Sunday, 30 April 2017

Finding All Possibilities - Maths Resources

Another great free resource I have used over the years. Going to be blogging some of the activities on my Instagram page @ theworldistheirclassroom so please check out and will be posting more links here soon too ;)

Pics to follow......

and here is a link for the Primary National Strategy I've used in the past.

and Mathematical Vocabulary

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Mathematical Activites

Free Mathematical Activities for Reception age. There are some great ideas in this booklet which I was sent years ago when I started home educating, it's free to download online (click the link below)

I started some of the activities with my 2 (almost 3) year old. Here she is counting on a number line and helping Mr. Spider catch his fly :)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Early Writing Ideas

Someone asked me recently how to encourage young children to write so thought I would post some simple ideas.

Children develop writing skills at different rates and it usually follows the ability to read. As soon as my children developed their motor skills and started 'mark making' I created simple writing opportunities such as writing shopping lists, simple recipes 'how to make a jam sandwich' or changing the ending to a favourite story.

Before they are ready to begin any type of workbook I usually provide different writing activities to keep them interested. Activities surrounding a favourite book are a good idea.

After reading the story 'Oliver's Vegetables' I prepared activities to reinforce what they learnt in the book. Here are a few ideas:-

* sorting vegetables activity
* planting seeds and keeping a gardening diary
* cutting up sequencing cards of growing a seed and put in the correct order
* cutting up real vegetables and introducing halves & quarters
* putting the characters in order of height
* going on a bug hunt in the garden
* making a little 'garden centre' and selling 'packets of seeds'
* painting carrots using hands
* vegetable acrostic poem

Some of these activities can be found on our Instagram page @ theworldistheirclassroom so please check out!

I also dip into the Scholastic 100 Literacy lessons which has ideas like making story boards, writing instructions to  game, recounting a favourite day out, reporting about a lost teddy bear, etc.

I have been using the above too I came across years ago and was sent a copy in the post.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Colour my Mosque sets

We received a lovely pack of Mosque cards from
As soon as the children saw these 'Colour my Mosque' cards they couldn't wait to start. The pack contains four beautiful Mosque pictures on quality card and a pack of pencil crayons perfect for little hands. There is also a sheet of the same designs in colour so that children can copy and colour, my children decided to dive in and colour however they liked!
Straight away I thought these would be great to take along to Jummah or any Islamic talks in my handbag to keep them entertained for a while. They are the perfect size for handbags so could be used when travelling in a car, plane etc.
They can also be used as educational resources when learning and reading about the Masjid, as a Ramadaan activity or they would even make fantastic Eid gifts.
Even though they come with pencil crayons, they could easily be turned into a gluing and sticking activity. My children will be adding glitter and sequins too!

'I liked colouring the Masjid, the palm tree and the sun, it was fun,' Abdus-Salaam age 5.

So check out the website as they have quite a nice selection of gift ideas or follow on Instagram at islamic_moments . Here are the pics of the children colouring:-

Thursday, 13 April 2017

The John Muir Award

I have heard that many home edders have paid a lot of money to achieve this award when it can actually be done as a family free of charge in a garden or local area you feel passionately about conserving. We chose our local park and I contacted the Park Manager. I organised for the children to make duck huts for the lake which they built up, painted, varnished and then they were placed in the island in the middle of the lake for the ducks in winter. They also cleared streams, identified pondlife, went on scavenger hunts, identified birds using the boxes around the park, wrote poems, articles, painted pictures, went on walks, etc. whilst recording their adventures in the logbook provided.

The website has all the details and forms to complete. After submitting your ideas they will get in touch with you and send you extra curricular activity ideas, logbooks etc.

Arts Award

The Arts Award is an alternative Art qualification for young people ages 5-25 years over 5 levels (Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver & Gold) 'Our mission is to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and to achieve a national qualification.'
please check the website for more info

We started the Arts Award with a distance learning provider which worked out great as we were sent the logbooks to complete as we attended different Visual Art workshops and gathered our 'evidence' to record in the logbook. They are then sent off for moderation and we received certificates from Trinity College in London.

There are quite a few Arts Award providers throughout the UK so if you're thinking about starting please check the website above.

Here are some pics of the logbooks and workshops:-

Today's Home Ed Day!

It's Thursday! End of their Home Ed week. They always seemed to be more relaxed and looking forward to Friday! The boys actually got up really early and were downstairs before me!
They started their Maths - Fractions, decimals & percentages in their workbooks. Eldest did some higher papers from her Maths books. Youngest played with today's activity I had left out for her. Then they did English - writing For & Against arguments for the question 'Should animals be kept in zoos?' whilst eldest annotated her anthology listening to notes from You Tube to help. They each had their Tajweed lesson online through Skype. The boys then started a science Investigation (see below) and the eldest worked through her KS3 Science workbook about circuits for revision. The boys then watched some Geography clips on BBC Bitesize before lunch. Then went to the Art Gallery for lots of lovely Art activities which was fun and surprisingly quiet!
Home for free time and listening to each other read. x

Went to an Art workshop - working towards Arts Awards

AR started a Science investigation - Do people with bigger heads have longer arms?
Planning his investigation, making a prediction, thinking about how many people to survey etc 

Started taking measurements from his siblings.

M has started her group 1 sounds and has learnt to recognise the letter S

Colouring outfits from around the world - this one is from Sweden

Eldest annotating the Ed excel anthology

Reading with the little ones

AS learning his tens and units (ones)
Learning about patterns

Maths activity for outdoors later today. The boys have been learning about fractions, decimals and percentages this week.

Our Buddy System

In the early days of our Home Ed journey, when I only had 2 children, I had plenty of time to sit and read lots of books, set up craft activities, take them to toddler groups etc. So what happens when you have more children? Many home edders I have spoken to worry about this but really want more children. 
In my experience things have definitely changed but it's not particularly got any harder.
Whilst I am teaching the older ones, the little ones are getting on with activities I have left out on the table. I plan different educational activities everyday for them which keep them entertained. I can easily spend time with each child. But I always remember the early days and having so much time with the older ones especially reading lots of books to them and obviously I don't get that same amount of time anymore. So I introduced the Buddy System!!!

A buddy system is when each little one has an older buddy. So when I'm busy teaching one of them or cooking/cleaning etc. their 'buddy' will help out and listen to them read, read to them, play games with them etc. 

It seems to work for us and it helps them bond as siblings too ;)

Do you use a buddy system? leave a comment or contact me. Love hearing your stories x 

Monday, 10 April 2017

How do Home Educated children socialise?

This is something people always ask about....Lol... like it's impossible to Home ed because of this issue.

Firstly I believe Home Ed kids are exposed to more people from all walks of life than school kids. How? well, they are not sat in a class of around 30 kids all the same age and sometimes gender day in day out Monday - Friday. My children easily make friends with children any age, race, religion, Home educated or School kids. They also understand how to get along with older people, the elderly for example when attending Friday prayers.

Secondly they have more opportunities to socialise, they aren't sat at home working by themselves. There are many Home Ed get togethers, workshops (Art, Science, Writing) etc. They also get the opportunity to go on more trips and work experience. Like when they helped at the local charity shop, taking real money from real customers.

They also have many sports activities to attend. At the moment these are Taekwondo, Swimming & cricket. 

Please share your thoughts on this issue!


Do we really have to go out and buy expensive teaching aids?

I have seen many lovely teaching aids on the market for various subjects and Montessori sensory play but I feel there are so many great natural resources we could use instead. I do have a few resources which I bought in the early days but just walking around the park there are pine cones, acorns, leaves etc that could be turned into great activities. Such as punching holes in leaves for early sewing or decorating pine cones with bird seed to hang in the garden. My children love to make ice decorations with 'treasures' they have found on a scavenger hunt around the park or local area by placing them into a bun tray with water and a piece of string. Freezing them overnight and in the morning hanging them up to see what happens. These kinds of activities are so simple, fun and it doesn't really cost you anything.
Some Home Educators I have conversed with live in countries where it's difficult to buy curriculum or connect to the internet. Their children are still young so I always encourage them to look around and see what's available. There are so many great ideas that could be thought of from simple, everyday things. Pegging out clothes for fine motor skills, matching socks for early Maths, melting chocolate for early Science.
Then there's all the packaging that is thrown away and could easily be used for Montessori play, model making, etc. as well as borrowing books from the library for free!
Here are some of this week's ideas!! ;) Would love to hear what everyone else uses as Educational Resources so please leave a comment or get in touch and don't forget SAVE THOSE LOO ROLLS!!!! ;)

Jazakillah Khairan to those who have commented or messaged me. Just wanted to add that you don't have to buy expensive sets such as wooden fruit etc. Home ed children can use real fruit, real money, real customers etc. Just talking today about this with a friend. ;)

                                                         Nature trays are a lovely idea for little ones to explore

Using twigs to explore right angles and 3d shapes and using dandelion flowers for multiplication

Sticking activity for M to explore nature. She stuck whatever materials she liked onto her cardboard butterfly.

                                                      Ice decorations! you can & apple slice bird feeders. You can freeze
                                                      anything to hang up in your garden!
Montessori peg activity whilst learning the Arabic alphabet
Lovely Art books borrowed from the Library.
Learning the 'oo' sounds at breakfast! Always a chance to learn!
Number bonds with an egg tray, you could use a bun tray or anything else!
Early science - learning how plants soak up water, these cauliflower leaves turned the colour of the colouring they were placed in.
Matching pegs to their pattern
Making tally charts
Matching coloured lolly sticks

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Our Timetable, Subjects & Books we use

As the children have got older I have introduced a timetable which we have stuck up on the cupboard they keep their learning materials.

Monday - Thursday they cover English, Maths, Science & Arabic/Tajweed using books and doing other practical activities I research and prepare to go alongside. My eldest, who is at KS4 level, is happy to get out her books and study at the table whilst having free time to do her own thing. However, I find the younger ones learn better with a mixture of learning from books as well as practical activities and crafts.
They usually spend an hour on each subject and have a Tajweed lesson for half an hour on Skype by their tutor in Egypt. So most days we are finished before lunch and they can follow their own interests in the afternoon but of course they are always learning!
For example they were learning Fractions from their Maths book this week so we also made a Fraction card game (which is on another post), used marbles to help with fractions of quantities and coloured mini pizzas.
I also arrange visits and trips that tie in with a recent topic such as a tour of Yorkshire Water when learning about the 'Water Cycle', a visit to a Science centre when learning 'Colour & Light', a trip to the Canal for Geography etc. 
We also take part in any awards which they can achieve whilst learning (I have posted this separatley too) such as The John Muir Award, Crest Award, Arts Award etc. 
Throughout the week they have their own sports activities. Some people ask why I don't just let all the boys do cricket, or all of them do Taekwondo but they each have their own interests and allow them to choose that they want to do. One plays for a local Cricket team so he has cricket practice throughout the year and then matches at home and away through summer. One does Taekwondo 3 times a week and swimming lessons, my eldest does Taebo at home.

Friday - This is our full day off but the little ones enjoy an Islamic craft and the older ones read Islamic books, read Surah Kahf etc.

Saturday - Art & Computer Science in the morning

Sunday - revision and reading in the morning

Weekends are taken up with family visits, outdoor activities, free time and reading!

This website is good for audio books, Maths challenges etc.


We teach the children this book before they move onto their online lessons with the tutor.


The children use the Gateway to Arabic books for lots of vocab, Goodword Writing books to help writing the letters, Madinah reader books and then the Madinah Arabic course with online help, and they have also learnt some of the Bayna Yadaik book with their tutor and online help. (see my Arabic post for more info)

Islamic Studies

We use the ICO Curriculum which can be bought online. They are really good books as they give lots of extra activities to do with each chapter.

English Language & Literature

They don't start workbooks until I feel they are ready and even then only complete a page followed by other practical activities.

For lesson plans I use the following books and website for years 1 - 6 (we do not follow the 'years' set by school but allow my children to accelerate at their own pace:-

I then buy simple workbooks with from Letts, CGP, Schofield & Sims, Collins etc. We have quite a few different ones over the years from 5-7 years. Basically whatever has been on offer of from out local library as they only £1 each. At this age they enjoy workbooks with lots of stickers, bright and colourful, or with things to colour like the Schofield and Sims range. They also enjoy the Evan Moor cutting & paste activity books.

I then move onto textbooks as they are more in depth and have plenty of extra activities. I recommend the Galore Park Curriculum

 Here are the Junior English books from Galore park. They are divided into chapters which include a comprehension with Grammar & punctuation and writing activities to go with each.

I have used different Andrew Brodie books in the past, they are really good and have plenty to do inside. I usually buy his handwriting, spelling & grammar books. We also use grammar & punctuation books from Schofield & Sims.

These are developing literacy books which have given us extra activities to do helping to create and shape texts, understanding and responding to texts and Speaking & listening activities.

These are CGP books which we have been using for extra activities for Fiction and Non - Fiction Writing.

 More Galore park books at about KS3 level.

We have chosen the Ed Excel exam board so following the relevant books for Language and Literature. In English Lit you can choose which books to study, the lists are on their website.


we also use workbooks such as the Andrew Brodie series


Again when they are young we buy any easy workbooks like Collins, Schofield & Sims First Maths etc.  As well as the Scholastic Lesson plan books I dip into. I then move onto textbooks as they have so much more practice in them for each topic. A couple of sights which are good for early learners are:  - haven't used these myself but lots of Home Edders do.

These are the Galore Park Junior Maths books which are thick textbooks and cover all the curriculum. We have the KS3 books too.

We also use the following books and online programs:  - we use these books which are good for revision. They are broken down into coloured columns on the page. My children would complete the columns in order or start with the middle as that's the level they are working at. The first column is easier and the last column is harder to push them a bit more. - these are the KS3 versions which we also have.


We use the scholastic Lesson Plan books along with lots of activities float/sink, exploring materials, lots of nature activities etc. Schofield and Sims have some nice early science books but with this subject I don't think they are absoloutly necessary as it's about getting out and exploring!!!

 We use the Galore Park books which the children use and I look up relevant experiments to go alongside it.

We also completed Crest Awards :-

We also have the Collins KS3 book which is really useful before starting the IGCSEs

Again using the Ed Excel for IGCSEs

ICT/Computer Science

We don't really use books for computing but lots of online activities. We do have a couple of CGP ICT books   and the Carol Vorderman Coding book which goes teaches the Scratch Website. - online app courses



In Geography we usually learn by getting out n about like in Science. Learning about 'our local area', traffic, tourism, OS map skills etc. We have completed all the levels of The John Muir Award which was great fun!

There are many books we get from the library such as Map Skills etc. We have Andrew Brodie's Geography books and Galore Park for KS3 level.


I never really intended to teach History and never liked the subject at school but my eldest boy seems to love it and often uses the BBC bitesize website to learn about History so we bought him these books, there are also study books to go with them.

French & Spanish

I learnt both these languages at school and have GCSE's in them. I didn't really intend to these as a subject either but one of my boys enjoys learning other languages so he asked to get some workbooks. We have a couple of simple workbooks with stickers and also a Spanish book with audio CD and flashcards. They like to watch videos on YouTube which teach simple words and names of the days, colours etc. 

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Asalaamualaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathu I decided to Home Educate back in 2003 when I had my first child, and now teach all my ...