{Ten on Ten} December 2018

Ten on Ten December 2018 | The Open Home
Today’s handiwork.
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Ho Ho Ho!
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The new letterer in town.
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Best. Postcards. Ever.
Ten on Ten December 2018 | The Open Home
The latest masterpiece.
Ten on Ten December 2018 | The Open Home
Festive copy work.
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Seasons Greetings.
Ten on Ten December 2018 | The Open Home
Festive Treats.
Ten on Ten December 2018 | The Open Home
Curious goat.
Ten on Ten December 2018 | The Open Home
O Holy Night.

So I’m a little later than the tenth but it’s the practice that’s important not the timing, right? We had a quiet day at home for most of yesterday with our usual school day routines in the morning as well as a few festive activities to keep us busy. Then in the afternoon the girls went for their weekly playdate with their Nanny Goats and I finally found some inspiration for my Christmas chalkboard.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{Autumn Nature Study}

Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

We’ve entered into our second year of home educating this autumn and I’m delighted to say we’re still loving it. The rhythm of the year continues to play a big part in our learning and the season of autumn is one of our favourites.

We’ve hunted for conkers, searched for mini-beasts, identified nuts, berries and leaves, painted pumpkins, discussed hibernation, explored the woods for mushrooms, lichen and moss, and soaked in that glorious autumn sun.

Here are some of the snapshots:

Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Frolicking in the leaves.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Frog spotting.
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Glorious mushrooms.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Autumn Wonderland.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Pumpkin Picking.
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Autumn favourites.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Into the woods.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Fabulous fungi.
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Magnificent toadstools.
Nature Study Autumn 2018 | The Open Home
Play. The natural way.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Journal time.
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The ginkgo in all it’s glory.

What do you enjoy most about nature this Autumn?

{November Gratitudes}

Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For wind swept hair and golden sun.
Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For shoes on our feet and a roof over our heads.
Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For autumn walks and show stopping toadstools.
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For quality time and outdoor adventures.
Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For magical moments and memories to treasure.
Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For faith and friendship and love that wins.

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during November, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #53

Daughter Diaries 53 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you’re growing way too fast for my liking! There are moments when I catch a glimpse of the gentle, brave and independent young woman you will become and I feel proud to be walking with you on this journey, and then there are moments when we walk hand in hand playing Piglet and Pooh and I wish these sweet, carefree years of childhood could last forever. Dear Bubbles, your reaction to my yellow wonderland surprise was  truly adorable! I love your sense of wonder and your knack for seeing the beauty in the small things. In the end the small things turn out to be the big things, it’s a lesson worth learning whilst you’re young. Dearest Daughters, may you always keep hold of your childhood whimsy and wonder, for these are the memories I will be holding on to when my hair is grey and my legs are wobbly.

Have you been to see the gorgeous ginkgo tree in Candie Gardens yet?

 

{Ten on Ten} November 2018

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A Blustery Day.
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An autumn walk.
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A game of Pooh Sticks.
Ten on Ten November 2018 | The Open Home
A magnificent mushroom.
Ten on Ten November 2018 | The Open Home
Some alfresco cocoa.
Ten on Ten November 2018 | The Open Home
Some outdoor snuggles.
Ten on Ten November 2018 | The Open Home
Some extra research.
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Some dancing in the rain.
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A spot of mail art.
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A much needed reminder.

Such a beautiful autumn morning for a daughter date with my first born. We played Pooh Bear amongst the pine trees, marvelled at the impressive fungi specimens and spotted new-to-us birds. We then made it back home in time to beat the rain, or rather dance in it and then enjoyed a cosy afternoon indoors.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

 

{October Gratitudes}

Gratitudes October 2018 | The Open Home
For autumn glory and the world of make believe.
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For helping hands and home made pies.
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For paper goodness and simple pleasures.
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For crisp sunny days and sneaky peeks.
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For growing girls and body love.
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For sticky fingers and mucky chops and the sweet joys of these early years.
Gratitudes October 2018 | The Open Home
For works of art and friends in faraway places.

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during October, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #52

Daughter Diaries 52 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, watching you learn to read has been empowering for both you and me and watching your excitement as you begin joined up handwriting was just delightful! Your dream of “writing like Mummy!” is now within your grasp and I’m honoured to be your inspiration, ever so thankful to be your guide. Dear Bubbles, your whimsical ways and wonder of life are incredibly endearing and make me want to hold on to these early years with you all the more. Frog watching, postbox spotting and dandy blowing all fill your sweet heart with joy, I can learn so much from you. Dearest Daughters, may you always be this sweet and enthusiastic, life is for the living so live it with passion.

Can you spot the frog in the photo?