Posts in category Free printables

Jobs For The Kids

Fresh from our ACC (the Annual Chore Conference), we’re enjoying a slightly cleaner, if a slightly more confused home. I’ll be honest, we left introducing chores for our children until it was almost too late. I dearly hope you don’t make this mistake too. In fact, if you’re reading this and your 1 year-old is […]

Get started with notebooking

  Notebooking seems to me a rather fancy name for project work.  Or maybe project work is just as fancy a name for what is putting-down-on-paper-what-you-have-learnt. It’s really an organic form of unit study, or unit study for autonomous learners. More long words! How about this:  A child begins a study of a topic of […]

How we PRACTISE phonics

There’s a myriad of ways for a child to consolidate the phonics knowledge he/she has gained.  Here’s just a few of our favourite ways. Salt/sand/teabag tray A tray with a sheet of coloured card sprinkled liberally with table salt makes a great tactile writing board.  Children can draw lines, shapes, and letters with their fingers.  […]

Help! I’m allergic to lists.

  I have never favoured lists, but since marriage to my darling husband 10 years ago, my aversion has only grown.  Writing lists is, to him, as breathing oxygen.  He writes enough lists for me and our entire extended family too.  If only I could outsource my list requirements to him. Due to my allergic […]

How we teach phonics

We are now at the phonics stage with child #3.  Here are the methods we use. 1. Alphabet wall poster/wall-hanging These are really popular – think the kind of thing plastered round the walls of a nursery school 🙂  I decided to make something myself since I don’t want my dining room to look like […]

Healthy Homemade Anti-Bacterial Spray

We are always on the lookout for greener, healthier, cheaper alternatives to expensive, chemical products.  In our home we go through anti-bacterial spray cleaner like nobody’s business.  After all, it is a good chore for the four-year-old. My husband and mother-in-law are into their essential oils.  And I’m getting there! So without further ado, here’s […]

McGuffey Primers – No school like the old school!

After reading about these primers on lots of US homeschool blogs we decided to give them a try.  First of all I perused the digital archived copies on archive.org.  I printed off the Revised Primer for free, then cut and bound it into a pamphlet to use with our 8 year old. Originally published in […]

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