Home ed days: learning to read with Songbird phonics

Handa's surprising day

So, like I said the other day, The Book People had a sale on. Which was cruel of them. (Newsflash: Tuesday 10th until midnight, click here to use SHELL10 for 10% off your order! since released a new discount code of 5% off sales over £35, just use AFPEACH) So I ordered Songbird Phonics, a […]

Happy 40th Playmobil – a fun day at the Pirate Castle, Camden

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Yesterday was a very long day. I got up at 4.10 to work out what the alarm noise was, but it shut off before I could find it. (Don’t you love that?) Then I lay in bed afraid that I would sleep through the alarm, so just dozed until 6. Great start! So then, getting […]

Minimum mess makes – Spring pictures.

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As I blogged recently, I have some issues with mess. Since then, I’ve been trying to make sure that we do something crafty or sensory pretty much every day that we’re here (if we’re out and about I don’t bother quite so much!) I wish I’d written more nine/ten years ago about what I did […]

Stepping up to the messy play plate.

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I don’t like sticky, messy things. I’m not even fond of kneading dough or mixing cake. And as a young child, Small was much the same. It’s not fair though, to let that impact on the younger two. So since Christmas I’ve been making a real effort to get crafty and messy with them. We’ve […]

A short reading week for picture books.

When the challenge is to read 300 books in a year, that’s not quite 1 a day. I figured that getting a book a day in to begin with would be a good start though. So far I’ve read the Mozart Question aloud to the small children. I think I got more out of it […]

The cost of a child

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Can’t be measured in pounds and pence. I’m forever seeing articles going on about how many thousands of pounds it costs to raise a child to 18 years old and mostly it looks like nonsense. Yes, there are some specific costs. Children do need to eat and drink. They start in nappies and clothes and […]

Silent Sunday 21 July 2013

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The beach with added Miffy

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Yesterday I packed up the entire contents of the house and dragged them down the road to the beach for a couple of hours, then dragged them home again. That’s what it felt like anyway. It occurred to me that I carried less stuff when I was interrailing for a month than I do for […]

Growing green fingered children.

Growing green fingered children.

This post is an entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge (find the linky here) with Moneysupermarket I love gardening. No, really, I do. Or at least, I love the idea of it. The reality, with two small children, tends to be rather different. I imagine popping out into the garden, doing a spot of digging, sprinkling […]

Sometimes I forget the important things

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And I need a little reminder. Today we were sent a WeekendBoxClub box for review and knowing that I’m away this weekend, I thought I’d get started on it straight away. I’d forgotten how lovely it is to spend one to one time with Smallest, focusing on her and just doing something for her. I […]

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