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Home Education Guide

Welcome to my blog! I'm Nicola! I home educate my children DD14, DS11, DS8, DS6 & DD3.

I wrote this guide a few years ago after many families began home educating and asking me many questions. I then set up this blog in January 2017 followed by my Instagram page @theworldistheirclassroom

Firstly, just a quick note on how to get around my blog. The PC version is slightly different to the mobile version but they both have an icon of three small lines in the top left hand corner of the Home Page. (On the PC version this may be clicked automatically and therefore, show a side panel.) But if you click this, you should be able to easily find older posts in the archive as well as some labels which I have tagged onto posts in order to group similar ones together. There is a search bar at the top of the Home Page screen to quickly search for a particular word. Hope this makes it easier to find what you're looking for.

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Using EdPlace in our Home Ed Classroom

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When I first started Home Educating, many moons ago, there was not a lot on offer to us as Home Educators in terms of online information, events & workshops that we could take part in (everything was schools only!!!), online resources and subscriptions etc. Not many people had heard of Home Education, HE families were dotted around, just doing their own thing, in their own way.

For the past few years HE has been on the rise here in the UK and now there is a plethora of information out there and so many resources to choose from, it can be overwhelming when you're just starting out.

So when I set up this blog and my Instagram, a year ago, I had all you lovely readers in mind!

I decided to share ideas and resources, which I think could be of benefit to you, so you don't have to sift through lots of online educational offers, from great fun freebies to educational packages such as EdPlace, an online learning provider which is 100% aligned to the National Curriculum.

I have…

What Science activities are you planning?

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With British Science Week slowly creeping up on us we are starting to plan Science experiments for our Home Ed classroom and find out what events are happening in our area.

It runs from 9th - 18th March and is the UK's biggest celebration of Science! So why not get involved and find out what's happening in your area?!

We have been kindly sent this book, Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder, to review in our Home Ed Science kitchen! We will be planning and carrying out these fantastic experiments, colourfully laid out in this book!

The boys have already had their hands on it, finding all the equipment we need, which we already have lying around the kitchen!

'Every child can be a scientist with the help of Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder.'

We will be carrying out lots of fun experiments from exploring Newton's Third Law by making balloon-driven cars to investigating chemical reactions with vitamin-powered rockets! So watch this space for our review which will be part…

Working alongside an Artist - DD14'S Silver Arts Award

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Today DD14 worked alongside the aerial artist, costume designer and sculptor, Becky Truman, as part of her Silver Arts Award. DD14 recently attended and reviewed an exhibition by this Artist. Check it out here.

Taking inspiration from Cupola: a circus installation in the gallery, celebrating 250 years of Circus she created a mask using different techniques and skills.

Check out our photos!!





















Let them make their mark!

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When will my child write? Now they can read, they can surely start writing? Right?


Many people ask me for help and tips to help their child/children to write. They often worry about their child not being able to write even through they can read very well.

I remind them that as adults we can write without much thought, but for a child, the skill takes lots of practice, time and encouragement. So I say, forget the paper and pencil for now, and allow them to get messy with mark making, using anything you find around the house such as shaving foam, sand, or coloured chalk etc. This will not only be a fun way to learn to write, but it will give them the skills they need as they take their first steps towards writing.

Setting up a shaving foam tray is simple. Take an A4 sized tray (or larger), add shaving foam, spread it out with a spatula and you could then add glitter or sequins to make it more fun. Then allow them to make shapes, or copy letters or words from flashcards. If you don'…

Look what's new at Fun kids live

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How's it made with Sidney McSprocket

Sir Sidney McSprocket is back and is looking at how things are made, from brushes to bulbs, boxes to balls!

http://www.funkidslive.com/learn/howsitmade/


Story Quest

Stories for kids and families, perfect for all ages! New episodes every week

http://www.funkidslive.com/podcast/story-quest-stories-for-kids/






Chai Chat

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Another lovely Home Ed Q&A session here with Daniela!!
Enjoy :)

When and why did you decide to Home Educate?
I decided to homeschool when my daughter was a baby. She has a food allergy and I wanted to create a safe learning environment for her. In sha Allah.
What kind of approach do you take?
We are kind of all over the place. Currently focusing on play, teaching manners and learning Spanish. I guess you can say unschooling.

Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other? She does most of her work at home. If she wants to write a letter, play doctor or read a book..I go with the flow and try to encourage learning and independence.


What is your favourite thing about Home Education?
You can do it whenever, wherever!

Activities from favourite stories!

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After choosing and reading favourite story books from our local library I always feel inspired to think up a great follow on activity for DD3. It gives her the opportunity to further her understanding of the story and enjoy an activity following the same theme. These type of play possibilities cover a number of areas of learning development such as language and communication, role-play and drama, literacy and more.




It's quite simple really, just choose a favourite book, enjoy reading it with your little one, then bring it to life with props such as finger puppets or make you own craft on that theme.




If you have more time to plan and prepare, you could go all out and make your own story sack with various props or even paint your own story stones in order retell the story or allow them to make up their own version.

How to make story stones.

How to make story spoons.

How to make story sacks.







Check out these cute story sacks 



Create your own!

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The Entertainer's Create your own range is running a discount all this week! Don't miss out on 20% off with this code: CREATE20 check it out here.

With a huge range of items to personalise including T-shirts, Hoodies, Pyjamas, Bags, Mugs, Cushions, Towels and much more to make your little ones love their unique item!
The CreateYourOwn range includes brands such a Marvel, PawPatrol, Barbie, JoJoSiwa, TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, Disney, Star Wars and much more!






Spring Science Lessons!

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It's that time of year again! Time to get the kiddies involved in getting the garden ready for Spring.

Make science lessons fun this season by getting out and doing some planting and gardening!
Check out these fab deals on gardening equipment, pots and seed trays etc. Have a go at growing your own veg and fruit or why not plant some bee friendly flowers.














Here are some links that may help with lesson planning or ideas for projects:

https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/browse/science

http://www.saps.org.uk/primary

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/home

https://www.growveg.co.uk/guides/how-to-set-up-a-school-garden/

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/activities/



and for all of you with a butterfly garden net, don't forget to order your caterpillars which can be bought between April to September!

















Great British Spring Clean

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We are counting down the days to the Great British Spring Clean!!

To get involved see the link here.