I started to learn French when I was 19 - self-directed learning but with a correspondence course.  However, the way the course was structured didn't suit me.  It started out too slow and gained momentum too quickly and I got left behind. I tried learning a bit more ov...

November 18, 2019

Maybe you're researching home education way in advance of your child turning 6, or maybe you've decided (for whatever reason) to take a child away from a registered school and home educate them - often the first thing on a parent's mind is WHERE DO I START?!

If you are...

March 12, 2019

We've loved our "Famous People" game for a long time, so I just recently made more cards to extend the game.

Get a list of famous people throughout history, or for younger children make a list of people in your family (perhaps at different ages in their lives).

(Pages 11...

February 20, 2019

Painting with children at home is going to look very different to the Playcentre, kindy or school experience.

But I think it's such an important activity that we need to talk about HOW to do it.

The picture above is how my daughter painted with her youngest brother one d...

January 24, 2019

I was a child who loved to write.  I made up hundreds of stories in my head, and some of them actually made it down on paper.  I loved pens, pencils, journals, notebooks.  When I was about 10 a friend showed me how to do joined up writing and I was HOOKED!   I was, and...

January 6, 2019

What are life skills?


"life skill - noun - 

plural noun: life skills

  1. a skill that is necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life."

That's a good definition.

The internet also says:

"The Ten core Life Skills as laid down by WHO are:


December 28, 2018

Here's a beautiful moment my 3 year old was having when we were taking a leisurely walk together with none of his siblings.

We were walking at his pace, looking at what he wanted to look at, and stopping wherever he wanted to stop.

And he stopped at this sign.

And ran his...

December 21, 2018

We LOVE "phases"!

When one of our children was going through a model train phase my brother reminded me that he's been going through a model train phase for the last 40 years!

During the train phase we read train books, talked about trains, looked at some model train lay...

November 29, 2018

There are many worldly accolades, awards, medals and prizes that pass mothers by.  But a good mother is deserving of the highest award!

And this was on my mind the other night.  It was bedtime for my two little guys - 3 and 8.  For those who don't know me, our chil...

September 30, 2018

Hello fellow home educators!

Some of you may know me from my Adventures In Natural Learning books and Facebook page. For those of you who don't know me, here's a short bio: I'm Debbie, mum to seven amazing children from the ages of three to 25 years old, and we live in...

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