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.
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.
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?
Bin Dive #1 We visited a large supermarket chain at 8pm on a Wednesday to find a nice old lady already rummaging through the bins. We loitered patiently in the car park waiting for our turn. After she had already taken three carrier bags full of fruit & veg we still were able to take […]Read More Our First Week of Bin Diving for Van Food
The Oxford Dictionary offers the definition of the word ‘curriculum’ as the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college. Have you ever wondered what this word means? Where does it come from? Who creates a curriculum? Why do we need one? When I first asked myself this question, I thought I […]Read More What is a Curriculum Anyway?
Usborne Wipe-Clean Books, Pen Control & First Letters, £4.99. For ages 3 yrs plus. Ideal resource for learning on the road. We were gifted a couple of these books from family before setting off on our travels. Each book offers 22 fun, colourful pages, that children can either choose to complete the set exercises or […]Read More Children’s Usborne Wipe-Clean Writing Books.
We spent two blissful weeks with our campervan in Rome, two small children (and a dog!) Found an idyllic free park up with free water, public toilets and shady trees, a 15 minute walk from the Spanish Steps (visit our patreon page for detailed write up). Our ethos for this part of our travels was […]Read More Top 10 Things to do in Rome, with a Small Budget and Young Children.
We tend to give big cities a bit of a wide birth with our tribe of two under fives, puppy and a long wheelbase van to park, preferring wide open spaces and outdoor nature play. However when we heard Aveiro described as the Venice of Portugal we just couldn’t bring ourselves to drive past without […]Read More A Free Family Friendly Day Out In Aveiro, Portugal.
We love the freedom, individuality and creativity that unschooling allows. However I am quite sure that it doesn’t suit every child or family, this is not an attempt to convert anyone over to our way of thinking. This is list of answers, with some beautifully written quotes that we use to fend off those awkward […]Read More Our Top 6 Favourite Answers to Those Awkward Questions about Unschooling.