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The Birthday Helper: teaching boys to share the mental load as men

How I created the role of ‘birthday helper’ and unwittingly taught my boys how to share the mental load. Continue reading The Birthday Helper: teaching boys to share the mental load as men

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Cross-Curricular: Festivals & Cultural Celebrations

A question I often get is how I plan my topics and how I educate my children with their different ages/abilities. So this is a step-by-step guide to my planning process, complete with examples from our current topic: festivals & cultural celebrations, and an explanation on how I make it work for a ‘would be’ Year 1 child and a ‘would be’ Year 3 child. … Continue reading Cross-Curricular: Festivals & Cultural Celebrations

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New Year’s Resolutions with Children

It’s a new year, which is the perfect time to talk about realistic goal-setting with your children. There’s also a global pandemic going on, so realistic is key. 2020 brought a lot of change, our children were thrown into a world of uncertainty which required a certain amount of resilience. It allowed many of us to value the importance of family connections and maintaining our … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions with Children

Christmas 2020: Homemade Gifts

We finished our Christmas topic this week, so I’m spending my evening putting all the work together into a little project book for each of the children. For a semi-structured, mornings only Home Ed family it’s surprising how much ‘work’ we have actually done over the last three weeks! We spent the weekend celebrating the ‘end of term’ with a disco and a mini Christmas … Continue reading Christmas 2020: Homemade Gifts

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Christmas 2020: Jingle Jangle & Santa et Cie [Film Reviews]

If you read our blog Christmas 2020: Traditions & OT, you’ll know that we watched Jingle Jangle and Santa et Cie last week. In true (my) home ed style I had the children write film reviews for each one. This blog is a fun opportunity for the children to practice their typing skills and encourage them to think about the things we watch. While they … Continue reading Christmas 2020: Jingle Jangle & Santa et Cie [Film Reviews]

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Christmas 2020: Traditions & OT

It’s the second week of our seasonal home education topic and we will be looking at Christmas traditions! This week we will be exploring our own family traditions and the history of popular Christmas traditions. If you missed what we were up to last week, you can check out last week’s blog here: This blog post is an overview of my intentions for the week … Continue reading Christmas 2020: Traditions & OT

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Christmas 2020: Songs & Stories

This first week of the Christmas Season we will be focusing on Christmas Songs & Stories. Songs & Stories are part of our normal routine, allowing for a smoother transition into the Christmas season which can be an overwhelming time for some neurodiverse (and neurotypical!) kiddos. I will be using this week to introduce a story and song the boys will perform as part of … Continue reading Christmas 2020: Songs & Stories