This Homeschooling Life #2

Welcome back to the 2nd This Homeschooling Life link up, a place where home educating bloggers can link up posts on the things they have been doing over the month to give each other, and anyone else interested, a little insight into the things they do.

The last month has been a bit different for us due to going away twice in the first half then not having a car for the second half. Not having a car where we live in a bit of a problem, not so much because we are remote, there is a high street with some shops, but there aren’t any home ed meet ups in the town where we live so we’ve missed some of the ones we had started going to. Luckily the weather has been nice though so there has been lots of playing in the garden and lots of crafting / art activities at home.

We had a great time on our two trips away, the first was to stay on ‘The Majestic Bus‘, an old Bedford bus that had been renovated into a living space.

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The kids learnt how to make fire and fell asleep counting the stars in the sky, visible through the windows in the roof. It was a great taste of how simple life can be and we are all now craving it. I would actually love to go and live on this bus although I might need to take it somewhere a bit warmer 😉

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On the way home we stopped off at Dismaland as we had managed to get tickets, there were certain parts we didn’t take Cherry in as we didn’t feel they were suitable but she loved walking around the rest of it and asked lots of questions.

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Our second trip away was to Lake Windermere in the Lake District, it is unbelievably gorgeous up there and we were so lucky with the weather. The kids even got to paddle in the lake one day.

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We went to visit a National Trust place called Wray Castle during our time there, if you are ever in the area then I would definitely recommend it as it was so good for kids. They had two rooms full of props and fancy dress as well as a little wooden castle stage. They also had a crafting room, one where you could draw, build a foam brick castle and a stone wall, in fact I’ve never come across a NT place so geared towards kids which was great.

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Then over the last couple of weeks we’ve been doing lots of activities at home. We did start back at Fun Science which Cherry loves, the first session was all about air pressure and we did some fun experiments then the kids got to make a barometer to take home. Cherry was doing the experiments with a couple of older boys and I always love the way they all work so nicely together, age isn’t an issue.

One of the reasons we decided to homeschool was because we didn’t feel like mainstream schooling would suit Cherry, she is a really creative learner and I knew putting her into such an academic environment wouldn’t be enjoyable for her. She is making progress with learning to write, all at her own pace, but she will only manage a few minutes before asking to do some painting or crafting which she will then do for hours. She comes alive when doing it too which is always lovely to see.

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Tiger usually does it for a few minutes before getting bored, his favourite part is squeezing the paint out onto a plate!

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We’ve learnt about the five senses this month and talked about the different taste sensations.

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Cherry has also been making lots of things, she quite frequently asks to do something crafty when I haven’t planned anything so I usually just get everything out and she then sits down and decides what to make. This was a caterpillar…

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And as Halloween / Day of the Dead get closer we’ve been doing lots of themed crafts and activities. We made these sugar skull pizzas the other day out of pitta breads and tomato puree.

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Then these dangling Hama Bead eyeballs which we also combined with learning about the different parts of the eye. I showed Cherry how pupils change size by holding my eyes shut then opening them with her watching. She loved that!

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And some sugar skull bunting too, Cherry spent hours making these and got through two whole packs of the foam skulls (£1 from Hobbycraft).

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Then lastly there has been lots of playing, I know there is nothing surprising about that as kids love to play but I wanted to add it in as it’s an important part of what we do. We don’t have set times for learning or playing, they are free to play whenever they choose so if we are doing an activity and they get bored then it’s no problem for them to get up and do something else.

I’ve really enjoyed watching the games they play develop too, Cherry typically leads them then they both do the same thing but one with dolls and one with cars (they’ve always had all toys on offer but have just steered towards those!).

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They’ve been playing with these Plus Plus Bricks a lot too, I hadn’t heard of them until recently but they make a nice change from normal bricks.

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So that is a rather long round up of what we’ve been doing this month!

Now for the linky…

This Homeschooling Life is a linky for you to share either a week, a day or just a moment from your life as a homeschooling family. We are hoping it will be a really nice way to discover new blogs and learn how we all do things differently. 
The linky will open at 8am on the first Monday of every month and throughout the rest of the month the hosts will share your posts on their social media channels. 
 
The Hosts:
Adele who blogs at Circus Queen
Laura who blogs at Side Street Style
Polly who blogs at Enchanted Pixie
Jess (me) who blogs at Along Came Cherry and Let’s Do Something Crafty
 
The Rules:
 
1. Link back to one of the hosts. You will find the code for the badge at the bottom or if you prefer you can use a text link.

2. Link up a post from your month, no more than 3.
 
3. Link directly to a specific post, not your main blog.
 
4. Follow the hosts on at least one of their social media platforms.
 
5. Visit and comment on some of the other blogs linking up.
 
6. If you share on social media then you can use the #thishomeschoolinglife so we can all find each other.
This Homeschooling Life

 

 



  1. it looks like you managed a great deal and you have had amazing adventures. the majestic bus trip we would love to try looks so enchanting!

  2. Jacqui

    5 October

    Oooh that bus looks amazeballs!
    And I love the sugar skull pizza – I shall be borrowing this idea for my son – thank you 🙂

  3. Donna

    5 October

    I love this insight into Cherry’s education and really Tiger’s education has started too. It looks just like an extension of learning through play and I’m sure Cherry will learn so much but have fun too x

    • Jessica Cherry

      6 October

      Thanks Donna, yep that’s exactly what we are doing really. They lead the way and we combine some learning into it 🙂 x

  4. Claire

    5 October

    Look slike you had a fab month! Its months like this that make me fully appreciate how lucky we are to be homeschoolers! Thanklyou so much for hosting, it’s great to have a home school linky!!

    • Jessica Cherry

      6 October

      Totally! I as so happy when the schools went back as we could still go away but it meant everywhere was quiet! x

  5. Adele

    5 October

    You have been so busy!! I forgot that you were away that much. Love all the crafts you’ve got up to as well. Most of our art and craft stuff is accessible to the kids, which leads to amazing creations sometimes…and a lot of mess… The tasting thing is such a good idea. There’s a fun tasting activity like that in AtBristol too.

  6. polly

    6 October

    that bus!! SO jealous 😉 looks like you’ve had a busy month – love to see all the crafts you do!

  7. Arlo loves all things construction, and we got him plus plus bricks at Christmas last year. I like that they are nice and portable too – can’t say the same for most other construction kits!

    • Jessica Cherry

      10 October

      They really are fab, mine love sorting them out into colours too 🙂 x

  8. I really love reading these posts Jess and finding out the kind of activities you do with the kids. I find it really interesting. x

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