{Ten on Ten} February 2019

Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Starting the day right.
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Look who’s reading!!
Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Today’s outgoing.
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Our first snowdrop.
Ten on Ten February 2019 | The Open Home
Postbox discovery.
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Winter sunshine.
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Spring is in the air.
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Today’s incoming.
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Some finishing touches.

I did my Ten on Ten a day late on the 11th, but it was a positively glorious day thanks to sunshine and poems, journaling and friends. It’s days like these that remind me why I love home educating and days like these that make me thankful for this island home. Needless to say it was pretty easy to spot the beauty in the ordinary.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{January Gratitudes}

Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For quality time and new places to explore.
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For island adventures and life by the sea.
Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For raising girls and the sweetest of hearts.
Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For spreading the love and new places to explore.
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For caves and caverns, cliffs and cuddles.
Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For the first signs of spring and outtakes worth remembering.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #54

Daughter Diaries 54 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you’ve currently ruled out being a librarian (as inspired by Miss Rumphius) in favour of being a carpenter (as inspired by Pa) or a vet (as inspired by James Herriot). I must admit I was kinda hoping the librarian career pathway might work out as it would at least mean I could outsource my library collections to you. Plus I could just picture you in the children’s library surrounded by the rhymes of Milne, the sweetness of Beatrix, the power of words and the worlds of make believe – you would be in your element! Dear Bubbles, thank you for being such an obliging model on our photo shoots. Your cheesy grins always take the focus off my amateur photography skills and for that I am grateful. You really do have a knack for brightening my day though with your sweet ways and affectionate nature, even if your cheeky antics do sometimes get the best of me. Apparently you plan to live with me forever and I’m delighted to hear that you will still sit on my lap for a snuggle even when I’m an old lady. I look forward to reminding you of that when you’re fifty! Dearest Daughters, the more you grow – tiddly pom – the more I love – tiddly pom – the more I love – tiddly pom – being your mummy.

What children’s books are some of your favourites?

{December Gratitudes}

Gratitudes December 2018 | The Open Home
For seasons greetings and a cosy, quiet Christmas.
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For my Moana moment and stepping outside of my comfort zone.
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For a whole new world of imagination.
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For simple pleasures and the blessing of age.
Gratitudes December 2018 | The Open Home
For faith, hope and trust (and little bit of pixie dust!).
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For my intrepid explorers and the lifestyle we love.

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?

Bubbles Turns Four!

Bubbles Turns Four! | The Open Home

I love Jumpey, Brambly Hedge, Peter Rabbit, Pooh Bear, bears in general, sea animals, crocodiles, fairies, Neverland, dancing like a ballerina, dressing up like a princess, poetry tea time, hot chocolate, nature walks through Candie Gardens, collecting conkers and other nature treasures, baking, rubber stamping, sending post, hide and seek, playing boongerangas and soldiers with Daddy, snuggling on the sofa, being cheeky, giving kisses, and raucous belly laughs!

My favourite toys are my bear called Bear, toy animals, dressing up clothes, my bumbershoot, cat purse and treasure box, and my sister’s ride on Moo.

My favourite books are Bear & Mouse booksBeatrix Potter’s Tales and Paddington Bear.

My favourite foods are potatoes, sweet corn, quiche, more potatoes, macaroni cheese, strawberries, yoghurt and hot chocolate!

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For more posts about our sweet Bubbles, click {HERE}.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{Ten on Ten} December 2018

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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.
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The latest masterpiece.
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Festive copy work.
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Seasons Greetings.
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Festive Treats.
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Curious goat.
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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.
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Fabulous fungi.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Magnificent toadstools.
Nature Study Autumn 2018 | The Open Home
Play. The natural way.
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Journal time.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
The ginkgo in all it’s glory.

What do you enjoy most about nature this Autumn?