A pair of UK home educating mums with advice from their growing experience
Easing back into a new school year
Easing back into a term time rhythm after the glorious freedom of long summer holidays can be hard any year, but this time around it may be especially tricky... Or you may be longing for some sort of structure and so are raring to go!
Come and join us, maybe with a cup of tea at hand, as we chat through some tips from veteran home educators which may help us all to begin the new academic year smoothly and with the assurance that we are giving our children the best possible foundations in our uncertain world.
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Summer Holidays Part 2
In our last episode before we take a few weeks’ break, we share some book and blog recommendations which might help re-inspire us in our parenting and home ed journey over the summer.
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Thinking about the summer
I love the long summer holidays, and they are usually heralded by various annual events such as sports day, a home ed camping trip, end of term celebrations and bar-b-q’s. All these mark the end of our academic year. They feel like mini rites of passage, allowing us to move from one season to the next and have some well-earned time off. This year we are without any of these, but I would suggest we are just as much in need of rest and restoration; maybe even more so.
In the next two episodes we will offer some thoughts and suggestions on how we can make the most of the summer holidays, with plenty of resources which might help fill our own drained teacups.
All the links we mention can be found in our blog - head over to www.mendedteacups.wordpress.com
“My child won’t sit still... how can I teach him/her?” is a question that has been put to us, and one which I’m sure many of us identify with. This is a subject close to my heart (Molly) as we have been particularly blessed with some high energy, wriggly children.
So, do join us as we discuss some practical solutions, some educational foundations, and some ways in which we truly can see this energy as a gift.
Ah yes. The great outdoors. What a beautiful and inspirational place it can be. Many home educators love to incorporate Nature Study into their family learning, but perhaps you find it a bit daunting to launch into.
In this episode, Molly and Helen have a chat about how they've encouraged their children to enjoy the world around them - although neither of them have been particularly formal about it.
Does My Child Have To Go Back To School?
We hope that despite, or even because of, all the challenges of this time, it will have been a season when family relationships have deepened. When that which is important will have come to the surface, some good memories will have been made and some fun been had by all.
As schools gradually start to reopen, or look towards doing so, many will go back into the routine of school. We hope there will be good things both you and your children will have taken from this time. For some, however, having dipped your toes into the world of home ed, you would like to continue this particular adventure. We try to answer some of your questions in this episode.
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The perfect homeschool podcast for mothers of babies
As a mother and home educator of young children, one of which is a baby I rarely have time these days to listen to a podcast and when I do I don’t have time to listen to those really long 45+ minute episodes that many podcasters now do. Molly and Helen get that. They’ve been there and their podcast episodes are so accessible for us sleep deprived mothers of babies, like myself who want encouragement and wisdom from the women who have been before us, but in small digestible snippets that fit into unpredictable nap times. They’re honest and real and full of knowledge from years of homeschooling for the long haul. Definitely worth a listen!