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Art for relaxation

 Art and relaxation Tips and ideas to relax, using art This week is about art and relaxation. I don’t know about you but I think that some relaxation is needed right now! So, here are some ideas for you to give a go, depending on your preference. To be honest all forms of art are […]

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Using Family History Research in Home Education 

Family history (or genealogy) can provide a useful cross curricular focus for home educators. Researching your family history encompasses a wide range of ‘subject’ areas, learning opportunities (or aims) and opportunities to develop a range of skills, within the context that becomes real as it relates to your child’s family.   Language skills: comprehension, reading, […]

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National policy, LA perception of HE, and the Marmite effect

Home education attracts strong opinions, and to use the Marmite analogy ‘it is either loved or hated’.   In the last two decades, there has been a rise in professional, ‘governmental’, and societal concern which displays a lack of understanding and/or supposition about the practice of home education and home educators. Additionally, pronouncements of concern […]

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Lockdown Learning

Lockdown is upon us again. Schools are closed to all but keyworkers and the ‘vulnerable’.   Ordinarily, home educators don’t limit themselves to thinking ‘education happens in the home’. Lockdown, however, puts all parents in a similar position of having their movement outside the home and their social contacts limited. Add to this a need […]

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Keeping records: a few ideas

One of the many characteristics that mark homo sapiens out as different from other animal species is that we think, make, and behave in creative ways. One of those creative memory aids is record keeping.   One thing record keeping appears to do is to assist the human memory and to allow the trust necessary […]

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Presenting home education legal precedents

  Home educating families often ask about ‘case law’, which is correctly referred to as ‘legal precedent’. Legal precedent is a doctrine which comes from the Latin maxim ‘stare decisis et non quieta movere’    which means: ‘stand by what has been decided and do not unsettle the established’     You probably do not […]

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So what about maths and English?

So what about maths and English? Home educating parents often say that there are no set subjects and they are right, but woe betide anyone who takes that literally! This requirement comes from precedent (you might know the term ‘case law’) and the lofty heights of the European Court of Human Rights, but nowhere on […]

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