The past couple of weeks Coombe Mill has been thriving with families who home educate their children. For them there is no need for permission slips to have time out of school, no need to lie about sickness or face hefty fines. Home education holidays can be taken at a time to suit the family and as these families discover, our farm is a perfect place for hands on fun and learning to seamlessly merge.
Home school on holiday: Enjoying a fishing lesson on the Coombe Mill Lake with Guy
Making learning fun is a big part of the appeal of our farm holidays.
Each day our tractor leaves for the morning farm tour to feed the animals with all the children aboard full of questions for Farmer Nick. There is an opportunity to disembark at every stage and be hands on with feeding and caring for the animals.
Learning about our Fallow deer with Farmer Nick.
Our 30 acre farm is set out with 4 play areas along with more subtle nature based play where children are invited to explore at their own pace and let imagination and creativity take hold. Create a delicious meal in our Mud Kitchen, build the ultimate camp in our den building zone then explore the secret world of our fairy gardens or just watch the children loose themselves amidst our beautiful wooded wild areas.
Curious autumn explorers.
Our themed activity hour always involves an educational element, though this is never forced and always fun and optional. Think forest school meets home crafts.
Painting an autumnal clay print oak leaf.
Home Education Resources
At the end of a day on the farm, in preparation for a holiday here or as post holiday follow up studies, our website education pages are full of curriculum based worksheets which are teacher approved and created for Coombe Mill with twinklUK. Even the local schools use us as an educational resource!
Animals on the farm: A counting and adding up game.
If you home educate your children, please do look us up, whether it is a short break, a week or a fortnight holiday, we would love to welcome you here.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.