Bringing beauty into daily life with children

“The things the child sees are not just remembered; they form part of his soul.” Maria Montessori I’ve shared this quote many times before, and I’m sure I will continue to do so! It’s one I come back to time and again, and for me it underlines my desire to give my daughter a beautiful childhood, a space in which to grow, learn, and flourish. I think that beauty is…

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Exploring Nature With Children: Harvest Moon

As I’ve spoken about before, we loosely follow the brilliant Exploring Nature With Children curriculum, dipping into it most weeks. I find that it gives me something to think about in terms of what we might be looking for on our nature walks and books to pull out to support this. This week focuses on the Harvest…

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Homeschooling preschool: our approach, our space

As September draws closer, I am seeing a lot of “prepping for the new school year” posts on social media from homeschooling families. So I thought I’d tell you a bit about our approach for the year ahead, and share our main “homeschool” space with you. Our approach  As ever, I remain eclectic in my…

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Rhythm in the Home: Our morning time rhythm + favourite resources

“Morning time” is one of the topics I get the most questions and requests for more information about, so I thought I would give you a deeper look into our morning time rhythm and our favourite resources. What is “morning time”? Morning time refers to a period of time we spend reading books and exploring…

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Exploring Nature With Children: Butterflies

This week is butterfly week in Exploring Nature With Children, the wonderful nature curriculum we are using. We have been looking out for any butterflies we spot in our garden or out on our walks, as well as observing our own butterflies who recently hatched from their cozy pupas. Waiting for them to emerge has…

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Exploring Nature With Children: Ants and other insects

As I’ve spoken about before, we are following the brilliant Exploring Nature With Children curriculum for our nature study. This weekend was designated “ant week”, and I thought we would take the week to read and talk about insects in general alongside ants specifically (avoiding caterpillars and butterflies – last week and next week respectively – and…

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Booking open for A Beautiful Childhood course

Montessori. Steiner-Waldorf. Forest School. Unschooling. You’ve heard people talking about these approaches. You’ve noticed #waldorfinspired, #natureplay and #montessoriathome. You’ve read a few blog posts, and they all sound good – but you’re still not quite sure what is behind these approaches beyond the beautiful wooden toys, lovingly presented trays, and Pinterest-worthy outdoor crafts. You want…

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