Happy new year guys! I hope you have all recovered from the festive period and are throwing yourselves into the new year’s resolutions with gusto. I love this time of year. A suggested hint at new beginnings and the chance for a clean slate. All the things that you’ve been putting off suddenly have a hope of being achieved and this fresh start is the key to that door that needed opening. At the end of 2018 we were given a fabulous gift of a ukulele and the opportunity to learn how to play it for free! The lovely Susie at Uke in a Day gifted us this beautiful instrument and ebook to help myself and the children embrace our musical hearts in all their glory. We thought January was the perfect time to share this with you all in the hopes to inspire a new hobby in the new year. Suzie has been a music teacher for many years and has developed a wonderful series of ebooks to help teach even the least experienced of mummy’s (me) to play the ukulele in the smallest amount of time. It only took me 20 minutes to learn how to play several […]
Happy new year! Where has this last year gone? It seems to have flown by in a whirlwind of beach trips and Harry Potter activities. We had the most fun in 2018 and we are super excited to get our teeth stuck firmly into the adventures of 2019. At the beginning of each year we like to try and get organised with our holiday dates and personal goals. I find by following a few simple steps in the beginning of the year it helps us get the most out of the months ahead. Check out our latest video to see how we go about it. (Includes links to useful resources.) We wish you all a happy and healthy 2019 full of magic and adventure.
I absolutely love this time of year. The cooler days and the darker evenings make this the perfect time to snuggle up and get stuck into festive crafts and winter-themed activities. We have been turning our hand at all sorts of winter-themed fun from Christmas writing trays to paint dipped pine cones and I’m not sure who has had the most fun, myself or the kids?! During these frosty days, my two just love sitting down and having fun learning about the winter season. Each year we enjoy marking the occasion with worksheets and projects. A lovely way to celebrate the changing seasons and break up the year with familiar traditions. We have recently stumbled upon a fantastic learning resource that we wanted to share with you guys. This website is geared up to support teachers and home educators with ideas and resources. The lovely people at education.com have even offered us a free printable to share with you! This printable is a winter-inspired word scramble. Neither of the kids has ever tried one of these before so I wasn’t sure how they would take to it. I was aware that this may have been a bit of a challenge […]
I am so excited to be sharing this with you guys today. Quite often we will get asked in our videos what games the kids are playing with and so we thought we would put together a list of our most loved and used resources. We have always been big advocates of learning through play and when we decided to officially unschool our children we started to collect together items that we felt would support their playtime and enhance their exploration and understanding of the world around them. Over time we have learnt which of these items have been great value for money and which ones are merely a fleeting passion. We have thought long and hard about this list and we feel very confident that these items are the ones that are used most in our household. They are the ones that have helped our children understand certain concepts the best and have been a great addition to their educational journey. Abacus. This colourful wooden abacus has been a staple in our home since as long as I can remember. It is a really useful tool to support simple sums up to 100. It visually makes the message of […]
If you want happy children, mess-free hours of play and a room that smells of Christmas then this is the craft idea for you! This craft is a lovely open-ended play idea. What starts with a simple Christmas sensory play tray may end up in cafe role play or Christmas themed maths. The choices are endless and can allow your child to lead you through their learning journey seamlessly from one thing to the next. Our best ever play dough recipe is taste safe making it the perfect play for all ages but be warned this Christmas version of the dough smells so good that they may be fooled into thinking that it is dessert! (Always be present when little ones are playing with it.) What can kids get from play dough? You may be very surprised to know that play dough is an excellent way to strengthen handwriting skills. Strengthening muscle memory and dexterity whilst practising fine motor skills making it the perfect exercise for those wanting to neaten up their writing.It allows children to observe, hypothesis, experiment and make conclusions.It is relaxing and helps strengthen nerve connections in the brain. Supporting their understanding of their sensory boundaries and […]
The day has finally arrived for us to share our Harry Potter project with you! I kid you not that this love affair could go on forever. An unending list of crafts and educational ideas because we have loved every second of this and would welcome so much more. I have no doubt that we will continue to filter Harry Potter into most of the things we do for the foreseeable future but for now, I have compiled our favourite of all of the tasks undertaken and put together a complete Harry Potter curriculum for you to enjoy with your little ones. We have been swept up in a whirlwind of spells and potions which has reignited my old passion for all things Harry Potter. I loved reading the books and watching the movies when they were first released but it has become all the more magical seeing my two absorbed into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. We have strolled down the corridors of Hogwarts, been bowled over by the snitch and produced potions that Snape himself would be proud of. We have covered history, English, maths, creativity, science, art, design, sensory play, geography and engineering. This project has […]