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Golden days and grey skies – November 2021

In this strange new way of living where uncertainty abounds, fear not love seems to be a motivating force, and language, ideologies and algorithms bring division, it can be hard, even for the sunniest and most optimistic of us to remain upbeat. Maybe this is appropriate. We are living, I believe, in dark times, and… Continue reading Golden days and grey skies – November 2021

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Glimpses of our home ed days – Poetry teatime – November 2021

I know very little about poetry. I remember learning poems at school, most of which didn’t make much sense to me. I remember having to learn one as homework the week end my much anticipated baby sister was born. I remember nothing of the poem, but it was part and parcel of a week end… Continue reading Glimpses of our home ed days – Poetry teatime – November 2021

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Autumnal Outings and Activities

This half of term has flown by and I wonder if I’m the only one who’s been feeling that life has seemed a little out of control? After eighteen months of constant fluctuation and uncertainty, I’ve found it hard to settle back into our home ed rhythm. We now have the freedom to go on… Continue reading Autumnal Outings and Activities

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Preparing for a new term 1 – practical tips – August 2021

I’m sure most of us have memories of the first day of the autumn term back at school after a long summer of hazy days, ice cream cones and freedom. Maybe time has added a cozy glow to our memories, but for me, at least in my primary years, there was a sense of excitement… Continue reading Preparing for a new term 1 – practical tips – August 2021

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A Summer Whirl – August 2021

I’m sitting in one off my all time favourite places, The Bishops Palace in Wells, Somerset. I’ve bribed the girls with ice cream and am hoping for a few minutes of peace. Despite the trees being in full, mature green leaf, and the flower beds an abundant display of reds, golds and purples, it feels… Continue reading A Summer Whirl – August 2021

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Glimpses of our home ed days – Ending term well – July 2021

I always remember my Mum, who is a counsellor, stressing the importance of beginnings and endings. I’ve taken this piece of down to earth advice into my adult life and have often been the beneficiary of it. In our home ed days, we implement it not only in marking the beginning and endings of term,… Continue reading Glimpses of our home ed days – Ending term well – July 2021

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Glimpses of our home ed days – Time outside – May 2021

Spending time in the great outdoors is a cornerstone of most home education philosophies and practice, from John Holt through to Charlotte Mason. For me, embarking upon our home ed journey with virtually no reading and research, it seemed a common sense approach. I remember a friend of mine telling me that small boys are… Continue reading Glimpses of our home ed days – Time outside – May 2021

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Glimpses of our home ed days – How good it is to meet together! – May 2021

Hello everyone! I wonder how you all are? I’m amazed and grateful that folk from all over the world read these musings about our everyday life in our little part of England, and I wonder what your everyday lives are like? For those of us in the UK we are slowly coming out of a… Continue reading Glimpses of our home ed days – How good it is to meet together! – May 2021

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Things that bring hope – April 2021

I’ve not written for a while; life has been busy and full. However, I’m delighted that today we have a special guest post, written by Dancing Toes, my twelve year old daughter. She wrote it a few weeks ago, and it’s taken me a while to upload. However, I think it’s well worth the wait!… Continue reading Things that bring hope – April 2021