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...
Land Art

Land Art

One of the most satisfying outdoor activities we have enjoyed has been Land Art. Creating art from natural materials. For my youngest it seems to be an instinctive process – to take materials from the natural world around her and create beautiful things and...

World History – our approach

A couple of years ago after a quick run through of British history we started looking at world history. Many home educators use The Story of the World as a basis for world history, so we began by investigating this. Story of the World The first story grabbed my then...
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...
Education Choices Pt 2c: Home Education

Education Choices Pt 2c: Home Education

Some parents choose to educate their children themselves, outside school. This may be their their first choice, because they want to take responsibility for the education themselves and allow their child to learn in a flexible, individualized way within a family...
Finding out about animals

Finding out about animals

My youngest and I are both very interested in animals, so I have started spending more time finding books and other resources that should interest her. Our approach is fairly informal. But I do have a need to create a framework, in order to satisfy my sense of order...

My Name is Mina

My Name is Mina, by David Almond, is a wonderful, poetic story depicting home education. My Name is Mina is a rare book -beautifully written using language in an almost hypnotic way, quirky and with an instinctive understanding of unschooling/autonomous/informal...

Home ed magazines

Here is a list of home education magazines. EOS – new UK home education magazine. Home Education Magazine Long running US magazine. Life Learning Magazine Self-directed, life-based learning. Back-to-Homeschool Magazine – magazine by girls for girls....
Learning Trust, Trusting Learning conference 2011

Learning Trust, Trusting Learning conference 2011

Spent yesterday at the LiTTLe Conference in London – Learning Trust, Trusting Learning. Very nice to see some old friends, put some faces to Twitter friends and see some well-known autonomous home educators in real life. Imran Shah – Social worker and...
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...