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IGCSE Environmental Management

This is just a quick post to share the first term’s plans for Abigail as she embarks on her first IGCSE in Environmental Management: Our plan is to cover the IGCSE in Environmental Management syllabus in three years, revise and take the exam in the forth year. This allows Abs to work through the course…

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Teaching Literary Devices

I love teaching literary devices, and all my children (including the English shy Thomas) have loved learning about them. I don't use any worksheets, just teaching them as they come up in the children's homeschool. My older children were much more avid readers than my younger two and therefore picked up writing styles quickly and…

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Why SAM Learning Has Got Me Excited About Homeschooling my Teens

Have any of you felt confident teaching elementary age but are concerned you can not do justice to your children's secondary education?  Are any of you frustrated with the sheer lack of UK curricula out there suitable for the home schooling family?  Do any of you have children who are reaching GCSE age, and are…

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Taking Traditional Exams when you Home Educate: GCSE Religious Studies

I don't know about you guys, but when I first started looking into the older children taking some IGCSEs or GCSEs I found it slightly intimidating and bewildering.  I was very blessed by a long time homeschooler and seasoned GCSE prepping parent, who came beside me and walked me through the whole procedure.  Now it…

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The Teen Years: Finding a Balance Between Exam Led Learning and Delight Led Learning

At what age does the future of one's children suddenly seem to matter more?  At what age does home school becomes something a little more serious, and a little less fun?  And when this does happen, how do you stop yourself panicking at the enormity of it all? It hit me sometime last year and…

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IGCSE Human Biology: Reproduction

Revolting post ahead (or so Gary tells me 🙂 I have no filtering... ).  Sensitive constitutions should exit ASAP.  You have been warned. Learning about reproduction with five teenagers can be humorous, not to mention embarrassing...for them.  I was adamant that I would teach this to them without all the embarrassed giggles one might expect…

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IGCSE: Biological Science: Revision Session for Bones

The following is the specification for the Edexcel Human Biology IGCSE.  Part Four is all to do with Form and Movement and requires the student to learn all about bones, muscles and joints.  We have done a fairly in depth study of bones previously and covered waaay more than is required we know.  Never the…

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How We Are Approaching IGCSEs as Homeschoolers

In this post I will address what an IGCSE is and how we are gearing up to take these exams in our little home school. You may have noticed the occasional reference to IGCSEs.  I have had a few emails from my US readers asking what these are.  I am also asked frequently how we…

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