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Wednesday Adventures

6 years ago

One evening last week we were all sitting together in the lounge of our holiday cottage. The older girls were drawing, the younger ones were reading, and I was fiddling about with my camera. Although I’ve had the camera for a few months now I haven’t yet read the manual properly. I keep dipping into […]

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A Little Way: The Winners!!!

6 years ago

I have just emailed Suzie Andres: “Off to do the giveaway post. Yes! I will say the prayers once more before we draw the winners…” The prayers? Suzie emailed me the beautiful prayers to St Therese which she’s been saying for everyone. Suzie wrote, “I said this novena prayer… specially for the entrants to the […]

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It’s Quite OK to be Different

6 years ago

Jack was always different. From a very early age, he had a mind of his own and was never interested in conforming to the group. And this caused me so much stress. He’d be invited to a birthday party and refuse to join in with the games. He didn’t want to do as he was […]

Unschooling

An Unschooling Holiday

6 years ago

I crept out of bed this morning just before 7 o’clock and met my kindred spirit, Charlotte in the kitchen.  Neither of us likes lying in bed late. But everyone else… they were all still snuggled up under their quilts, enjoying a relaxing start to the day. No need to hurry. We are on holiday. Yes, […]

Maths

My Maths-Magician Helps Out

6 years ago

We are going on holiday, our first holiday in years and the girls are very excited. I am very excited too! We have a cottage booked opposite the lake, not far from the beach. A couple of weeks ago we received all the details about costs. There is a basic cost for 7 nights’ accommodation […]

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A Mother’s Basket

6 years ago

It hasn’t been long since the last homeschooling meme. But if you are a book loving mother and would like to join in with another… Read on… Imogen and Charlotte decided to fill the gaps in Sophie’s education by filling a basket for her, with books they consider essential reading for a ten year old […]

English

Sophie’s Basket

6 years ago

Or Imogen and Charlotte’s book recommendations for their younger sisters We are sitting around the table munching our lunch and chatting. Sophie tells us she wants to learn more about horses and Charlotte mentions brumbies. “Brumbies?” “The wild horses of Australia…  You remember the horses in that poem, The Man from Snowy River? “You have […]

Creative Arts

Sew Easy

6 years ago

When I’m not writing, I love to sew clothes for my girls. And when I’m not sewing pretty skirts, I like to sew pictures. And the pictures I like to sew are red work embroideries. A few years ago, I discovered a couple of embroidery books by Wendy Brigg: Sew Red and Simply Red. All […]

Primary School

Did I Doubt? I’m Not Telling!

6 years ago

A few weeks ago, I had a photography adventure in the bush with my girls. We had a wonderful afternoon strolling along the bush track with our cameras, and when we returned, I pondered: Should I plan a special lesson about how cameras work, or how the eye works, or the history of cameras or how light works […]

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Leading by Example

6 years ago

Or why I can’t let myself slip into old age I’m lying on the floor. My heart is going thump! thump! Slowly my breathing returns to normal. I heave myself up and drag the exercise bike back to the hall. I’ve done it. My exercise session is over for another day. Why do I do […]

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Lots of Questions About Resources!

6 years ago

A Homeschooling Meme Erin from Seven Little Australians and Counting and Suzy from Scraps of Starlight – A Soulful Life have tagged for me for a homeschooling meme. Thank you Erin and Suzy! I’ve never done a homeschooling meme before. Will I do it properly? Will I have anything interesting to say? Here goes: ·         One […]

Primary School

Resisting the Temptation to Interfere

6 years ago

Or trusting children to learn in their own time I have been rather busy recently, my eyes glued to the computer screen, my mind miles away. “Please can we use the scrapbooking paper, Mum?” “Yes, you may.” “Please can I borrow your stapler, Mum?” “Huh? Oh yes, it’s on my desk.” For a couple of […]

Creative Arts

Drawing, Geometry and a Happy Girl

6 years ago

Or how I solved a maths problem. Sophie is happy. She grins from ear to ear. “I’m off to do some maths, Mum!” What a change from a couple of weeks ago. Not long ago, she was battling her way through an online maths course. But no more. After some thought and reflection, and talking […]

Creative Arts

I am a Pirate King!

7 years ago

Or the delights of Gilbert and Sullivan.      A few years ago, the Dominican nuns from Ganmain came to our homeschooling camp. They swept in, resplendent and imposing in their spotless habits with plans, not only to teach our children the catechism, but also help our teenagers stage a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s […]