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Advent 1 – November 2022

I love the season of Advent. I appreciate the space it gives me to reflect and prepare my heart, as well as our home, for Christmas. In the church calendar, Advent runs from the fourth Sunday before Christmas until Christmas Eve. Christmas is then celebrated for the twelve days up until Epiphany, and the special… Continue reading Advent 1 – November 2022

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Another Way to Learn? Book Clubs – November 2022

I was asked recently to write a blog post for Streams focusing on community with particular reference to how this developed as we wrote “Another Way to Learn?”. For those of you who read this regularly, you’ll have got a feel for how ideas flew and and friendships grew during our collaboration, so I won’t… Continue reading Another Way to Learn? Book Clubs – November 2022

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Discovering our “why’s” for home education – October 2022

I have spoken to several mums over the last few weeks who have recently taken their children out of mainstream schooling and are at the beginning of their home education journey. It can seem a bit overwhelming to begin with; how do we teach English/maths/history etc? How can I make sure my child doesn’t “fall… Continue reading Discovering our “why’s” for home education – October 2022

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Summer Sundae 2 – July 2022

“So how do your children socialise?” is probably the most often asked question for home educating families. Up until recently I would smile, murmur something about Cubs, Brownies, football or ballet and move on. This quickly brought an end to the conversation, the enquirer was none the wiser about what he or she meant by… Continue reading Summer Sundae 2 – July 2022

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Another Way to Learn? Website launch – June 2022

Life seems to move so fast, doesn’t it? As well as all the normal chores, delight filled moments and a celebration or two, myself and one of the other book authors, Philippa, have been busy setting things in place for the book launch. If you’ve missed out on this, here is the story so far.… Continue reading Another Way to Learn? Website launch – June 2022

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Home Educating Plus – Staying afloat and finding joy with additional needs – May 2022

If you’re reading this as a delegate of the Learn Free conference, 2022, welcome to my blog where I’ve charted our family’s course through many seasons of life. To my much appreciated and loyal regular readers, I’ve somehow found myself, along with my wise and witty friend Sian, to be hosting the additional needs forum… Continue reading Home Educating Plus – Staying afloat and finding joy with additional needs – May 2022

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An exciting new book for Home Educators- April 2022

The above photo, artistically curated by Dancing Toes, has a special significance for me. It’s taken at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells, a place much cherished by me over many seasons of my mothering. When our children were young, I would watch them play happily and imaginatively while snatching a few moments to read quietly.… Continue reading An exciting new book for Home Educators- April 2022

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Lent – March 2022

The long, dark days of February are over, catkins swing merrily from the hazel trees, the horse chestnut sticky buds are almost ready to burst into fresh green leaves, and I can breathe in the anticipation of spring. As we’ve plodded on through these winter months, heads down, I’ve been taken by surprise that Lent… Continue reading Lent – March 2022

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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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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