May idea list

Pad and pen. Chalk board with thought bubble drawn on and a light bulb in the bubble indicating an idea

Welcome to the May Idea List. If you are new to the blog you can read all about the Idea List and the accompanying Facebook group here. I hope you find it useful and if you join in, I would love to hear how you get on. Wednesday 1st: Buy any needed occasion cards for the month of June. Thursday 2nd: Wash all of your net curtains or blinds. Friday 3rd: Clean all of your computer or laptop keyboards. Saturday[Read more]

N is for Non-judgmental: Relationship A-Z

Non-judgemental - part of the A-Z of a healthy and happy relationship series

People who matter, don’t judge. People who judge, don’t matter – Unknown The definition of the word non-judgmental as cited in the Collins English dictionary says: ‘adjective  – of, relating to or denoting an attitude, approach, etc, that is open and not incorporating a judgment one way or the other’. This is one of the top qualities to have in a good relationship. You should never have to worry that your partner is judging you, you should safely have the knowledge that you can[Read more]

Pet hamsters: mini topic ideas

pet hamster - mini unit study/topic ideas

We have been homeschooling for a few months now and we are using a topic-based style (unit study). We are currently studying pets as our topic and as there are so many different pets to study, I asked FJ to think of three that she would like to study in more detail. FJ choose dogs, cats and hamsters. I love coming up with ideas to inspire home school topics so here are my ideas for a mini hamster topic. Ideas[Read more]

Our topic based home school

Topic based (unit study) home school education UK

Our home school There are many different ways to home educate your child, every family is different. We have been homeschooling for a few months now, so I thought that I would share with you a bit more information about the style of learning which we are using.  Our situation FJ is currently eleven and would be in year six if at school, which is the last year of primary school. I wanted our home school life to be more[Read more]

Pet cats: mini topic ideas

pet cats: mini topic ideas/unit study

As a mum who is home educating my 11-year-old daughter using a topic based (unit study) style of learning, I enjoy putting together ideas for topics to study. We are currently studying pets but as there are so many different animals under the umbrella of pets, I asked FJ to pick three to study in more detail. FJ picked dogs, hamsters and cats. Here is a mini study guide for learning about cats.  Ideas Write a poem about a cat[Read more]

M is for money: Relationship A-Z

Money in relationships

Money may not buy love, but fighting about it will bankrupt your relationship – Michelle Singletary Money can be a touchy subject in many relationships. In fact, in 2016 the Independent quoted the relationship charity, Relate’s findings, as money being the top reason that UK couples got divorced. I think that myself and DJ have quite a unique take on money in our relationship, but that may be partly due to our circumstances when we first got together. When we[Read more]

Pet dog: mini topic ideas

pet dog mini topic ideas for home education

Here are some ideas for a mini topic on dogs. We are currently learning about pets for our home school, but as there are so many, I asked FJ to pick three to study in more detail and one of the three was dogs. Ideas Cook dog themed cakes (Cooking) Make salt dough paw decorations (Art) Make homemade dog treats (Cooking) Sew a dog bandana (Lifeskills) Visit a dog charity rehoming centre, such as the Blue Cross (Social) Learn about[Read more]

L is for Laughter: Relationship A-Z

laughter, relationship advice

We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh — Agnes Repplier Laughter A good sense of humour is the age-old joke of a quality that one asks for when writing an advert to find a partner in the personal column of the newspaper or an online dating site nowadays. However, no matter how cliche’ it may sound, a good sense of humour is a quality that we all need. Being able to laugh together can really help when[Read more]

So You’ve Decided to Home Educate… What Next?

Uk home education information

So you have made the big decision to home educate your child and you may now be wondering what to do next and it can feel very overwhelming. As law and policy in the UK are constantly changing, the information in this post is correct at the time of writing (April 2019).  Fist steps If your child is currently attending school then you will need to de-register them from school. To do this, you need to write a letter to[Read more]