Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

A grace-filled Advent – December 2019

As the season of advent approached this year I was determined yet again to move towards simplicity and a slowing down. The purpose of Advent before Christmas is as Lent is for Easter, a time of preparation, being still and even fasting. So different from our general experience. I wrote more about this last year.… Continue reading A grace-filled Advent – December 2019

Adoption reflections, Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

A Top down approach to our “different”children October 2019

This has been a post mulling over in my mind for a while, but as it's a heartfelt one it's taken a while to be able to put fingers to keyboard. The two prompts have been that we recently recorded a Mended Teacups podcast touching on this area, https://mendedteacups.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/home-educating-children-with-different-needs/ and that I signed up to… Continue reading A Top down approach to our “different”children October 2019

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Restoring our weary souls…Mom Heart Moments…by Sally Clarkson October 2019

A year ago we had the privilege and great blessing of having Sally Clarkson to stay with us for a few days, during her year in the UK. She spoke to our Christian home ed group in Bristol Sally Clarkson visit 2and we had a fun family day out with her visiting some of the… Continue reading Restoring our weary souls…Mom Heart Moments…by Sally Clarkson October 2019

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Home ed to college ed – Part 2 September 2019

As I walked along the promenade of this particular Victorian sea side town last week, my heart and prayers were spilling over with thankfulness. This is the place where Lanky Dude and I sat outside a cafe two years ago, marking the occasion of his enrolment to college. It is the place I have paced… Continue reading Home ed to college ed – Part 2 September 2019

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Long summer holidays – July 2019

The summer holidays have arrived here in the UK, although we "broke up" from our homeschool about three weeks ago as we were on our knees and the boys had finished exams and college. I love the beginning of any holiday, and this one in particular because it marks the end of our academic year… Continue reading Long summer holidays – July 2019

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Home ed to college ed – part 1 July 2019

Within the last few weeks, Lanky Dude turned eighteen, sat his last A level and has finished college and thus compulsory education. I think I've been more emotional about the latter than he has; he is just delighted to not be revising any more! So it seemed a good time to jot down a few… Continue reading Home ed to college ed – part 1 July 2019

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Teens and exams – 2 June 2019

In my last post I pondered over some of the relational, character and faith building aspects of continuing to homeschool into the teen years. I still believe these were the most foundational for us, but it was also important to continue our boys’ academic studies, and in this post I’ll chart a little of what… Continue reading Teens and exams – 2 June 2019

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

The teen years and exams – Part 1 May 2019

As I started tapping away, I realised this is quite a big topic, so I’m going to split it into two posts; the first of my reflections about this season, and the second with some more practical pointers. We have also done a podcast on exams, at Mended Tea Cups Embarking on IGCSE’s felt as… Continue reading The teen years and exams – Part 1 May 2019

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Mended Teacups a podcast and a new venture April 2019

It’s Friday night; the boys and a friend are eating pizza and watching minecraft videos (!), the girls are just about ready for bed, having had their pizza. At the end of our first week back to homeschool routine, we've had the fun of a day with home ed friends at Tyntesfield, a NT property,… Continue reading Mended Teacups a podcast and a new venture April 2019

Adoption reflections, Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Home education and adoption April 2019

I recently had the opportunity to share some of our home ed journey with an editor of a Christian magazine, and one of the topics she was particularly interested in was the combination of home ed and adoption. This has prompted me to jot a few thoughts down. Adoption is God’s design...He’s adopted us into… Continue reading Home education and adoption April 2019