how to make a spindle box at home – cheap Montessori materials

spindle box materials

So, last week I wrote about the Montessori method and materials. I recommended a couple of books – I’ve now found Montessori’s Own Handbook (kindle) for just 36p. I can’t resist that myself quite frankly! I also talked about making my own version of a spindle box. (The spindle box is discussed in Discovery of […]

Montessori moments – the method and the materials

binomial cube

This wekk in one of the home ed groups I’m in, someone asked about Montessori books for home ed. I went digging around on Amazon (shh) and found that you can get Montessori Play and Learn : A Parents’ Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six for as low as 1p plus postage secondhand. […]

Pointless education and missing caches.


You can take the boy out of the school, but can you take the school out of the parent? There’s a constant balancing act here, to discharge our legal duty under Section 7 of the 1996 Education Act 7. The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time […]

Planning early education with help from Baker Ross and Random House children’s books.

I read Tigerboy a book the other day. It was the first time that I’d read him a book instead of having him on my knee while I read to Smallest. Given he’s 9 weeks old I’m definitely slacking 😉 We have books coming out of our ears in this house. Smallest loves to be […]

Orchard Toys: Magic Cauldron game #review

The lovely ppl at Orchard Toys sent me this Magic Cauldron Maths Game a couple of weeks back when I was bewailing basic maths skills on twitter. You see, we have a bit of a problem here. It’s a confidence thing really, but quite a bit of the really basic maths stuff, like number bonds […]

Questionaut, biology and yet more lego

So Big went away last night, dropped her off with a home ed friend, so that they could spend the day at UEA doing biology. By all accounts they had an absolutely fabulous time – she was full of it when I picked her up tonight. So that was excellent. Small managed mostly fine without […]


Aargh, days are slipping by without blogging again! Tim was away for a couple of nights at the beginning of the week, which cut down drastically on my (evening) computing time. It also meant a convoluted set of logistics for the Monday evening activities – Big was picked up slightly late for her fun swim […]

Dimensional discussions in a two child house.

Big is out for the day. She went out on a late breaking sleepover last night, and is now off to a toy museum with friends. Small, on the other hand, is exploring the concepts on mathletics. He was looking at 2D and 3D shapes, and then asked me what a 4D shape would look […]

Back to school.

That would be the school situated in our living room, with a school day that goes nearly all round the clock 😉 Home education for us is very home centred right atm, due mainly to soa’s needs and requirements. We are going to introduce a weekly music group as of next week, which will mean […]

How do you get from no structure to sats

in one quick year? Today I had the children do a Level 3 Sats Maths paper. Earlier this year they were doing nothing structured at all while I waited for them to deschool, so how and why have we got all the way to Sats papers? It’s for my confidence I’m afraid. A thing that […]

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