Audiobooks for All Our Family

In my last post I listed some of the audiobooks C(9), J(8) and I listen to together. Today I’ll share some of the books we’ve been listening to individually, plus some non-fiction audiobooks we’ve enjoyed together. I also go off on a little tangent about reading and empathy. And I consider the impact of audiobooks … Continue reading Audiobooks for All Our Family

Homeschooling Grade 6 – What We’re Learning This year

This post is about what my quirky, energetic, 11-year-old son is learning this homeschool year. Jasper loves maths, science, audiobooks, Lego and video games. He prefers learning at home, ideally while cuddling our pets, and he keeps us all entertained with his off-the-wall humour. Jasper’s goals If Jasper were in public school here in the UK, … Continue reading Homeschooling Grade 6 – What We’re Learning This year

What’s it like Homeschooling an 11 and 12 Year Old?

  Have you ever wondered why there are so few blogs about homeschooling older children? I used to. Then my kids became tweens. We’re still unschoolers, but the hands-on activities that used to make up our day are gradually being replaced by independent projects, reading and outside classes. And photos of tweens reading, watching YouTube or even quietly … Continue reading What’s it like Homeschooling an 11 and 12 Year Old?

A Homeschooling month in Spain – Part 2

I sit on the floor, surrounded by half-packed suitcases. It’s 4pm on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and outside the sky is darkening as the sun sets. In three days I will be climbing into our Ford Galaxy with my 11-year-old and my 10-year-old, and driving to the other side of Europe. The next five weeks stretch ahead … Continue reading A Homeschooling month in Spain – Part 2

A homeschooling month in Spain part 1 – Roadtrip to Andalucia

When you homeschool, you have the flexibility to learn what you want, when you want – and where you want. So if you want to take off on a big adventure in the middle of a school term, you can. That’s exactly what we did this winter. I began planning our 5-week-trip to southern Europe a year ago.  I wanted to … Continue reading A homeschooling month in Spain part 1 – Roadtrip to Andalucia

Fun with Literary Devices – Opening Hooks

How do we teach our kids to write like their – and our – favourite authors? We can start by playing with some of the literary techniques successful writers use. One example is the opening hook. C(10) and I learned about opening hooks a few years ago from The Arrow (a Brave Writer language arts program for 8 … Continue reading Fun with Literary Devices – Opening Hooks

Unschooling Writing

We’ve been homeschooling in very relaxed way this year. Surprisingly, I’ve probably put in more homeschooling “hours” than ever – unschooling is more parent-intensive than I’d anticipated. But both the children and I are thriving. I’ve started dozens of blog posts about what we’ve been doing, so I thought I’d better get around to finishing … Continue reading Unschooling Writing

Unschooling Plans for English and Maths

Unschooling plans? Is that an oxymoron? I was going to say “unschooling ideas” but that sounded too vague. Call them what you will – over the last few weeks I’ve been chatting with the children about what they want to learn this term and jotting down ideas in Evernote, and that’s what this post and … Continue reading Unschooling Plans for English and Maths

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