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Advent and Christmas – December 2021

Advent is nearly ended and the celebrations of Christmas are just around the corner. This month of December can be like a helter-skelter, landing us in a exhausted, yet hopefully happy heap on the eve of Christmas. Our ideal is that it’s filled with delicious smelling foods, much loved traditions, twinkly lights, and sparkly-eyed children.… Continue reading Advent and Christmas – December 2021

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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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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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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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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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Daily Routines and rhythms

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 and interesting to the rest of us who are just curious! Here is the first; I wrote it about 4 years ago ...Lanky… Continue reading Daily Routines and rhythms