Journey into Unschooling

Springtime Adventures

May 28th, 2017 by becki

What a lovely spring we have had :-) The weather at the moment is hot and sunny, but we have had plenty of fun come rain and shine. Here are the highlights ;-)

We have been swimming to our local pool many times. All three children have improved their swimming immensely. Poppy can now swim two widths underwater. Alfie has progressed in both his style and distance. Amber is working towards swimming unaided. We have lots of fun playing with friends in the pool too.

Alfie had a lovely birthday meet at Tamworth Castle Grounds with lots of lovely friends. The sun shone and he had so many lovely cards and gifts.

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The next day was a good opportunity to explore new presents – Lego building, chess playing and crafting :-)

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We took in 5 very elderly chickens from a lady who can no longer look after them, and spent lots of time in the garden looking after them and introducing them to our existing ladies.

 

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We also went to the cinema to see Beauty and the Beast.

The Easter holidays were great fun. We met up with lots of friends, made vegan creme eggs and saw an amazing animal man at our HE group. We learnt so much about lots of different creatures.

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We had a wonderful day out at Calke Abbey NT with the lovely Elliott family, plus Bex and Violet.

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We had a lovely doing scooting, playing and doing gymnastics with Evie and Finn in the Arboretum.

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We made yummy vegan creme eggs and chocolate eggs :-)

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We had a lovely time with friends at our HE group.

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We had a great day at Plantasia with Sarah and Alice. We conquered all the mazes, built a den and had lots of fun playing in the woods.

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We found all the Easter bunnies hiding around Croome Park NT, and found all the ingredients he needed for his baking.

 

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Alfie built Minecraft Lego, we sowed lots of seedlings and did lots of space related science experiments.

 

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We went to the theatre to see an amazing one man show all about science – the Ensonglopaedia of Science. The kids had great fun.

We met lovely friends for a play in the park.

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We had a great time cooking outdoors at our woodland bushcraft meet.

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We were lucky to have an amazing trip away with friends to Windsor. We had a lovely day at Cliveden NT, then spent the night at our favourite YHA, Jordan’s.

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The next day we had a fantastic day of fun at Legoland, culminating in a stay in the fab Legoland Hotel.

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The next day we made great use of their splash pad, swimming pool and Lego pit :-)

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Back home, we had a lovely day at Rosliston Forestry Centre with Charlotte, Katie and Bella.

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We had a great time junk modelling at our HE group.

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And an amazing day at Trentham Gardens for our good friend Francis’s 11th birthday.

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We had a lovely time bug hunting at Wolseley Explorers (despite a tyre blow out – just another learning experience for our HE kids as they watched the AA and mobile tyre fitters at work!)

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We had fun at the library, choosing lots of new books and audio CDs.

Poppy and Amber made some amazing lemon cake and hummus.

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Poppy was glad to be back at her gymnastics class after the Easter break. She has enjoyed going every week, often playing in the park with friends afterwards.

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We had a wonderful day learning all about animals at Peak Wildlife Park.

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We had lots of fun at home after swimming with marble runs.

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We visited the animals at Brockswood Sanctuary with lovely friends.

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We had a great time at Emberton Country Park cycling with Uncle Steve, Aunty Andy, Toby and Bunty :-)

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A lovely time painting canvases.

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We had a lovely time at our HE group making HAMA bead creations.

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Sadly we lost our chicken, Bob, but Amber was a wonderful veterinary nurse.

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We were lucky to have another adventure away with friends, staying at the awesome YHA Ilam – a mansion house set in beautiful NT grounds.

We visited Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood on the way, learning lots about life for children over the years, including climbing a chimney.

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We walked to Dovedale and the stepping stones, and the big kids climbed Thorpe Cloud.

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We had a great time at a triple birthday bash with so many lovely friends.

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An amazing vegan curry night with lots of friends.

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Another lovely session of our bushcraft meet.

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A great time with friends at The Big Play Barn.

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An amazing day outdoor swimming at Bosworth Water.

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Looking back it is amazing how much fun and learning has been going on. So much time spent with friends playing, discovering, growing. These are just the photograph worthy highlights too. Unseen are all the books read, visits to grandparents, imaginative play, crafting, trampolining, animal caring, gaming, and generally learning and growing every single day. What an amazing spring it has been. Bring on the summer :-)

 

Cornwall 2017

April 4th, 2017 by becki

We had a lovely break in Cornwall :-)

We stopped off at Killerton National Trust in Devon on our way down, for a fun but drizzly walk.

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We stayed in a shipping container at YHA Eden Project. It should have been an epic adventure, but was marred by noisy Belgian students causing chaos into the wee small hours, culminating in us shivering on the car park at 1.30am when they set the fire alarm off :-(

Luckily, we all enjoyed a great day at the amazing Eden Project the following day.

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We then travelled to Perran Sands holiday park, where we stayed for a week. It was lovely! We had a brand new caravan (free upgrade!) and were right by the beautiful beach. We had great fun in the pool and flume – and did well in the arcade :-)

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As well as lots of time on the beach, exploring caves and climbing rocks, we went to both an owl sanctuary and  a seal sanctuary.

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We explored Pendennis Castle in Falmouth.

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Then had a lovely spring hunt at Knightshayes Court NT enroute home.

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What a lovely holiday :-)

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Spring Has Sprung!

April 4th, 2017 by becki

We have been so so busy that I hardly know where to start! Springtime means getting outdoors more, lighter evenings and days out in the sun :-) We have had a wonderful holiday, aand lots of fun with friends.

We have enjoyed all our regular activities too. Our gymnastics on a Monday are invariably followed by the park or, if rainy, a play date with friends. This week we had a birthday party for one of our lovely friends :-)

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Our fortnightly Tuesday group provides a chance to try out awesome activities and meet with friends. Our sessions have included canvas painting, making geometric shapes and fabric painting :-) We love this group!

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We have been going swimming with various friends most weeks.

We have had sleepovers and play dates with wonderful friends too.

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We have had lots of fun at our monthly home ed explorers group in the wildlife trust.

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We even went again with friends for more fun :-)

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We have been to Boingzone trampoline park with friends, where Poppy enjoyed challenging the coaches to gymnastics competitions ;-)

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We had an amazing home educators’ session at Flip Out trampoline park.

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We went rock climbing with friends.

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We went bowling with friends.

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We went to Peak Wildlife Park

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We visited an animal sanctuary with friends.

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We had a lovely lunch out and charity shop mooch with Granny and Grandpa.

We spent time with Nanny and Grandad.

We had a great day at a National Trust with Uncle Steve, Aunty Andy and cousin Toby.

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We had a fun day at Enginuity with lots of lovely friends.

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We had a great day at the park with some schooled friends during half term.

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We met other lovely schooled friends at the botanical gardens.

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The local vegan festival was awesome!

 

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We spotted snowdrops at Sunnycroft NT

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We found frogspawn in our local nature reserve.

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We hatched Hatchimals.

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We baked and cooked.

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We did lots of different crafts, jigsaws, role play games, board games, construction, science experiments, went to the library and lots lots more. Here is just a taster!

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A certain boy even turned 11 :-) Happy birthday Alfie! He had a lovely lunch at the Warehouse Cafe.

We also went on holiday to Cornwall. That is another story though ;-)

Winter Wanderings

February 11th, 2017 by becki

Our return to “normality” after the festivities started with Tuesday gymnastics. It was good to see our friends and get back into our routines after the down time of the festive period! We have been every week since, culminating in badge week. Alfie and Poppy got their bronze level fitness awards, and Amber gained level 3 proficiency. They have all decided to take a break over the spring and summer so that they can enjoy their woodland meet up group and playing with friends outdoors.

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We also had a play date with some of our favourite people. Poppy and her bestie M had a great time together, whilst Alfie enjoyed playing Lego Dimensions with the boys, C and F. Meanwhile, Amber and N served us some delightful dishes in their vegan cafe ;-)

We spend a lovely day at Think Tank with more wonderful friends. The Rowland Emmett Marvellous Machines exhibition was captivating for us all, even little V.

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We had a great time getting wet and mucky at HE Exploeres at Wolseley. Paddling in the lake, breaking up shards of ice, observing the wildlife and feeding the waterfowl with lots of lovely friends.

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Poppy was particularly keen to get back to her Monday gymnastics, her favourite time of the week. Afterwards we usually head to the park or a friend’s house to play with all our friends :-)

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Everyone was also glad to get back to our usual weekly swimming once the schools went back. We meet various different friends so have the fun of socialising, as well as exercise!

Another welcome return was to our favourite fortnightly home ed group :-) We had a lovely time junk modelling the first session back. The children’s creations were so imaginative and amazing!

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The next session was clay modelling, again really bringing out the creative side of all three children!

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The last session we attended was weaving and pom pom making. Alfie’s pompom turned out enormous! Poppy knitted a lovely bracelet with sticks. The laser mze that all three children made with their friends was awesome too!

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We had a lovely day at Come Into Play with amazing friends. Poppy found it a novelty that with her and Amber, plus J, R, M and A, there were six girls, and only Alfie to represent the boys! Most of her best friends are boys, but she declared it a novel change to have a girly day ;-)

The next day, meeting other friends at Crash Bang Wallop was a little more balanced, with 4 girls and 3 boys. We barely saw any of the children, as they disappeared off playing maazing games, only returning for food and water!

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We had an amazing day riding the flumes and rapids with friends at Water World.

We had lots of fun rock climbing with lots of HE friends at Rock Up.

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We had a lovely day of tractor and trailer rides, ply and guinea pigs at the National Forest Adventure Farm with lots of lovely friends.

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We spent a lovely day with a group of home educators at Baddesley Clinton NT.

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Another lovely day at Wolseley.

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Several visits to the library

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A lovely day at the park and at a freind’s house.

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A wonderful day with friends at the Big Play Barn.

We had great fun watching the Lego Batman Movie.

We also had lots of fun at home. Two science days, where we did lots of amazing experiments.

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A lot of time spent cooking and baking food for us, making bird cakes, taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. Painting our pottery, sewing, painting and drawing.

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So far, a truly amazing winter :-)

Festive Frolics

January 2nd, 2017 by becki

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We have had a wonderful festive season :-)

There has been lots of special Christmas fun, such as a theatre trip to see George’s Marvellous Medicine with lots of other home educators. A yummy lunch at Cherry Reds with friends first too!

We went to a festive ice rink with lots of friends.

We went to Thomasland Magical Christmas with friends. Well, I went with Alfie and Amber. Poppy went with friends to gymnastics and then to another friend’s house :-)

We went with lots of friends on the Chasewater Railway Santa Special. So much fun! A steam train ride, complete with spotting wild deer, followed by a visit to Santa in his winter wonderland, and a play with friends.

We went to Magical Lanterns at the botanical gardens.

We went to the Christmas tree festival at Lichfield Cathedral, after a bracing walk around Stowe Pool.

We have also been keeping up with our regular activities, such as our two gymnastics classes, and regular swimming with friends at our local pool.

And our Wolseley Home Ed Explorers group.

Our favourite Chase group.

We had a lot of fun at a local soft play for our friend Joseph’s birthday.

We had fun in the park celebrating Marnie’s birthday with play, presents and ice cream :-)

We celebrated Reuben’s birthday at Come Into Play.

We spent a lovely day at Think Tank science museum with friends, learning and having fun :-)

We had fun at the National Forest Adventure Farm with friends.

The vegan Christmas Fayre was great fun ;-)

We caught up with family far and wide over Christmas, meeting up on many occasions for food, present exchanges and to catch up.

We went to a lovely HE Christmas party, and to a Christmas party at a friend’s house.

We had play dates with friends.

We went for walks in the wood.

We explored the botanical gardens.

We made chocolates to give as gifts to friends, crafted homemade cards and decorations.

We had a lovely day at peak Wildlife Park.

We went rock climbing at Rock Up with lots of friends. A chance to practice skills and conquer fears.

We had lots of fun with friends swimming and riding flumes at Water World.

We learnt lots about animals at Wild Zoological Park with friends.

We had lunch with lovely friends.

We went trampolining to Air Space with friends. Poppy loved the Ninja run!

We did crafts, cookery, baking. Poppy has continued drawing more and more amazing pictures. We went to the library, read books, played board games, watched movies.

What a wonderful end to an amazing year.

Roll on 2017 and all the adventures that await :-)

 

 

 

Birthday Fun!

November 13th, 2016 by becki

What an amazing Autumn it has been! After a September and early October full of travels, the rest of October was full of adventures closer to home.

We have been attending Miss Becky’s Monday gymnastics as usual. The new tumble track was an amazing hit!We have lots of fun in the park afterwards too.

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We have been having lots of fun at our fortnightly Chase Group home educators’ meet. Each session is a different topic. This month’s have been cake decorating, indoor den building and papercraft. They always involve lots of fun playing with friends outside too!

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Our monthly meet ups at Jack’s Wood are great fun, and an amazing place to practice bushcraft and campfire cooking skills. We even made some amazing works of art!

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Our weekly Oak Park gymnastics have been lots of fun too, with many new skills being gained and practiced by all three children.

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We have been swimming regularly with friends, and paid lots of visits to the libraries nearby.

We had a great time with friends at Boingzone trampolining centre.

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We had an amazing day at Wonderland with lots of lovely friends.

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The Wildwood Park meet up was lots of fun.

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Alfie and Amber enjoyed learning about and walking alpacas, whilst Poppy and Daddy went out to the cinema.

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We had such a lovely day at Brockswood Animal Sanctuary :-)

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A great day hunting for pumpkins at Canons Ashby National Trust with Uncle Steve, Aunty Andy and cousin Toby.

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We have had lovely play dates with friends, including a sleepover.

 

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We went to an awesome Halloween party at friends’ house.

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An awesome day hunting for clues on the Halloweeen trail at Biddulph Grange NT.

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A tractor and trailer ride and picking our own pumpkins at Essington Fruit Farm. Lots of fun carving our pumpkins and baking with the flesh and seeds too.

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Lunch with Granny and Grandpa. Lots of visits to Nanny and Grandad.

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A day at the vegan festival and Wolverhampton museum and art gallery.

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Land art at our monthly Wolseley HE Explorers group at a beautiful nature reserve.

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Walks in the woods at Pipe Hall Farm.

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Firework fun!

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Two trips to the cinema with friends to see The BFG and Ice Age Collision Course as part of the Into Films Festival.

An amazing birthday party with all our friends for Poppy turning 9 and Amber turning 6 at the National Forest Adventure Farm.

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Family time at Zizzis and in town to celebrate the special birthdays.

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Lots of fun at home too. Celebrating Daddy’s birthday with a birthday cake made by Amber and handmade cards.

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Crafts, play dough, cooking, imaginative play, Numberjacks Mission to Learn.

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Saying goodbye to Humbug after 3.5 years with us. We will miss her. She lost her friend Chestnut just a few weeks earlier, but not before giving her a goodbye hug.

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Autumn Adventures!

October 9th, 2016 by becki

We have been so lucky to have three awesome adventures away from home so far this Autumn. We spent a night at Alton Towers Resort for a close friend’s birthday, 8 days at Golden Sands in Mablethorpe for our family holiday, and 3 nights away with friends at Chessington World of Adventures as an early celebration of Amber’s 6th birthday. We are all worn out but have had so many amazing experiences and adventures together!

We started the month of September off with a lovely day out with some schooled friends – Sarah, Alica and Saule. We met at Pooley Country Park for a lovely day of picnic, making ladybird homes, scooting and bridge and den building in the woods :-)

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We also had lots of fun cooking st home.

 

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Alfie and I went book bench hunting, and had an explore of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

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Poppy was very glad to get back to her Monday gymnastics class.

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Lots of fun playing in Beacon Park with friends afterwards too.

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We had a lovely meet at Jack’s Wood with amazing friends.

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Followed by Active Gym class for all three children at Oak Park Active Living Centre.

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We had fun swimming with friends, then trying out natural paints Poppy made from plants, mud and other substances.

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We had a lovely play date at our friends’ house.

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A fantastic day at Wolseley Home Ed Explorers.

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Alfie and I found the last book benches over the weekend, as well as a visit to Mr Singh’s pizza parlour and Nanny and Grandad. We also all went to the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery in Coventry for the Lego exhibition, and to explore all the galleries.

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A major milestone occurred that weekend too. Amber lost her first teeth! Not one but two teeth out in the same night!

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Back to gymnastics on the Monday, followed by park fun with friends.

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Tuesday was Chase group, where the topic was gears and pulleys. We enjoyed making our own cardboard gears, as well as playing outside with friends. Later we went to our other gymnastics class at Oak Park.

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The following day was the Tamworth Not Back to School picnic. We had a lovely day with friends, playing in the sunshine :-)

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The next day, Amber made chocolate chip cookies :-)

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We took some to meet up with lots of HE friends at Wildwood Park. We had never been to this park before, but the kids loved it.

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Lots of card making ensued, ready for the birthday of a little girl who is practically family.

 

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We had a wonderful couple of days celebrating Violet’s birthday :-) We started with a day at Peak Wildlife Park.

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Followed by a special birthday dinner, and a night in the resort hotel.

The next day we had a wonderful day at Alton Towers.

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Back home for gymnastics the next day.

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Followed by swimming with friends.

Followed by a day at Hednesford Park with lovely friends – another new park for us.

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We then headed off to Golden Sands holiday park in Mablethorpe for a wonderful family holiday by the sea. We were really lucky with the weather too.

We stopped off at Belton House NT on the way. It had the most amazing adventure playground.

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We had a wonderful time on holiday, and the caravan was really nice. The beach was just across the road, and there was a great arcade for spending all our 2ps. We also all enjoyed the swimming pool with a flume that all the kids (and me!) loved. The weather was perfect for kite flying too.

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The sand train to Mablethorpe town beach was fantastic. It even took us into the water!

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We had a lovely time at Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary.

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A fantastic day exploring Tattershall Castle with the audio guide.

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A fantastic time at Natureland Seal Sanctuary, and exploring Skegness, where the girls made a friend on the park on the seafront and played happily for ages. We even fitted in a curry at the local curry house, Khushis.

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We had a lovely day in Lincoln, and explored the medieval bishops’ palace with our audio guides.

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On the way home, we stopped at the Workhouse at Southwell, where we learnt all about workhouse life.

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Home again briefly!

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Back to gymnastics and park with friends.

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A lovely meet up with friends at Jack’s Wood, followed by more gymnastics.

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Then off on our travels again, with a night at YHA Jordans.

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Followed by two days at the Chessington Safari Hotel in a Penguins of Madagascar room for Amber’s early birthday treat with friends.

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What an unbelievably amazing Autumn it has been so far!

Awesome August

September 1st, 2016 by becki

What a wonderful month August has been. Full of sunshine, fun with friends and family, and even my birthday :-) Here are some of the highlights of our home educating adventures this month :-)

We spent a lovely day in Beacon Park with Esther, James, Marnie and Izzy. There was lots of gymnastics practice, and a very friendly cat that got nicknamed C C Castersugar!

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We had a lovely time at a jewellery making workshop at Chase Group, where all three children produced some amazing creations.

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We met the lovely Caroline, Lauren, Tom and Martha at Cannon Hill Park for cycling, hide and seek and tree climbing fun.

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We went book bench hunting with Elaine, Jacob and Jess in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Birmingham Library.

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We had a lovely play date with Miriam, Caleb, Flynn and Niamh.

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Alfie and I went book benching to Blakesley Hall, Solihull and lots of libraraies.

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We spent two days with Uncle Matt and Mei Mei, visiting from Singapore, as well as lots of visits to see Nanny and Grandad.

We had a lovely day at Witley Court with Elaine, Jacob and Jess. We picnicked by the Perseus and Andromeda fountain,explored the ruins and painted rocks :-)

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We had a wonderful meet up at Jacks Wood with lots of lovely HE friends, cooking over the camp fire, making rope swings and decorating the trees with clay faces. There was much excitement when the firefighters (including a female one!) came to put out a fire left smouldering by youths using the woods the previous weekend. The children were fascinated, and they obligingly showed them their thermal imaging camera and explained how it worked.

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We had an amazing science day, doing loads of experiments.

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On my birthday we went to The Warehouse Cafe for lunch and found lots more book benches.

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We spent an amazing day with the Hupfield clan at Ilam Park in the Peak District.

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We spent a lovely day walking the summer adventure trail at Kedleston Hall with Charlotte, Mark, Katie-Rose and Bella

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We made lots of cupcakes and delivered them to Cate’s cake sale in aid of breast cancer support.

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We had another amazing day with friends at Chase Group.

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We had a final lunch at Taybarns with Granny and Grandpa before it closes down for good.

Poppy had her friend Evie to play. Whilst they were jewellery making and drawing upstairs, Alfie, Amber and I had a board game marathon! Our HE meet at the library was cancelled at short notice, so we made a trip to our local library instead,

We spent a lovely day at Coughton Court with Bex and Violet.

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We had a fun playdate with Marnie and Izzy

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A lovely walk around the nature reserve and play date with Caleb, Flynn and Niamh.

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An amazing day at Arley Arboretum with Kate, Clare, Bex and their amazing broods. The boys loved completing the Alice in Wonderland trail, and Poppy made a new HE friend on the playground whom she has since been emailing.

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We went fruit picking with Sally, Julie, Bex and their lovely children. We picked lots of strawberries, plus broccoli, cauliflower and blueberries.

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We had a lovely (if soggy!) bike ride at Emberton Country Park with Uncle Steve, Aunty Andy and cousin Toby.

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At Chase Group we made art using nature, and Poppy played with her friends Jaxon and Aeryn outside.

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We had a lovely time at Shugborough Hall with friends finding the seven secret doors hidden around the gardens.

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We also had lots of fun at home. We collected four new rescue chickens – Rocky Road, Brownie, Dark Chocolate and Firefly.

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We had lots of fun at home making cards, doing jigsaws, playing board games, reading, watching Inside the Factory documentaries, playing in the garden and rollerskating and pogoing!

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What an amazing summer :_) Now for our favourite month of all – September!

Jolly July

July 31st, 2016 by becki

July started with a fabulous (if rainy!) meet up of the Wolseley Explorers. We had lots of fun with Hapa Zome (pounding leaves and flowers onto cloth with a hammer to make amazing patterns). It was great exploring which flowers and leaves gave the best effects. Some beautiful creations! It was lovely to walk around the nature reserve and see how the baby birds had developed.

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We spent three very happy Mondays of July at gymnastics class, followed by our weekly Beacon Park playdate with lovely friends :-)

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We had a lovely time at our fortnightly Tuesday meet ups at Chase Group.

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We had great fun cooking on the campfire, playing with Sidney and playing with friends at our monthly Jacks Wood meet up.

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We spent an amazing couple of days camping with friends at YHA Wye Valley. The children had never been camping before, and were really excited to sleep in the bell tent. We cooked our dinner over an open fire, toasted marshmallows and generally ran wild :-) We also visited Goodrich Castle and Puzzle Wood :-)

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We spent two lovely days playing at Cannock Chase stepping stones with different friends.

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We went to the cinema twice – to see The Secret Life of Pets, and Finding Dory. Both were fantastic.

We spent some time at Forge Mill Farm.

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We went swimming with friends twice, and Poppy perfected her underwater forward rolls ;-)

We spent an amazing day with friends at Peak Wildlife Park.

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We swam in the rain with friends at Ravenhill Lido

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We spent a lovely day at Wightwick Manor NT with friends, completing the trail and exploring the grounds.

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We had fun at the Bloxwich Library Meet.

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We spent the day with Nanny on her birthday, and called into Stone Cross Library to see the book bench there as part of the Big Read trail.

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We met friends at the Mad Hatters Tea Emporium for afternoon tea.

We went fruit picking with friends at Essington Fruit Farm.

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We found more book benches at Aston Hall with friends.

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As well as lots of getting out and about, seeing friends and doing lots of activities, we also spent time at home.

We baked treats for Nanny’s birthday.

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We made birthday cards using our new card scoring and embossing equipment.

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We made two plaster of paris holders for the test tubes in our new chemistry set.

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We spent a day doing lots of experiments with our chemistry set, and did some on other days too.

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We did lots and lots of cooking – both old favourites and experimenting with new recipes.

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We collected three new rescue chickens – Bramble, Chestnut and Smoky. We have been busy treating them for scaly leg mite. Sadly Bramble died after a prolapse, despite an operation to try and hold her insides in. It has been very sad, especially as Matilda, 2 years free, is also very ill indoors in the hospital cage. The chickens have been taking up a lot of our time with their specialist care, but we give that time gladly.

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There has been lots of playing too. Alfie is also loving the Great Fire of London Minecraft map – and learning so much along the way.

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Jubilant June

July 2nd, 2016 by becki

June started with a lovely day out with Bex and Violet. What a great way to start our 30 days Wild challenge! Starting off at the farm, we walked around Forge Mill Lake and RSPB reserve, spotting a heron and all sorts of different wild birds and water fowl.

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Back home, we tended to our own poorly chicken, Buckbeak, who, despite an operation at the vets to stitch in her prolapse, and lots of antibiotics and TLC from nurse Amber, sdaly passed away a couple of days later.

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We had a lovely play date with Jacob and Jess.

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A lovely splash in the stream and picnic with friends at Streetly Gate in Sutton Park. We saw another heron, lots of wild Exmoor ponies (and not so wild cows!) and had fun both climbing trees and making clay faces on them.

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We had a fun day at the library, out for lunch and buying new sunglasses. Amber made a start on her Father’s Day card for Daddy.

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We spent a fantastic day at Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood. There were so many goslings! We built dens in the woods, explored the museum and Alfie and I completed a trail around the old hall.

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We had a lovely time at gymnastics class, then playing in the park with friends.

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We had great fun at Chase Group hand sewing bunting and playing with friends outside, followed by a visit to Nanny and Grandad.

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We went swimming with friends.

We went to an amazing farm day where the children got to groom rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and donkeys, feed the animals and pond dip.

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We had great fun paddling in the river with friends at Wolseley Wildlife Trust

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Alfie got to meet his adopted alpaca Tailwind at Charnwood Forest Alpacas.

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Amber had fun at Alison’s 21st birthday party.

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Alfie and Amber planted their cress seeds from the farm.

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More fun at gymnastics and at Jarvis’s 7th birthday party afterwards.

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We had a great meet up with HE friends at Jack’s Wood.

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Followed by a visit to Nanny and Grandad.

We went swimming with friends again, and spent time making cards and presents for Daddy for Father’s Day. We also looked after poorly Sonic the hen, who sadly joined Buckbeak at Rainbow Bridge.

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A lovely day of bouncing around with friends at Flip Out trampoline park.

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Fun with friends at Cannock Chase.

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Alfie, Amber and I went to the wildlife festival in Birmingham, then for lunch at Cherry Red’s.

The next day Poppy, Amber and I went to circus themed Pugfest.

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Yet more gymnastic and park fun.

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The big Chase HE picnic :-) Amber made some beautiful glass lanterns.

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Solstice fire

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Snow tubing with friends. It was great fun – I had a few goes too ;-)

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Charlecote Manor NT with Granny and Grandpa.

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Sutton Park stream fun with friends, including dam building.

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Library and visiting Nanny and Grandad.

Brownhills canal festival, followed by pub lunch and park. Alfie and Amber had fun rowing on the canal :-) Jam tart making later.

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Yet more gymnastics and park fun.

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Looking after Nanny, and a fun HE meet up in the Arboretum, including braving the chilly splash pad.

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A wet cycle ride at the Wheelie Workshop, and donating a bike and scooter. Making lemon curd and garlicky pasta with roasted tomatoes.

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A fun day with friends at Water World. Alfie and Poppy spent most of their time on the rapids and flumes with friends :-)

Flaming June it was not, but we had an amazing month anyway :-)

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