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More eBook Adventures

6 years ago

Gemma-Rose’s 83 ebooks arrived from Heritage History. A single CD dropped into our mailbox on Tuesday afternoon.  I immediately slipped the CD into my computer which I’d already connected to an ereader, via a USB cable. A few clicks of the mouse…and there was a new library of books waiting for Gemma-Rose to read. I separated out […]

Family

An Adventure Hiding in Every Moment

6 years ago

Every Wednesday afternoon I drive into town to deliver Imogen to her place of work. She spends two hours house cleaning.  And I wait. For two hours. Filling in hours? I’ve done a lot of that over the years. Waiting while my children have piano lessons, clarinet lessons, singing lessons, swimming lessons, musicianship lessons, while […]

Creative Arts

Brothers But Different

6 years ago

My two young adult sons are very different. Callum is outgoing, noisy, charming… and a singer. Duncan is quieter, likes his own company, is unusually hard working…  and he definitely isn’t a singer. A few years ago, Felicity and Imogen wanted to have singing lessons and we heard that Louisa was looking for a couple […]

Creative Arts

Crushed by a Label

6 years ago

When I was a child I loved to sing. I was so excited when our school music teacher announced that we would be performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. I knew that I’d have no chance at being given one of the main roles, however, I was quite content to be part of the chorus […]

English

A Passion for Writing

6 years ago

I love writing. It’s one of my passions. And all of my children love writing too. They observe me sitting at the computer with my head down, in a world of my own, tapping away. Then: “Hey! I’ve finished. Read this and let me know what you think.” I step back and the girls crowd […]

High School

Warming My Homeschooling Heart

6 years ago

A couple of weeks ago, our family attended a party, one of those wonderful affairs with all aged children and adults milling around, chatting and eating, laughing and playing. At one point in the evening, Charlotte found herself next to one of the homeschooling fathers who very kindly engaged her in conversation. Homeschooling Father: “What […]

Primary School

Sophie’s Unschooling Holiday

6 years ago

On the official last day of the school term: Sophie: No more learning for two weeks! Imogen: No more learning? We learn all the time, not just in term time. Charlotte: What are you planning to do for the next two weeks? Sit in a box? That’s the only way you’ll avoid leaning anything. Imogen: […]

Family

Speed Angel Joy

6 years ago

I am sitting by the lake watching four girls scooting along the path. They are the Speed Angel Sisters and they are fast! Every now and then the girls veer off onto the grass and come to a sudden halt: a pedestrian is approaching. Now the speedway is clear again, and strong legs start pushing, […]

Family

Unschooling: The Little Way

6 years ago

I would like to tell you a story of Suzie Andres and St Therese and homeschooling. But first I must start with a tale of grief. Grief? Yes, it was through grief I first met St Therese and her Little Way. Thomas died as a baby and I grieved for a long time. But one […]

Family

Mud Pies, Stews and Cakes

6 years ago

Gemma-Rose and Sophie are outside. They have been in the garden for hours despite the cool winter temperature. They have sand buckets and spades, and a big box of odds and ends: plates, bowls, spoons, pots, all leftovers from different tea sets. On the outdoor table there are piles of flowers, berries, weeds, grass, twigs […]

Primary School

Doing Nothing?

6 years ago

Many years ago, when Felicity was five, we went to our first homechooling conference. Our speaker was Jill, an experienced unschooling mum and she was pure enthusiasm. She walked around and around the room talking at speed, flinging her arms this way and that in emphasis. Jill told us how children are eager to learn; they […]

Parenting

Babies, Toddlers and Unschooling (Part 3)

6 years ago

Thank you to Anna and Willa for help with this post Our 8th child, Gemma-Rose was our most needy baby of all. Unfortunately, she had silent reflux and was in pain for the first few months of her life. She screamed whenever she was awake, and never slept deeply, waking constantly to writhe and moan, […]

Parenting

Babies, Toddlers and Unschooling (Part 2)

6 years ago

Thank you to Karla and Angela for help with this post. Felicity, our firstborn child was an excellent baby. She fed every 3 or 4 hours, I’d change her nappy, pop her in her cot and soon she’d drop off to sleep without a problem. Between naps, she was happy and contented. And at the age of […]

Parenting

Babies, Toddlers and Unschooling (Part 1)

6 years ago

Thank you to Emily  for help with this post Gemma-Rose is now seven. She is our youngest child and so it’s been a few years since we’ve had a baby or a toddler in our family. It’s been a long time since we’ve had to work our homeschooling day around the needs of a young child. […]