Nature Nut In A January Rut?

“Just living is not enough; one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen I have a ‘thing’ when I read a book, study an artist or discover a new poet that I have to ‘know’ about their life; I’ll do a quick wiki search, find a podcast interview or just innocently…

My Living Books Life – Celeste Cruz

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. –Henry David Thoreau Like many homeschooling moms, I have always been a lover of books.  I’m embarrassed to admit how many Baby-Sitters Club books lined my shelves, but I also gobbled the good stuff: I re-read my Little…

Poetry Teatime – Creating A Language Rich Environment

When you pair poetry with tea, your children create a connection between contemplation and rest – Julia Bogart Yes, we are a tea drinking nation so this was a pretty natural move for me (smile); our home education has been established over pots of tea around our dining room table but there’s something quite special…

And The WINNER Is…

  There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Thank you to all you wonderful living book lovers who entered this competition; I am planning on wading through all your amazing recommendations and forming a blog post out of them, what fabulous…

The Brave And Beautiful Act Of Asking For Help

Every woman must and will walk her own journey of motherhood treading carefully in faith and fragility   Micah was three weeks old when the excruciating pains in my body left me doubled over; just as I was beginning to recover and my womb had reduced back to that pear-like shape that the Miriam Stoppard books so…

What I’m Reading – November

Beware of the person of one book. –Thomas Aquinas So here we are in November; we’ve had incredible weather here in the UK, the sun has been shining as the beautiful coloured leaves fall to the ground and there’s that perfect crisp ‘nip’ in the air, enough to get you under a blanket whilst picking…

5 Reasons (or reminders) Why We Should Read Aloud To Our Children

“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” ― Marilyn Jager Adams In a time where there are SO many distractions and forms of digital entertainment for our children it’s so easy to drop the beautiful…

What I’m Reading – October

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. –Ralph Waldo Emerson Yep, I love reading and I’m probably devouring books now more than in any other season of my life (maybe excluding all those sociology texts I had to read at University); I don’t really watch T.V…