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Children Homeschooling

Do You Need a Homeschooling Briefcase?

Our homeschooling style is a mix of bookwork, exploration, free play, music, media and good old chatting. My kids like structure, but not routine and we often find ourselves out and about during the school day. There are music lessons, chores, excursions and family visits within our week and sometimes the odd appointment (with waiting …

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No iPad or tablet? No problem: Top 10 screen-free diversions for the kids.

Screen devices are fun and can be ideal in the right situation. But there’s so much you can do without them too! Here are our top 10 go-to activities when the kids need help sitting still or quietly in or out of the home.

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Love is love is love

It is week 2 of Advent – the week to light the candle of love.
Recently I have been involved in conversations which have steered towards others speaking openly against homosexuality and non-binary gender identification. It jars me every time and I need to speak my piece about respecting anyone’s choice to consensual adult relationships of any kind.

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The Alternative Advent Calendar with Purpose

Are you are tired of the commercial, tacky or expensive and branded advent calendars in the shops? Try giving the kids a new activity each day – something with purpose to foster joy and kindness. Put a daily slip of paper in the relevant advent calendar pocket (or you could put it on the fridge, on the tree, in lunchboxes or under table mats etc.) for the kids to find and do – you can include chocolate treats too, with a reading from your favourite poem, book or a passage from the Bible.

Bands Culture

Who’s The Hu?

Is there anything better than stumbling upon a video or new song that grabs you, swings you around the room a few times and throws you back into your chair hungry to learn more? Unbelievably talented musicians and definitely my top band at the moment. I stumbled upon the video fo Yuve Yuve Yu by …

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Be Kind. Choose that.

Kindness isn’t about getting it right every time; rather it means treating others as best you can, with respect and fairness, regardless of how you feel about them or who they are… This doesn’t always come easily when we are tired, afraid or stressed and focused on our own needs, so it is a choice that has to be made deliberately.


The hidden ills of Covid-cloistering.

We all want the current Covid-19 crisis to end. It has been many months since life resembled the ‘normal’ that we once knew. The tragedy that has unfolded since we heard of the first cases in Wuhan approximates something from a post-apocalyptic novella. Data modelling and politicisation of the problem has us all on tenterhooks …

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Easy, practical ways to reduce your waste at home

As mentioned in an earlier post, I was inspired by the Earth Carers course to make changes to our home. These have been so much fun to do and have improved our health, garden, budget, awareness and impact on the planet. No nonsense – it’s a first-hand account. These are things we have actually tried …

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Bunting from baby clothes

Do you have baby clothes taking up space in your cupboards? Sharing them onwards for others to use is always a great first option. Then, sometimes they are just too adorable to part with, or are firm favourites associated with other memories or people.
MAKE BUNTING out of them! It is very easy, fun, attractive and you get to enjoy the nostalgia whenever you celebrate in your home.

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Great leaders shine on, even when idiots take hold

I will impart it to my kids – all of it. I won’t rest until they understand what it can feel like to be proud of yourself, your nation, and your leader, to feel fierce satisfaction and wonder at what a nation can achieve in the face of vile ignorance and hateful leadership. Only then can they aspire to experiencing that for themselves – by making good choices about the future.