Category Archives: Learning & Education




Online Learning – for grown ups! Creativity, Business Skills and more.

So this blog covers a wide range of subjects – a garden post later this week, an embroidery machine review after that – but it’s also about learning. Learning is something I really enjoy: I find it harder now than when I was in my twenties but I’m hoping to be one of those people… Read More



Guinea Pig Lapbook

Now that we are homeschooling (or home educating, as it’s more commonly called here in Scotland) there are lots of ways to record our interests and what we investigate. One of the popular ones amongst homeschoolers are lapbooks: It’s a really simple way to collect information together and present it attractively (as well as provide… Read More


Burns Night in Edinburgh

At the end of January we celebrated Burns Night – albeit without the haggis & traditional imbibing of whisky. Wee Bear visited the Storytelling Centre for a short play with puppets about the life of Burns and was so fired up about the poem “Tam o Shanter” that she sat down and made these drawings… Read More


Organise and Conquer!

Now that we are homeschooling properly (whatever that means) I find that our lack of organisation feels like a huge problem. I’m not sure that it is, but how we feel about something can change what it actually is or does in our lives. So being or feeling disorganised means i enjoy our days less… Read More


Homeschooling: a surprisingly joyful choice

When our only daughter was born a little over five years ago, we gave a lot of thought to where she would study. We live in Edinburgh, where nearly 25% of children attend fee-paying private schools. Often these were set up as charitable homes or hospitals, for the orphans of Edinburgh. These days, they still… Read More