Events

Recycling Centre Visit

The Children and Parwnts who visited the centre

Today we went on a visit to the recycling center in Lurgan. 

After we had all put on our hi-vis vests and had a quick safety briefing we were shown around all the different sections for various household waste. They told us what some of them are recycled into and a bit about the sheer volume of some waste they receive. 

Did you know that baked bean tins are used to make railway lines??? Or that broken washing machines could be made into stylish lamps? Or that old used cooking oil is made into new usable cooking oil?

The children really enjoyed seeing some of the machinery used on site and pointing out all the different household items they could recognise in each area. 

All the staff were so friendly and engaging. They made the tour very relevant for the children and their parents. 

We've all been made more aware of how we can recycle our everyday waste and help do our but to save our planet.

Snow Tubing

Safety briefing
The view from the top

A thrilling time was had by all on the ski slopes in Craigavon today, despite driving through fog to the venue we found sunshine waiting for us when we arrived!

After our safety briefing the kids trudged up and skimmed down the slope over and over again.

We followed the excitement with a picnic, a play and a thorough investigation of the maze at Tanaghmore Gardens.

Events like this, as well as being exciting and novel (and great exercise!), are opportunities to make social connections, support each other and exchange information. 

We all appreciate the work that goes into giving our children these opportunities, and the friendly receptions (not to mention group discounts!) we get from the venues!

Many thanks!

A visit to Streamvale Farm

Barrelling along in the distance  - children being towed by the tractor

Streamvale Farm kindly accommodated our home education group this week. It certainly lived up to its great reputation. 

A large group of us were first taken to the petting area were we fed rabbits cabbage and petted the really well looked after animals. 

We then went on to hold the baby rabbits in straw filled open baskets, the children found this part especially exciting. 

After a play around in one of their many designated play areas the children went on go carts, played with diggers in the sand and then went to see the puppies play. 

Soon after the children enjoyed free barrel rides, were the lovely staff member towed them on a quad! 

After a quick stop for lunch and indoor play in another great area the vet came and played hospital with a few of the children. 

Pony grooming, sliding into hay and two full rides on the towed tractor carriage followed. Seeing and learning about the deer and the antlers was a particular highlight. 

 We ended our day in the largest play area shooting soft balls out of the machines and playing on the toy tractors. 

Streamvale was an exciting opportunity to learn about farm life and just have some proper outdoor fun! "

Lisburn Fire Station Visit

One of the Fire station groups in front of a fire engine
One of the Fire station groups in front of a fire engine

Our visit to Lisburn Fire Station was fantastic and very informative for both parents and their children. 

There were around 60 children so we were split into two groups with different hour slots. 

The firemen tailored the talk to the age range attending importantly educating us about fire safety. 

They were absolutely amazing with the kids. They had them firing the water hose at a cone and dressing them as a firemen and firewomen.  

They let the kids get inside the engine and then took us through a detailed tour of every piece of the equipment in the vehicle and it's uses. 

I think we all came away with something we hadn't known before. 

All in all a brilliant day out for home educators in Northern Ireland.

HEdNI Singers to Join Peace Proms

Peace Proms 2017 - massed choir

We're delighted to be a part of the Peace Proms. We will be learning the songs at home and as part of our regular 'big sing' events with the lovely Kirsty who has arranged our participation. Our group will attend a workshop early next year and finally participate in the Peace Proms in 2018 as part of a choir of 3000 singers and a full orchestra.

http://peaceproms.com/peace-proms/register-for-peace-proms-2018/

Visit to Ulster Flying Club - by Myles Taylor

Visit to Ulster Flying Club- children with plane

On 11th May 2017 we visited the Ulster Flying Club in Newtownards. 

First Rodney showed us the Fire and Rescue pickup truck. The size of an airport dictates the size of the rescue squad. We saw the fire equipment. It was very interesting to see the aerator on the end of the hose’s nozzle which makes the white foam. 

Calling Fermanagh home educators...

A new meet up is being planned local to you, if you're interested then get in touch.

Meeting up with local home educating families is a great source of support, inspiration and fun!

New 'Travelling Resources' Scheme

Historical Newspapers
History with the Hound

A new scheme for home educators in Northern Ireland to share resources, these resources will travel around between families to support community and give us all access to interesting things...  It will be organised through the HEdNI Facebook Group.

Our first Travelling Resource will be the Schools Pack from Historic Newspapers

"Our free teaching packs are available in order to help students discover the cause and consequence of historical events. Hard copies are currently available to schools, universities, libraries and accredited education establishments only.

A newspaper is ideal for a history lesson. Each page is filled with stories from eyewitnesses, social history detail and topics for discussion. A newspaper is an enjoyable way to help learning and engage a pupil’s curiosity and imagination. Papers allow us to relate past events to the present day and be the starting point for debate on history and its significance today.

Sign up for Shakespeare Week Resources

Shakespeare Week

Many families and groups will be using the resources from http://shakespeareweek.org.uk/ in March this year... and exploring Shakespeare in families and at the various groups.  The resources and 'passports to Shakespeare" are available to Home Educators if you register before February.

"Shakespeare Week is a national annual celebration giving primary school children a great first encounter with Shakespeare. Join the thousands of schools, families and organisations working together to inspire a whole generation of children through Shakespeare’s stories, language and heritage. "

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