{Daughter Diaries} #45

Daughter Diaries 45 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, January is proving to be a cold and blustery kind of month, but whilst others are hibernating indoors away from the elements you are eager to continue exploring nature together, “just us!” I love you enthusiasm for learning, your wonder of nature and especially your need to refuel with hot chocolate. A girl after my own heart that’s for sure! Dear Bubbles, I’m afraid age comes to us all. You were reluctant to turn three last month, but now that the shock and denial is wearing off you appear to be embracing your new age with real gusto. Being three is not all that bad after all, you finally get to go to play school, will soon start swimming lessons with Daddy and can now also watch The Jungle Book! Wow, you must be a big girl. Dearest Daughters, may this year bring you lots of adventures and many happy memories.

What’s your favourite Disney Film? Our girls have only seen 5, but The Aristocats is a favourite around here.

{December Gratitudes}

Gratitudes December 2017 | The Open Home
For joy, unspeakable joy, rises in my soul, never lets me go.
Gratitudes December 2017 | The Open Home
For the sweet anticipation of Christmas.
Gratitudes December 2017 | The Open Home
For homemade favourites and the smell of Christmas.
Gratitudes December 2017 | The Open Home
For family learning and hands on grannies.
Gratitudes December 2017 | The Open Home
For robins and sparrows and blue tits and black birds and all the regular visitors to our garden.
Gratitudes December 2017 | The Open Home
For sweet souls, cheeky laughs and the joy of raising girls.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #44

Daughter Diaries 44 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, at 4 years old you have yet to ask for anything for Christmas, the possibility of simply getting presents seems to be exciting enough for you. Just for the record you girls will be getting some gifts, but not because you’re less naughty than nice – we’re not keeping a list, nor checking it twice! – but because we love you just as you are. Dear Bubbles, waiting can be hard, especially when you’re waiting for your Daddy Man to finish work and come watch Christmas movies. Mummy Lady may be your “Best” when it comes to cuddles and comfort, but Daddy is clearly way more fun. Dearest Daughters, may your days be merry and bright, even if your Christmas is not very white.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? Ours is Arthur Christmas.

{Autumn Nature Study}

Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home

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

A big part of my girls education involves time outdoors and nature study. We love this aspect of our learning lifestyle as it’s something that all the family gets involved with.

We use Exploring Nature with Children as a guide both at home and with our weekly Nature Explorers group.

This term we’ve taken a closer look at autumn leaves, fungus, moss and lichen and we even picked out our very own tree to study throughout the academic year.

Here are some of the snap shots:

Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
Conkering is still our favourite autumn activity.
Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
Mild autumns call for lunch outdoors.
Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
One of favourite parks for nature walks.
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A Japanese Maple fairy inspired by the wonderful works of Cecily Mary Barker.
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Autumn Tree Study. Blossom picked this beauty…
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… and mama picked this one.
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Collecting leaves to paint and print.
Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
This moss and lichen covered tree kept us enthralled for a while.
Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
The girls are now very apt and spotting even the tiniest of mushrooms!
Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
Impressive fungi we discovered on a recent nature walk.
Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
PE the homeschool way with wellies on our feet and the wind in our hair.
Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
Leaf confetti never gets old.
Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
Our favourite nature treasures remain on display for further exploration.
Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
Nature journaling goes hand-in-hand with nature study.
Autumn Nature Study 2017 | The Open Home
Getting creative with nature.

What do you enjoy most about nature in the Autumn?

{November Gratitudes}

Gratitudes November 2017 | The Open Home
For autumn’s delights and blessings in abundance.
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For brave little girls and that first big swing.
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For yellow leaf roads.
Gratitudes November 2017 | The Open Home
For rich inner worlds and unlimited imaginations.
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For words of affirmation and letters that close the distance.

 

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} #43

Daughter Diaries 43 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, aka. the Japanese Maple Fairy. Four weeks into our journey as whole life learners and I’m loving having you back home in the nest. Learning alongside you is perhaps one of the greatest joys that motherhood brings and also one of the biggest responsibilities. Your smiling face, quiet confidence and whimsical imagination spur me on. Your sweet affirmations and spontaneous kisses also help too! Dear Bubbles, as you know I try to capture the sweet moments of family life here, as an aid to my efforts to savour the moment and enjoy the little things. But that does not mean motherhood is always easy nor our lives always peachy. Toddler tantrums at this stage of life can be frequent, food fights occasionally happen, Mummy sometimes loses her cool and crying and comfort eating usually ensues. But through it all I love you with a fierce and deep love and thankfully, through it all He is faithful. Dearest Daughters, life is a journey not a destination, may you always remember to enjoy where you are on the way to wherever you are going.

What little things are you enjoying in this season of life?

{October Gratitudes}

Gratitudes October 2017 | The Open Home
For simple traditions that fill a happy childhood.
Gratitudes October 2017 | The Open Home
For surprise visitors and secret gardens.
Gratitudes October 2017 | The Open Home
For autumn’s treasures and whimsical mail.
Gratitudes October 2017 | The Open Home
For our island home and sweet moments like these.
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For postal buddies and passing on the love.
Gratitudes October 2017 | The Open Home
For October picnics and both my girls back in the nest.

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?