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Happy Labour Day (yes, I’m Canadian & there’s a “U” in there!)

How was your summer break ?

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Outdoor Hammock Reading Handwork Homeschool NEW Resource Library is OPEN !

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It seems to have flown by, although we’re having some pretty beautiful days so I can pretend it’s still late-summer (which of course, it really is – despite all the “back-to-lessons” hoopla !).

Every summer, I come up with this ginormous TO DO list.  You know, the one which includes all those tasks of every size which you gather on post-its & various scraps of paper?  Well, Continue reading

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A very tiny ancient treasure – NOT found on Pinterest!

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This is it.
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Ancient Yarn - Handwork Homeschool

 

You’re probably thinking what I’m thinking… really ?  That’s it?

When I read the headline

“FOUND:  A 3,000-year-old Ball of Yarn”

images of a gloriously dyed ball of some sumptuous stuff found hidden in an ancient temple in Constantinople or discovered carefully tucked into Continue reading

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My Children Have Special Needs & So Do Yours…

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I believe every child has special needs & I like to focus on
the word SPECIAL when I explain what I mean.

Wet Felting Handwork Homeschool

 

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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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A Royal Homeschooler Surprise

Arbella England's Lost Queen - Sarah Gristwood - Handwork Homeschool

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The surprise all started with this book!   Continue reading

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Cats, Mice & Cookies – Valentine’s is here again…!

Valentine's Cookie Making - Handwork Homeschool

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First of all,

let me assure you that this photo was not staged….

these little girls each happened to dress in their best “pink” clothes (without telling the other), the cookies just happened to be pink (mostly heart-shaped), we have a LOT of pink stuff in our house & well, I just “happened” to take a quick shot whilst they were deep in cookie-making concentration mode!!!

There was a time when people used to call me a small town Martha Stewart – a looong time ago in a land far away.

Around these parts, that title means pretty much little or nothing because believe it or not… Continue reading

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A Early Handwork Skills MAP {CLICK & print !)

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Imagine we just met at a cocktail party (yes, here in France!)

In between nibbles of hot-out-of-the-oven fresh, crusty bread topped with chunks of delicious local cheese, we’d get to chatting.

One thing would lead to another & you’d probably ask me what I do.

Handwork Homeschool Party

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I’d take a sip of wine, then say something like :

“ I have a virtual school where I teach
homeschooling Moms how creative handwork
can help their kids be happy, live well &
prepare for their future ”.

Then one of two things would probably happen…

You’d politely nod, catch the eye of the hostess & float off in search of a re-fill, thinking:

Really?  In this day & age?  Why would anybody spend time teaching their kids manual activities in today’s digital world?

Ohhh, look – mini quiches…”

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You’d lean in & say:

Really ?  Tell me more.  I know handwork is important for kids but I can never really put my finger on why they need it .

Ohhh, look ~ just a sec, let’s get some of those mini quiches first…”

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If you’re here & sticking around to chat, you know handwork is Continue reading

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Meet Mother Nature & Jack Frost

Enchanted Story Box Theatre - Handwork Homeschool

Yes, ladies (& gentlemen) – it’s finally here !

The
Handwork Homeschool Boutique

You know how people say
“you teach what you need to learn”?

Well, that is SO true for me & I always like to add another thought  Continue reading

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