Thursday, 29 September 2011

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Number line

Phoebe enjoyed playing with a number line this morning. Thank you to my friend Sam of for the link to Sparklebox to get the printables!

Mowing the lawn with Mona

Picnic on the bottom bunk

New room

We are working on the children's new room and they are spending the first part of the night in there. They are very pleased with their new bunkbeds!

Phoebe swings high

To touch the top of the pergola to be precise!

New book

I'm really enjoying this! Worth a look mamas!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

My boy

Phoebe Treasure Hunting

... At Autumn's party. Happy Birthday Autumn! xxx

Phoebe with bunches

Mama make ::: granny mandala prayer flags

So pleased with how these came out!

Mama make ::: cute snail

For a special girl's fifth birthday.

All tired out


New art corner

Having a rearrange here, and loving it!

Mummy and Ez

"I made these!"

Phoebe makes

Crafting time


Phoebe has been having lots of fun playing with blocks lately, arranging them in a variety of patterns. This is one of them. She enjoys telling me about what she put where and why.

Phoebe's tower

Mama love swap

Here are the lovely goodies I got from the mama love swap on the GP forum. Thank you so much to LoveArwen who gifted them to me! My parcel is ready to be posted tomorrow.

Mama make ::: calm cowl

It's so cozy! I love how this turned out. :) Just in time for autumn.

Nurse Phoebe

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Sorry, you do what?

I hope this is big enough to be readable. A friend posted it on her facebook wall and I knew I had to share here. Love it!

Edited to add: I don't know the original source as I copied it from facebook (Thanks V) and when i tracked it back to source no one was credited, but it was shared on the Radical Unschoolers' Network. :)

Continuing the journey

This week just passed marked our first official week of Home Education. It was a fairly ordinary week. Nothing amazing happened (although i went to a great workshop on Saturday - more on that another time) and for the most part the days slipped by us, uneventful.

For Phoebe, the fact that her peers have started school is irrelevant. She is fortunate to be in a position where most of her friends are also home educated. She also is friends with children of varying ages, from ten down to three. So the importance of the moment escaped her, and that is as it should be for us really. I had kind of forgotten that this was the week until a good friend reminded me. I listened to her lovely plans for her sweet daughter, whose friends were going off to school, and the way she was going to make the week just as special so there would be no feeling of being left out. I thought it sounded so special (and it is) but failed to take into account the differences in our children's situations and temperaments. So on Monday when I spoke to Phoebe about it any mention at all of the words 'education' or 'special day/week' were met with a resounding "No!".  But you know what, thats just fine and as it should be. We really don't need to mark what is a natural continuation of our life and learning experiences so far. Not when Phoebe is not even aware she is 'school age' or any different to the majority of her peers.

So we had a nice week, just as we always do, but I did have a moment, just a moment, of going "Wow! We are actually doing it!". Not because i didn't think we would, or think we could, but just because now, when we are asked, I will no longer be saying "We are planning on Home Educating." but actually "We are Home Educating.". And we are so proud and pleased with our decision. It is so right for our family.

I am going to post more soon about our thoughts on the subject, and what Home Ed looks like for us, but for now I thought I would post a list of some of the things we have got up to in this, our (arbitrary and far too young) official first week.

Building train tracks and playing games with them and the dolls house and lego people.
Jumping on the bed, singing and being a 'rock star' with a tennis raquet.
Phoebe read books to Ezra on the sofa - Topsy and Tim and the Builders.
Reading stories together from a book bought by Grandad - A Children's Treasury of Literature.
Played with the children next door.
Tap Tap Art.
Playing in the garden - swinging, sliding, running, jumping, riding bikes and trikes, hula hooping, feeding the chickens, playing in the sand pit.
Making a mini book - Phoebe dictated the words to me and drew the pictures.
Building towers with blocks.
We started our first ever chapter book - The Folk of the Faraway Tree - and Phoebe loves it.
Played with our friends who came over to visit for the day.
Chose five cuddly toys to donate to an orphanage.
Played Poisson Rouge and Peep and the big wide world.
Made popcorn.
Made a birthday cake for an imaginary birthday and blew the candles out.
Did splatter painting and print making.
Played in the bath.
Had family drawing time.
Went shopping
Played with our new playtable and some vehicles.
Made patterns with bricks
Watched new playhouse being delivered and new front door being installed.
Had pancakes for breakfast.
Played chasing and tickling games.
Made a big indoor tunnnel to crawl through.
Used window crayons.
Took the dolls house dolls to their toy park.
Played imaginary games about going on holiday on a boat.
Blew bubbles
Started making a 'busy list' of fun things to do this autumn.
Made indoor slides.
Watched a few programs.
Made up jokes and magic tricks.
Made a finger print piggy photo frame.
Started making a cat bookmark.
Played on hammocks made from slings over the table.

These are just some snapshots from our week. It was a very enjoyable one - as they nearly always are. I want to end with a quote from Phoebe this week which just sums up the myriad of ways to learn and things to learn...

"Mummy, there are so many ways for everything!  Aren't there? Like swinging on tightropes... and sliding. Just everything! It's all so clever!"

Working on a little something special

And loving it!

Mama make ::: short sleeved top

I'm really pleased with how this came out. I used a yarn called smoothie and it is certainly very smooth, silky and stretchy. My plan is for this to be worn over long sleeved tops for winter, kind of like a tank top. The colours aren't what I would usually pick but the ball looked so different I thought I'd go with it. Phoebe really likes it so hopefully it will get a lot of wear. The pattern is cap sleeved spring top by Shelley Flloyd (I think!). I'll be posting it up on ravelry soon!

Edited to add: The pattern is Girl's cap sleeved spring shirt by shellee floyd.

Ezra got himself ready to go out...

Do you think he's missing something?

Monday, 5 September 2011

Phoebe's mama made pencil case

To mark our first official day of home education! Hooray!

A little man and a pony

About Bunny Rabbits

"I know what they need. I am a very good person. You'll be proud of me
now. Bunny rabbits need sleep and some water and food. And as well
they can't play with anything and can only hop. They need more sleep
than ever before and that's all about bunny rabbits."

More from Phoebe's book.
The picture is a lop eared rabbit.

A pony by Phoebe

"I know all about ponies and what is wrong with your pony is it needs
to eat and drink, get some sleep and that is all about ponies."

Extract from Phoebe's self produced zigzag book about animals.

Phoebe's tower

Lots of fun block play this afternoon. This was Phoebe's favourite
tower in her favourite colour.


As I lie, still,
the words come.
They come from the deep.
The depths of my being.

They flow through me,
emerging fully formed
and perfect
in the darkness.

The things I can't name
when I think about it.
The things I don't even know I know.
My soul speaking.
The wise woman talks.

She speaks words for me to share.
Things to tell,
Things I need to hear,
quietly, and only in the stillness.

All is calm. I can tiptoe away
and as I get up
my thoughts scatter,
shattered by the light of day,
fading like shadows
as I step out of the darkness.

The clarity I had disappears.
The words hide
in the corners of my mind.
Authentic expression of who I am
right now... gone.

Always, it seems like this.
Always, except this time.
Except for now.

How do I trap the words
so I can hold then up and
examine them in the light of day?

Write Mama, write.
Spill them out on paper
before you forget.
As soon as you have the chance

Some of it will stick.
Bring the fragments together.
Sew them and bind them
like a quilt.

Write and you will remember
what the wise woman said,
What your soul needs you to hear,
and to share.
Write, and hear the song of
the true voice within.

More tap tap

Ezra and Grandad

Tap tap art

The beautiful bride and her lovely daughter

Dani and Isabella

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Gannon!

On Saturday we went to a friend's party in the afternoon and in the
evening we celebrated with out friends Dani and John as they tied the
knot. The ceremony was an intimate one the day before and we went
along to their reception which was in a lovely village hall. It was
beautifully decorated and Dani looked stunning. I felt so proud and
happy for them all. Dani is mum to almost one year old Isabella, and
now also step mum to a sweet teen boy, George. John is so perfect for
her. We wish them all heaps and heaps of happiness!

Sibling love

My boy


Ha ha!

Our Wild Garden

Easter Bonnet

Sharing a book

With Lynsey and Andy

Dinner at the Harleywood Diner

Auntie Lynsey