{March Gratitudes}

Gratitudes March 2020 | The Open Home
For the respite that is nature.
Gratitudes March 2020 | The Open Home
For the artist that is within.
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For life amidst chaos.
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For the spring that comes after the winter.
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For the art of celebration.
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For the strength to carry on.
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For our lifestyle of learning.

 

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #65

Daughter Diaries 65 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, it happened! It finally happened! After a year of patiently waiting you have finally lost a tooth! What a momentous milestone for you, my dear. I’m so sorry that we can’t go out and get ice-cream to celebrate as planned, but we shall just have to take a rain check on that and go when the world is a little less strange. Dear Bubbles, yesterday’s nature walk was one of the best, the perfect walk to supersede the island’s lock down. For you know amongst all the craziness of life right now, in that little garden, at that moment in time, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and it felt good to be alive. Nature has a way of making everything feel right, doesn’t it? Dearest Daughters, in the words of Rachel Carson, “there is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrain of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after the night, and spring comes after winter.” Dawn will come my loves, dawn will come.

How do you plan to make the most of your time in isolation?

{Wild Challenge} Signs of Spring

RSPB Wild Challenge | Signs of Spring | The Open Home

This year we’ve decided to take on the RSPB Wild Challenge as a family and we’re currently working towards our Bronze Award. For each award you need to complete three “Experience Nature” activities and three “Help Nature” activities. We started with an experience nature activity looking for signs of spring in our beloved weekly nature spot, Candie Gardens.

We spied new buds, admired spring bulbs, sniffed sweet blossoms, counted petals, compared leaves, listened to bird song and hunted for bugs and frogs.

Here’s our photo evidence:

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What are your favourite signs of spring?

 

 

{February Gratitudes}

Gratitudes February 2020 | The Open Home
For family favourites and the first read of the year.
Gratitudes February 2020 | The Open Home
For animal friends and access all areas.
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For Valentines treats and another year or me.
Gratitudes February 2020 | The Open Home
For winter walks and gardeners that stop to talk.
Gratitudes February 2020 | The Open Home
For small pockets of art and words to treasure.

 

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #64

Daughter Diaries 63 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, When starting out on our flexible learning lifestyle, teaching you to read was one of the things that daunted me the most. Many parents get to outsource this learning milestone but I was going to be solely responsible for you achieving it and I felt that weight. I’m pleased to say that you’re really doing beautifully with your reading. Are you at the same reading level as other children your age? I have no idea. But do you find beauty in books and have an eagerness to open and devour them? Yes, yes you do and that’s way more important, in my opinion. Dear Bubbles, I love that your favourite books are also, unknown to you, the same three books that your big sister selected from the bookshelf. Probably because you shared such joy together when discovering these literary beauties. Connecting through books is such a wonderful part of our homeschool life and definitely my favourite part of being the Mummy Teacher. I’ll never forget your sweet anticipation as the little wooden horse raced to find his owner, or the childish giggles that can be heard as you read about oompa loompas and enormous crocodiles with Daddy. Dearest Daughters, in the words of Ernest Hemingway, “there is no friend as loyal as a book.”

Whats your favourite children’s book?

 

{January Gratitudes}

Gratitudes January 2020 | The Open Home
For another year, another decade and another stack of books.
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For homeschool magic and handmade toys.
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For the love of nature and the love of poetry and the combination of the two.
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For winter sun and winter fun.
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For pockets of creativity and evenings of self care.
Gratitudes January 2020 | The Open Home
For beauty in all seasons.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #63

Daughter Diaries #63 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, your love of the arts is plain to see. Be it a landscape by Constable or a sculpture by Degas, a concerto by Mozart or a hymn that hits the soul, you appreciate it all, eager to soak in it’s richness and beauty. I love this about you and I love that such a simple element of our homeschool has such importance to your heart. Dear Bubbles, your little hands aren’t always able to execute your desired art, but when it comes to weaving it turns out that your eager hands are swift and able. Try to remember it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, there is a lot of joy and beauty to be found in the process. Dearest Daughters, may you continue to seek beauty in all it’s forms.

What beauty have you noticed lately?