All posts by Boots

Life long learner, home educator, education innovator

Pizza Express with Home Ed group

R went with Aunty M to a home ed session at Pizza express. It sounded great – each child made their own pizza from scratch. R was really pleased with how the crust and base came out and she saved a piece for me.

There were 11 kids there and it sounded like the staff were great with them. All for free! Thanks Pizza Express!

Cake pops
Cake pops

The afternoon carried on in a food based theme with cake pops (cake balls in a special cake pop maker that R got for her birthday) great fun trying to put the balls of cake on sticks and then decorate them with melted chocolate and sprinkles, it wasn’t a bad first attempt. 🙂

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Models, whittling and carving

R is very into making figures from clay and other modelling materials, we have now moved on to some small tools / blades to try some whittling / carving with balsa wood and also soap.

Great discussions about density from the balsa wood and led to looking up about more dense woods too.

I think she could do with perhaps a very small chisel type tool and hammer to carve out with more control?

Wondering what else to try for her?

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Minecraft and YouTube

R has posted her first Minecraft tutorial on YouTube with more to follow at Pink Rose Kitty YouTube Channel she is very excited when people view her video and like it and subscribe.

We have found YouTube to be an amazing resource, with how to tutorials on an incredible variety of subjects. It is how (after many failed attempts at books and friends trying to show me) I learned how to crochet!

We have used it for ukulele lessons, history, language, Shakespeare, science, oil painting, acrylics painting, the list goes on.

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Politics and Campaigning

It has been hard to avoid politics recently so we have covered a lot, including being very heavily involved in the campaign to save our local library.

Rose wrote to the Children's Newspaper First News
Rose wrote to the Children’s Newspaper First News





L took blank postcards to school and asked children to fill them in with why libraries are so important Postcards from children in the Daily Echo

We use our local library a lot, and fortnightly we meet with other home educators for sessions on all sorts, from art and crafts to science, languages and drama.

R, meanwhile took part in a deputation to council to argue the case for saving the library. It was a real confidence booster for her and led to her giving several interviews with local newspapers, radio and TV.

We learned together more about how the local council works and media and also MP candidates and Government.

None of this was a planned lesson – it all came up as we went along and gave us access to amazing experiences including helping to organise a protest march and hosting a Radio 5 Live broadcast from our kitchen!

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