Monthly Archives: January 2010


It’s been such a pleasure to see Edward developing in his drawing skills and the enjoyment he gets from art.  Often now, he will ask to draw or paint and will have definite ideas about what he wants to depict.  Today, he … Continue reading

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Ice experiments

The snow has almost gone so we were talking today about how snow melts.  We decided to do some simple experiments to test the effect of salt on ice (ie when the roads are gritted) and talked about what insulators are. … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice!

Following our snowy walk, we decided to make some snowy pictures.  I’ve noticed that Edward has become much more interested in arts and crafts over the past few months and this activity was at his instigation.  He’s now at the … Continue reading

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Snow and Ice: Winter study

I’ve recently purchased one of these wonderful nature study units called ‘Snow and Ice’, which has some great activity ideas for this current snap of chilly weather.  Edward and I went on a snowy nature walk this morning while Isaac had his nap, so … Continue reading

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Preschool Curriculum Overview

Edward is about to turn 4 in a few weeks, which has made me think about introducing a little more structure into our days.  We still believe that in these early years, our days should remain predominantly informal.  These years … Continue reading

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Educational influences

In making our decision about home education, we’ve inevitably spent many hours researching and reading about different educational philosophies and methodologies.  One of the things that impresses me the most about HE is the different routes people can take, from … Continue reading

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Christmas traditions

The Christmas season is over, we’ve taken down our decorations today and I’ve been reflecting on the challenges of teaching our children ‘the real meaning of Christmas’ (a hackneyed old phrase but one which does have some meaning!).  Whether at music group, … Continue reading

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