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.

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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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Happy Holiday wishes beneath my Christmas Tree !

Handwork Homeschool Happy Holidays Christmas Tree

 

To my dear Handworking, Homeschooling Friend ~

On this last day of 2015,
I’m sending you & your family many great & grand wishes for a
calm, connected & creative new year!

See you very soon….
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Christmas Reading (Part 4) – A Festive Book List from Handwork Homeschool

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Yay – it’s almost time to start bringing out the Christmas Books!

Around here, I bring out 1 book at a time throughout December.

Since I’ve been collecting holiday-themed books for many years now,
the pile is pretty high by Christmas Eve!

I’ve posted several of these lists – you can find the others
in the Handwork Homeschool Resource Library.
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This one is all about – guess who…

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Christmas Book List - Handwork Homeschool Life & Adventures of Santa claus

 

Christmas Reading (Part 4) –

A Festive Book List from
Handwork Homeschool

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Here’s a round-up of books about the famous man himself.

I really like those with beautiful details & a story line that strays a little bit beyond just someone bringing kids a bunch of toys.

Of course, if there happen to be a few fairies, old-fashioned outfits or a polar bear or two – that’s even better !

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 I always like to see what the illustrations are like in books as they can really bring the story to life for my kids, especially those who can’t read just yet…

So, I’ve included a few pages for you to see if these stories might suit your family.

Click on any image to enlarge it & to enter the slide show (look for arrows to scroll).

You may be wondering just HOW we have so many books – well, I’ve been collecting for quite a while (some are from my own childhood).

And –

each year, each one of my children receives 2 holiday books under the tree, one from my husband & I and the other from Santa.

It’s become a tradition I plan to share with my babes for some time to come!

I wanted to send this list to you now early in the season , so you’d have time to add a few to your own family trove if you wish (or get ahead of the pack & request it from your library!)

Do let me know if you have any other titles you think would fit well into our collection, I’m always on the look-out for gorgeous new books!

 

Happy almost Christmas-time!

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P.S.

– If you’d like to check out the rest of the Christmas Reading Lists
& much, much more…head over & get your own pass to the
Handwork Homeschool Resource Library 

Click HERE – – admission is FREE!

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