Science inspiration

A friend asked today about science experiments they could do with their child and I reeled off a few, but it got me thinking about where I have got my ideas for science experiments which are easy to do at home.  Today’s mini blog, therefore is a list of some of the books, websites and other inspiration from which many of our science experiments at home come. Books 1) A great book we have used for years is Usborne’s 50 science things to make and do. The activities range from things that young children can do unsupervised to more complex activities … Continue reading

Cooking – an incredible teaching tool

Cooking is a life skill, an educational tool and also just great fun. It is an excellent way to help children of all ages learn. Cooking enables children to work in a variety of curriculum fields simultaneously. From maths to English, science to geography, history to PSHE, cooking can be the tool which helps children practically explore many areas of education and life, often without even noticing they are learning. I used to teach in a special needs secondary school where cooking was taught both as a subject and as a social activity.  They ran ‘foody-Friday’ where the students planned, budgeted, purchased, … Continue reading

Helping your teenager with English

Whether you are a home educator or your children go to school you are an integral part of your child’s education. Once they get to the teenage years, however, it can be difficult to know how best to help them with their learning. They may see teachers as the only source of knowledge, your own subject confidence may be shaky or feel a little rusty or you may just have run out of ideas. English can be a difficult area to tackle. It is easy to see how those first steps in English, learning to read and write, can be of … Continue reading

Online English sessions

Today we are launching the first of our small group online tuition sessions. Aimed primarily, but not exclusively at home educated children, the sessions will run via Skype and Google docs and cover a variety of English skills. The first set of sessions will look at analysis; how to analyse a variety of texts; the point of analysis, both for examination and in real life; and how to write analytic texts. These sessions will not be aimed at any particular exam board or specification, but will give children an overview of the skills, theory, practice and purpose of analysis. The … Continue reading