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

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!

Carving Out Time for Yourself

For busy parents, especially at this time of year in the crazy run up to Christmas, it can be so hard to find time for yourself. To take time to stop and breathe; move away from the relentless to do list and instead do something you enjoy, an activity that nourishes your soul. This post is about doing just that – gifting yourself the time to be creative, manage your physical and mental health, and socialise with your tribe. … More Carving Out Time for Yourself

A View Into Our Homeschool Days: Physics Lessons Part 1

When I first started home educating, I was very keen to see what it looked like for current homeschoolers on a day to day basis. So, I’m starting a series of shorter posts highlighting a detailed snapshot of what home education looks like for us each week/month for the different subject areas. First up: physics. … More A View Into Our Homeschool Days: Physics Lessons Part 1