Things might be quiet for a while…

Just a quick post to apologise in advance. We may not post over the next few weeks while we plan curriculum, crafts and of course set up our YouTube channel. 

Soon as we’re back, we will post content on here at least once a week! 

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How To Clean Block Crayons

Am I the only one that loves block crayons but hates how dirty they get?

Ours had gotten so speckled with the other colours, they just didn’t work the same. We would use the yellow and we would end up getting little streaks of green, brown, black and… you get the idea!

Anyway this is just a quick post to share how to clean them as I was honestly worried that we would have to buy a new set they were so dirty! I didn’t think they could be saved – if that’s what you’re thinking then don’t worry because it’s easy to get them good as new!

All you’ll need is some kind of oil and an old cloth of some kind (I used a flannel and sunflower oil).

Simply put the oil on the cloth and wipe the crayons and they’ll be good as new again. It’s really that simple!

And just look how pretty the flannel went!

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We hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.

When it’s autumn

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The nights draw in and the cold crisp mornings call for extended pyjama wearing and ‘duvet days’.
The landscape is ignited with hues of yellow, orange and red; trees look ablaze.

We splash in puddles, squelch in mud and dive into enormous piles of crunchy leaves.
We collect natures treasures of conkers, acorns, pine cones and blackberries.

Pumpkins glow and fireworks blow; it’s time for fun festivals and fragrant foods.
We come in from the cold and wrap ourselves in blankets; snuggled together, we sip our homemade soup.

The house is filled with the smell of hot apples, bakes, cakes, cinnamon and pine.
And we swap stories whilst amongst a honey golden glow of candlelight at bedtime.

When it’s autumn.

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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.