Under the sea topic ideas

ocean with fish and ray

In our home school, we use topics as the main focus and we have just finished learning about under the sea. Here is a list of ideas to help give you inspiration if you are going to learn about under the sea in your home school too. Activities Cook iced starfish biscuits (Cooking) Make a cardboard fish tank with foil fish (Art) Write an acoustic poem for ‘Under the sea’ (English) Use a tutorial to draw a hermit crab (Art)[Read more]

Our Pets Topic in Our Home School

A girl holding a tray of homemade dog treats, a clay painted paw print and the same girl holding a dog

Welcome to what we did for our pets topic in our home school. FJ chose three pets to study; dogs, cats and hamsters. We had so much fun but spent more time on dogs than the other two as we are huge dog lovers, so we got a bit carried away! Peanut butter dog treats. Our boys loved these! I just had a look on Pinterest to find some recipes and went with the easiest which we had the ingredients[Read more]

Crabbing in Suffolk

Man and his daughter on the beach crabbing and a small image of a crab

Last weekend we went crabbing in Bawdsey which is on the Suffolk coast. We had a great time although we felt a little daunted too. We had never been before so we were not quite sure as to what we were doing. Now that we’ve been, I thought I would share some information about crabbing in case you have never been and wanted to give it a go. What you need You actually need very little to go crabbing. We[Read more]

9 things I’ve learnt since home educating

Pencils for decoration and a girl wearing black outside in a wood

.I have now been home educating FJ for three months and I have learned a number of things since we began. I wanted to share these with you, especially if you are considering homeschooling your own children. When we first started this journey, I was terrified that I may have been making the wrong decision. We all love our children so much and in the back of my mind, I kept thinking, what if I am making the wrong decision[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]

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]

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]

Home education: Emotions

home education, emotions, inside out cakes, anger box

We had so much fun learning about emotions as our first topic in our home school. I think that we did almost all of the ideas from the list I wrote – 13 Emotions lesson ideas. As it was our first topic we took longer than I will normally spend on a topic, as I think that normally, I will spend four weeks per topic.  What we did! So, we learned spellings which related to emotions and we acted out different[Read more]