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Maths

Let’s Talk Maths

7 years ago

My girls have been learning maths in a formal way rather than as a consequence of life. But I have been thinking… The girls used to use workbooks, the sort that cover one school year at a time. They filled them in with correct answers and moved from book to book. And they didn’t complain. […]

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A Little Way of Homeschooling: Free Copies to Win!

7 years ago

Everyone is talking about Suzie Andres’ book, A Little Way of Homeschooling or THE BOOK (as it is affectionately known in unschooling circles). So many people have read Suzie’s book and are raving about it. Glowing reviews are popping up all over the Internet. It seems everyone has something to say about A Little Way of Homeschooling. […]

High School

Yikes! Do They Know About Filtration?

7 years ago

I was chatting to a friend on the phone the other morning. She was telling me about a dialogue her daughter is writing as an English exercise. “One of the speakers is a professor and he is talking about filtration. We did that in chemistry the other day.” Filtration? I began to wonder: do any of […]

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Lunch with Charles Dickens

7 years ago

We are sitting around the table. It is lunch time and as we eat, someone starts a lively conversation. “Do you remember that strange old lady in Great Expectations?” “The one who sat in her wedding dress, day after day after day?” “Yes, Miss Haversham. She sat there with one shoe on and one shoe […]

Creative Arts

The Photography Girls Head into the Bush

7 years ago

The other week while the girls and I were at the lake, we spied a track that disappeared enticingly into the bush. I promised we’d return another day and head along the path in search of adventure. So last Wednesday afternoon we packed up our exploring kit. We grabbed a basket and tossed in small bars […]

English

A Jane Austen Education

7 years ago

I was on my way to bed when I noticed the older girls’ bedroom light was still on. As I stood outside the door I could hear Imogen’s voice. It sounded like she was reading out loud. Pushing open the door, I saw both girls sprawled on their beds. Charlotte was listening enthralled as Imogen […]

English

More eBook Adventures

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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, […]