We get lots of great freebie and bargain ideas from local and national Facebook groups. One recently recommended was to subscribe to Everything Curriculum magazine. You’d think I’d not be interested in anything with ‘curriculum’ in the title, but this is fab.
You get a free subscription to a magazine of resources – which admittedly I haven’t yet looked at – along with a big parcel stuffed with free games and activities.
We received a colouring book about art, a maths activity book, two Brainbox games (one about the countries of the world, one about Roald Dahl books!), a Stone Age to the Iron Age snap game, a music snap game about sight reading, and a phonics game all about animals.
We all liked the animal game, which involves impersonating animals and has adorable wooden animals as the player pieces. You can play it in the easier mode or a harder option. S and I also had fun with both Brain Box games.
We’ve yet to test out the other stuff, but everything is really well made and relevant. I’d probably order related things in future.
So sign up! You must live in the UK and be a home educator, or a school employee responsible for ordering curriculum. This is exclusively for primary aged children…or so they say.
Today my meanest nice friend came over. We shipped the kids out to Nana’s, then Meany Nice Friend, Suzy, and myself hella decluttered my bedroom.
I gave Meany Nice Friend a handbag she liked and now I’m panic attacking (sure, it’s a verb) because WHAT IF I SHOULD HAVE KEPT THE HANDBAG?!
I need to sort my mind out before I end up on one of those compulsive hoarder documentaries in a decade or two.
I’m taking small steps to get where I want. Earlier this week another friend got a blue vase that I’m oddly attached to. I’ve started an art class – the first art class I have ever done in my life. I joined an excellent and affirming women’s drumming circle a few months back. (And I really really want a djembe drum now!) I’m looking forward to starting a monthly women’s witchy circle.
I reread my blog about cool stuff I’ve done, and was wondering when or what I will add to that list. I’m getting there.
In the words of New Kids on the Block… Step by step, ooh baby…
Now the trick is staying sane while taking these steps.
I like to think that my children won’t ever settle for an okayish sort of life.
They aren’t learning that they have to do stuff every day that they hate.
They aren’t learning that they have to squelch their creative ideas to better fit in with the norm.
They aren’t learning that they need to just ignore their own needs and wants, otherwise they will potentially get in trouble.
No, because they have this childhood of freedom and choice, they are learning that it is possible to live this way. They can pursue their passions, they can work hard at what interests them, they can create meaning from play.
They’ve got a lot of joy, and no one is taking that away anytime soon.