Friday fun with a three year old

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Today Tigerboy was pushing every boundary of being 3, right up to when he got a pair of scissors and chopped up the lens cleaning cloth I was using to put a screen protector on the iPad. Not good. So he got a screen ban. And then he got lots of targeted attention. There was […]

LeapReader Junior: Animals around the world book review

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We’re huge fans of picture books here, and also of LeapFrog products. We’ve got a LeapReader, which Smallest very much enjoys, but this is our first encounter with a LeapReader Junior, and I have to say, I’m sold on it, as is Tigerboy. It’s just the right size for his chubby gorgeous little hands, *and* […]

A trip to the library

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We’re going on a book hunt, we’re going on a book hunt. … I took a break from defending home education on twitter to go out and do some not-at-home education. We walked to the library. With Tigerboy’s little legs it takes quite a while. On the way there we discussed how to cross roads. […]

Following their interests (home education the lazy way)

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There is a technique sometimes referenced in home education circles called strewing, in which you casually leave educational resources round and about to sucker entice your children into educating themselves. I like to think of myself as an extreme strewer. I’m not, of course. I’m just disastrously untidy 😉 But today it worked well in […]

Meet Julia, the Bonikka doll.

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We have a *lot* of dolls in this house. They pass in and out of favour, although some are more popular than others. And Tigerboy has never really clicked with any of them, until now. When I was offered the chance to review a Bonikka doll from Imajo toys, I confess that I assumed Smallest […]

Getting hands on with Montessori education

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So, last week I took delivery of a very large box of Montessori materials from the lovely Anne-Marie from Child Led Chaos. And this week I started to get the resources out. The first one out of the box was the Trinomial Cube (amazon), for no other reason than both Big and I adore it. […]

After the silence

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the words. At the weekend I said that I thought Tigerboy was heading for a developmental leap. Today he took it. This morning it was the usual signing, pointing and grunting to decipher the breakfast requirements. He’s happy with it, mostly, although we have been having a few tantrums recently. Maybe the frustration has built […]

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 […]

Development assessment and alphabet soup.

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Earlier this week it was Tigerboy’s two year assessment. The local health visitor service had sent out a horribly American (diapers??) questionnaire for me to complete and take back, and I’d followed him around for a couple of days, looking for evidence of wearing boxes as hats, jumping with both feet and kicking balls. The […]

So much to do today.

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I was going to do some more photography, sort out some competition posts, look into a couple of affiliate deals, maybe catch up on some book reviews and definitely wade through my emails. Instead I slept in. Dragged myself out for a run, and then went for a shower with Tigerboy. And in the shower […]

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