Home Education Guide

Welcome to my blog! I'm Nicola! I home educate my children DD14, DS11, DS9, 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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Top Ten Spring Books for Children

We love exploring each season and we have always singled out each one as a theme for the little ones every year. I start by planning craft activities and find the latest books to display in our Home Ed classroom window. I also buy engaging activity books like the ones below to spark their interests, ask questions and it keeps them entertained with an educational activity whilst I get on with the household chores! Here are my top ten spring book recommendations:

1) Bug Hotel By Clover Robin on offer here at £4.99

'This book explains how a bug hotel is a home-made habitat where insects of all shapes and sizes can come to stay. It even encourages children to build one in their own back garden using common and natural materials including straw, wood and stone.

It is a fun lift-the-flap book which many little ones, who love nature and creepy crawlies, will enjoy.

Among the critters it features are bees, snails and ladybirds and it also offers simple explanations of their traits and b…

Our Outdoor Classroom

The snow has been and gone and signs of spring are starting to appear. We awoke this morning to sunshine and birdsong, so we decided to take our classroom outdoors and go on a lovely walk around the local reservoir.  Taking science lessons outdoors has many intellectual, emotional, physical and social benefits.

The boys were keen to take their binoculars and we couldn't leave the house before packing a picnic! We headed out without paper and pencils today, just to enjoy nature and allow the boys to explore and learn freely.

In this open-ended learning laboratory the boys used all their senses to explore, asking questions along the way. They identified various types of wildlife furthering their knowledge of Food chains, Food Webs and Ecosystems and collected leaves, twigs and seeds.

It was lovely to sit and ponder whilst having their picnic which has many emotional benefits too such as reducing tension and restlessness. It was nice to wind down and sit for a while after running…

Chai Chat with Brooke Benoit

I hope everyone has been enjoying the 'Chai Chats' I have been posting over the last few months. They are question and answer sessions with other Home Educating families around the globe. Here is the latest with Brooke Benoit from Morocco.

Single mother of seven, Brooke Benoit, is a magazine editor and artist who facilitates her children’s education (at home) on the southern coast of Morocco. After homeschooling herself for high school she began college at fifteen years old. When it came time to enrol her children in school, Brooke immersed herself in learning the various styles and means to homeschool. She has continued to work, returned to school and moved abroad while homeschooling. She is the editor of Fitra Journaland recently released How to Survive Homeschooling: A Self-Care Guide for Moms Who Lovingly Do Way Too Much, all of which are available here on Amazon.

When and why did you decide to Home Educate?
Within seconds of my neighbour suggesting that I need to pre-enrol …

Have you heard about Kids Pass?

With Spring around the corner, why not start planning this year's Home Ed trips and spend some quality time as a family?

I love to plan trips and outings whilst schools are open to avoid places being packed and the long queues. My kiddies don't even enjoy our local library when it's too busy, so travelling to visit places when it's nice and quiet is a must for us!

With Kids Pass you can get your little ones out and about on some great adventures! Kids Pass are a digital membership group that offer great discounts on attractions, restaurants and much more including UK and European holidays!

'Family days out can be expensive, and Kids Pass are here to help. With thousands of exclusive offers at the UK’s top attractions, cinemas, restaurants and UK holidays, you can treat your little ones to some unforgettable experiences without breaking the bank. Get your Kids Pass today and start saving.'

It's easy to find an amazing deal once you have your Kids Pass. Just s…

What made you decide to Home Educate your children?

I have been asked this question many times, but someone asked me again this week over on Instagram, so here goes....

I met a lovely lady on a trip to Birmingham back in 2002. She was home educating her four children and who were thriving in their Education. Back then HE wasn't really heard of. I never knew it was a legal option. My research into HE had just begun!

Even though I didn't have any children at the time, I was intrigued and my husband and I just knew it was something we would do with our own children one day. I loved the fact that there was a close bond between siblings that are home educated, loved the fact it was just learning together as part of normal family life, loved the fact that children could learn what they want in any way that suited them!

I began by becoming a member of Education Otherwise to get more information and find out if there were any local groups. There wasn't too much information online back then. HE, which is known as 'homeschooling&…

Home Ed adventures in science around the kitchen table!

We are thrilled to be part of Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder Blog Tour with Scribble Kids Books today!
Written by science teacher and dad, Alom Shaha, and beautifully illustrated by Emily Robertson, this new, fun science book is packed with over 15 exciting experiments suitable for all ages and proves that 'Every child can be a scientist with the help of Mr Shaha and his recipes for wonder.'

When we first heard about this amazing book, which has just been releasedwe thought it would be a perfect addition to our Home Ed library! Being avid readers, books are the central part of our home and possessing easy to follow science experiments books like this, is great to get my inquisitive kiddies questioning the world around them and understanding that 'It's OK not to know the answers.'

It begins with an enchanting tale of Alom as a boy, who has just arrived from a Bangladeshi village and how a simple trip out with his mother to a local street market sparked an int…