Posts tagged home education

Free Online HomeEd

  In addition to all the wonderful and simple outdoor (and indoor) pleasures of childhood – be it reading a book borrowed from the local library, blackberrying with grandma, or playing hide and seek with siblings – there is nowadays an abundance of free resources on the web intended specifically to help with the home […]

A Renaissance of the Home

Back when I decided to shift the focus of this blog towards all things home-based, I explored renaming it. I went through all those usual clichés, like Home is where the heart is, and so on, but someone had always beaten me to it. At last I thought I had got a unique one in […]

A Case Of Identity Theft

A retired High Court Judge once shared with my husband that, when he arrived at his senior school over seventy years ago, he was asked, “What would you like to learn?” How fabulous! And how far from today’s reality. In our modern, western, individualistic society, the individuality of children is being suppressed. In the late […]

A Philosophy Of Education

  “The educational outlook is rather misty and depressing both at home and abroad…we have no unifying principle, no definite aim; in fact, no philosophy of education.” Thus Charlotte Mason opened the preface to her Home Education Series. She was commenting on public education in Britain at the dawning of the 20th century, and she […]

Find Your Home Ed Style

  Like Joseph’s coat, home education is many-coloured. Understandably, then, there is plenty of overlap between the different hues. A couple of facets stand out. First is the tailoring of learning to the individual child, to a greater or lesser extent. Second is the vast scope provided in the home for conversational learning, a powerful […]

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 […]

On school uniform, and uniform schools

  One of the really obvious things about most schools in the UK is that all of the children wear the same outfit. A source of great chagrin to most of the pupils who use and abuse it, its role is to level the playing field, prevent distraction, discourage bullying, deter truancy, promote a good […]

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.  […]

An Education Money Cannot Buy

  For the past five years we have been officially home-educating our eldest son.  I say officially because we have actually been home-educating him for nine and a half years – since the day he was born.  In fact, we are educating all four of our children every day in so many ways, and often […]

Five hands-on maths ideas

  Here are just five ideas for little hands to help them count, add up, subtract, divide and multiply.  I know there are some lovely tools like cuisenaire rods and other plastic stacking blocks for tens and units work, but these are just simple things you are likely to have some of around the house […]

How Children Learn

  Babies and toddlers have a wonderful ability to learn and develop.  Our 9-month-old could sit A levels in locating and eating newspaper, cardboard and magazines and he would get straight As. He has also expressed a strong interest in studying for an honours degree in Climbing The Stairs. We have a 4-year-old who holds […]

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 […]


There's no place like home. Home is where the heart is. An Englishman's home is his castle. And so on. Cheesy cliches aside, we are nonetheless aiming for a renaissance of the home.

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