Jesus following, natural living, Somerset homeschooling mum to Acey. Here is our blog to share with family and friends and anyone else who might be interested, about our home ed journey.


Monday, 27 June 2016

Oceans and Grandad's birthday!


On Monday, we read about foxes, so Acey decided he would like to draw one!

 

 
He also drew one of his Lego heroes - a great way to get away with playing with Lego, using it as an art project ;)
 
 
On Tuesday we had our lovely home ed group. The Taunton home ed group meets once a month at a fellow home educator's home, (the lovely Caroline who bravely opens her home up for all kinds of home ed activities) and there is a different theme each time. We have done a chocolate theme, a chicken theme, toilets, native Americans, Earth day and lots more. The children usually have a questionnaire to fill in about the theme as well as related craft activities, and a massive garden full of chickens and a trampoline to play in. This time it was an Ocean themed day, as one of the home educating mums in our group is going to be doing an awesome challenge, swimming seven of the world's channels in a year. She has already been the first woman to swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly! We are lucky to have someone inspirational in our group. You can check out her website and follow what she is doing here: http://www.bethfrench.co.uk/
We learned about oceans, and made a shiny fish out of a CD and some sparkly sticky gems
 
 
And a seaside themed cupcake
 
 
 

 
 On Wednesday, we revisited the fab home ed art exhibition with Acey's dad, and showed him Acey's work. He was impressed.
 
 
 
On Thursday we went to another home ed group, which also meets once a month in a local village hall. It's lovely to see children of all ages playing nicely together.
 
 
 On Friday, we went to Bristol to visit Grandad as it was his birthday! He showed us around his church, and then we went for a lovely meal. It was a very nice day, and great that we didn't have to miss his birthday because it was a school day! How I love home ed.
 
 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Taunton home ed art exhibition

Last week we read about the Magna carta and Acey did a piece of writing about it. Aparently, King John was an 'evil king of doom'!


We have been learning about the middle ages, so we talked about what they would have eaten in those days. Most people would have made pottage every day, so we decided to make our own. We also tried some mead, to get into the true medieval spirit of things. We decided that in winter, it will be very warming to have a shot of mead.

 
On Wednesday, we had our long awaited Taunton Home educated children's art exhibition, organised by their lovely art history teacher.







 
Here they are with Tracy, their teacher.
 
 
 The exhibition was held in CafĂ© espresso in Taunton, and will be on display for two weeks.
 
 



On Thursday they had their drama class, and Friday was Tennis class. After tennis, we went to one of our favourite nature spots, Great Wood with Acey's friend Isaac to play in the stream and light a fire. They had a lovely time playing in the sunshine.
 
 
 

 




Sunday, 12 June 2016

Hello again :)

Hello! It's been two years since I last blogged about home ed, and I thought I would start it up again, seeing as a friend mentioned that she was sharing my blog the other day on her website, so I thought I'd better up my game! Here we are still home educating, still enjoying it, still doing it on my own, but with the help of our lovely friend Dave who takes us everywhere, as I STILL don't drive. We are busy every week doing home ed horse riding lessons, art history lessons, maths lessons, drama lessons, and tennis lessons! As well as swimming lessons and guitar lessons too. We have started a new business (with Dave) putting on ultra marathons - (putting them on for other people to run, as if you would catch me running)! We are involved with a lovely group of home educators and are so lucky there is now such a big community of home educators in Taunton for us to be friends with. More and more people are taking their children out of the failing school system, it would seem! Here is the Taunton Home ed website, so you can see some of the things that are going on. We are very blessed. http://www.tauntonhomeeducation.com/

This week has been a good week to blog about as we went to Cleeve Abbey in Washford, and it was amazing. Like all English Heritage sites, they let us in for free because we were home educators, and they were very supportive and helpful. They even gave us an interactive book to walk around with, and some hands on objects. We have been studying medieval times, including monks and gothic architecture recently, so this was a perfect trip!

 Amazing interactive hands on things!
 
 Monk graffiti!
 
 Beautiful medieval tiles
 
 Monks dormitory
 
Wattle and daub wall!
 
We also went to a pretty village church, to continue with our gothic architecture theme. We studied the beautiful stained glass window, and Acey drew the church gate! And whilst we were there, we were lucky enough to encounter someone practising the organ.
 
 Acey's drawing of the church gate
 
 We found some wild strawberries to eat in the graveyard.
 
Sketching the stained glass window!
 
 
How fun! :) Will blog again soon. Thanks for reading xxx
 

Friday, 25 April 2014

Springtime ramblings

We have been outdoors every day pretty much non-stop for about three weeks now. It feels good after the long winter. I love that learning doesn't have to be behind a desk. I love that we're free to do in-depth nature study. I love seeing Acey's passion for learning because he isn't forced to do it. I love that being a homeschooling parent I am learning things too. And I love that more and more people are discovering that home education is an option. Although I also love that most people's children have gone back to school after the Easter holidays!! We have the museums, parks etc back to peace and tranquility again. Imagine how noisy life would be if EVERYONE home educated! ;)

I also love that God answers prayers. I can't homeschool without praying over our day. It really makes a difference! I was kind of getting into a muddle with our routine, and Acey's reading wasn't at a level I would have liked, he was having concentration difficulties. I pray and BAM! He picks up a book and reads the whole thing, he does all of his chores without complaining, he cooks his own tea, willingly. The atmosphere is just so much more pleasant, and our day goes smoothly. Why is it so hard t
o remember to simply ask God when I find us slipping? I must remember in future!


 We had archery this week...



And we went to some lovely gardens up the road from where we live with our friends. We were lucky enough to get really close to some cute ducklings. They were very fluffy!



On Thursday the local farmer's market had their 10th anniversary so we went along, and our friends from a community we visit were there playing songs on their instruments and serving free yerba matte. There was also a live turkey. I love how unexpected situations like this can turn into a free learning experience. We also visited Sheppy's Cider Farm.




Today we had a walk and picnic with a group of Christian homeschoolers. 




and we have finally got some seeds planted, about time!




Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The first few months of 2014...in pictures!

I've not been great at keeping up with the blog lately - here is some of the stuff we've been up to this year so far!


We found a scrap store nearby and went halfs on the membership with another home ed friend. We came home with a huge bag of junk! Which Acey turned into a wooden go kart!


We did a project about Canada. We listened to the Canadian national anthem, read books about Canada, made a Canadian flag, learned about where maple syrup comes from (and ate maple syrup with pancakes)!, learned about different animals, ate Poutine - a popular Canadian food choice, and learned about how log cabins are built! 




Math lessons with Dave.


Learning French in a fun way!

...and a French breakfast.

Science experiments...


Enjoying Sunday School...

Starting football classes..

We have been learning about the human body, and made a replica of a bone using paper and straws. 

The digestive system...

Learning snooker skills at home ed group..

and sign language

and a visit from a professional ukulele player... :)



Archery lessons.. (probably Acey's favorite lesson)!

We had the lovely opportunity of seeing some seals being released into the sea. :)



Spending lots of time in nature...




Mucking in on the allotment...



I'm keeping this blog more as a reference for myself now, so that I can look back on what we've been doing :) But feel free to keep nosing in if you're interested in what we're up to xx
Natanya x