Community isn’t an optional extra. It’s not a thing we can just put aside for a year or two and expect it to have no impact. It’s vital to being human, and it’s worth seeking out, protecting and preserving, however different that may look.
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Home educating teens is easier with help – Miss 13 reviews Dreaming Spires Home Learning, online Charlotte Mason classes for secondary aged students.
Here’s how to use electives to take All The Cool Homeschool Ideas and actually make some of them happen in your home.
Are you still planning your homeschool year? Not sure how to make all the pieces of home education fit? Mixing GCSEs and younger children and no idea how to make it work? It’s something we all struggle with. It’s taken me a while this year but I think I’ve got our plan for next year tied down now… at least in pencil. Of course what works for us won’t exactly translate to anyone else, but it’s still useful to see how other families plan for home education so you can steal the good bits 🙂 This is how I do…
One of the main benefits of home education is leaving space to wander. That might mean a physical wander – an afternoon nature walk, a break outside when tempers are fraying, picking fresh peas for an afternoon snack – or it might mean a mental wander, time to follow the rabbit trail of a new idea, time to look up the answer to the question right then, time to read the new book or play the new game as soon as it comes out. It could be a wander down a new craft, a new sport, a new endeavour. It…
Lazy summer days with nothing to do are great – up to a point. Sometimes though, just hanging out gets a teensy bit old. Your kids need a little bit of a plan, to make sure you all end the season feeling refreshed and accomplished. Well good news – I’ve got you covered 🙂 By the end of this summer, your kids could improve their body and mind, make life better, and work on their goals. What’s not to love? Let’s get started – buy the summer challenge pack now from the shop.
Looking back on my childhood, it’s not the unusual and the exceptional that stands out. It’s the day to day rubbing along of life. It’s watching the telly, reading a book, playing on the computer, having my Dad wake me up after I’d gone to bed to tell me he’d beaten my high score on Tetris – the ‘nothing special’.
We’re figuring out the shape of our homeschool year using my new free academic yearly calendar – come join me!
Last week, I did a talk on planning and review at the Learn Free conference (replays are still available if you sign up in the next few days!). Afterwards there was a Zoom Q&A which unfortunately didn’t get recorded. So this is my best attempt at writing up what we covered for those who missed it. Anyone who was there and remembers other comments, please do add them! The benefits of planning. We liked having systems for lots of reasons, mostly that it helped us to feel more confident and settled, and less drifty, about the day ahead. And flexibility…
Reviewing is the key to confidence when you’re home educating.