Our family home school adventure has currently got us parked up in the campervan in Normandy, France. We have been lucky enough to be shown the sights by our friend Carl, who is a wealth of local knowledge and history. Carl invited us for a fun day with the ponies at his friend’s riding school, […]Read More Unschool Learning; Ponies, Dragons & Fairy Tales in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, North France.
Our unschool family adventure in Normandy, began with hunting tanks. We figured as difficult as the concept of war is to talk about with young children we could not visit Normandy without taking the opportunity to learn about it. We visited the memorial de montormel museum, near Chambois. Showing the children the tanks, photos and […]Read More Unschool Learning, Tank Hunting & The Second World War in Normandy.
On March 20th we celebrated Ostara under a super worm moon, in the overgrown walled garden of an 18th Century convent. We went for a walk, listened to bird song, painted eggs, gathered bunches of Daffodils and spring flowers. We built a huge Bonfire with the wood we have been helping to clear from the […]Read More Ostara & Full Moon Celebration For Children.
The thing I love most about travelling Europe in a campervan as a family is the random encounters with magical people. We never have a plan. We wait and see what each day offers. On New Year’s Eve we were driving around Normandy pondering how we wanted to celebrate the turning of the year. We […]Read More Campervan Family New Year’s Eve Party in Normandy; New Friends, Music and Mud Slides.
We landed in Normandy as a family in our campervan between Christmas and New Year, determined to travel south slow, save money and learn new skills. Winter is the perfect time for a campervan family to learn new skills. Even in the most southern parts of Europe living on the beaches or in the forest […]Read More Campervan Family Winter Volunteering in Normandy.
Fork flowers, a Pinterest favourite discovered by our small people when doing their own research about what ‘school work’ they’d like to do. The children spotted the pictures on Pinterest and before I’d finished my cuppa had whirled around grabbing an old blanket, paper, paints and the most curious collection of kitchen equipment you’ve ever […]Read More Unschool Learning, Fork Paint Flowers.
Personally I don’t like the idea of flashcards, I don’t find them hugely inspiring. One thing my daughter and I do agree can be inspiring is Pinterest. We are slightly hooked. A regular moment that has developed in our unschool journey together is snuggling up in the evening, skimming through Pinterest for any new activities […]Read More Unschool Learning, Creating Number Flashcards.
One of the best things about Unschool is you never know where the learning will take you. One day recently in Greece, it rained. The children were so excited as they hadn’t seen rain for so long they dashed out and stomped in the puddles. All that week we had been reading a french story […]Read More Unschool Learning, Ancient History, Rain Clouds & Clay.
We have a very relaxed, real world approach to learning about letters and numbers. Our favourite way to get outdoors, explore, meet people and learn whilst travelling with little ones is a letter and number hunt. Pack some essentials in a backpack (always a winner for our dora-explorer-wannabees!) get your walking shoes on and get […]Read More Un-School Learning, Real World Letter & Number Hunt.
The Autumn Equinox (around the 23rd September) is a time of balance, where the hours of day light and night are equal in length. The Sun has positioned itself exactly above the equator between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. When you live a lot of the year in hot sunshine and subtle season changes it […]Read More What to do with all those Autumn Nature Treasures?