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themumathome
07-24-2010, 08:32 AM
Hi there,
found this site a couple of days ago and already finding it really useful.

I home educate my three children here in the uk. Hope to find out about some great secular resources especially science.

bye for now.

MamaB2C
07-24-2010, 11:21 AM
Welcome! I visited the UK in 2004 and it was a wonderful trip. I loved everything except the weather. ;)

I read you use Math U See, as do I. How old are your kids?

themumathome
07-25-2010, 07:37 AM
Hi there MamaB2C,
Glad you had a good trip...and yes the weather can be a bit rubbish. We are being very lucky though at the moment. A friend recommended math u see to us, I had never heard of it before and we absolutely love it, my kids are 8, 6 and 6. We have been using it for just over a year now. My son is on Gamma and the girls have just finished Primer. I used to teach here in the uk but I think this is a much better way to teach maths than is used over here. The kids get a really good understanding of the concepts and they think it is fun too.

Are you using this?

pandahoneybee
07-25-2010, 07:53 AM
Welcome to the site! I don't think that we have anyone from the UK;) My nanny was from England and we always had tea time when I would go to her house! love those tea cookies (hated fruit cake! pretty but didn't care for it, granted I was 8)
Here are a couple of the past threads about science from other members, maybe there will be something that you can use in the mix!
http://www.secularhomeschool.com/threads/153-That-Science-Curriculum-Somebody-Posted?highlight=science
http://www.secularhomeschool.com/threads/1048-NASA-Science-Resources?highlight=science
http://www.secularhomeschool.com/threads/294-Online-Web-Science-Classes!!?highlight=science (http://www.secularhomeschool.com/threads/294-Online-Web-Science-Classes%21%21?highlight=science)
http://www.secularhomeschool.com/threads/171-Sid-the-Science-Kid-%28PBS-Kids-TV-Show%29-preK-and-lower-elementary-grades?highlight=science
http://www.secularhomeschool.com/threads/588-Real-Science-4-Kids?highlight=science
http://www.secularhomeschool.com/threads/682-Free-Science-Curriculums-5-8th-grade?highlight=science

some of these are for slightly older kiddos, but maybe they would have lower grades for ya. We personally right now piece meal ours together, we discuss what the boys want to learn about in science and then i go and find everything I can on it at the library and online. Next year I will have to get something more formal for my oldest but we are enjoying it for now. I am sure someone up here will have some more ideas for ya, they are a resourceful bunch! and a bit nutty;)

pandahoneybee
07-25-2010, 08:04 AM
http://www.secularhomeschool.com/threads/1025-I-would-love-some-help-finding-a-science-curriculum
don't know if I put this one in before it has alot of good info in it!

Fiddler
07-25-2010, 08:33 AM
Welcome to you! I look forward to hearing about homeschooling in the UK--one of my favorite places in the world, though it's been twenty years since I was last there and I'm sure it, like almost everywhere, has changed.

Wishing you plenty of fun in your learning this year.

themumathome
07-25-2010, 12:09 PM
Hi there Michelle,
I can't believe I am the first from the uk. Maybe because over here people tend to call it home education and so homeschool related stuff maybe wouldn't come up in a google search.

I have started searching homeschool more recently as there seems to be some great stuff out there in the way of free stuff.

Many thanks for the links, I will have a good look through these. We too have been just finding out about what we fancy and may continue to do that, but sometimes I think it would be easier to have something to get ideas from and take the pressure off finding things myself.

Fruit cake, nice but makes you need the loo. We only tend to have it at Christmas in our house.

Thanks again,
Lisa

pandahoneybee
07-26-2010, 01:44 PM
Hey again Lisa!
I know what you mean I would love to be that type of homeschooler that just can take workbooks and plan curriculum and run with it, BUT that's not us;) And frankly we tried it for a while and I am so ADD that I was bored with it too!

LOL I totally forgot about the bathroom runs! and yes nanny used to decorate the cakes soooo pretty she had several sets of little decor for them. My fav was the ice skating scene! awe memories!

Check in with us when you can!

wild_destiny
07-26-2010, 03:02 PM
Welcome, Lisa! Not a fan of fruit cake, but you and Michelle are certainly making it out to sound better than any I have ever experienced, especially the description of the decorations! (Michelle-your trip down memory lane is making my eyes mist. Oh, you know you are getting older, when you get teary-eyed at memories that are not even yours!) Anyway, Lisa, glad to have you here. I also look forward to your posts about home education in the UK.

themumathome
07-26-2010, 03:20 PM
Thanks everyone for the lovely welcome messages, I will be glad to let folks know what it is like over here.
As for Christmas fruit cake decorations we had a lurvly green plastic fur tree and a white plastic snowman that was more off white with age...which made it onto our cake every year, I am sure they are still hanging around somewhere in my mums cluttered drawer. She has tended to buy her cakes in recently and I have not followed the tradition of making them yet. Not sure I will as my kids hate fruit cake. They only eat the marzipan. Yuck!

bye for now all,

pandahoneybee
07-29-2010, 07:48 PM
Welcome, Lisa! Not a fan of fruit cake, but you and Michelle are certainly making it out to sound better than any I have ever experienced, especially the description of the decorations! (Michelle-your trip down memory lane is making my eyes mist. Oh, you know you are getting older, when you get teary-eyed at memories that are not even yours!) Anyway, Lisa, glad to have you here. I also look forward to your posts about home education in the UK.

hehe sorry about that wild_destiny! I was a little misty myself (nanny has been gone for over 23 years now but I still think of that silly fruit cake that she used to make me EAT!) Now I know I must be good if I can get someone else misty over my memories HEHEHEHE

Shoe
08-03-2010, 11:00 PM
Hi themumathome, and welcome to the site! I'm interested in hearing your perspective on homeschooling in the UK, and how it differs from the USA. I've found this a really great site with a lot of great people.

I spent a few years in Scotland as a child, but haven't really been to England, except a few brief touristy visits around 30 years ago.

Cheers.