*This is a collaborative post. Parents have such a massive impact on how and what their children learn. STEM is a hot topic and has been for some time now. If you’re a home educator often science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can seem like the ‘tough’ topics to guide and teach. Aside from getting your own supply chain management masters degree, here are a couple of tips to make teaching STEM a snip. To tackle…

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*miscarriage post. Dear Baby, I cannot believe this would have been the day you may have entered into our lives. A small bundle of pure joy, joining a mad, crazy and loving family. I cannot believe we’ll never meet you, hold you, care for you… I know that, if you were here, you would have been loved. Loved so incredibly much. You would have been loved fiercely by your Daddy, you would have been loved…

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 *miscarriage post. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a poem on the blog. In fact, it’s been a long time since I wrote a poem. This one has been bubbling inside of me for a while, and I wrote it on the way to our break in Harrogate, mostly because I had no internet but a burning desire to write… I cried as I wrote it, but it was therapeutic to do it,…

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Last week I found an old Facebook post I’d written all about our style of learning, and I shared it once again, because I feel very strongly about it. The post read…   I have no idea what kind of home educational family we are, and I am in some ways, unwilling to label it right now, if ever… What I do want to talk about is learning through joy and want, and not through…

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*This is a collaborative post.  When you have a child, your life is no longer just about you. You’re entire existence revolves around them- keeping them happy, healthy and setting them up to be productive members of society is your goal as a parent. However, it really is important to still look after yourself too. As the saying goes, ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup.’ If you’re happy, healthy and fulfilled yourself, chances are…

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See what I did there?! Ha, it’s the simple things that keep me going. In this post I AM talking about Veganuary, but I’m not talking about goats… Well, they may get a mention, but it’s all about the kids, the children, the little ones, whatever your choice of wording… So, when it comes to adapting our lifestyle, a big concern may be how our children will react or how they will feel, right?! It…

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Somewhere along the way I’ve noticed my family seems to have disconnected slightly. Whether we’re out and about or at home, television, tablets, mobile phones and video games are sucking the world dry of wonderment. When my daughter climbs into my lap and wants to just be with me, drawing or talking or hugging, I feel elated. She doesn’t feel the need for ‘stuff’ in the same way her brother does… then I grab him…

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Yes, it’s that time of year when the holidays are coming and as a home educator I feel a little edgy about how busy the world will be! I’m probably a minority, but I prefer the quiet of term time, the ease of travel during school hours and the freedom to take your time instead of feeling rushed… Basically, during the summer hols every day is a Saturday. So, it’s time to focus on the…

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I still remember how I felt the first day my son started school. I felt utterly bereft. There was my tiny boy in uniform, confused and lost in the strange new world of ‘school’. I walked away with my daughter and cried. Then, when Molly joined him, I literally spent a day in a haze of tears and discontent. I counted the hours until we would see each other again. Every morning George would demand…

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