Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

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

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Family traditions for Holy Week and Easter – March 2021

I love the journey of Holy Week; beginning on Palm Sunday and finishing at Easter. We do endeavour to walk through Lent, but it always seems a low time of year anyway, cold and dark, so my intentions at the beginning often don’t make it through to the end! I admire how my Catholic friends… Continue reading Family traditions for Holy Week and Easter – March 2021

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Spring Rhythms – March 2021

I have always loved the rhythm of the seasons here in the UK; the expectation of something new and then delight when it comes, all within the overall constancy of the seasonal patterns. C.S Lewis suggests that this desire for change within permanence is God given and that He has designed our world to meet… Continue reading Spring Rhythms – March 2021

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Weekly Routines – Updated 2021

Here is the second of my updated posts, reflecting upon some of the nuts and bolts of home ed life. I hope it’s useful to those of you currently embarking on this journey, and is a fun, even nostalgic, read for the rest of us. What strikes me is how these patterns have stood us… Continue reading Weekly Routines – Updated 2021

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Daily rhythms and routines – February 2021

As there are so many new families starting their home ed journey at the moment, I thought I'd update a few posts which I hope might be helpful to those diving in for the first time and interesting to the rest of us who have a healthy curiosity! Here is the first; I wrote it… Continue reading Daily rhythms and routines – February 2021

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Lockdown half term tips – February 2021

Here in the UK we have reached the first half term holiday of the year; a week’s break in the middle of the spring term. Some home educators follow their own pattern of work/rest and some fly with the wind as it takes them, but we have always roughly followed school term dates (though with… Continue reading Lockdown half term tips – February 2021