they know the rules about adding/subtracting with common denominators. They can understand that many parts can make one. This is just one example – a lego duplo train. Each train is the same size, but … [Read more…]
Ben took a bit of convincing to take out of school. I use to ask him every couple of weeks how he felt about homeschooling and whether he preferred it over going to school. For the first six months (de-schooling) he use to shrug his shoulders and say ‘I don’t know’. It was a turning … [Read more…]
I’m trying to get into the habit of logging some of the things we do. Often this is through photos as I tend to be snapping pictures during the things we do. We went to a Minecraft Home Ed Weekend away up in Cumbria over the weekend. We had much fun. There were sessions for … [Read more…]
Parents are really bad at practicing what we preach. Myself included. We have all these great ideas that we believe would bring such enjoyment, learning and fulfilment to our children’s lives, yet all too often we like to sit back whilst they get on with the *stuff*. I’ve been thinking a lot about this and … [Read more…]
The teachers of today have changed. Teachers are everywhere in every form. Teachers are not just those people found in schools, colleges and universities. I encourage you to look around and find the teachers that exist within our world. I am a teacher. I teach my boys about life. How to live according to how … [Read more…]
I realise what I’ve been doing recently is slowly unsubscribing ourselves from *things*. Really this is unschooling ourselves as a family from everything that we don’t need, but I kind of like the term unsubscribing. Maybe more people will understand what I mean when I use this term. As a society we are overwhelmed. There … [Read more…]
[I published this last year on another blog, but have been doing some tidying up and feel it is better placed here]. I’m a mother of 3 boys, currently aged 2, 8 and 10. I now home school them too. This means my personal free time is usually very limited – this doesn’t stop me … [Read more…]
My boys love computers, but my eldest is also keen on taking it further. He’s been working through the Khan Academy programming course. He gets stuck quite alot, so what we’ve started to do is work through the problems and activities together – also known as pair programming. Last week we hooked his computer to … [Read more…]
We picked up a BrainBox electronics kit for £1 from a car boot the other week. It was one of those moments with Ben where I could really see the light shine up in his eyes as he successfully managed to make the helicopter spin into the air.
The more I am homeschooling in an unschooling way, the more I find that it’s really not just about unschooling. It’s about applying the unschooling ehtos to every part of our life. I do not know what the right word is for this. Hence the use of ‘uneverythinging’. That sounds so wrong! I’ve been trying … [Read more…]
My boys are Minecraft mad. As a result I’ve developed a strong interest in pixel art. I’m learning and figuring out how to create things related to maths. These are a Minecraft sword and axe picture along with a symmetrical activity to try.
I’m learning about teaching maths through Cuisenaire Rods. I learn by doing and publishing, I find it helps my thought processes. Expect a series on this! It doesn’t get easier than this. Get a set of Cuisenaire rods out and start playing with them. If the kids don’t play, then start creating something yourself and … [Read more…]