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Month: January 2011

Routine Enquiries

Routine Enquiries

I’ve been enjoying the series of posts this week on Simple Homeschool about the different schedules and routines that homeschooling families use.  Jamie, who writes the blog for Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom invited people to write a post on their blog about their own routines, I thought I would do this for a couple of reasons: 1.  I really like reading about, and have benefited from learning about, other people’s way of ‘working’ with homeschool so feel like I…

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Bits of Happy

Bits of Happy

I thought I’d share a few (but not all of course!) of the things that have made me smile this week. -A nature walk in -16 temperatures with my intrepid friend. –This magazine that I love.  My dad bought me a subscription for my birthday and I love it. Yes magazine is the perfect title as it really is about what we say ‘yes’ to and how we can bring about so much positive change with our choices. -A delicious…

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Faery Sleep Spray

Faery Sleep Spray

Over Christmas I had a little bout of making some hand made pressies for friends, one of the things I included for some of the children I know was a Faery Sleep Spray.  Unfortunately I forgot about a couple of special children that I have quite a close relationship with.  Yes, that would be my children.  So I have made up another little batch and thought I would share the process. What you will need: A 30ml spray bottle.  I…

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Winter Seeds

Winter Seeds

Winter has, unsurprisingly, been a running theme through our homeschool this last week.  As well as tracking the weather and temperature on our weather chart, we have been indulging in some winter crafts.  We’ve made paper snowflakes for our window, made icicle bird feeders to hang outside our windows (as the ice melts the seeds fall to earth, we actually had some very tall sunflowers grown from dropped seeds last year), brought snow inside for sculpting and sung songs about…

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Sights of Sunday

Sights of Sunday

A world made new by snow. A boy explores the new landscape. Play with Daddy.  It’s not quite cricket but it is a lot of fun! Owzat! When we all get too chilly we bring the snow inside with us. The smell of sweet orange and frankincense welcomes us as we come in. A big pot of stew bubbles on the stove all day; I am comforted to know this will fill our tummies for the next couple of days. Now we…

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Running Free

Running Free

We are really lucky to have a very active homeschool community in our city.  There are several groups, one of which I am involved with through a play group and nature group.  One of the dedicated mamas organises two walks a month on either side of the city, so far we haven’t ventured too far from home but the ones near us have been well worth the effort. This week we ventured to a completely new (to us) trail, tantalised…

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When the snow falls

When the snow falls

Yesterday the snow returned.  After the unseasonal thaw (and subsequent lethal ice on all the walking trails), I welcomed back a layer of snow that provides traction and allows us safer passage.  With two high energy boys in the house a morning walk is absolutely essential; an added bonus of Dad being here is that we are able to go further afield and enjoy many of the great walking trails near to where we are living.  Of course next year…

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Two Scone Tuesday

Two Scone Tuesday

As the holiday days merged pleasantly into one another I was happy to see a much loved and not-seen-enough friend (isn’t that what Christmas is all about?) and thought that for a mid-morning get together only scones would do.  After all what is better than scones?  Luckily I happened to have received two new cookbooks for Christmas, both with brand spanking new scone recipes.  Scone heaven! These two books (bought for me by my lovely Papa), are written by my…

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