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The sprout and the bean
Living the fullest life possible...now if I could just find my keys
Interests: cooking with wholefoods, travelling off the beaten path, waldorf steiner, montessori, gardening all over the place, the 1940's, my hilarious and hectic family, second hand treasures and granny crafts.
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I've seen these dolls up close and they are lovely! I love visiting the store and eating at Momo. It's a lovely little community there
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In the middle of an unusually productive morning Jack alerted us all to an unexpected visitor. A rather large dragonfly had made its way to the back door step and we soon realised he had damaged wings and was unable to fly. We spent some time just watching the creature... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at The sprout and the bean
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All across this country, in fact across this entire globe, there are hundreds of thousands of people who have taken on the role of carer. They have taken on the care and responsibility of another person's well-being, no small task. I am amazed and in awe of these people and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
There are so many lovely things here. Enough to entertain a homefull of playful kids. We could give all these lovely toys a good home.
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Sometimes with this homeschooling caper I wonder if I'm doing enough. There seems to be a lot of playing going in and there is not a lot of sit down, structures lessons going on. Lately I've been doing a bit of sneaky assessment, to see what has sunk in and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
Recently one little book worm has been interested in geography. I got Flynn his own library card and bag a few weeks ago and during our most recent library trip he returned with three atlases! I asked him if there was a particular country he wanted to study and he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
Now that I've got a few months homeschooling under my belt I'm beginning to spot potential teaching moments in just about everything. Last week we took fractions into the kitchen, using the different cup measurements to look at the parts of a whole. We talked about measuring liquids and solids,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
Every now and again I accidentally stumble across something that seems to universally appeal to kids. There is the puddle, mud pile, cardboard box and bubble wrap of course but who knew balloons would be such a winner. Yesterday was my 30th and Flynn was bothered, to say the least,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
Science this week took an unexpected turn, we have a rather 'active' rooster amongst our girls (Chris and I call him Roger accordingly), and it has not escaped the attention of a certain 5 1/2 year old. He has noticed the strange behavior and he knows something is up. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
I feel so foolish. It has taken me this long to discover Montessori. Sure I had heard of it but never delved any deeper than to appreciate that there is a focus of developing independence and self-care in little ones. I've always been big on getting my boys to try... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
We are a few weeks into the home schooling now and things are starting to run smoothly, things feel a bit more naturals and both Flynn and I are moving into the new routine (I use the word lightly). As we are coming to the end of winter I thought... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
There are a few things I have come across while visiting Steiner schools that I have really coveted for my home. The simple wooden play things, beautiful dyed silks, handmade dolls and amazing artworks on the blackboards. None more than the eye catching window stars, they look so delicate, vibrant... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
Oh what a week! It's has been so long since I have been without at least one child upon my person, years I believe, and I didn't realise how much I needed just a little time away. Just four nights away and I feel as if my batteries have been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
I'm not entirely sure where the inspiration for this activity came from. Yesterday I made a lovely smoothie with the kids, piña colada inspired, with the addition of one whole beet root from the garden. It tasted great and was the most vivid hot pink colour. We had left overs... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
Our train collection is one of those things, a bit like stuffed toys, that seems to multiply when you're not looking. I bought a little wooden train set during a trip to Ikea, it cost $15 and had just enough pieces that Flynn could put it together himself. I carried... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
What an exciting prize!fingers crossed.
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Hello and let me introduce myself, actually let me introduce the whole clan. Firstly there is Chris, hubby extroidinare, RAAFie, builder of things, killer of spiders and human compass. His most wonderful trait is his love and tolerance of me. We are quite opposite personalities, see. I'm prone to singing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
There has been a lot of focus on our eldest lately with the transition to homeschooling. Today I decided to do an activity aimed at our very creative and hands on boy, Jack. Our middle boy gets himself lost in drawing and painting and will often weave together an elaborate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
In most people's childhood there is a brief window of time in which the world is a magical, wondrous place. Where there are no limits to what may be and fiddly, annoying things like physics and reason don't get in the way of one's imagination. Parents can be like sorcerers,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
The most frequently asked question I have received lately is how I plan to homeschool with two little ones in tow. It's a very good question and one that I have asked myself several times. It really boils down to taking an idea and adapting it slightly for each age... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
It would be an understatement to say I was looking forward to today. The two week school holidays is going to be a trial for Chris and I, just to make sure we really want to homeschool and to sort out the 'how too's'. I have been busy reading through... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
Recently Chris and I have made the decision to partially homeschool our eldest son. This means he will go to school for some subjects and do others with us. When we finally made this decision we were both excited, each discussing which subjects we would spear-head and planning a well... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
Our eldest has been doing a health and safety unit at school, visiting a fire station and the local hospital. Naturally this interest has been making its way into the kids play as they run around putting out fires, painting fire trucks and playing hospitals. I painted this doll as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
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Whilst wading my way through the Blogosphere I came across this site, Nurture store, there are so many great activities that can be done with kids of many ages. I will be checking through the list these holidays, enjoy. http://nurturestore.co.uk/screen-free-week-kids-activities Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at The sprout and the bean
We are just beginning our homeschooling journey. I have loved the preschool text from Christopherus. This would be a very welcome prize for us
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