Thank you. Looking at all ages from Primary age 7 really! Do you find it better while they are age 7- 11 to just follow their interests , do lots of play based learning etc? Once they get to 11+ (if you are working towards GCSE) is it better to follow a stricter curriculumn? Are there any good workbooks that follow a curriculumn anyone recommend? Any tips welcome! Thanks
Loved Galore Park Latin, French, Spanish and maths. First Language Lessons for the WTM were brilliant; Story of the World and History Odyssey were very good as was 'Further Up and Further In', which is a study guide on the Narnia books.
Resource Mouse study guides were nice too - we used them in a small group. Also Evan Moor - history pockets were great - we did a few of those and some of their geography stuff on each continent.
"Once they get to 11+ (if you are working towards GCSE) is it better to follow a stricter curriculumn?"
Second-hand knowledge (as my kids haven't worked toward exams) - my friends say that there's no need to focus on specific subjects until a couple of years before the child plans to sit them, BUT that essay-writing skills can take a while to develop and may be better tackled a little earlier. So, for example, one approach which seems to work well is to be as laid back as you like up until children are 12 or so, then get them working toward producing substantial pieces of writing. Some families who delayed doing this found that their kids had a steeper learning curve because they were learning subject-specific material while simultaneously getting the knack of expressing themselves in writing.