A Fun Day of Spanish

Bean10 has been finding Spanish a little tough recently, so I wanted to inject a bit of fun into the subject (and at the same time give him a much-needed confidence boost) by creating a day filled with entertaining ways of practising the language. It turned out to be just what they needed – here’s what we got up to. … More A Fun Day of Spanish

Dear Overwhelmed Homeschool Mummy – A Letter From Your Guardian Angel

It’s a demanding (but rewarding) role this homeschooling motherhood. Even five years in, there are still weeks when I fail to take enough rest and end up at burnout point by the weekend. I’m sure I’m not the only one. So, to all those overwhelmed homeschooling mummies out there (new and existing), here’s a letter of encouragement to you from your own guardian angels. … More Dear Overwhelmed Homeschool Mummy – A Letter From Your Guardian Angel

What We’re Reading

Bean11 recently had to write a letter from her future self (from the year 2060) as part of an acting creative challenge she’d been set. This quote from her letter really made me smile:
“In this decade, there are billions of books in thousands of genres. In fact, the first of each month is a ‘reading day’, where everyone, all across the world, devotes their entire day to reading.”
To me, this sounds like bliss! Sticking with this theme, here are the books each of us are currently enjoying/have just finished. … More What We’re Reading

Our Family Goals for 2021

Last year for the first time, I shared and committed to our family goals on this blog. Somehow, pledging our plans in this way meant we were all much more motivated to achieve them. And although we didn’t succeed with everything, we did complete some feats of which I’m really proud. This post documents our family plans for 2021 from a biodiversity project, to more microadventures to endurance, skill and personal challenges (including a crazy plan to run 100km in 25 hours for the adults!). Can’t wait to get started! … More Our Family Goals for 2021

Developing Their Passions

St. Catherine of Siena said, “Be who you were meant to be, and you will set the world on fire.” Today’s post is about just that – how we as parents can help our children develop their passions and follow their dreams. Because surely, helping our children to find a job they love has to be one of the greatest gifts we can give them. … More Developing Their Passions

52 Microadventures

One of our family goals for 2020 was to complete 52 microadventures, defined as “adventures that are short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.” We stretched this definition a little as there were a few exciting adventures we wanted to experience further afield. We’ve finally achieved our goal and this post reviews our year of microadventures which turned out to be the perfect antidote to the difficult 2020 Covid pandemic. At various points, we all pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones, tried new activities, made the simple feel special and exciting by adding a new dimension, and had a ball in the process! … More 52 Microadventures

Homemade Cryptic Advent Calendars!

One of our most treasured Christmas traditions is our reusable Advent calendar, filled with cryptic clues which, once deciphered, lead the children to a hidden note with a simple Christmas-themed activity for that day along with a random act of kindness. To fit in with our studies, this year will be entirely Victorian-themed, with Victorian puzzles, crafts, decorations, recipes and games. To spread the love, the Beans have also sewn a cryptic Advent calendar each to gift to their cousins and filled it with cute little clues as to the hiding place of their daily chocolate coin! … More Homemade Cryptic Advent Calendars!