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Cooking pancakes with Love at Home Education.

I love cooking as you all know, so it makes it amazing to find a curriculum that shares this enjoyment for us all to do together. If you saw my last post Cooking scrambled egg you would of seen that our girls are at different stages.

Even though Jennifer is 14 I still supervise her when cooking. Yet she needs no help at all, she can easily do all the tasks mentioned on the fantastic guides provided. She does struggle slightly with the guides but this is more due to her Dyslexia and I do get the feeling her confidence! She will measure it all fine, but it’s when reading she asks me for reassurance of is that right. This is one thing I really like about this curriculum it gives them back the confidence they may have lost at school!

Pancake cooking in the pan

Jasmin apart from the cooking can do it all, Jasmin does need reassurance, but with the clear instructions she can get in to do it! Jasmin loves how their is many different recipes especially as she is a picky eater. This meant she could choose which one she felt suited her taste buds best. The only thing that confused her was how different the recipes were to here in the UK! As this curriculum is for America so the recipes are American, which gave a culture shock from the usual Yorkshire pudding batter.

Bella, just loves making a mess, well that’s what I’ve decided! As she poured her flour into the cup and it pouring over the floor. Her smile as she then makes foot prints with the flour on the floor, this is the thing with home education they can do them. She was so excited to eat them especially as she had been measuring out very different to the way we do uk ones.

British ingredients for our American pancakes

One of the most important things in home education is teaching them life skills and that is exactly what this curriculum does. As in the UK a lot of adults like myself never learnt to cook at home as our parents were always working, we can ensure our home educated children know how to do so. When we are the fun that is to be had, from flour on the face to just messing around.

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Cooking scrambled eggs using Love at Home Education

I’m a big believer that everything we do can be counted as home education. Here in the UK we do not have to follow a curriculum. This makes these so much more fun, to see how great curriculums like Love at Home Education are. There are many different activities to do with Love at Home Education. There is a link below to take you to the cooking by level 1 curriculum. Y

It really supports looking at the different levels of how an activity can be set at. Anyone that follows our YouTube will know we love to cook, so being giving the chance to check out a curriculum that involves cooking, of course we said yes!

Family dinner cooked by home educated children

When we received the email to confirm our date I was so excited to see the food options! Also it made me realise how many foods I have not let our girls make and also how different their levels are! On some things our girls are at a level 5; which is cooking on their own. Apart from Bella who is level 1 just coming up to a level 2. So when choosing a recipe we wanted it to be something our girls had never done before.

The meals are set out in breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. I allowed the girls to choose what they wanted to make. They decided they wanted to make daddy scrambled egg on toast for his breakfast as he didn’t have breakfast in the week as he works so hard.

I gave them the recipe for them to work as a team. Jennifer measured out the ingredients, then past them to Bella to pour them in the bowl and Jasmin did the cooking. Laughing and helping each other make sure there was no egg shell within the scrambled egg. Asking each other to test it and taste if daddy will like it.

Yummy food

The recipe is set out extremely well for the girls to read and follow. Even with Jennifer having dyslexia she found it easy to follow. It’s done well with the ingredients in orange so clear they are not part of the instructions of how to cook. The cooking instructions are in bold black and numbered to show which order they go in. It even has pictures of what way it should be measured, poured etc.

Anth was very surprised at how yummy the food was. He was also very proud of them for cooking something different. It’s amazing what it teaches them from working as a team and each person has a job. It’s also teaching them maths with the measuring, as well as life skill of cooking. They also learn English and how to follow a recipe/ instructions. Not forgetting science different particles mixing together and what happens when we hear them up and cool them down.

To check out this amazing curriculum click on this link

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Punting on the river Cam with Rutherford’s Punting Cambridge

When we were invited by Rutherford’s Punting Cambridge, I was extremely anxious and excited at the same time. Even though I had lived in Cambridgeshire my whole life I had never enjoyed 1 of our famous past times! For me this was because of my fear of water, but when the opportunity came we decided it would be a great opportunity to show our CrazyFam my home city and my fear of water.

We arrived late as the my phone took us completely the wrong way! But the lads were very welcoming and kind enough to take us out. When we got down to the pontoon, I could feel the nerves as Anth and the girls climbed in with no fear my heart pounded. I decided to sit on the edge and climb in! My shock at the fact it barely moved even under my weight was the first thing I noticed.

When we first got in I was sat next to Bella, shockingly I then moved. Matt, our host, was great as Jennifer really wanted to know the history as we went down the river. We relaxed listening to the facts of the colleges, learning things we’d never known before. Being very kind and reassuring of my fear, he showed and explained how the punt cannot tip as it has a flat bottom. Showing us the trading doors and explaining how punts were originally used to service them doors.

Jennifer found it a shock that punts have been used before the 1900’s for leisure. To her this was amazing that the people coming to Cambridge had enjoyed something so simple for over 100 years!

It was also great to see how all the punters were like a little community. As they chatted with each other and looked out for each other’s punts. There was bumps as the self punters could not control their punts as well! We had 3 bumps with these, yet we stayed calm and fully trusted Matt as he explained that they are not regulars at it. Also how he explained about the punts design, he even took a moment out for 1 of them to explain how to control the punt. This was great and showed how much they all cared for the river and the safety of everyone on it.

We then pulled up to the pontoon, I felt daft as I was ok but then I pushed it away slightly. So I ended up embarrassed by climbing out on all fours.

Please, pop over and give them a lot of love. Their prices start from £15, and I hope 1 day Anth and I could do their romantic tour.



How home educated children are treated different to public school children?

Since home educating our girls and deciding they will not be returning to school, I have noticed how they are discriminated against. Yes, I used the term discriminate, because sadly they are. This is when we go out and about, or even family and friends.

The first way is people believe as a parent we are incapable of teaching our own children. People believe (thanks to the government) that the only people with the knowledge to educate them is people they have trained. Well this is not true, as every child learns different, it’s extremely ignorant of the government to assume every child is the same. Sadly this means thousands of children that are not coping or managing in schools. 2 of my children are these, one has been tested whilst attending school, and has severe dyslexia. Yet the school could not help her due to the fact the way the government set out guidelines to say where the school should be.

So why when in school and I was fighting for her did no one question her and why she was failing. Why did no one care if her test results were bad, well apart from OFsted? Why did no one think of randomly asking her to spell things? But now she’s home educated it is ok for you to question this, it is ok for you to assume she lays in bed and does nothing. Because she has her phone in her hand she is not learning how to read!

Why she was at school being anti social just made her the weird kid? It didn’t matter to you that she was forced to read in front of the class, didn’t matter that she had to sit next to a stranger! Now she’s home schooled you ask her how much reading she has done, if she has made any new friends! What has she done that day, what has she eaten, what has she read?

The question of our home educated children just does not stop. Was she ok with being removed from school, was that what she wanted! Does she want to go back to school, why doesn’t she want to go back to school? Yet, when she was at school and struggling they never asked, do you want to be in school? Are you ok reading that, do you not want to sit next to that stranger? They didn’t ask, did you sit with your friends today, what did you have for lunch?

Can you now fight that the way they treat an home educated child isn’t discrimination? If I walked up to a person of any other race or religion and asked, why are you this way? My behaviour would be questioned and straight away branded as racist or discriminatory, so why don’t you see they are doing this to our home educated children.


So next time you bump into a home educated child, praise the mum for doing a job you wouldn’t do!

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How to deal with social services?

So, we have not been shy with sharing our social services story. Check here for our YouTube vlog on our story. I feel it’s important that not everyone is afraid of social services. Sadly there is occasions that I know of children either in foster care or close to being in foster care. This includes ourselves being told that if we do not change things this could be a possibility.

One of the most important things is stay calm, even myself finds someone quick to explode is either hiding something or not managing. When we were accused of harming our children by people, because we were doing as social services requested of us. We remained calm, even though inside we felt betrayed and angered. We explained some of the stories but could not understand others, this for us, showed social services people were deflecting the issues.

This brings me onto my next point, always be as truthful as you can. As we could explain every point that they had put to us, this showed we have nothing to hide.

My next point would be, ensure contact with them is kept. If they arrange a meeting be there. Always be early, this shows no matter what else is going on in your life your children are your highest priority. Which I’m sadly going to have to say this if these meetings aren’t important enough to be at the top of your list then sadly your children are not your highest priority.

This is a point that might seem strange to most, is talk with all professionals looking after your children. This may be a health visitor, doctor, teacher or even a group leader. These will be able to show that you are working with everyone to keep your children safe and ensuring their happiness is top goal. If you are not happy with their help then request a new professional, this is your human right to change who is in charge of your’s or your children’s care.

As you know we now homeschool and you may question what does social services have to say about that. As we have done this in the best interest of our children and our family they are happy with our choice. Also homeschooling isn’t social services dermain, which strangely enough some departments of social services do forget that.

Written by Amy Carney