Happy birthday!

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Wishing my big girl a happy birthday today. I can’t believe she is 4 already!

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She had a wonderful day. She had some of her friends round, to join her in her birthday celebrations. We all had sandwiches, cake and lemonade. We played games, danced, looked after baby dolls and ran around outside.

She finished her birthday off with our tradition of lighting the birthday ring and reading a bedtime story in candlelight – snuggled together in cozy corner.

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Magical Morning

I love our woodland walks. It’s our natural playground – Ava loves to run free.

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We looked for elves and fairies.

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We fed the friends of the forest.

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This morning was a magical morning.

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How was your morning? Do you have a special place you like to visit?
We would love to see your special places – you can share them over on our Facebook page, if you like.

Bright blessings everyone.

Homemade glitter crayons

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This morning we have been sorting through our craft box to see what we can use up before we invite new craft supplies into our home. We came across some old crayons that haven’t been used in over a year. Some were broken, but mainly they were just unused.

So I decided, rather than throw them away – why not reuse them? I grabbed the crayons and a tub of glitter, then Ava helped me make some fab new crayons!

They are so easy to make!

YOU WILL NEED:
Old crayons
Cupcake tin (or if you’re really creative, you could use a silicon one with fancy shapes)
Glitter

TO MAKE:
1. Preheat your oven to 130 degrees Celsius.
2. Peel all the paper off of your crayons.
3. Break your crayons into small pieces.
4. Put the pieces into the cupcake tin.
5. Sprinkle some glitter over the crayons.
6. Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
7. Leave them to cool in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, once cool they will pop out easily just by turning the tray upside down.

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It’s amazing how wonderful they look! They also make beautiful colours when put onto paper. Ava really enjoyed drawing with them.

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Let us know how you got on with them and I’m happy to add links below to your blog!

The weather tree

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This is our weather tree. Every morning, once we have finished our songs, we will be colouring in one leaf as part of our morning rhythm. It’s a great way to discuss the weather and seasons with small children. It’s also a really simple way to keep routine – even for those with the most busiest of lives. It can be started at any time of the year and the whole thing comes blank, making it very flexible. You could even add more leaves to the key for different weathers such as thunder, hail and rainbows – there is room, we just strimmed ours down to make it more compact.

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We have decided to put our weather tree by our season table.

The weather tree can be found in All Year Round: A Calendar of Celebrations (Festivals and the Seasons) along with other fabulous ideas for different occasions throughout the year.

I look forward to showing you what our tree looks like in 365 days time!

The road to Waldorf…

It’s almost been a year since I started this blog and decided to home educate. I remember in the beginning I had no idea what route I was taking, I was still learning – well, to be honest, I’m still learning! But I have finally decided, after pondering many styles of home education for the past year, that Waldorf education is the one that feels right for our family. I consider myself pagan and I like to follow the rhythms of the sun, the seasons and the moon etc. so discovering that Waldorf education also follows the seasons, is also in touch with nature and the natural rhythms of life, made this particular style very appealing. Things may change – but as it stands, I have fallen in love with it.

At the moment, I am in the process of decluttering our home in an attempt to have a calmer environment for the girls. I’ve donated about a third of our toys so far – and to my surprise, they seem much happier. I’ve also reduced the amount of clothes they have – a lot of stuff barely fits anymore.

We will be drastically reducing screen time. So, no computer, no games consoles, no tablet and very minimal TV – I’m not saying no to TV completely, simply because I believe there is no harm in watching the odd film every now and then. I love snuggling up with my girls, popcorn and a film, occasionally. At the end of the day different things work for different families and we are just doing what works well for us.

As of next week, I will be introducing circle time in the morning. We will sing songs, talk about what we might do that day and talk about the weather, days of the week and seasons of the year.

I’m so excited for what the future holds and I’m so happy we have found a style of education we truly love. We are on the road to Waldorf.

Flowers

In an attempt to encourage wildlife into our little city garden, we have been doing a little each week to make a difference.

A few weeks ago, Ava potted some mystery seeds…

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The seeds have since sprouted and flourished. Today, we got our first flower!

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I’m really looking forward to seeing some butterflies in our garden.

100 years since WW1

This week, it has been 100 years since World War One. To mark the centenary of the First World War, we took a trip to the RAF museum.

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The RAF museum is such a fantastic place. We are so lucky to have so many free educational places to visit in London! Ava is a bit too young to understand the world war, but she did learn a lot about planes and how they work.

She really enjoyed pretending to be a pilot!

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We plan to do some arts and crafts over the next few days surrounding what we learnt today.

The RAF museum is a definite must for any plane, army or vehicle enthusiasts!

Bird feeders

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Living in a city can mean we can become disconnected from nature a little. I long for the day where my children can live alongside nature and run free in the countryside, just like I did as a child. For now though, I accept we are in the city – but that doesn’t mean we can’t try and add nature into our lives. In our concrete jungle, there are some hidden wonders – it’s just about using our imagination and thinking about how we can bring mother nature to us and surround ourselves with her beauty!

Each week, we plan to get creative and use the natural world around us.

We start this week by making pine cone bird feeders. This is a really easy and simply craft activity that young and old alike can enjoy. My eldest daughter is almost 4 and she absolutely loved making these!

You will need:
Pine cones
Lard
Bird seeds – these can be found at any large supermarket down the pet isle
Wool
A spoon – optional – feel free to get messy with your hands!

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To make:

1. Weave and tie some wool around your pine cone.

2. Spread the lard thickly and evenly, all over the pine cone.

3. Roll the lardy pine cone in the bird seeds.

4. Hang your bird feeders.

It really is as simple as that! Try it and let us know how you got on! We would love to see pictures of your bird feeders!

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Water graffiti

Just a quick post as I haven’t posted in ages.

This is a great activity for babies and young children as it’s mess free. No need for aprons. All you need is a paintbrush, a jar of water and a hot summers day!

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Have fun!