Adoption reflections, Day by Day, Resources

The Kite’s Tale – The healing nature of family

Adoption is a great option, but nobody has ever said it will be easy. During our training, many years ago, the phrase “parenting plus” was impressed upon us. I think this sums up the additional challenges of parenting children with attachment and trauma issues. As we daily meet those challenges, I’ve spent hours reading and… Continue reading The Kite’s Tale – The healing nature of family

Adoption reflections, Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Parenting a child with dyslexia – Part 2 – October 2020

Having written in a previous post about Rhythm Dude’s journey with dyslexia, I’ll now pen a little about Sparkly Eyes’ path so far and then jot down some practical tips I’ve picked up along the way. Sparkly Eyes has a kaleidoscope of behavioural and emotional needs in addition to dyslexia. This adds to the complexities… Continue reading Parenting a child with dyslexia – Part 2 – October 2020

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings, Uncertain times 2020

End of summer term – July 2020

One of the blessings of home ed is that it can be moulded and adapted to fit around our family in whatever season we are in. This term has been quite a challenging one for most of us, so we decided to finish up a little earlier than normal, at the beginning of July. Rhythm… Continue reading End of summer term – July 2020

Day by Day, History and geography, Resources

Create your own Family Coat of Arms

A fun summer project! I’ve had this project bubbling for several years, and it’s finally come to fruition. I hope you enjoy it! The idea is that you learn a little about heraldry and dig into your unique family culture by creating your own coat of arms. My hope in developing this concept is that… Continue reading Create your own Family Coat of Arms

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings, Uncertain times 2020

Fun with books – June 2020

I trust this latest missive from our household finds you well. Here in the UK we are in week twelve of lockdown. The glorious month of May was taken up with being ill and recovering from the virus, and I can’t quite believe we have now arrived in June. I’m so grateful for the rhythms… Continue reading Fun with books – June 2020

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings, Nature study and science, Uncertain times 2020

Restorative Nature in Lockdown – May 2020

Apple blossom This is my third attempt at writing; the first was a few weeks ago, with the intention that a few photographs depicting the beauty and seasonal rhythms of our natural would be a lift to our souls while we were very much confined to our immediate vicinities. I next picked it up just… Continue reading Restorative Nature in Lockdown – May 2020

Day by Day, Nature study and science, Uncertain times 2020

Fun with chickens – May 2020

We are gradually starting to recover from the covid virus but I am surprised quite how tired HWH and myself are. Each time I try to do too much, my body tells me. It is an enforced lesson in slowing down, in unproductivity, in being rather than doing. I’ve tried reading aloud again to the… Continue reading Fun with chickens – May 2020

Day by Day, History and geography, Uncertain times 2020

Florence Nightingale and Covid 19 – May 2020

We have been battling with the Covid virus over the last week or so. My HWH, who works for the NHS has had it the worst. It has felt like a battle for life. I called 999 on one occasion, having first phoned 111...never done that before. It cut deep watching him so ill and… Continue reading Florence Nightingale and Covid 19 – May 2020

Day by Day, Messy Crafts, Nature study and science, Uncertain times 2020

Fun with baking – May 2020

This week’s baking Welcome to the third instalment of our Fun Family Learning posts, written during the covid 2020 pandemic. Our theme this week is baking, as chosen by Dancing Toes. I’m really enjoying collaborating with her as we create these posts. Building relationships with my children has always been a foundation of my home… Continue reading Fun with baking – May 2020

Day by Day, Nature study and science, Uncertain times 2020

Fun with rain and puddles – April 2020

A change in the weather on its way As the weather has turned from glorious warm sunshine to grey British drizzle, Dancing Toes suggested that our “Fun Family learning” topic should be rain. She will start with five fun facts and then some craft ideas, and I’ll finish with some ways to connect and make… Continue reading Fun with rain and puddles – April 2020