One Planet Living

As parents we are keenly aware of the need to preserve our natural resources so that future generations can enjoy green, abundant spaces, clean air and the capacity to feed themselves well. The enormous system-changes which are necessary to provide our children with the things that past generations have taken for granted cannot be overstated….

Making Space for play

We have let go of so many things over the last few weeks- old craft projects which were sitting unfinished in cupboards, the overwhelming amount of children’s craft materials, composters and wormeries which have sat unloved and under-used, gardening equipment for a vegetable garden I no longer have and a lot of vintage furniture which…

Going Plant-based with kids

Over the last few months, we’ve been gradually transitioning the whole family to a plant-based, vegan diet. There’s a noticeable difference in how well we feel and it’s definitely helped us to shed the lockdown pounds that had been slowly creeping on during the restrictions. It’s so great to finally have the whole family eating…

Greening Up Our Act

We’ve made some big, exciting changes to some areas of family life in the last few months, beginning with a January of zero consumption. No Spend January gave us a chance to really reflect on where our money was going and how much of it was being spent ethically. During January we only spent money…

10 tips for Home-education with a baby or toddler in tow.

In our household the old adage of a sane Mummy equaling a sane family holds true every day. Today marks the second day that most families in the UK have resumed the daunting task of educating their children at home. Home Education is a challenge for every parent, but especially those who now face juggling…

Practical Life Activities with a toddler and 5 year old.

In the Montessori teaching method, children are gradually introduced to practical life experiences through a highly-structured sequence of activities, designed to give the child the opportunity to practise each discrete skill. When practical activities are taught in this fashion there is a clear sequence of progression and the control of error ( which ensures that…

Montessori Homeschool Activities this week.

My planning for this week is available for free here. During homeschool this week we have been doing lots of mathematics activities and games with the number beads to make sure that each colour string is memorised. We have completed very simple activities for this which I know big A can complete independently since the…

The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go To Sleep- the story of a dairy allergy.

We’ve been living in a fog for the last year and a half, a guilty secret which we shared only with close family members. Our youngest son would just not sleep- or more precisely he would fall asleep but then wake up frequently throughout the night. This month we finally worked it out – he…

Montessori Home-schooling with a 5 year old and a toddler.

In the last few weeks our homeschool has undergone quite a transformation. Inspired by the work of Dr Maria Montessori, we have undertaken the task of using her method as a vehicle for a homeschool curriculum. Montessori revolutionised the way in which children, between 3 and 6 years old, were educated-seeing them as whole, as…