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Check out these free sites I found where you can explore the wonderful world of science!

This list below has links to sites from Preschool through to 12th Grade:

Teaching Pre School Science – a free science curriculum for early childhood (PreK-K)

Learning A – Z – you need to sign up to their free membership to view their units and download freebies (K-2)

Paso Partners – two-volume curriculum and resources guide developed by Paso Partners – a partnership of three public schools, an institution of higher education, and SEDL specialists. (K-5)

4-2-ExploreThis looks like a super little site with an A-Z directory of earth science, life science, physical science and air/space science topics. Each topic links to a lesson and includes links to videos and animations, PLUS loads of fun Experiments! (K-6)

MS Nucleus – Includes Curriculum lessons in Life Cycle, Applied Science, Universe Cycle, Water Cycle, Rock CyclePlate Tectonic Cycle. (K-6)

Biology 4 Kids – Cells, Microbes, Plants, Vertebrates, Invertebrates, Animal Systems (K-6). They also have Chem 4 KidsPhysics 4 KidsCosmos 4 Kids and Geography 4 Kids. (K-6)

Classic Science Life – a 36 week Life Science Textbook with Parent Copy!! (K-6)

Kids Biology – This site offers colourful free lessons in Human BiologyAnimals and Biology 101 The Basics. (K-6)

Kids Geology – This is in a similar format to Kids Biology above, offering Inside the Earth, Earth, Rocks & Land FormsIntro to ErosionExamine the Soil and Erosion by Water Processes. (K-6)

Design Squad – Hands-on activities and videos, including pdf downloadable workbooks. (Grades 3-6)

MS Nucleus (Secondary) – Physical ScienceHuman BiologyMath Integration into Science SubjectsEarth Science and Biological Science. (Secondary School)

Science Workbooks – Here you will find a looooong list of science workbooks!! (Grades 6-8)

CK12 Flexbooks – This site has guide books for Math (Grades 1-5, Arithmetic, Measurement, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry, Calculus, Analysis), Science (Grade K-5, Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics), English (Writing and Spelling) and other subjects like Engineering, Technology, Astronomy, History (US), Health. 

Guest Hollow Free High School Curriculum & Physiology Curriculum – Some of this is still free, but I noticed that they have updated their curriculum, which you can view here. (Grades 9-12)

Khan AcademyYou can learn subjects like MATH, Science and Engineering, Computing, Arts & Humanities, Economics & Finance. So it’s not just a maths help site anymore!! (Grades 9-12)

MIT Open Courseware – For students and teachers (parents in our case!!) (High school 9-12)

Teach Engineering – STEM curriculum for K-12.

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Positive & Negative Numbers Free Printable

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Troy and I have been revising positive and negative numbers these past two weeks and I thought I would put together a printable poster for him, just to help him remember the basic rules!

In actual fact, these rules are carried right through to the completion of his maths studies and beyond, so getting to grips with them NOW will save a whole lot of hassle later.

I have included my FREE Positive & Negative Numbers Printable here for you to download too! I hope you find it useful.

Well, that’s literally all today, just wanted to share my freebie with you guys!

Have a safe and blessed weekend ahead!!

Happy home schooling…

 

English High School Curriculum

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I have been looking for a decent English curriculum for Troy (11 years old) for our home school daily schedule. I think I have just found what I’ve been looking for!!!

I came across this website called Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool which is a Christian-based site offering a FREE curriculum for homeschoolers in ALL subjects!! WOW!

The one I’m mostly interested in is their extension site called Easy Peasy All In One High School English-8 for Troy’s English lessons! It looks achievable and simple to follow too. Each day is set out for you. Just follow the instructions for each English subject for each day and click on the links provided. Easy Peasy.

If you are looking for a good solid and free curriculum, I can honestly recommend that you check out their site. Even if you don’t want to use the full curriculum, you can choose subjects that pertain to you from the drop down menu on the right hand side of their pages.

Happy Homeschooling!

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Home Education – the rules

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Okay, so you’re thinking about home education. In case you were wondering, YES it is LEGAL to home educate your child in the UK. So long as you follow some very simple rules, you can start on your home school journey today!!

UK: If you go onto the Gov site they walk you through what needs doing first.

  1. You must write a letter to your child’s head teacher, explaining that you are removing your child from the school roll (deregistration). You do not have to explain yourself. But you do need to inform them that your child will not be returning to the school. (You cannot send your child to school some of the time. He/she will be removed permanently).
  2. The school will then inform the council. The council  will then contact you at some future point for an informal discussion regarding your child’s educational needs and what you are planning to do, or have been doing with him/her. You do not need to follow the national curriculum or enrol into a Home School school. All you need to provide is a reasonable education plan. However, if the officer feels that your child is not being given a substantial education, then he/she can serve a ‘school attendance order‘ and insist your child returns to school. This can include prosecution and/ fines.
  3. If your child has special educational needs, all you need to tell the council is that him/her has special education needs and that you want to educate him/her at home. You only need to tell them if your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  4. To find out what the council in your area can help you with in terms of home education, click this link, enter your post code and follow your local council’s directions.

More reading:

  1. Home Education FAQ – this is a super website packed with some awesome information so it worth your while taking a look. Some of the links don’t work, but I think all the information is up to date.
  2. Elective Home Education Guidelines – This is the Gov.UK site’s info for local authorities. The Revised Funding Guidance For Home Educated Children may be interesting to some!! Families home educating children with special needs may be eligible for funding! And some local authorities may be able to provide financial support for examination fees!! (No 9 in the guide).
  3. School Science for all ages – this is a super site!! Packed with science based activities you’ve got to include in your home school curriculum. Brought to you by the Association for Science Education.
  4. BBC Learning – which includes Bitesize. Bitesize has comprehensive primary and secondary revision pages for all subjects. This was one of our favourites when my daughter was doing her IGCSE revision.
  5. Education Otherwise – This is a site that provides support and guidance for those considering home education or those in home education already. They have some handy sample letters which you can use for de-registering your child, as well as some other ones which you may find useful. They don’t have resource downloads that I could see, but do have an Amazon link to buy products for home education.
  6. Home Education Advisory Service HEAS – this is a website with lots of information for new home schoolers, but they do ask for a £16 annual subscription fee. However, there is still some reassuring information available on their site which you can access for free.
  7. Free Poster  – promote home education in the uk! Download and print off this free poster provided by Home-Education.Org.

Well, I hope I have given you some valuable information and reassurance that HOME EDUCATION is an alternative to main stream school and shouldn’t be anything to be scared or nervous of.

If you would like more information about deregistering your child, or just general information about home education in the UK, please feel free to contact me and I will try and assist you where I can!!

Please like / share / follow my page to spread the word, so more families feel confident to make the leap into the adventure that is HOME EDUCATION!!

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The How’s & Why’s of Home School

(Feed Our Life is a participant in the Amazon Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites)

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Today I wanted to touch on the initial idea of home education. Many families are turning to home schooling for whatever reasons.

It may be that your child requires extra one-on-one tuition, which a main stream school cannot provide. It may be that your child has special needs, which are being neglected in main stream schools. It may be that your child is neglected in class because of large numbers or disruptive students. Or it may be that your child is being bullied. This is one of the reasons why we decided to in-school our two children three years ago.

Coming from a primary school in South Africa, both my children were used to discipline and order in their classes. When they returned to school in the UK in 2015, they BOTH experienced disorder, disruption and unsympathetic teachers. After several trips to the head teachers’ office, my husband and I decided that we were gaining nothing out of it. We were met with excuse after excuse. Our son was in a primary school not far from our home, and our daughter had been enrolled at an all-girls’ school in the next town. And BOTH schools appeared to have a no care attitude to our plight. So after a couple of weeks of pure misery coupled with the HOPE that the bullying would go away, we decided to remove them both and take on their education ourselves!

I did some research to ensure we used the correct un-schooling procedure (to be discussed in a subsequent post). I also read some books on the subject, which I found helpful and reassuring. (I will give you the links to those two books below).

One thing is for sure, do some research. Make sure you are honest with yourselves as a family. It is obvious that at least one parent must remain at home with the children. In our case, my husband works from home and I am very lucky in that there is no desperate need for me to go out and work. So for us, it was a no-brainer. But if you think that living on a one-parent income will be too difficult, then you will need to reconsider. There is nothing worse than living the home-schooling ‘dream’ only to find yourselves in financial dire straits, not to mention the added stress and pressure on the family unit. But if you are financially sound and can afford to do it, then DO IT!!

You also DO NOT need to be a teacher or have a swanky degree to be able to teach your kids! (Okay, I have a Law degree but I’m no teacher!!) Anyone can home educate their kids. All you need is LOVE, patience (sometimes in bucket-loads) and help with resources, curriculums and learning. We had some hiccups along the way, with not knowing what curriculum to use for Troy, our then eight year old, but I managed to ‘freestyle’ it until we found a more stable day-to-day learning strategy to follow. I will give you more info on how we do it in subsequent posts. For Skye, our teen, we followed the Oxford Home Schooling curriculum, and she completed her IGCSE courses last year. You will find a review on their services in a subsequent post. She is now sixteen years old and in her first year studying with the Open University, studying towards her Environmental Science Degree. Yes, you did read that right. She is sixteen. And no, she hasn’t done her A-Levels. The Open University doesn’t require them for access to their degree courses, unlike other main stream universities! I will speak more about this in subsequent posts too!!

But for now, if you are considering home education, and as long as you have your child’s best interests at heart, then go for it!! You will be pleasantly surprised!! Your children only have so much time with you in their lifetime (and yours). Time is a precious commodity and spending most of our time with our kids is a blessing!! If they are at school everyday, and you’re at work everyday, those missed hours don’t get given back to you. (Okay, you can tell I’m rather passionate about this time-thing!)

So, if you are thinking about going down the home schooling route, and want to do some research, there are plenty of websites and blogs online for you to page through. There are also these two books that I found very informative, and recommend anyone considering home education, to have a read.

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