Weekend snippets February 7th 2016

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{watching} The Killing on Netflix. While cuddling up under the warmest snuggliest blanket ever.  {listening} to Country music. Always. And arguing over the lyrics. Obviously. {walking} in the woods. Loads of people there today, and lots of signs of Spring. No bluebells yet though. {throwing out} a whole bunch of cheap charity biros. And wondering […]

Playmobil easter eggs – the mermaid, the pirate and the boy with a ball.

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I know it was only just Christmas, but it’s already coming up on Easter (the joys of movable festivals). If you’re looking for something a little more lasting (and a little less over packaged), I highly recommend Playmobil easter eggs instead of the traditional chocolate variety. We reviewed some last year, and I loved the […]

Home education – news round up for January.

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There’s been a lot of mentions of home education (or homeschooling) in a variety of media outlets over the last 6 weeks or so, I thought it might be useful to do a round up with some commentary. The mentions started back in December, with a couple of articles based around the same statement on […]

Reading together – Fairytale phonics from Miles Kelly

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A little while ago we were sent some Miles Kelly phonics books to review. At the time, Smallest was completely uninterested, so they languished on a pile, looking very attractive but being mainly unloved. A couple of weeks ago, she had a new burst of interest in the whole reading process, and as is the […]

Another weekend down – some snippetsĀ 

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{driving} Saturday was one child in next town for 8am for first aid training, then next child there for 10 for computers. Headed back to do the shopping and got a text saying we had a poorly Tigerboy. {nursing} and washing the next order of the day then. He’s got another cough, and pretty much […]

It’s Friday again?

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How did that happen? We have done stuff. It’s been a quiet week though, and I swear it was only Tuesday last time I looked. More drawing for me and the littlies – they are really interested in exploring the art stuff I’m getting out for them, and it’s great to work alongside them with […]

Never let me go Kazuo Ishiguro

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Buy Never Let Me Go at Amazon (affiliate) In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms […]

The death of Dylan Seabridge – home education in the news.

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The last couple of days home education has featured on several radio shows and BBC news because of a leaked report into the death of a child in Wales in 2011. The case is tragic. Dylan Seabridge died of scurvy (although apparently his parents dispute that) without contact with medical services. There *was* a family […]

Art on a Friday

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Friday evening is swimming club which makes for a long day for small people, so I usually try to keep it fairly low key activity wise. Today we fitted a lot in though, starting with some painting with Tigerboy before his siblings even got up. Smallest was slightly aggrieved he’d got to start without her, […]

Animal adaptations – home education at Colchester Zoo

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Colchester Zoo is our local zoo, if you can refer to something 40 minutes drive away as local. We’ve only been once before, as guests of First News when we had a fabulous amphibians experience. Then just last week I learnt via facebook that they were offering (free) home education sessions, targeted to age group, […]

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