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Choose the Right Stock Image

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Choose the right stock image

Are you looking for beautiful feminine stock photos to add to your blog? Choosing the right stock image can be daunting sometimes but is oh so necessary for visual impact on your post! There are many to choose from, if you just know where to look. Today I will walk you through a list of FREE and PAID stock photo sites that I like.

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Free Stock Image Sites

Basically, free sites, like the ones below, offer up commercially viable images (royalty-free) free for download. They are images or digital creations donated by their designers for others to use for free. Now, at first glance you may not think that these sites have many ‘pretty’ images but you just need to insert appropriate keywords into the search bar and sift through the dodgy pics that come up. Another thing you might notice, is that many of the images are duplicated on the other sites. A major drawback with using free stock images is that hundreds if not thousands of other bloggers may be using these same stock images on their sites. And this is a problem for you if you want to stand out above the rest and be unique. However, if your don’t want to spend money on your images, or just starting out then I’m pretty sure you will find some authentic and unique images for your posts!

Out of the list below, my favorite are Pexels, Kaboompics and Unsplash. (Just click on the name to be directed to their site)
Pixabay
Unsplash
Stocksnap
Kaboompics
Magdeleine
Pexels
Re:splashed
Reshot
Stock Up
Visual Hunt
Getrefe

 

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Paid Sites

Okay, so for those of you who don’t fancy sifting through the ugly pics to find your perfect image, paid sites are most probably for you. This will free up time for you to spend on ideas and content for your site. I have chosen some of my favorite sites that I use. I hope you like them too!

 

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Ivory Mix Styled Stock Photos

Ivory Mix
This is still a little known site but has some very beautiful and feminine stock photos. If you are looking for ‘pretty’ images for your feminine blog, then the stock photos available on Ivory Mix will not disappoint you. As well as paid images, they also provide freebies too, so you could pick up a beauty in the freebie mix too!
Their photos are of a high quality and high resolution, for use on websites and blogs. They also offer a 20% discount to new subscribers off their first purchase! With every set of photos, they include plenty of negative space to allow the overlay of text, perfect for social media. Access to their photos is unlimited once you’re a member. All their images are the perfect size for use with websites, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They add over 75 images each month, so you will never be short of a great choice in beautiful stock photos.

Creative Market
Now, this is a super marketplace for a variety of photos and many other products which you can use within your blog. Check out this pretty image as an example of what you can find on Creative Market: Border frame made of peonies: $5

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Creative Market

(Once you purchase the image, the watermark disappears)
This platform presents handmade designs created by independent designers from all around the world. They are passionate about making beautiful high quality products accessible to everyone! I doubt that you will find any stock photos better than what are available here. Creative Market also has the following products which may interest you:
Graphics – “Choose from more than 520k graphics to use for social media, e-commerce, cards, and web pages. These graphics sets feature apparel mock ups, logos, icons, and themed graphic elements for web and print projects of all kinds.”
Templates – “Choose from over 130k templates to use for designing resumes, business cards, and presentations in Word, PowerPoint, Keynote and more. Choose templates for infographics, web pages, logos, online stores and more.”
Themes – “Search for more than 7,300 themes for business and personal websites, landing pages, and blogs. These modern, feminine, and professional themes can power e-commerce sites, portfolios, and blogging platforms.”
Fonts – “Find over 20k fonts to use in design projects of all kinds for web and print. These font sets feature hand-drawn, brush, and vector letter forms, along with extra character sets and embellishments for headers, text, and display.”
Add-Ons – “Search for over 10k add-ons to create special effects and increase visual interest in design projects of all kinds. These add-on sets and bundles include presets, layer styles and effects, retouching kits, brushes and more for design software such as Lightroom, Photoshop, and Illustrator.”
3D – “Find more than 5,800 3D models for use in all kinds of design projects. These 3D assets include tileable textures, animated models, architecture, and landscapes in a variety of low and high-poly styles.”

Dreamstime:

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Dreamstime Stock Images

With 80 million stock photos at your fingertips you will be sure to find the image you need. You can join for free, buy their stock images individually for immediate download using their unique credit system, or buy into one of their various subscriptions. You can save $$$ by signing up to one of their subscriptions, here.

Styled Stock Society

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Styled Stock Society

Save time and get access to over a thousand gorgeous stock photos for less than $25/month! Over 1,200 photos in 50+ collections right at your fingertips – yes, please! Join the #StyledStockSociety now! Click here.

I have only given you a gallery of five Paid-For sites. However, as I join others in the future, I will be updating this list, bringing more choice to you!

I wouldn’t recommend a merchant if I didn’t believe in their service and products. So, with that said, you can be reassured to use any of the above suppliers with confidence.

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Royal Wedding Crafts (Freebies)

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18 Royal Wedding Crafts – Recipes & Crafts for Kids and Adults

*FREE* Royal Wedding Crafts for kids and adults alike! *FREE* 

Today is the eve of Harry & Meghan’s big day. In tribute to their knot-tying, I gathered up some fun cute crafts to make in celebration of their wedding day.

Lemon & Elderflower Drizzle Muffins for Harry & Meghan – Foodie Quine – Make your own muffin versions of Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake. Elderflower and lemon are THE top baking flavours of 2018 as the Royal couple have chosen them for their wedding cake. This quick and easy muffin recipe incorporates lemon and elderflower in both the sponge and a sugary drizzle.

Royal Wedding Crafts - Lemon & Elderflower Drizzle Cake

Lemon & Elderflower Drizzle Muffins

Union Jack Jelly Bean Cake – Lunchbox World Challenge – Decorate a butter sponge cake with red, white and blue Jelly Belly beans to make a Union Jack to create a stunning Royal Wedding themed tea party.

Royal Wedding Crafts - Union Jack Jelly Bean Cake

Union Jack Jelly Bean Cake

Tie Dye Cake – Sally’s Baking Addiction – How to make festive, colorful tie-dye homemade vanilla cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. These are always, always a huge hit! Tie-Dye Cakes, Rainbow Cakes, Swirly Color Cakes, whatever you want to call them… I love them all! And they are super easy to make, too. Dazzle your guests with this beauty on the Royal Wedding Day.

Red-White-Blue Cheesecake Cake – Recipe Girl – This cake was made originally for the 4th of July celebrations but will work equally well for the British Royal Family!

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Red, White & Blue Royal Wedding Cheesecake

 

Strawberry Champagne Jam – American Cupcake Life – Using some fresh British strawberries, this recipe has been poshed up by adding some champagne to give it a glam edge. Make this jam for a picnic in Windsor while waiting for the carriage to pass. Perfect jam. Fit for a Princess.

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Strawberry Champagne Jam

Union Jack Cushion – Chapman Place – An easy to make standard scatter cushion cover for regal décor.

Royal Wedding Crafts - Union Jack Cushion Cover

Union Jack Cushion Cover

Craft Stick Union Jack Craft – The Gingerbread House – Everyone is looking forward to the Royal Wedding on Saturday the 19th of May.  Here’s a quick kid’s craft stick union flag to make for the day!

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Royal Wedding Craft Stick Union Flag

Bunting & Flags – The Mayberry Sparrow – These were made for Will & Kate’s wedding but you can still use most of the printables for Harry & Megan too!

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Paper Bunting & Flags

Union Jack Printables – Printer Projects – Here you will find an A4 union jack print and a double sided A5 sized printable union jack. Use to make bunting or hand held flags.

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Printable British Flags

Royal Wedding Party Printables – Purple Pumpkin Blog – These free printables for the Royal Wedding are of course customised to feature the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. But I do want them to have some longevity after the big day is over.
So, after the event, I will change these to a royal theme – keeping everything mostly the same, but removing and replacing references to the wedding. After all, you can still have a right royal knees up any time of the year!

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Royal Wedding Free Party Printables

Royal Wedding Coloring Page – eParenting – The Royal Wedding 2018 colouring picture is a free printable colouring picture for you to print off and colour. Have fun!

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Colouring In Page – Harry & Meghan

Split Pin Royal Guard & Horse – Sparklebox – A set of printable body parts that can be assembled into different a Royal Guard and horse using split pins.

Simple DIY Felt Pipe Cleaner Crowns – The Makerista – Here are some simple felt and pipe cleaner crowns to help your little ones join in the Royal wedding celebrations!

Royal Wedding Crafts - Pipe Cleaner & Felt Crown Crafts

Pipe Cleaner & Felt Crown Crafts

Union Jack Cupcake Flags – Early Learning – A set of miniature Union Jack flag templates ideal to attach to cocktail sticks and use to decorate cupcakes, muffins etc. Designed by freelance graphic designer Sophie Egler.

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Union Jack Cupcake Flags Printable

Royal Wedding Printable Photo Booth Props – Paper & Cake – If you haven’t had your picture taken at a photo booth lately, then boy are you missing out! From Birthday Parties to Weddings to School Carnivals, our props, banners and signage will make your booth the talk of the town. These are perfect for some fun on Harry & Meg’s big day!

Royal Wedding Crafts - Photo Booth Props Printables

Royal Wedding Photo Booth Props Printables

Royal felt heart ornaments – Celebrating Everyday Life – Make these ornaments into brooches or pins! They really are simple to make using 100% wool felt – this is the type of felt you use if you are doing needle felting projects. It is extremely thick and sturdy, much thicker than your typical felt sheets but of course, normal felt will be suitable for this projects too!

Royal Wedding Crafts - Union Jack Heart Ornament / Pin

Union Jack Felt Heart Ornament / Pin

 

Crown Monogram Printable File – Caluya Design – Download, edit, cut, and make! Caluya Design’s SVG cut file & Font downloads are 100% free for personal use.

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Crown Monogram svg, png, eps, dxf printable download

Fortune Teller Printable – Red Ted Art – Fortune Tellers are also known as Cootie Catchers or Chatter Boxes. Fortune Tellers also make fabulous paper puppets. Today is all about the Printable Union Jack Craft! Perfect for Royal Wedding Party celebrations!

Royal Wedding Crafts - Fortune Teller / Cookie Catcher Printable

Royal Wedding Fortune Teller / Cookie Catcher Printable

 

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Homeschool Math Books

12 Homeschool Math Books – A compilation of books chosen by me, to help you save your sanity!

I have compiled a list of homeschool math books & maths activity books for homeschoolers and home educators alike. I am an experienced home educator myself and completely understand the frustrations of teaching math to my kids. And the older they get the more complex the curriculum gets. I get it.

Sigh. Many parents have an erratic heartbeat when thinking about how on earth they are going to manage teaching the math curriculum to their home schooled kiddies. Yeeep. Homeschool maths can bring down the most mightiest of folk. But don’t despair!!! There are plenty of fantastic homeschool math books available online to save us from this hell…Math should be fun for kids (she says what?) and if we present it in a fun and practical way, then the world is their oyster. This list is by no means exhaustive…there are thousands more available online and in good bookshops. This is just a shortlist to help you get started. (Please note that this post contains affiliate links. Please see my Amazon Affiliate Disclosure on the Side Menu).

Please click on the TITLE of each book to be re-directed to Amazon, where you can purchase your book.

 

High School Math – The Easy Way

Dry Your Tears! Help for Teaching High School Math is Here!

Discover Tools, Tricks, and Tips, to Simplify Teaching Upper Level Math
Do you get cold sweats just thinking about teaching your teen high school math? Did your last exposure to trigonometry leave you covered in hives? If so, you are not alone! Every homeschool parent “loses it” at some point during high school math.

We are in a golden age of homeschooling. Never in history have there been so many excellent resources to help the mathematically challenged parent teach advanced subjects. “High School Math The Easy Way: Simple Strategies for Homeschool Parents In Over Their Heads” will put these resources and tools at your fingertips and give you proven strategies to not just survive but thrive while teaching high school math.

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Mastering Essential Math Skills

Used by tens of thousands of students.
Perfect Math For Students Who Are Math Challenged but can be used in the home school environment!
Includes award-winning online video tutorials. One for each lesson in the Book
Lessons are presented in a format that everyone can understand.
Each Lesson flows smoothly and logically to the next. Each lesson is short, concise, and to the point.
Lots of examples with step-by-step solutions. Each lesson includes valuable Helpful Hints.
Review is built into each lesson. Students will retain what they have learned.
Each lesson includes Problem Solving. This ensures that students will learn to apply their knowledge to real-life-situations.
Includes solutions for each lesson. An excellent math refresher for adults.
Excellent for SAT/PSAT test prep.
Eight Chapters: Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Geometry, Integers, Charts & Graphs, Word Problems

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The Cartoon Guide to Algebra

In this latest edition of the successful Cartoon Guide series, master cartoonist and former Harvard instructor Larry Gonick offers a complete and up-to-date illustrated course to help students understand and learn this core mathematical course taught in American schools.
Using engaging graphics and lively humor, Gonick covers all of the algebra essentials, including linear equations, polynomials, quadratic equations, and graphing techniques. He also offers a concise overview of algebra’s history and its many practical applications in modern life.
Combining Gonick’s unique ability to make difficult topics fun, interesting, and easy-to-understand—while still relaying the essential information in a clear, organized and accurate format—The Cartoon Guide to Algebra is an essential supplement for students of all levels, in high school, college, and beyond.

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Everything You Need To Ace Math In One Big Fat Notebook

It’s the revolutionary math study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.

Everything You Need to Ace Math . . . covers everything to get a student over any math hump: fractions, decimals, and how to multiply and divide them; ratios, proportions, and percentages; geometry; statistics and probability; expressions and equations; and the coordinate plane and functions.

The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK(TM) series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit–borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each is the only book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English Language Arts, and World History. Inside the reader will find every subject’s key concepts, easily digested and summarized: Critical ideas highlighted in neon colors. Definitions explained. Doodles that illuminate tricky concepts in marker. Mnemonics for memorable shortcuts. And quizzes to recap it all.

The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award-winning teachers. They make learning fun and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest.

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Math + Art = FUN

A collection of field-tested activities for children that integrate mathematics into the world of the visual arts. It includes step-by-step instructions accompanied by colour images of artistic masterpieces as well as actual student work aid the reader in visualising and understanding how to create the art in each activity.

As the reader creates each masterpiece, mimicking the great masters, they simultaneously hone their estimation, counting, measurement and number sense skills; noticing, creating, and describing shapes and patterns and experimenting with symmetry and probability.

Additionally, readers are learning about numerous modern artists, their techniques, and how math permeates their works of art and the world around us. An annotated list of children’s literature and related websites are included in the end of each activity, directing the reader to additional sources of information either about the artist or the mathematics featured in each activity. The list includes works of fiction and non-fiction and for teachers or home-schoolers might serve as a springboard for further discussion or as closure for each activity.

For a parent looking for creative ways to bring art into a child’s world, or a teacher looking for innovative, hands-on literature based methods of providing connections between mathematics and the world of the visual arts, Math Goggles rich integrated activities will provide hours of thought-provoking delight.

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101 Inclusive & SEN Maths Lessons

Create an inclusive classroom for all through engaging maths activities such as Shape Bingo, Cake Splat! and Fruity Fractions, all of which have been matched to the UK National Curriculum P Levels 4 – 8. Tailored to the specific P Level, each lesson plan includes a learning objective, the resources needed, the main activity, a plenary and a consolidation activity to help support children’s understanding.
When working with children, and especially those with SEN, lessons need to meet their interests as well as their needs by containing visual stimulus, movement and fine and gross motor skills, and the activities in this book have been specifically designed with this in mind. This straightforward and practical book offers you 101 creative classroom activities for teaching maths to pupils who are achieving at P Levels 4 – 8 and Key Stage One as well as mapping the range of additional skills they will acquire.

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Math Wise!

A fun, easy–to–implement collection of activities that give elementary and middle–school students a real understanding of key math concepts
Math is a difficult and abstract subject for many students, yet teachers need to make sure their students comprehend basic math concepts. This engaging activity book is a resource teachers can use to give students concrete understanding of the math behind the questions on most standardized tests, and includes information that will give students a firm grounding to work with more advanced math concepts.
Contains over 100 activities that address topics like number sense, geometry, computation, problem solving, and logical thinking.
Includes projects and activities that are correlated to National Math Education Standards
Activities are presented in order of difficulty and address different learning styles
Math Wise! is a key resource for teachers who want to teach their students the fundamentals that drive math problems.

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Coordinate Graph Art: Student Edition

Coordinate Graph Art: Student Edition is a companion book to Coordinate Graph Art for Grades 6-8. The time is long past due to put some metaphorical training wheels on the Cartesian Coordinate Plane. The vast majority of related publications jump from 1-quadrant to 4-quadrant graphing before many students are ready for it. This book will help your students master graphing skills at their own pace, adding the negative quadrants gradually, before working up to and beyond 4-quadrant mastery. In addition to 25 unique graph art puzzles, each section of this book contains instructional modules, vocabulary, and practice pages with keys. Bonus sections are also included on transformations in the coordinate plane. This book is written by a practicing teacher, in teen-friendly language, while building the foundation of a sound mathematical vocabulary. Students will be inspired to create, explore, and challenge themselves in a way they have never done before. Individual learners will be able to work at their own pace and will have immediate feedback on their performance based on the quality of the picture produced.

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Chances Are…

Do you avoid teaching probability and statistics because the subjects seem confusing and complex? Are you less than sure about your knowledge of the topics?

Let Chances Are . . . take you and your students on a fun and exciting mathematical journey none of you will ever forget! Filled with easy-to-understand explanations and creative activities, this book offers teachers a simple method for teaching probability and statistics in an enjoyable way. This book can serve as an introduction for any beginner, from gifted and advanced students in upper elementary school, to high school students needing enrichment or preparation for Advanced Placement Statistics or future college courses.

From helping to win a card game, to making life-or-death medical decisions, the uses of probability and statistics are virtually endless. For teachers of elementary students, the book offers simple, hands-on lessons and activities about probability and basic statistics. For teachers of older students, advanced statistical concepts are discussed and activities are provided. Reviewers have found the book’s level to be appropriate for a wide range of ages, from fourth graders to post-secondary students.

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Algebra Essentials Practice Workbook with Answers

This Algebra Essentials Practice Workbook with Answers provides ample practice for developing fluency in very fundamental algebra skills – in particular, how to solve standard equations for one or more unknowns. These algebra 1 practice exercises are relevant for students of all levels – from grade 7 thru college algebra. This workbook is conveniently divided up into seven chapters so that students can focus on one algebraic method at a time. Skills include solving linear equations with a single unknown (with a separate chapter dedicated toward fractional coefficients), factoring quadratic equations, using the quadratic formula, cross multiplying, and solving systems of linear equations. Not intended to serve as a comprehensive review of algebra, this workbook is instead geared toward the most essential algebra skills. An introduction describes how parents and teachers can help students make the most of this workbook. Students are encouraged to time and score each page. In this way, they can try to have fun improving on their records, which can help lend them confidence in their math skills.

PRACTICE: With no pictures, this workbook is geared strictly toward learning the material and developing fluency through practice.

EXAMPLES: Each section begins with a few pages of instructions for how to solve the equations followed by a few examples. These examples should serve as a useful guide until students are able to solve the problems independently.

ANSWERS: Answers to exercises are tabulated at the back of the book. This helps students develop confidence and ensures that students practice correct techniques, rather than practice making mistakes.

PHOTOCOPIES: The copyright notice permits parents/teachers who purchase one copy or borrow one copy from a library to make photocopies for their own children/students only. This is very convenient if you have multiple children/students or if a child/student needs additional practice.

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100 Math Brainteasers

100 Math Brainteasers (Grade 7-10) is a subtle selection of one hundred arithmetic, algebra, and geometry assignments, which efficiently train the mind in math skills. It will be helpful for students attending High School and also in preparation for Mathematical competitions or Olympiads at a younger age. The assignments can equally be used in the classroom or in extracurricular activities. The fun and games are delightful, original, and solving them is even more enjoyable thanks to the funny illustrations.

Most of the math problems do not require any exceptional mathematical proficiency, but above all, they challenge one’s creativity and ability to think logically. Only a few solicit the knowledge of algebraic expressions and rules of geometry.

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Perfectly Perilous Math

Math rocks! At least it does in the gifted hands of Sean Connolly, who blends middle school math with fantasy to create an exciting adventure in problem-solving. These word problems are perilous, do-or-die scenarios of blood-sucking vampires (How many months would it take a single vampire to completely take over a town of 500,000 people?), or a rowboat of 5 shipwrecked sailors with a single barrel of freshwater (How much can they drink, and for how long, before they go mad from thirst???). Each problem requires readers to dig deep into the tools they’re learning in school to figure out how to survive.

Kids will love solving these problems. Sean Connolly knows how to make tough subjects exciting and he brings that same intuitive understanding of what inspires and challenges kids’ curiosity to the 24 problems in The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math. These problems are as fun to read as they are challenging to solve. They test readers on fractions, algebra, geometry, probability, expressions and equations, and more.

Use geometry to fill in for the ship’s navigator and make it safely to the New World. Escape an evil Duke’s executioner by picking the right door—probability will save your neck.

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Maths does not have to be boring or overwhelming!!

Help your child fall in love with maths with the above choice of books. The list is by no means exhaustive, and you will still be able to find thousands more available online and in good bookshops. Make math fun and practical and you won’t even realise you are learning it!!

Positive & Negative Numbers Free Printable

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Troy and I have been revising positive and negative numbers these past two weeks and I thought I would put together a printable poster for him, just to help him remember the basic rules!

In actual fact, these rules are carried right through to the completion of his maths studies and beyond, so getting to grips with them NOW will save a whole lot of hassle later.

I have included my FREE Positive & Negative Numbers Printable here for you to download too! I hope you find it useful.

Well, that’s literally all today, just wanted to share my freebie with you guys!

Have a safe and blessed weekend ahead!!

Happy home schooling…

 

Home Education – the rules

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Okay, so you’re thinking about home education. In case you were wondering, YES it is LEGAL to home educate your child in the UK. So long as you follow some very simple rules, you can start on your home school journey today!!

UK: If you go onto the Gov site they walk you through what needs doing first.

  1. You must write a letter to your child’s head teacher, explaining that you are removing your child from the school roll (deregistration). You do not have to explain yourself. But you do need to inform them that your child will not be returning to the school. (You cannot send your child to school some of the time. He/she will be removed permanently).
  2. The school will then inform the council. The council  will then contact you at some future point for an informal discussion regarding your child’s educational needs and what you are planning to do, or have been doing with him/her. You do not need to follow the national curriculum or enrol into a Home School school. All you need to provide is a reasonable education plan. However, if the officer feels that your child is not being given a substantial education, then he/she can serve a ‘school attendance order‘ and insist your child returns to school. This can include prosecution and/ fines.
  3. If your child has special educational needs, all you need to tell the council is that him/her has special education needs and that you want to educate him/her at home. You only need to tell them if your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  4. To find out what the council in your area can help you with in terms of home education, click this link, enter your post code and follow your local council’s directions.

More reading:

  1. Home Education FAQ – this is a super website packed with some awesome information so it worth your while taking a look. Some of the links don’t work, but I think all the information is up to date.
  2. Elective Home Education Guidelines – This is the Gov.UK site’s info for local authorities. The Revised Funding Guidance For Home Educated Children may be interesting to some!! Families home educating children with special needs may be eligible for funding! And some local authorities may be able to provide financial support for examination fees!! (No 9 in the guide).
  3. School Science for all ages – this is a super site!! Packed with science based activities you’ve got to include in your home school curriculum. Brought to you by the Association for Science Education.
  4. BBC Learning – which includes Bitesize. Bitesize has comprehensive primary and secondary revision pages for all subjects. This was one of our favourites when my daughter was doing her IGCSE revision.
  5. Education Otherwise – This is a site that provides support and guidance for those considering home education or those in home education already. They have some handy sample letters which you can use for de-registering your child, as well as some other ones which you may find useful. They don’t have resource downloads that I could see, but do have an Amazon link to buy products for home education.
  6. Home Education Advisory Service HEAS – this is a website with lots of information for new home schoolers, but they do ask for a £16 annual subscription fee. However, there is still some reassuring information available on their site which you can access for free.
  7. Free Poster  – promote home education in the uk! Download and print off this free poster provided by Home-Education.Org.

Well, I hope I have given you some valuable information and reassurance that HOME EDUCATION is an alternative to main stream school and shouldn’t be anything to be scared or nervous of.

If you would like more information about deregistering your child, or just general information about home education in the UK, please feel free to contact me and I will try and assist you where I can!!

Please like / share / follow my page to spread the word, so more families feel confident to make the leap into the adventure that is HOME EDUCATION!!

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The How’s & Why’s of Home School

(Feed Our Life is a participant in the Amazon Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites)

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Today I wanted to touch on the initial idea of home education. Many families are turning to home schooling for whatever reasons.

It may be that your child requires extra one-on-one tuition, which a main stream school cannot provide. It may be that your child has special needs, which are being neglected in main stream schools. It may be that your child is neglected in class because of large numbers or disruptive students. Or it may be that your child is being bullied. This is one of the reasons why we decided to in-school our two children three years ago.

Coming from a primary school in South Africa, both my children were used to discipline and order in their classes. When they returned to school in the UK in 2015, they BOTH experienced disorder, disruption and unsympathetic teachers. After several trips to the head teachers’ office, my husband and I decided that we were gaining nothing out of it. We were met with excuse after excuse. Our son was in a primary school not far from our home, and our daughter had been enrolled at an all-girls’ school in the next town. And BOTH schools appeared to have a no care attitude to our plight. So after a couple of weeks of pure misery coupled with the HOPE that the bullying would go away, we decided to remove them both and take on their education ourselves!

I did some research to ensure we used the correct un-schooling procedure (to be discussed in a subsequent post). I also read some books on the subject, which I found helpful and reassuring. (I will give you the links to those two books below).

One thing is for sure, do some research. Make sure you are honest with yourselves as a family. It is obvious that at least one parent must remain at home with the children. In our case, my husband works from home and I am very lucky in that there is no desperate need for me to go out and work. So for us, it was a no-brainer. But if you think that living on a one-parent income will be too difficult, then you will need to reconsider. There is nothing worse than living the home-schooling ‘dream’ only to find yourselves in financial dire straits, not to mention the added stress and pressure on the family unit. But if you are financially sound and can afford to do it, then DO IT!!

You also DO NOT need to be a teacher or have a swanky degree to be able to teach your kids! (Okay, I have a Law degree but I’m no teacher!!) Anyone can home educate their kids. All you need is LOVE, patience (sometimes in bucket-loads) and help with resources, curriculums and learning. We had some hiccups along the way, with not knowing what curriculum to use for Troy, our then eight year old, but I managed to ‘freestyle’ it until we found a more stable day-to-day learning strategy to follow. I will give you more info on how we do it in subsequent posts. For Skye, our teen, we followed the Oxford Home Schooling curriculum, and she completed her IGCSE courses last year. You will find a review on their services in a subsequent post. She is now sixteen years old and in her first year studying with the Open University, studying towards her Environmental Science Degree. Yes, you did read that right. She is sixteen. And no, she hasn’t done her A-Levels. The Open University doesn’t require them for access to their degree courses, unlike other main stream universities! I will speak more about this in subsequent posts too!!

But for now, if you are considering home education, and as long as you have your child’s best interests at heart, then go for it!! You will be pleasantly surprised!! Your children only have so much time with you in their lifetime (and yours). Time is a precious commodity and spending most of our time with our kids is a blessing!! If they are at school everyday, and you’re at work everyday, those missed hours don’t get given back to you. (Okay, you can tell I’m rather passionate about this time-thing!)

So, if you are thinking about going down the home schooling route, and want to do some research, there are plenty of websites and blogs online for you to page through. There are also these two books that I found very informative, and recommend anyone considering home education, to have a read.

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Blueberry Muffins

I found this old recipe from years back so I decided to make these yesterday afternoon while hubby was watching the six nations rugby! Instead of using blueberries, I had a bag of frozen summer fruits in the freezer, which I decided to use and they turned out a treat!! Served with a cuppa, they were gobbled down in a flash!

This is a super little recipe, one to keep and adapt.
MAKES 12 / TIME 30 MIN / 222 CALS / 9G FAT PER MUFFIN

 

Ingredients:

  • 100g unsalted butter (melted)
  • 200g blueberries (or summer berries)
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 130g caster sugar
  • large pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • 1tsp vanilla essence

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to gas 6 / 200°C / 400°F
  2. Line a 12-hole standard muffin tin with muffin cases
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat on the stove / carefully melt butter in a microwaveable dish on a low setting, set aside
  4. Place blueberries / summer fruit in a large bowl and stir in flour, sugar and cinnamon until well combined
  5. Place butter and remaining ingredients into a jug and whisk to combine
  6. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until mixture resembles a thick batter
  7. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until each are approximately two-thirds full
  8. Dust a pinch of caster sugar over each one (optional) and bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden
  9. Serve warm or cold

Muffins keep for about 3 days in an airtight container, if they are not gobbled down before then!

Tips: Avoid over-mixing the batter –> those unattractive lumps are what give the muffins their texture!
If you’re watching your weight, then cut the butter to 60g. They will still be delicious, but will need to be eaten the same day (!)
EXPERIMENT: Leave out the berries and try these instead!

  • Chocolate & Pear: chop 1 peeled pear and add 100g chopped chocolate to dry ingredients.
  • Peach & Ricotta: chop 2 stoned peaches and stir into dry ingredients. Roughly break up 4Tbsp ricotta and gently fold into batter just before spooning into cases.
  • Banana & Peach: chop 2 bananas and 75g pecans to approximately the size of blueberries and stir into dry ingredients.

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Pasta Carbonara

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Its SATURDAY!! What’s for supper? Mmmmm…..Pasta Carbonara is on the menu for tonight much to my hubby and kids’ delight!! We all love a little Italian.

Pasta Carbonara
Yield: About 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 – 10 slices bacon , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 1/2 cups water , divided
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 lb linguine or spaghetti (about a 450g pack)
  • 1 1/4 cups finely grated parmesan cheese , plus more for serving
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley , for garnish

Instructions:
Add bacon and 1/2 cup of the water to a large non-stick skillet and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Allow to simmer until water evaporates about 6 – 7 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook until bacon is brown and crisp, about 6 – 8 minutes longer.

Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl then pour bacon into strainer while reserving about 1 tsp of the rendered fat in pan.

Return pan to heat and saute garlic about 30 seconds, until fragrant and lightly golden. Pour into a medium mixing bowl then add 1 Tbsp rendered bacon fat (drippings in bowl set under strainer) to mixing bowl with garlic.

Add eggs, egg yolk, parmesan and pepper to garlic mixture and whisk until well combined.
Meanwhile, bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a large dutch oven (no more than 8 cups because you want a very starchy water for the sauce).

Add spaghetti and salt to boiling water and cook until al dente. While pasta is boiling, set a colander in a large bowl. Drain al dente pasta into colander in bowl, while reserving pasta water in bowl.

Measure out 1 cup hot pasta water and discard remaining water. Place pasta in now empty large bowl.

Slowly pour and whisk 1/2 cup pasta water into egg mixture, then slowly pour mixture over pasta while tossing to coat.

Add bacon and toss to combine. Season with salt if desired. Let pasta rest, tossing frequently, 2 – 4 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly and coats pasta. Thin with remaining 1/2 cup hot pasta water as needed.

Serve immediately topped with additional parmesan and parsley.

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