Reflections on Education and what it means to Prepare Kids for their World


September 2017

Book Revisit 006 – Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett & Caroline Jayne Church

It is green all year round in this part of the world but we are mindful that for family and friends in the Northern Hemisphere Autumn has come. Leaf Trouble is book I bought for JMW so we could remind... Continue Reading →


Book Revisit 005 – Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

We love animals at the Learning Lab. This lovely book on Sunny the Meerkat continues to make us smile. The beautiful illustrations of the postcards Sunny sends back to his family while on his search for the 'Perfect' Home is... Continue Reading →

Home Education and Socialization

In the early years of our Home Schooling journey, more often than not; I found myself being posed the question "what about the social needs of children? They would not have the chance to interact with their peers if they... Continue Reading →

Home Educating in the Digital Age

Online Education was always something I knew my children would progress into when we started homeschooling during the primary years. I had watched Salman Khan, the voice behind Khan Academy lessons on a Ted Talk video and learnt about the... Continue Reading →

Book Revisit 004 – War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

I watched the film version by Steven Spielberg with the same title. It was such an engaging film that I just sat and watched the credits right up the end; thinking about the story. It was then I realised that... Continue Reading →

Learning is for Life and it Begins at Home

Homeschooling has it's perks. No uniform to iron, minimum hair length to adhere to and no school runs. For my kids it's probably being able to sleep more in the mornings, reading comics during break time and having snacks in... Continue Reading →

Book Revisit 003 – Harry’s Home by Catherine & Laurence Anholt

We found 'Harry's Home' amongst a pile of withdrawn books from our local library in the UK more than 10 years ago. This was one our favourites. It is a beautifully illustrated book which tells about Harry whose home is... Continue Reading →

Deconstructing Education

As a parent, I can't help but be passionate about Education. I don't mean just their academic qualifications but beyond that. They are after all 'not brain on sticks'; to quote Sir Ken Robinson whom I heard once during a... Continue Reading →

Book Revisit – 002

Engaging with someone different from oneself can be a daunting experience, but not for the main characters of Clive King's Barney and Stig in Stig of the Dump. Both come from different cultures, worlds and periods. Barney from the modern... Continue Reading →

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