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Gameschooling – Best Games for 4-6 Year Olds

Gameschooling – Best Games for 4-6 Year Olds

My son loves to play games and this term we have made it part of our daily rhythm. When we move from Morning Time to Tablework we transition with one (or two or sometimes three) quick games. It has been wonderful. He also loves to choose a game from his shelf in free time. Games are some of the most useful tools for teaching thinking and logic skills, but also for honing character traits such as patience, perseverance and graciousness….

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Transitional Chapter Books for Young Boys

Transitional Chapter Books for Young Boys

It’s CBCA Book Week! We have been having fun celebrating books this week with dress ups, making bookmarks, a new book lamp for reading in bed, and a couple of trips to the library planned. I wanted to share some of my son’s favourite books that he has been reading. In fact, as I edit this, he is curled up on the couch with a book. It’s beautiful. I previously wrote about how we began to teach our son to…

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My son’s face is smudged with chocolate. He’s smirking with joy and pride. Why? Because we have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It began, like many of our read alouds, with the movie (we prefer the Gene Wilder version). At the moment this is working well for us because he loves the story, knows the characters and is excited to read the book. The book has been delightful. Roald Dahl is a wonderful storyteller and his stories are…

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How to Get the Most out of your Local Library: Children’s Edition

How to Get the Most out of your Local Library: Children’s Edition

Did you know that we can walk to our local library? It’s at the end of our street. How wonderful is that! As an adult I never really used the public library that much. Just an occasional book here or there. Mostly I used my college library for research or bookshops and my Kindle for books. Since having kids, and moving so close to the public library I have been challenged to fully take advantage of this wonderful, FREE, resource….

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Poetry Teatime – Bringing Wisdom and Wonder to our Week

Poetry Teatime – Bringing Wisdom and Wonder to our Week

I hate tea. There I said it. Sorry to all the tea lovers out there. I just can’t stand the taste. I also can’t stand coffee which apparently is quite unusual these days. Yet every Monday I smile, grit my teeth and drink a cup of tea. Why? Well, Monday is the day that we do Poetry Teatime. While his brother is napping we lay down a white tablecloth. Set out my Grandmother’s good china. Light candles. Drink tea, because…

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Mum Heart – A Conference for this Mother’s Heart

Mum Heart – A Conference for this Mother’s Heart

It’s still dark outside as I leave my sleeping family snug in their warm beds and sneak outside into the cold to begin my drive. It feels so strange to be leaving them. Even if only for a day. I turn on my podcast playlist and begin driving. Three hours and one pit stop later I arrive. I walk from my car to the Hotel. The waves are thundering on the beach across the road. I walk up the stairs…

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101 Favourite Picture Books for Preschoolers

101 Favourite Picture Books for Preschoolers

I had a Mother who read me the things That wholesome life to the boy heart brings– Stories that stir with an upward touch, Oh, that each mother of boys were such! You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be– I had a Mother who read to me. The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan Our house is full of books. It’s not that we have a lot (that…

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Learning to Read – How we Taught our Three Year Old to Read

Learning to Read – How we Taught our Three Year Old to Read

When you prepare yourself to begin pulling together a homeschool curriculum, one of the first things you consider is how you’re going to teach your child to read. Well, my son kind of beat me to it. As I shared in my previous post (here) he was showing a multitude of signs that he was ready to read when he was just 3 ½ years old. I didn’t want to start a formal teaching program with him at that age…

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Reading Readiness – Our Story and some Tips to Develop Reading Readiness in your Child

Reading Readiness – Our Story and some Tips to Develop Reading Readiness in your Child

Our eldest son is reading at about a third grade level. He’s just turned 4. I started teaching him when he was 3 ½. Sometimes I struggle with this. I don’t want to be seen as that mum. You know, the mum that pushed and drilled her little child just so they can announce with pride that their child can read at a young age. Sometimes when people realise his reading ability they ask me how I taught him and I…

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An Assortment of Experts – Homeschooling Methods. Which one do we use?

An Assortment of Experts – Homeschooling Methods. Which one do we use?

When I first started thinking about homeschooling I was completely overwhelmed by the different educational philosophies being spouted. Montessori? Charlotte Mason? Classical? Unschooling? What does that even mean? I love to research and analyse and my eldest was only a baby so I had, well, a bit of time before implementing anything other than peek-a-boo. I joined Facebook groups, trawled through blogs, bought and borrowed books. At the bottom of this post I have included a list of helpful books,…

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