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…

Small Pleasures this week

Paints in the garden – all the fun without the messy clean up! A vintage find transforms our mealtimes from cramped to calm and the old table re-imagined as mud kitchen.( the transformation pics in another post) Lots of sensory play and a dustpan and brush at the ready! The absolutely joy of unschooling –…

A Few Lovely Things This Week

Easter cards made with eager little fingers and lots of vibrant colours… The construction of a new road through the garden and a big brother keen to enforce the highway code by the liberal use of signage… A baby bath used for bubbles and then sand… The fruit trees in full glory… An impromptu workshop…

Homeschooling – making the most of what we have

We have been thinking hard about how to best use our house and garden to give the boys exciting and beautiful play experiences, whilst holding to our family values of protecting the environment and using what we already have. A dear friend kindly lent us a copy of the book –The Curiosity Approach , and…

Growth

In the last week the wind has battered the little terraced house and we have felt such gratitude for its solid old walls and sturdy exterior. We are but a few hundred metres from the coast and our exposed position means that the wind literally howls when it hits the house- a truly eerie sound…

Cultivating an Attitude Of Gratitude

Owning an older home (100 years plus), the maintenance often takes on daunting proportions- the sheer height of the house means that simple tasks, such as clearing gutters, painting and pointing, involve working precariously on a ladder. DIY jobs frequently uncover other expensive work which needs to be done and adds little value to either…

Blimey….

Wow, has it really been so long since I posted ? Time for a TWO season catch up… Autumn Lots of adventures in the woods….amazing fungi pumpkin patches on holiday in Staffordshire… Seasonal garland… Winter Making presents- Peppermint Bark A fab gift from a lovely lady in Germany – wonderful crafts, including Polar Bear ears…

A Long, Hot Summer

A quick catch up… A May holiday in The Lake District and a wonderful day out with grandparents on a steam train… A birthday tea… Gala Day… Jellyfish on our local beach… Another holiday in Northumberland, visits to Cragside, Wallington and Embleton Bay… A visit from a favourite Aunt and nephew from Canada… Hulne Park…

March- A Few Highlights

Mediterranean blue skies, golden sands and inspiring artwork provides a stunning backdrop to a local beach… The sculptures softening into the landscape as they are claimed by the barnacles and sand…. Our weekly bus ride through our rural villages… Spring picnics at Wyre Estuary Country Park… Gorgeous local food delivered to our doorstep…