Why My College Degree Was A Waste Of Time and Money

    Yesterday, as I sat in the purpose built studio of professional printmaker and artist, Chris Pig a thought popped into my head….”My college degree was a waste of time and money”.   Why did this thought come to me? I have recently started to make artwork again after many years of focusing on […]

Trading Money For Freedom

    “For money, you sell the hours and the days of your life, which are the only true wealth you have. You sell the sunshine, the dawn and the dusk, the moon and the stars, the wind and the rain, the green fields and the flowers, the rivers, and the sweet fresh air. You […]

For the Love of Learning – Deschooling

Earlier this year, I had the honour of being a guest on the wonderful Lainie Liberti’s “For The Love Of Learning” show. It was great fun! So, make yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up for a couple of hours and enjoy. And, here’s Lainie website if you want to find out more. http://www.raisingmiro.com/about/ […]

Best Reading Apps – Planet Lettra – The New Kid On The Block

  Our son 9 year old has decided he would like to learn to read. We have never pushed him to learn as forced learning achieves nothing, but resentment and possible learning disabilities. Now, he wants to read the instructions on his favorite video games without having to ask another member of the family for […]

Is Your Child A Budding Entrepreneur?

  Our daughter doesn’t want to go to college. At present, she wants to make clothes and own a shop, that’s it, so simple. But, this simple dream can feel rather scary to a parent. “Can my child really do this without going to college?” is a thought that often pops into my head. I […]

Free HARRY POTTER Audio Book Trial

We love audio books. We must have listened to at least a hundred books over the past few years. One of our favorite series is Harry Potter narrated by Stephen Fry, it’s an awesome story narrated by an awesome story teller.  Amazon is giving a free trial on the series and a few other books, […]

Celebrating Together

    This post is a bit late, but still I want to write it. In Wales, where we are originally from, the 1st March is Saint David’s day or Dydd Gŵyl Dewi in Welsh. Saint David is the patron saint of Wales. In medieval times it was believed that St David was the nephew […]

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Does Your Child Want To Draw MANGA Figures?

One of our daughter’s recent interests has been in learning to draw Manga figures. So, I was very pleased to find How to Draw Manga Boys: In Simple Steps by Yishan Li (Search Press) Here are some of the pictures she drew with the book’s guidance. I think they are beautiful!        

4 Fantastic Art Books To Get Your Family Creating!

    We are a family of artists and we love creating. I am also an Arts Award Advisor with Trinity College, London and run workshops for Home Educated children. Many children come to my workshops  believing they can never be an artist because they can’t draw. As we work together developing their ideas and […]

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“Festival Of Light” Chinese Lantern Display

For years, we have wanted to see the Festival of Light at Longleat Safari Park, but it was just too expensive for us as a family. So, you can imagine our excitement when a fellow home educating parent organised a Home Ed “Educational Group” trip to the festival, allowing us all to take advantage of […]

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Creating Something Just For The Joy Of It!

I was going to write a post about how the BookBinding workshop our daughter and I did a couple of weeks ago, was a great opportunity to learn about Maths, but I realised I don’t actually give two hoots if our daughter learnt any maths or not. Instead, I’m going to write about how totally […]

Something Amazing Happened When I Slowed Down

In my last post, In Praise of SLOW Homeschooling, I spoke about my intention to slow down, switch my iPhone off more often and be present with my children. These past couple weeks, I have being doing just that and something amazing happened…I noticed the way I speak.   I noticed my tone of voice; […]

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In Praise of SLOW Home Schooling

Sometimes, I see what other home schooling or unschooling families are doing and feel like I am not doing enough.   Being a home educating parent, means we take on the responsibility for our children’s education in a way that those parents who send their children to school rarely need to. The pressure to do […]

Quick, Grab That Lego Head!

  I had to share this Amazon sale because they have some nice products reduced. Including A large Lego Head. Sorry, but I get really excited over these Lego Storage boxes. We have one (which we paid full price for!) and they are such a fun and funky way to store Lego or other bits […]

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Our Unschooling/Homeschooling Reading Shelf

We all love reading. Our library cards are always maxed out and our Amazon “Wish Lists” are extremely long!  So, I thought it might be nice to share with other home educating families the books we are all reading at the moment. (You can click on any of the images below to buy the books from Amazon.) […]

Helping Children Heal From the Trauma of School

  Recently, Jason (hubby) has been running Film Making and Digital Media workshops for Home Educated children around our kitchen table (luckily, we have a large kitchen table). I have been running Arts Awards for Home Educated children for the past year. The best thing about running these workshops is meeting the children. Their ages range […]

Free Printables & Crafts for Day of the Dead Fun!

Halloween is one of our children’s favourite times of the year. It is not just about dressing up and eating candy, we are also interested in the meaning behind this tradition and its origins.   In the Celtic tradition, Halloween is called Samhain and it lasts for three days. Samhain represents the ending and beginning […]

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How Late is a Late Reader?

I hate it when children are labelled “Late Readers”, by whose timeline are they late? Main stream schools have always dictated by what age a child should have reached the reading milestone, but they are always changing the goal posts depending on what latest study is trending in government.   Our daughter did not learn […]

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I Am An Unschooling Ninja

I am an unschooling Ninja and I am really good at it. I am not into us unschooling and home schooling parents putting ourselves down, we are Master Ninja’s. We hold our children’s learning and passions in our awareness 24/7.   When, an opportunity to support our children in their interests presents itself, we seize […]

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HomeSteading and Unschooling

  I was raised on a Small Holding on top of a Welsh Mountain. My parents used to work in London making lots of money  until, they decided to give it all up to become Homesteaders.   I am eternally grateful for the decision they made. I had an idilic childhood. We had chickens, geese, […]