Category Archives: Just For Fun

The First Day of School

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Yesterday was our first day of school (or no school). We had a good day and Lady P was exhausted by the end (I suspect I got over-zealous).  

I’m still incredibly happy she is home with us.  I suspect she may struggle with attention and although I don’t want to say she has ADHD (because I’m not a doctor), I do feel she is leaning to that side.  I’m teaching her and helping her as if she has ADHD and it seems to work.  It’s hard to say it out loud because everyone says it’s just her age, but I think as a parent, you know when things are not quite right.  We have started cutting out E numbers and sugar from her diet and it’s made a world of difference.  But she still struggles!  

Anyway, the first day was busy as I was working as well.  We did calendar work, reading, art, writing, spelling and maths.  We went outside and rode bikes, played at the park and had swimming lessons. 

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Bank Holiday Weekend

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Bank Holiday Weekend

What beautiful weather we had! On Sunday I got the pool out and the kids made a water slide.  They were freezing but loved it! Lady P kept thanking me for the best day. 

We played in the back garden all day and enjoyed the sun.

Monday was busy but exciting!  We went to an outdoor bouncy castle hamlet with friends.  Three families, 11 kids!  It was great!  Afterwards we drove to a picnic site, ate our lunch then went on a walk.  We all ended up in the river but the kids had a blast!

I love spending time outside!  I truly enjoy my kids the most when they can run around and be kids! In today’s world, they can’t run off and be free anymore because it’s not safe so if I can get as much free play as possible in their life, all the better! I’m so thankful I can home educate them! It is such a blessing!

Into the Woods

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Into the Woods

I am trying to spend time outside every day I can with the kids.  On Wednesdays, we have a little friend who comes to play as well: so going outside is the easiest thing to do! 

This week we went to a small wooded area near our home and just spent time exploring.  When I asked Lady P if she wanted to go to the playground after,  she responded: ‘no thank you, I want to stay here!’

WHAT? This is a first!  My experiment is working!  She is slowly becoming an outdoor child! Whoopee! 

Picking the flowers of wild garlic

The boys exploring wood chip and crawling in the dirt


We did eventually go to the playground to wait for our little friend’s mummy to pick him up. The girls practiced balancing and ran around with no shoes on. I read an article about the importance of walking with no shoes on.  ‘Walking barefoot…develops the muscles and ligaments of the foot, increases the strength of the foot’s arch, improves proprioception (our awareness of where we are in relation to the space around us) and contributes to good posture.’ (The Guardian) I’ve decided to let them go barefoot as much as possible, where it is safe to do so. (One step closer to tree hugger)
In the morning, it was raining heavily so we did our schoolwork then.  
It was a wonderful, stress-free day! It’s days like this that make me glad I made the choice to home educate! 

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Park Day

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Today I took Lady P and Little Man to the park with some friends who also home educate.  We went to the playground and had a picnic in the cold. We spent most of our time on the skate park running up and down the ramps.  I’ve never seen Lady P so pink cheeked!   

Afterwards, she saw some ants outside our house and wanted to know what would happen if she touched an ant. I told her if they are black, nothing. Then she did something she’s never done in her short little life: she touched a bug! Amazing!!! What progress after only 4 days of spending our time outside!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

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This week has been a blur!  I’ve been visiting my mum and dad in Canada with Little Man and the girls have been home with daddy!

The home education officer came for the first time and it went really well!  So we are pleased about that!

Lady P and Cheeky Girl have been busy doing all sorts of exciting things.  They’ve been flying kites!  The weather has been wonderfully warm so they’ve been outside a lot! 

Lady P has started reading the BFG and is enjoying doing crafts and activities around it.  


She has also been doing an underwater theme because we have inherited a fish tank. She has completed some colour-by-number maths sheets and fish crafts.

It’s been a busy week but lots of fun!

Post bundle

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I’m very behind in my posts so I’m going to just post the pictures of the last few weeks of our home ed days! 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Monday Madness

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Today we did some school in the morning… 

  A rhyming puzzle and our daily learning journal… 
Then we headed to the play place for a play with other friends who homeschool.

After, we headed to the shop to get Lady P’s much desired gymnastic’s leotard…

  
We finished up at our best friend’s house for lunch and a play.  

We came home and the kids went down for a nap while Lady P finished her learning journal, did some maths, did some imaginative play and read her book! 

Autumn Unit

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We are continuing with our Autumn unit as the weather holds up. We headed to the woods near our house to collect leaves and take pictures.  The girls love walking during autumn (particularly Lady P who hates bugs).  We had a great conversation about plants and how they make oxygen (air) from the carbon dioxide (bad air) we breathe out.  Lady P thought it was great learning big words.    Next, we found a little clearing and I sat down and began to make a little house for critters.  Lady P took interest in this only after I said the spiders needed a warm house for the winter.  Considering she’s petrified of insects, she didn’t like the idea of them freezing to death so she helped me build.  Cheeky Girl made trees.   This lasted a good 15 minutes.  Then they ran around at Mach 5.  Lady P did a ‘show’ on a stump and then they jumped off stumps while I filmed them in slow motion. They thought it was hilarious and kept wanting me to do it again.

  
 It was such a wonderful morning.  No pressure or reason to tell my kids off.  We definitely needed to unwind and spend quality time together! Afterwards, we headed home.  We shall make some Autumn crafts tomorrow.   

 

Autumn Is Here

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I am creating an Autumn unit in my head, and doing activities with my girls focussing on the Fall season. (I say, in my head, because I am so disorganised and can’t seem to follow a routine). 

My two youngest were sick at home with daddy while Lady P and I went for a stroll.  We picked up leaves and brought them home.  I drew an outline of a hedgehog on their paper and Lady P cut hers out while I helped Cheeky Girl.  Then they glued down leaves for the hedgehog prickles.  The result was lovely!  The fall leaves are bright and beautiful.

  Lady P wrote the word hedgehog on her paper and Cheeky Girl made marks, trying to write hedgehog.  This activity took about 10 minutes.  Tomorrow they will colour the face.