Montessori moments – paper cutting.

Staedtler Noris club small left handed scissors

One of the many strengths of Montessori is its focus on practical activities, introduced using real tools appropriate to the task at hand. If you’ve small children you’ve no doubt encountered their fascination with scissors – the Montessori approach is to demonstrate how to handle and carry them safely. It’s very easy to do in […]

Everything is awesome! or, LEGO® based home education.

Lego storystarter education kit

Today has been a LEGO® themed day. Last night I started a post on a book I’ve got for review, LEGO®-Based Therapy (I didn’t finish it, you’re going to have to hang on til tomorrow.) Then this morning, I got a lovely LEGO Education starter pack in the post, so our home education was brick […]

A walk in the woods

through the flower window

Yesterday we were looking for signs of season change in the garden. Today we took The Gruffalo Nature Trail book and our new nature bags, and went to the woods to look for more. I like our little local woods. Little is the operative word sadly. Apparently Suffolk has only 7% forest cover, less than […]

Saturday Snippets 27 September 2014

tissue paper dyeing

{watching} Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (Amazon). Arrived for review this morning, and was absolutely perfect for a trimmed down #familyfilmnight with just the younger two. And I enjoyed it, which was a bonus, although a film featuring Sir Patrick Stewart as a tree is always going to stand a chance with me Unlike the […]

Parenting spoons

parenting spoons

Not the parenting *of* spoons. Not quite. No, this is about the resources we all have. Anyone with chronic illness or disability has probably come across The Spoon Theory (If you haven’t, go read it. I’ll wait.) Are we all caught up? Now, I’m not going to say that parenting is like a chronic illness. […]

Saturday snippets 20 September 2014

{enjoying} a day out in London. Without children. Talking about books (new book from Lucinda Riley who remembers my review of Midnight Rose, and then having coffee with a friend. (Yes, me, having coffee, with a real live friend.) {reading} Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life. Which I’m in […]

Beautiful sunset today

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Makes the fog all worthwhile

Unschooling with Animal Crossing

So this year Small is old enough to be in high school. (When did it start getting referred to as high school here instead of secondary?) Mathematically speaking he’s several years ahead of his peers. In terms of reading he reads extremely well, if sporadically. His writing is excellent, if a little quirky (you can […]

Dear Microsoft, about this game you’ve bought.

I understand that you’ve bought Minecraft. Not just the game, or even a development license, but the entire development studio, lock, stock and barrel, minus the guy who came up with it in the first place. Now, I can see why you think it’s a good move. It’s a really popular game. Although I’m seeing […]

Feeling blue

beach light

So what do you do? A trip to the beach to blow the cobwebs away. And then a cup of tea. Of course.

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