Learning French: The start of our journey

Bonjour! I have mentioned a few times that I have started to teach French to Frida, and I have received quite a few questions and requests for more information. I hope you find this post useful! I want to caveat this post by saying that I’m essentially making this up as I go along, but…

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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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Beautiful Books: Gerda Muller

At the moment Frida can’t get enough of Gerda Muller’s books. I’m not surprised – Muller’s books are amazing. They all have a strong focus on the seasons and the natural world, featuring ponds, woods, gardens, farms, and balconies full of plants. They reflect a slower pace of childhood where children spend their holidays helping…

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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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Exploring Nature With Children: Caterpillars

For the last week and a half we have been studying caterpillars. We are following the brilliant Exploring Nature With Children curriculum for our nature study, and this fortnight is designated for caterpillar study. After some deliberation I decided we would do as the curriculum suggests and order some caterpillars to “grow our own” butterflies, as observing…

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Meet the Mother: Kelly Klockenbrink

I am delighted to be sharing this interview series with you, where I will be talking to a different woman every fortnight about parenting, motherhood, their daily rhythm and what makes a beautiful childhood. So without further ado, let’s meet the mother… This week, I’d like to welcome Dutch photographer and mother of three Kelly…

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The Peaceful Home Part III: Rethinking food and mealtimes

If there’s one topic which has the potential to worry even the most laid-back parent, I’m pretty sure it’s food. An empty plate and a tummy full of vegetables can leave us feeling pleased and relieved; an untouched plate and a tummy with just a few chips in can make us feel (wrongly) like failures.…

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