Timelines

Timelines

Here’s a simple timeline to print out and write on. Covering 1050-2040. Add your own notes and pictures above and below the timeline. Use horizontally or vertically. Cut along dashed line and stick to the next sheet for one continuous timeline, or print...
Structure in Home Education

Structure in Home Education

Schools use structure to deliver a National Curriculum, and to organise lots of people, both children and teachers. But as parents, with our own children the need for plans and lots of organisation becomes less clear. The lines begin to blur between education and...
Hertfordshire based natural parenting groups

Hertfordshire based natural parenting groups

It is a while since I’ve touched on the subject of finding support for natural parenting. Ten years ago I found a couple of online groups that supported me – one was a forum that no longer exists and the other was thebabywearer.com. Over the years...

Education choices Pt 1:- What would suit your child and family?

Where and how to educate our children is one of the biggest decisions we make for them. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the law states that ‘The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education...
E learnt to read…

E learnt to read…

My nearly eight year old daughter E is a voracious reader. She disappears off into a book for hours, procrastinating when it is time to do anything, just to spend a few more moments reading, and regularly disappears only to be found reading in the bathroom. But no-one...

Ottoman Empire resources

Here I’ve gathered a few links to resources on the Ottoman Empire Online Resources Topkapi Palace - 3D Virtual Tour – Whilst investigating the Topkapi Palace we found this captivating 3D virtual tour. Color you smart: Topkapi Palace - Downloadable colouring page...
Children’s Historical Fiction – Ottoman Empire

Children’s Historical Fiction – Ottoman Empire

Although one of the world’s longest running and most powerful empires we haven’t found much on the Ottoman Empire. But we have found a couple of gems. Abraham Hannibal and the Battle For the Throne Frances Mary Somers Cocks (Author), Eric...
Leyla: The Black Tulip

Leyla: The Black Tulip

Leyla: The Black Tulip (Girls of Many Lands) By Alev Lytle Croutier Set in 1720′s this charts the story of a young girl tricked into slavery and taken to the Sultan’s palace in Istanbul, the heart of the Ottoman Empire. We really enjoyed the way the book...

History research

I am increasingly finding that our history journey is taking us places that I have never been before. So here are some thoughts on how our approach to history is working out this year. Our history group structure and my eldest’s interests are combining to...

North American Native American History Resources

We have been exploring some of the cultures across North America before the arrival of Europeans in sixteenth century. Here are some the resources we found: Factual Books DK MegaBites Native Americans: An inside look at the tribes and traditions By Laura Buller Our...
North American Native American History Activity

North American Native American History Activity

We have been exploring the people and cultures of North America before the arrival of the Europeans in the sixteenth century. We have been finding out about the different cultural regions and getting a flavour of some of the cultures. Some of the resources we have...
World History Reference

World History Reference

It took ages to choose a world history reference book, and am really pleased with the one we have. And it turns out it is a less well known book, rather than one of the big publishers. A good reference book forms the backbone for studying history, not only do they...
Abraham Hannibal

Abraham Hannibal

Abraham Hannibal and the Raiders of the Sands  by Frances Mary Somers Cocks Abraham Hannibal and the Battle for the Throne by Frances Mary Somers Cocks “My name is Abraham, and my father is a noble lord of Africa” Based on a true story, these two books...
My Fictional World

My Fictional World

Books play a major part of my life. So when I came across My Fictional World, started by Reading Residence, on Liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup, I thought I would take a moment to join in… What were your favourite reads from your childhood? What sticks out for me?...