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

Miles Kelly reading together fairytale phonics

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 snippets 


{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?


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


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


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


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, […]

Still here


The sun is still setting     And rising.    And there are days in between. I keep putting one foot in front of each other, trying to focus on each moment, and knowing, this too will pass. (I’m OK. But I don’t have a lot of energy outside of focusing on staying OK. Back soon.)

Saturday snippets 9 January 2016


{watching} x+y on Netflix. Probably better without the commentary from Small – have asked him to write it down instead, but he seems reluctant to do so. Classic autistic savant character which is kind of annoying – we aren’t all mathematical geniuses. If we were, I’d understand rather more of what is going on 😉  […]

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