"Where's Will?" - Introducing Young Children to Shakespeare

Tales of mistaken identity, tragedy, romance, forest fairies and a donkey-headed man named Bottom, these are the wonderful tales of William Shakespeare.

I stumbled across Where’s Will?: Find Shakespeare Hidden in His Plays (a Where’s Wally-style book) in our local bookstore and instantly loved it. Hamlet, MacBeth, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, all the most well-known of Shakespeare’s plays are brought together in this colourful and interesting book for children. Read more

Transform Your Homeschool Podcast - Episode 1: Setting Up Your Homeschool Room - The Big Picture

Today I’m sharing with you my first ever podcast. For a little while now, I’ve wanted to start a podcast series talking about some of the issues and questions that you guys often ask. I thought about writing another 30 Day series (like the 30 Days to Transform Your Play series) but instead thought that it might be nice to try a podcast. Here's episode 1. Read more

Homeschooling & Autism: Learning to Read & Spell

I don’t think I have told you all before, but a couple of years ago, we sought out the expertise of a psychologist to help us understand Jack better. We were already pretty certain that he had autism and was gifted but decided to have Jack undergo testing so we could put a few more pieces of the puzzle together. The psychologist confirmed our thoughts and diagnosed Jack with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jack’s cognitive assessment (testing a range of different intellectual and cognitive functions) has been instrumental in helping us to understand how Jack thinks and learns. Jack is Twice Exceptional (often abbreviated to 2e). Twice Exceptional is a term used to describe intellectually gifted children with a disability; exceptional ability in some areas and significant learning difficulties in others. This is Jack. Read more

Growing Mushrooms is So Fun! - Harvesting Mushrooms

Today I think we took the last harvest of our oyster mushrooms. Growing mushrooms has been so incredibly fascinating. The kids and I were completely enamoured by the entire process. We watched as furry white lumps turned into tiny mushrooms, then grew and grew. It was incredible.

Each day Jack and Sarah would check and water the mushrooms. “Mama, have you seen the mushrooms today?” Jack would exclaim, “they’re huge!” Read more

Choosing a Topic for Project Group: Woodworking

“What defined their [project] work was ownership. They directed and managed the project. They owned the work….[P]roject work is work that is chosen by children and done by children, with the help of attentive adults who are there to mentor, facilitate and support.” ~ Lori Pickert, Project-based Homeschooling

Did you see my post on starting a project group with other like-minded homeschoolers? Here it is, if you’d like to take a quick squiz. Today, I thought I’d run through how we (me and my two lovely friends) choose a topic for the children to explore more deeply in our Project Group. Read more

Today in the Homeschool Studio

Today in the studio.... collaging, block building, plaster sculptures and more. Here's a few photos from today. Read more

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