I believe every child has special needs & I like to focus on
the word SPECIAL when I explain what I mean.
The label “special needs” started being widely used when I was in grade school
(or at least that’s when I first encountered it).
In grade 5, my teacher paired me with a “special” needs girl so I could tutor
her during class.
Back then, I was incensed – why should I have to be associated with someone
“different” & why did I have to juggle listening to the teacher so I could learn
my own lessons while helping someone else at the same time?
Every night for a week, I complained to my mother (a former teacher,
who was thrilled that I had been chosen for what she saw as an important task)
who calmly told me that she would not call my teacher to express
any sort of disapproval.
And so… Continue reading
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6 books I’ve read & 1 I haven’t!)
By now, you’ve probably gathered that I like to read….a lot!
Not novels or magazines (ok, the odd one here & there) but books that you’d probably call Continue reading
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Tagged fibre-work, hands on curriculum, Homeschooling in France, textiles, The Making Lessons
I have a handwork confession to make. Of all people,
I’m probably the last person you’d ever expect to not want to talk about handwork or fibre or making things – but Continue reading
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Before you were born, you were aware of lights, sounds, movements, warmth
& other sensations. What was one of the few things that you didn’t experience while
still snuggled up inside your mother …?
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Yes, we have bird-fever around here. It started last spring & without any notice,
my son has suddenly developed the most fervent adoration for feathered fowl!
So, I designed a small bird/egg felt project for my kids. They adored it ! Who knew
I could still find a way to interest them in playing with their felt boards…? Continue reading
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Yesterday, I noticed that I had Continue reading
Every year, as my children get older,
I find it more & more challenging to find books to give them as
part of our festive celebrations.
This Eostre/Easter season is no different. I was beginning to despair of ever finding something beautiful after spending ages wading through all of the cartoon character books “dressed up” for Easter… until Continue reading
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Tagged books about hares, bunnies, country bunny, Easter, easter bunny, easter reading list, eostre, Homeschooling in France, rabbits, unusual easter books, Waldorf Education
It’s easy to drop creativity into
the “extra” file in your mind.
When an idea for a project pops into your head (as one does more often than you’d like to admit) – do you feel a little bit guilty?
Wonder if anyone else knows that you’ve indulged yourself in a mini-daydream for a moment?
Immediately, you think, “WOW!, FAB! , amazing !! — maybe later”…
What flavour is your Creativity CAKE?
Why do we feel that being creative is the “icing on the cake” when it’s actually –
THE CAKE ?
The mouth-watering triple-decker cake that we should be serving ourselves everyday… & not just a wafer-thin piece, either, but Continue reading
Make your DREAM Project Real
Be incredibly inspired, wildly creative & happily productive.
So, you read that & thought,
“I’d love to but… my DREAM project is big & has lots of moving parts. When I think about it, it makes my breath catch & my mind quiver at the same time. Secretly, I want to do it with all my heart… “
Let me tell you a bit about your DREAM project that maybe no one has ever told you before.
Your DREAM project exists solely to help you in some way.
It is actually a spiritual container for your soul challenges & life skills.
They’re waiting for you inside your DREAM project, for you to creatively experience & master them.
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In this 5-Minute Handwork Homeschool Lesson,
you’ll learn how to do the Knitted Cast – On. Continue reading