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This HomeSchooling Life

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This week has been an exciting time for us and many others, as my Facebook has been flooded with "back to school" photos we have been celebrating our "not going back to school" journey as Mr A will be 5 in two weeks time and we have for now opted to enjoy an extended period at home. There are many reasons for doing this but mainly it's because it suits where we are in our life at the moment, Mr A is enjoying this intrinsic way of learning, has a great group of friends and we are all learning so much a long the way. We have not ruled out a more traditional route in the future but at the moment we are very happy with our decision even if it means less free time and the house is a bit messier but you only live once so make it a good one is our ethos.

Monday is also fast becoming my favourite day of the week as the first Monday of the month myself and three beautiful bloggers Adele, Polly and Jessica, who have also chosen to school their children at home are going to be hosting #TheHomeSchoolingLife linky where we will be sharing what we have been getting up to at home, learning and all our adventures and would love you to join in.

ince the schools have gone back we enjoyed a day picking our own raspberries at a local Pick your own farm, this opened up to talks about nature, life cycles, how things grow as well as counting. The farm also has a corn maze which Mr A loved and we all needed to put our solving caps on. Throughout the maze are castles which have stamps, we needed to collect all the stamps to get a little prize at the end, which Mr A was delighted at.

We also aim to do a little bit of workbooks each day, this usually happens in the morning after breakfast as Mr A seems to be the most happy to sit down and do "proper" work as he would call it. During this more formal time we focus on Maths and English, after that we usually head outdoors or enjoy making a craft, The afternoons are often spent learning about something Mr A has an interest in, we have a couple of Kids encyclopaedias he loves going through with current favourites are Dinosaurs, Medieval times, Komodo dragons and learning about different flowers we come across on our daily walks.

We made a castle and cannon craft this week as well as worked on some Maths skills

If you have opted to have your children learning at home then come and join in with our 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

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 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. I'm so excited about this linky! I hope it will be a great success and a fun place for home schoolers to share! Thankyou so much for hosting!

    1. Thats great news Claire....looking forward to seeing what you get up to each week

      Laura x

  2. This is really interesting to read. I never considered the home schooling approach with working in a school but all children do learn differently and it good that you can cater for your child's learning needs.

  3. I've never been home schooled but it can be good for some people.

  4. I love the idea of letting kids learn through a much more enjoyable experience. x

  5. I love picking fruit - it brings back childhood memories! :)

  6. Wow what a great idea of a linky. I am going to be keeping an eye on this as I am thinking about the option of homeschooling for Boo (she is only 20 months at the minute so a way off yet.)

  7. Interesting linky and read. I miss going to farms where you can pick your fruit and vegetables. Sounds like Mr. A had a great day.

  8. Pick your own! I really wanted to do that this year. I think we'll be foraging for blackberries instead. It's interesting how fascinated kids are with nature, isn't it? Talitha has been the one to get me wondering what different flowers are called.

  9. I have to admit I really admire those who home school, I didn't get on in school myself and think this a great alternative. x

  10. I would love to be able to home school but working full time it is more or less impossible. It looks like you are having so much fun x

  11. This Enchanted Pixie was one of the first parenting blogs I ever read and since then, my partner and I have been discussing homeschooling for our little girl. We've got a few years to decide yet as she's still so young but it's definitely an option for us! I will be checking in to read all of your posts and hopefully, it will help us make the best decision in the future. Xx

  12. Oh wow, I never knew you had blogger friends who also home school, how brilliant x

  13. I would love to homeschool my youngest, we have embarked on a totally different journey to the one I had with my teenager. I still have a couple of years to decide what's best and to convince my husband that it's a good idea.

  14. Home schooling sounds fantastic. I wish I had the dedication to do it with my children.

  15. This is a really great post. I'm hoping to give Oscar a home education so it's fab to see how other people manage their time effectively. It's been a big help, thank you :)

    Louise x

    With love from Lou

  16. Excited to see the linky. Jack is in traditional schooling but I've always been interested in home schooling.

  17. I toyed with the idea of home schooling but it's not for me. I think it can bring a great quality to life to home school. Lots of luck with it all. And we were at hendrewennol yesterday!

  18. Really looking forward to reading more of your journey! Although Max won't be home schooled I know other children that have and have really benefited from it.

  19. Great linky, I'm looking forward to reading more posts. I love seeing how people home school their children.

  20. I think the linky is such a great idea, there is so much stigma around homeschooling so I think it is a good way to give people an insight into homeschooling families. I wish I could homeschool my children later, but I just think I don't have the patience for it.

  21. The raspberry picking looked amazing! I love spending so much time outdoors too, the kids love it and would happily spend all their time out there if they could! So exciting to follow everyone's journey x

  22. We homeschooling also and actually started a couple of weeks ago so we can take off more time in the cooler weather. Raspberry picking, how fun! Love your beautiful pics! I also love Mondays! My husband usually has off and we love doing things together when everyone else us at work or school. Can't wait to join your link party!! Linking up with you at #Saturdaysharefest :)

  23. We had fun raspberry picking back in the summer too, I must say we didn't collect nearly as many as you eating post as we went and then the kids were side tracked by all the play area things! A big decision to home school but if you have the time and patience i bet it is very rewarding, I'll watch your journey with interest and do remember to keep linking your outdoor learning with #Country Kids.


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