I’m making a list

It’s for Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted. And Michael Gove. And all the other idiots politicians who appear to feel they know what children need regardless of what people who actually know children say. Did you see this? In the telegraph apparently he’s talking about a checklist. Parents should be issued with a […]

Learning to read, take three.

What with the whole home education thing, I’ve been very involved in the learning to read process for both of my older children. I think I’ve learnt something from that experience. Point 1 – there is no one way that suits all children. I know about the current educational vogue for synthetic phonics, and I […]

Leapfrog Maths Adventure to the Moon: review and competition

Released to own on DVD 9th May 2011. A fun new, educational release from the popular and trusted Leap Frog brand, MATHS ADVENTURE TO THE MOON really launches children’s number skills! Never before seen on UK TV and out to buy on DVD from the 9th May (RRP GBP 9.99). Join school-going frogs Tad and […]

I have discovered I am shameless

when it comes to charity. I will tweet at publicists, publishers and bookstores. I will email publishing companies, write guest posts for blogs and ask for stuff in comments on yet more blogs. And I was brought up to believe it’s rude to say I want I don’t really know what’s come over me. Except […]

School, huh, yeah, what is it good for?

Despite appearances to the contrary, given that we home educate, I’m not actually anti school per se. I’m just not sure I can see the point of it. And I think that there are an awful lot of ppl with similar sneaky suspicions out there, who are using school and just wondering if… So let’s […]

Broad and balanced v intrinsic motivation.

This review does not argue against the rights of parents as set out in Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 outlined above, nor their deeply held convictions about education. I believe it would be wrong to seek to legislate in pursuit of an all embracing definition of “suitable”. However, such is the demand and […]

birthday walk (the montessori way).

First of all, gather your children into an ellipse, sitting on chairs in the children’s house. Then you can start The 29th May 2003 was a very special day – that was the day that Small was born! We’re going to do a birthday walk – what do we need? A candle. What’s the candle […]

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