Monthly Archives: September 2014

Classroom in a camper

Who knew that spending a day at ‘Grill n Chill’ could be so educational.  Grill n Chill is an annual VW meet; we are now feeling the love of being part of a really cool club…v dub! Stickers for the van bought, interior design inspired and new carpet ordered, Katie is going to have a make over…!

And so it was while treating Katie that we managed to make links with, and reinforce, our evolution learning – through some great window stickers showing evolution of a camper (stays the same, was already quality to start with) a Lego man (starts as a brick) and of ‘man’ who, after evolving to become upright is then sat in a campervan.  C was very pleased to apply his new understanding to a sticker stall of all places! Continue reading Classroom in a camper

crazy golf and green gloop rescue the would-be end of the honeymoon period!

I had a horrid feeling on Monday that the honeymoon period was nearly over!  After the ‘easy’ day we had on Friday I put pressure on myself and C to achieve a lot more on Monday.  Not sure why I put this pressure on us, but I did nevertheless and poor C was having none of it!  He was still incredibly tired and just couldn’t focus.  We spent a ridiculous amount of time on what should have been a 10 minute exercise.  Suffice to say that had I found an apostrophe shaped implement I probably would have done some damage with it!  Apostrophes for omission should have been omitted from our day, and yet still I persevered and still the battle and the nagging (me) and the staring into space (him) continued! On reflection though, we had been to a barbecue the evening before and he was clearly still tired.  We gave up in the end and continued with our deadly animals research and a bit of maths.   Making green slime in the afternoon lightened our mood.  It didn’t work – it is basically regular gloop with food colouring.  But we do like a bit of gloop: Sensory exploration isn’t just for Early Years! Continue reading crazy golf and green gloop rescue the would-be end of the honeymoon period!

Late to bed on a school night, tut tut…


The boys had their first swimming lessons yesterday. At almost 4, this was the first ever for L, who was pretty nervous! This did not have the usual (desired) effect of tiring out my children. No. In fact it had the opposite: They were over excited and still awake at 10/11pm. Needless to say nobody wanted to get up this morning and after a mad rush to get L to nursery we tried to start our HE day in the usual way, with some piano practise. C yawned his way through and had absolutely no concentration whatsoever. A friend of ours had also stayed so there was not much point in trying to do anything too structured. This is where HE comes into it’s own. Unfocused child not engaging + No curriculum constraints + No timetable + No lesson observation or book monitoring to worry about = Scrabble. Continue reading Late to bed on a school night, tut tut…

Miss Mummy!

 My son (C) jumped into my bed on day one most disappointed that nothing was ‘set up’ downstairs! Seems he was expecting a classroom of some description. Oops! He had already told me he wanted books, the colours they needed to be and that they needed to be in boxes, social arrangements had been made,we had planned our first topics; as far as I was concerned we were ready, but on Wednesday morning…

“What about my uniform?” Continue reading Miss Mummy!

Starting out

The school summer holidays begin and we are about to embark on an exciting ‘gap year’, a break from the state school system that I have taught in for 15 years and my son has been taught in for 3.   Unhappy as we were with his school provision, I have made the radical move (for us) into the world of home ed (and unemployment!) by taking full opportunity of my husband’s unexpected reposting out of London. Continue reading Starting out