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

15 Best Homeschooling Posts of 2013 from Navigating By Joy

This year we let go of the last remnants of curriculum and enjoyed finding our own homeschooling groove. In case you missed them, here’s a round-up of the most popular Navigating By Joy posts of 2013.  Click on the photos to see each post. Science Instead of following a science curriculum, we did at least one … Continue reading 15 Best Homeschooling Posts of 2013 from Navigating By Joy

Making Up Our Homeschool Curriculum

This week’s Homeschool Help topic is “What’s new in your homeschool curriculum?” For us, the biggest change this year will be in our homeschooling style. We’ve been moving in an increasingly interest-led direction ever since we began homeschooling. In fact, next year I’m declaring us almost-unschoolers.  “Almost,” because I still find it useful to think … Continue reading Making Up Our Homeschool Curriculum

How To Make Sure Science Gets Done When You’re Not Using A Curriculum

Science is my favourite homeschool subject. I love it because it’s hands-on, my kids are always enthusiastic about it, and it’s so varied – there’s always a new way to make things pop, whizz, bang or explode! To get straight into how we do science, skip down to “How I plan (or don’t plan) science” … Continue reading How To Make Sure Science Gets Done When You’re Not Using A Curriculum

How To Make Sure Your Kids Eat Healthily When You Don’t Enjoy Cooking

I don’t really like cooking. Sometimes I feel guilty about this – surely taking delight in serving up delicious home-cooked meals is a natural part of being a good mum? Then I remind myself that just because my own passions happen to lie elsewhere doesn’t mean I love my kids any less. It seems unlikely … Continue reading How To Make Sure Your Kids Eat Healthily When You Don’t Enjoy Cooking

It’s A Wrap: Going With The Flow

Do you ever have times where everything feels easy in your homeschool? On one of those days: My children greet my suggestions with enthusiasm (or better still, make their own suggestions). We flow effortlessly from one happy learning experience to another. I don’t have time to worry about whether I’m fulfilling my responsibility to provide … Continue reading It’s A Wrap: Going With The Flow

Weekly Wrap Up – The One Where We Finally Made Elephant Toothpaste

We’ve had a light homeschooling week as it’s UK half term holidays and my mum and nephew S(5) have been visiting. S lives three hours’ drive away and started full-time school last September, so it’s been lovely for the cousins to spend time together.  There’s been lots of swimming, park fun and playing in the … Continue reading Weekly Wrap Up – The One Where We Finally Made Elephant Toothpaste

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Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum – Grade 3

Our Grade 3 (UK Year 4) language arts programme is centred around Brave Writer’s The Arrow. We love how The Arrow exposes us to new literature and inspires us to use language in new and exciting ways.  I say “us” because part of the Brave Writer philosophy is that parents learn alongside their kids – … Continue reading Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum – Grade 3

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