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Look what arrived at our doorstep this morning... the chair, not the bear! This is the closest I could reasonably find to the child's first chair/weaning chair. We are in Australia and unfortunately we do not have a Michael Olaf here. Which could be why I was excited, it takes research, thinking and a little time waiting for furniture like this. This is the Cube Chair and is hand crafted... Read more →


There is always a magnifying glass activity on our shelves. We don't have a nature table, but if we did it would probably belong there. A magnifying glass is one of our more useful materials because it is constantly being used while the articles being observed change regularly. By regularly, I mean around every month or so. Currently the magnifying glass is on the shelves with these (pictured above) minerals.... Read more →


It is believed the sensitive period for grace and courtesy is from two and a half to six years. Yes, two and a half to six years. I want to shout this from the rooftops so that everyone knows. This is the best time to instil good behaviour and manners. Grace and courtesy wasn't even on my radar until Caspar started school at three. Sure, we asked him to say... Read more →


The baby is due any day now and this could be one of the last pictures of just us three together. Before three becomes four. I feel amazing. The morning sickness has finally stopped (yes, morning sickness right through to 39 weeks!!), I have this overwhelming feeling of confidence, wellbeing and contentment. The world is a positive place right now. I feel warm, comfortable and at home. I know that... Read more →


Yesterday was a foodie kind of day. We picked a whole bunch of parsley, mint and basil (pictured above). We washed them, picked off the individual leaves and put into the food dehydrator. Well, we didn't - Caspar did. I just watched. Another way to involve children into the cooking/food preparation process. We frequently purchase dry herbs, so this is a practical way of demonstrating what goes into those jars.... Read more →


It is SO important to me that my children learn the basics of cooking and baking. Mostly we buy bread from the supermarket, occasionally we use the bread machine, but sometimes and especially when we have guests we like to make our own - from scratch, by hand. I'm not sure there is a better way to learn how bread is made. If you have children I recommend you cook... Read more →


A couple of people have asked to see more of our outdoor art area from this post. Here are a few more photographs. I hope that you can see enough detail and get some more ideas. These supplies (below) are from the crafting basket. Brown paper bags, paper plates, foil pans, coloured matchsticks, stick on eyes, small pom-poms, circle stickers, paddle pop sticks and glue. We keep the masking tape... Read more →


I try not to move around our furniture too often. I know that for a young child moving furniture around can be unsettling, especially when it is in their bedroom. So I gave this A LOT of thought. I spoke to almost every Montessori person I know. I emailed, I checked out blogs and read books. I absorbed every piece of advice I received, could our children share rooms or... Read more →


Most children really enjoy observing nature. A couple of months ago we set up a simple bird bath in our backyard to attract more birds. We also live close to a park and are surrounded by lots of lovely walking paths from which we can observe many native bird species. To extend our bird watching activities and improve our bird knowledge I arranged this (pictured above) Australian bird matching activity.... Read more →


"I don't want to go to school today"

I don't want to go to school today. Does every parent hear those words at some time? Well, I guess not those who homeschool. Caspar has never said it before. I was caught by surprise. What would I do??? My son Caspar attends a Montessori school and is in Cycle One. He has been happily attending school since he turned three last year. He attends three hours a day five... Read more →


My husband and I are currently working on plans for a grand, new cubby house. Caspar has almost outgrown this one and we would love something bigger with a bit more space inside. Perhaps in time for Christmas? Our current cubby house (pictured above) is the standard kit type you purchase cheaply from the hardware store. Caspar still happily plays with this one and we have made a few additions... Read more →


This week I am going to try harder to allow my son to put on his own shoes. Everyday I find myself too impatient to wait while he completes this task. I get frustrated too easily, I step in and complete the task I know he can do himself. Usually I am very patient and calm however there is something about being ready to leave the house, in a rush... Read more →


I have written a couple of times recently about books and particularly about reality based books. These are my top three reality based books that I absolutely adore. Peepo is just wonderful. We have a paperback and board book copy. We received the paperback copy as a gift from a very special friend, however every second page has a peep hole in it - which children love to touch so... Read more →


I have written before about our kitchen. Do you remember the drinking station and how we compost posts, they are the most popular on this site! The picture above is of inside our walk-in pantry. The bottom shelf contains Caspar's things (he is three years old); water dispenser glasses on a tray fresh stack of napkins food storage containers bowl of fruit preparation placemat glass juicer container of utensils apple... Read more →