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  • Apr

    Birmingham Library - Design unveiled

    Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, has unveiled the design concepts for the new £193 million Library of Birmingham by the internationally acclaimed Dutch architects Mecanoo Architecten.

    The Library of Birmingham will occupy a prime site on Centenary Square between the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) and Baskerville House and is a major flagship for the regeneration of the city which will create 250 new jobs including 25 apprenticeships.

  • Apr

    Veggie Pride - B'ham 16th May

    Veggie PrideOn Saturday 16 May 2009, Victoria Square in Birmingham City Centre will be transformed by Veggie Pride UK - a fantastic celebration of vegetarian and vegan diets/lifestyles. It`s an opportunity for everyone following compassionate, eco-friendly, healthy lifestyles to come together for a fun, carnival style event whilst also raising awareneness of the many benefits - for human health, animals, environment etc.

  • Apr

    The Bad Man - An Animation

    An animation about the home education review by a home ed family.

    The main song is Pink Floyd's  - "Another Brick in the Wall"

  • Apr

    The Usborne Young Writers' Award

    This competition is open to HE children. Closing date: 23rd October 2009

    What is the Usborne Young Writers' Award?


    To celebrate five years of Usborne Fabulous Fiction, we're offering young writers the opportunity to write a story with a real author and win sensational Usborne prizes.

  • Apr

    How can I go about educating my child at home?

    It is estimated that there are now over 50,000 and perhaps as many as 150,000 children between the ages of 5 and 16 who are educated at home. There is every indication that this number is growing.

    Families who choose to educate their children at home do this for a number of reasons. Some feel their children will benefit from a more individual, flexible form of education.

  • Apr

    Home schooling: the experiences of two teenagers

    Educating a child at home is possibly not something that many parents would ever contemplate doing.

    So it might be surprising to learn that up to 50,000 children across the country are being taught by their parents in this way.

    But what makes a family decide that a traditional education is not the right one for their child? And how easy is it to go about taking a child out of school and providing for their education at home?

    Reporter Holly Whitmill spoke to two mothers and their sons who decided that school was not for them.

  • Apr

    Recording the first signs of spring

    Alfie thoroughly enjoys nature forays. He reports having seen a merganser down by the river, the flash of a kingfisher, and a heron, all perching and waiting, ready to dive.

    The 11-year-old and other members of the family look out for a heron regularly to be seen on a favourite perch, and also see other waterside birds.

    Taking part in Springwatch is something that can be built into everyday activities as Alfie, his mother Jane Harrison, and other members of the family have found.

  • Apr

    Physical activity may strengthen children's ability to pay attention

    The research, led by Charles Hillman, a professor of kinesiology and community health and the director of the Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory at Illinois, suggests that physical activity may increase students' cognitive control – or ability to pay attention – and also result in better performance on academic achievement tests.

  • Mar

    Be Good to Bees - Free Seeds

    Seeds for BeesGet some free flower seeds for your kids to help the bees. Ours arrived this morning, complete with stickers and instructions for making bee homes.

  • Mar

    How Do Children Learn to Read?

    Alan Thomas and Harriet Pattison (authors of How Children Learn) have set up a new website to undertake and publish research into how children learn. They are currently undertaking research into how home educated children learn to read. All H.E. families are welcome to take part in the online questionnaire.

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