REVIEW: Growing Up Without School – Bernice Zieba

This is a really useful and interesting book written by Bernice Zieba, who has home educated some of her seven children for six years. The book covers the different approaches that home educators choose to take and shows that home education can be adapted and suited to the individual needs of your family and child(ren) as well as some ideas for informal learning. A particularly fascinating read are the interviews with other homeschooling families in the United Kingdom (where homeschooling is legal), all with various reasons for home educating and different ways of doing it. The book then moves on

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REVIEW: Schleich Horse Club Collection

Sofia & Blossom Sofia is very creative and good at design; Blossom loves to be looked after by her while Blossom’s owner Anna is away. You can learn more about Sofia and Blossom and their friends in The Horse Club. This is a good way to encourage children to create stories around the horse and their riders, using the prompts given. In harmony with her name, Blossom has delicately painted purple flowers woven into her mane and tail – it’s these little touches with Schleich toys that are such a delight, as there is always plenty to spot and enjoy.

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REVIEW: Teletubbies Stackable Po

The Teletubbies continue to be incredibly popular and with new ranges of toys like this one, we can see why. The Teletubbies Stackable Po is made up of four parts; three stacking parts in the shape of Po and one base piece that the other parts stack on to. The bottom piece is a soft cushion with flower detailing and a pole in the middle which has a lovely gentle chime when it is moved. The largest piece of Po is a soft ring which the feet are on, the plush material has different patterns and there is a bell

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BLOG: 175 Years of Blackgang Chine – Britain’s Oldest Theme Park

Every year my parents used to take us on holiday to the Isle of Wight, up until I was 16. For the last three years I have now been able to take my own family back and share with them all the things we loved as children. One of the most memorable places has got to be Blackgang Chine; Britain’s oldest theme park. When you think of a theme park you often think of the places that are full of huge rides, but this is a proper theme park, with several areas, all with different themes for you to enjoy.

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REVIEW: HABA Music Maker Set

Musical toys aimed at children can occasionally be mildly irritating, need endless batteries and sometimes they don’t have a volume control button. However, this gorgeous music set from HABA is nothing like that! The 12 piece set consists of percussion instruments which are mainly made from wood (from sustainable forests) and have bright and bold colours. In the set you get: A flute, drum, metallophone, 2 beaters, castanets, rainmaker, a rattling stick, a squeaking block, a tinkling block, a block with a bell and a rattling block. This set with mini versions of instruments is a great way to introduce

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