Thursday, March 31, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

public school and yet




Living a creative inspired life is my heart for my children, a life where they think for themselves not just swallow information; a life where they explore and test and discover. 
This year finds three of our four children at a small school and during fragile moments I worry. 
I worry that they are being institutionalized; that they are being fed information and worksheets without the discovery, the thinking for themselves. 
I worry have I sacrificed them to the system because I couldn't  handle the deep waters of home education.
During those times (especially), I look around and I see the little 'life corners'. Those little spots where inspiration can be found to discover, to look into, to take note, to imagine, to dream.
I might make a little 'tea-time', some yummies with tea-cups and read some poetry or have them read to me.
Home Education is a heart attitude and I remind myself that even though they now go to 'school', I am still in the little things, the details creating an atmosphere of life and education.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

thanking our way through Lent




Thinking about the lead up to Easter
what does it mean
to me
to our family
how do we want to celebrate Easter

I have been writing my thankyou's in my visual journey for a few years now
I covered some Moleskins and talked to the kids about easter
about all good things
about the giver
I suggested they keep their own book
writing down those good things
how many could they get down
a way of remembering
noticing
the Giver

With such enthusiasm have they taken on their thankyou books
each day leading up to easter we note down
the countless ways
He loves us

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

the kitchen sink

Thought I would join this lovely idea today as I can relate to this post.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

weekends are for

celebrating birthdays with friends...a great day at Movie World.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

tuesday :: cleaning and craft

Today I didn't get much cleaning done as little miss 'really need mama' by her side for most of the time but the most important things got done and that is time spent with my girl, time I'll never have again and so tonight I walk through the house with floors dirty and bathrooms needing help but I'm OK with it. For whatever reason, something unseen was going on in my little three year old today and I yielded (after self-talking) to her and she must have told me ten times how much she loved me this afternoon...so I'm thinking perhaps her little love tank needed re-filling and quality time together seemed to help fill it up.
Today we gathered up some of the stones that have been making their way back home from the waterhole and did some rock art. Isabella chose various fabric which we cut out and painted on the rocks with PVA. So simple and yet satisfying and Bella has already put aside some as gifts and some as 'magic stones' to play with. I'm using a few as page holders.The kids wanted to do some after school but a trip to the waterhole is required to gather more.
Bella has rephrased our Tuesday 'cooking and craft day' and today we made a yummy lemon cake for afternoon tea which was so nice as we all had honey tea and warm cake when the big kids were home from school. A lovely day indeed!