Celebrating Autumn with Children

I know that yesterday was unseasonably warm, but autumn is most definitely here! We've had our first lighting of the log burner, to celebrate the Autumn Equinox last Sunday. I'm finding myself cooking soup and 'shepherdless' pie, and yesterday we wrestled our bag of winter clothes out in search of slippers. We're also really enjoying having candles lit in the evenings. Here are some of the ways that we have celebrated autumn together over the years. Go on an Autumn Nature Walk There's no better way to encourage young children to observe and talk about the change in season than by going out together on a walk in nature. You might have a nature spot that you like to visit regularly, but if not

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Play dough is a firm favourite in our house and, as well as making big batches for my monthly invitations, I also have a little Bean putting in her own requests. I've experimented with a number of recipes over the years, but this quick, no cook recipe is the best (in my opinion). Why does my child need to play with play dough? Working with play dough (in fact, any dough) is great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands. All that squishing and squashing helps to develop the muscles, enabling other skills such as using scissors, fastening buttons, holding a pencil etc. Working with play dough is calming and therapeutic, especially for ‘kinaesthetic’ learners (those who learn by ‘doing’).

Happy - A Journey in Mindfulness

You can't give from an empty cup. I know that this phrase has become a cliché, but I have learned this lesson the hard way with poor mental health. In recent years, I have had two acute periods of anxiety. Both episodes have left me house bound, unable to sleep or eat, vomiting, crying and feeling terrified of life. I am not ashamed to admit that I have suffered. I will talk about it with whomever will listen! I think, in part, talking about it has been important for my healing. I know that I am not alone. "One in four adults will experience a mental illness at some point each year in the UK. Three in four mental illnesses start in childhood, with 50% of mental health problems in adult life

5 Most Inspiring and Motivational Quotes for Home Educators

It's September. I've had that moment when you step outside first thing in the morning, breathe in a lung full of cold air and it feels like autumn. I've dug out my socks which I haven't seen since early May, and I'm making plans. Lots of plans. My social media feeds have been full of 'back to school' and 'not back to school' posts this week. To me, September always feels like it offers an opportunity for a fresh start, whether your child attends school or not. If you are new to home education, or even if you are not, what better way to start the new 'school' year than with some of my favourite inspiring and motivational quotes promoting home education... I like to remind people often that th

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