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Se7en Take an Easy Walk Up KanonKop…

October 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment

As the season changes the weather is cool and the sun is out and it is absolutely perfect hiking weather. So we decided to walk to Kanonkop. A hike in Cape Point, one that we have been past a couple of times while doing other hikes… but we have never been there just for the sake of being there…


This walk begins at the Visitors centre and you just follow the path back towards the main entrance gate…


This hike is an easy amble up to the top of the first low bump on the skyline of the photograph below…


It is about an hour of really easy, slow and steady walking up to the canon… it is a really easy to handle gradient all the way up to the top, on a sandy trail. When the path becomes stoney and a little steeper near the top there is a lovely big flat rock to have a little picnic on or just a rest and look at the view, before you head on up for about ten more minutes to get to the cannon.


Well worth stoping to take a picture of the view…


Or like some of us, whenever they get to the top of a mountain, draw the view.


And the view of the Lighthouses at Cape Point and False bay are just spectacular… and if there were whales in the bay then you would have front row seats.


Wildlife on the Hike


We were followed by three bontebok all the way… they stopped on the skyline for one last look before they scampered off.


Otherwise there were lizards everywhere… the ostriches were out…


And so were the tortoises…


And it is of course baby season…


And the baby bonteboks are just too cute…


A Pause to Watch the Baboons Mudlarking

On the way home we stopped at Buffels Bay for a well-earned swim… and where there is mud and children… it was lovely to watch these little guys play!!!







And this is why folks have to put their garbage tightly into the bins and secure it closed…








Se7en’s Guide to Hiking in Cape Point

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What We Are Reading Right Now: The Chapter Book Edition…

October 23rd, 2016 · 1 Comment

We have been writing a series of reviews for a while now, the latest and greatest picture books, fabulous fact books for children, easy chapter books, chapter books and now at last the tween/teen reads. We have split this post into books that are appropriate for tweens and half way down the post, books for teens. My older kids (age 19, 17 and 15) would consider a book a teen read if for some reason it had a trace of fiery language or if there was a little bit more than just a “boy meets girl” relationship… or if the book i just a harder read than they think their middle school siblings would enjoy reading. To be honest, a good book is a good books and I read the books myself, I especially loved The House on Hummingbird Island, and Hour of the Bees…


Se7en + 1 of the Latest and Greatest Tween/Teen Reads

The House on Hummingbird Island by Sam Angus: It just so happens that Sam Angus is one of our favourite authors ever… she wrote and we have reviewed Soldier Dog, Hero and Captain. It is our tradition to read Sam Angus novels as a family, nobody wants to miss a word and there is nothing that my younger children can’t listen to in them.

To begin with The House on Hummingbird Island has the most delightful cover, to match the delightful heroine of the tale, Idie Grace. Idie Grace very quickly stole our hearts and became part of the family. At the age of twelve Idie is sent from a very crisp and formal England to live on a large plantation that she has inherited in the Caribbean, she is a truly wild and precocious child and will not be anyone’s puppet and she certainly isn’t brought to heel by any silly colonial class rules. She moves into her estate at just the right age to realise that she doesn’t have to listen to all the nay-sayers, she could indeed be her own boss… and with this realisation comes a whole menagerie into her home. She keep s a mongoose in her pocket, her horse on the veranda and don’t forget the cockatoo. As the animals literally settle in and Idie grows up there is the underlying mystery of who her mother really was and where Idie fits into the scheme of things.

A lot of the story is told to us through letters written to and fro between Idie and her English cousins, and Idie and friends who are drafted into the war. It is a really interesting way to introduce your readers to a whole lot of themes, while keeping the attention on the main character. Another theme that is a common throughout Sam Angus’books, apart from animals playing a lead is that all her books are set during a World War. This is an author who always manages to introduce big issues, without allowing them to take over the story… and she brings to light the plight of the West Indian soldiers during WW1, the racial discrimination, the unfairness of class structure and colonialism. The issues are there to think about and certainly deserve our attention… but they don’t take away from the main story, which is and always will be, “What happens to Idie?” There are highs and lows, there will be tears, heart wrenching in places… and as usual we feel richer for having read a Sam Angus book. You can meet Sam Angus on her website here.

The Hour of Bees by Lindsay Eager: I loved this book and read it from start to finish in a sitting, it is slow and lilting and beautiful. It is the story of twelve year old Carol from Albuquerque, who together with her family heads out to the desert for the summer to help to relocate her Grandpa, who suffers from dementia, into and a care home. Carol may never have met her Grandpa before, but there is a tie that binds and a love that conquers generations and and a rolling story within the story that winds its way through the pages. Her Grandpa keeps saying the bees will bring the rain and break the drought and everyone assumes that that is his “salad brain” or dementia speaking, and nobody else can hear the bees… nobody except Carol. She hears the bees. He reminds Carol again and again “not to spit on her roots.” It is a true coming of age story… Carol learns to embrace her heritage. This story is poignant, and beautiful, there may be tears… and I have to ask, why are there not more books written about families who have to care for their elderly grandparents, why are there not more books to read where the main players suffer from dementia… this book is beautiful and understanding and lovely. You can meet the author, Lindsay Eager here.

Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples: This story set in the Middle East after 911, it follows the life of a young girl in Afghanistan, who loses everything within the first few chapters of the book and an American teacher in Pakistan, who teaches refugee children under the Persimmon tree in her garden, while she waits for her missing husband to return. Their stories follow side by side and one feels compelled to read on… the story is slow and lilting, despite flashes of violence, as you follow their separate journeys hoping that everything will turn out just fine for them… there lives do collide, but how can it. This is a heart wrenching book and an important read, so many lives were destroyed, so much was lost by so many during this crazy time and not nearly enough has been shared… while this book is clearly fiction, it is true to life and portrays the plight of the people on the ground, people who lost their homes, their families their lives, people whose stories will never be told. You can meet the Author, Suzanne Fisher Staples on her website, here.

Summoner Book One: The Novice by Taran Matharu: This book went straight onto Hood #2’s list of best books ever. The book is set in a fantasy world, there are orcs, and elves, dwarves and Summoners with their pet like demons. This is the story of Fletcher, an orphaned blacksmith, who quite by chance discovers that he has magical gifts… when he is charged with attempted murder he has to flee for his life. Fletcher’s demon is a salamander like creature called Ignatius, who is there on Fletcher’s shoulder on the cover. Together they go through intensive training at the Vocan’s Academy, where he learns through a series of deadly tests, to control and use his power. The question is will he be able save the empire, when so many things are against him. Really the author does well to create an entire universe as the stage for this epic adventure… and then because this is the first in a trilogy, it ends as a complete cliffhanger. Luckily book 2 in the series has been recently released and is ready to read… You can meet the author, Taran Matharu, on Wattpad where the series began.

Teen Reads

Notes on Being Teenage by Rosalind Jana: This non-fiction book is geared for teen gals. Not tween gals so much, but definitely a fabulous source of info for teens who are always looking for information about who they are and how they look, whats going on on the internet, and of course relationships. I for one don’t want my kids to learn everything about the world from their not necessarily that knowledgeable friends and I really wasn’t born yesterday, I get that there are some things they really don’t want to ask their mothers. So Rosalind Jana is the older sister your daughter wishes she had, she talks about things that are contemporary, topical, sometimes awkward and just plain practical… So many really practical tips on how to be a good friend, how to get your blog started, and so on. The style is conversational, intelligent and funny, she talks about alcohol and drugs, eating disorders and taboos… there are tons of inserts for dipping into the book quickly, lots of suggestions and resources for digging deeper. The author backs up her opinions with research and interviews from professionals, like designers, photographers, writers and poets. Some of the topics might be ones you would really rather not talk about, but that doesn’t mean that your teen doesn’t want to know about them… and they certainly are great conversation starters, there is a lot to learn for moms and their daughters in this book. This is the kind of book that I would choose to read alongside my teen, it is funny, easy reading, some issues will be tricky to talk about for her or for me, or even both of us, and some topics will be really just fun, not every teen issue has to be an actual issue. This is a great realistic read about the world your teen is living in and the more informed your teenager is the better they will be able to cope in it. Honestly, where was this book when I was a teen? You can meet the author Rosalind Jana over here on her blog.

Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema: This is the story of Lou, who has trained and geared her entire life to becoming an Olympic swimmer and then doesn’t qualify in the trials. Her best friend does qualify and Lou is left friendless, somewhat goal-less not to mention very unpopular at school. Lou has plenty of personality to go with her ambitions and it is her funny quirky attitude, not to mention her bizarre family that makes this book laugh out loud funny… She meets three lads desperate for a place in a talent competition and suddenly she finds her swimming skills helping her be the coach she needs to be to train this very unlikely synchronised swimming team. This book is funny, its quwerky, and the crazy characters are all people that you might now in real life. You can meet the author, Nat Luurtsema over here.

Vango by Timothée de Fombelle, Book 1: Between Sky and Earth and Book 2: A Prince without a Kingdom: Hood #1 loved these books and puts them right up there with the best adventure books written ever. His story – which is revealed over both books, which fit together seamlessly – begins in a small island near Sicily, where the main character, Vango, is introduced as an orphan being raised by a priest, called Zefiro. The first book begins with Vango, who wants to be a priest, but on the night of his ordination things go awry and Vango spends the rest of the book on the run, in and out the European history of the day, traveling in a zeppelin from place to place. In book 2, the saga continues… running across Europe, Vango starts to uncover the truth about who he is and where he is from. A shroud of mystery covering his identity and past, he discovers characters who have always been lurking in the background, half forgotten memories start to lurch to the forefront as the world he lives in begins to collide with his origins in ways he would never have expected. These books were originally written in French and have been translated into English by Sarah Ardizzone, the rich language and beautiful words add to the depth and artistic feel of the saga. There are places where so much is happening, the pace so fast and complexities somewhat confusing, that is all part of the drama, read on, read on and discover the truth.

Thank you so much to PanMacmillan South Africa for the copies of these books for review purposes. This is not a sponsored post, we were not paid to create it and the opinions expressed are as usual, our own.

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The Week That Was… #218

October 21st, 2016 · 4 Comments

Well It has been a while since a Week that Was Post… and what can I say, if that was winter, then we didn’t really have it…


There was rain, but hardly any…


And cold enough for bedtime cocoa, but not freezing…


And it looks like marshmallow season is here…


And late nights…


Otherwise… weeks of pirate play…


And heaps of science fun…



There were repairs…


Essential repairs…


And always hikes…


And of course feasting…




Natural Factual Finds of the Week





Artwork of the Week






Our Book of the Week…



My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrel: This is our family read-a-loud at the moment and has everyone in stitches every morning as we try and keep ourselves to one chapter a day. This is the story of Gerald Durrell’s childhood, when his family lived in Corfu for a season. Gerald was the youngest of four children and the characters are so brought to life that we can see each other in them. The older siblings all have to endure a younger brother who collects endless creepy crawlies, and little critters… and keeps the as precious pets. There is nothing funnier than real life and the life and times of this eccentric family leaves us in stitches.









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Se7en Tips to Help You Get Through “The Talk…”

October 19th, 2016 · 10 Comments

This is one question that folk have been asking a lot lately and I thought I had tackled it in my recent Lazy Mom’s Guide to Homeschooling… but apparently I didn’t say nearly enough. So I am going to chat about The Talk again, for all our sakes. I imagine that the reason most of us have “the talk” with our kids is because we don’t want them to hear it from their friends, especially since what they hear from their friends may be somewhat removed from the actual truth. We also want to be able to talk openly and honestly about relationships and the birds and the… bees with our kids. And, just saying, most of us want to be better at “the talk” than our parents were and most of us will never feel like our kids are ready. Trust me if you are thinking about if they are ready or not then they probably are. I have said it before and I will say it again, your kids are short, but not at all stupid.


Firstly let me put your mind to rest and say there is no one talk, just like everything else that is important in your kids’ life, there is one long conversation. With all the good intentions in the world… you will probably make mistakes, forget to say this and that, and only think “I should have said that” much much later. This is why it needs to be an ongoing conversation and not a once off talk. If you haven’t found time to start that conversation or the whole thing seems way too awkward for you then take a deep breathe and dive in. If you want grandchildren one day, and you want your kids to grow up and have great relationships then you need to get talking, not so much about the plumbing and the facts, that is a fairly quick conversation, but about relationships and what works and what doesn’t.

Se7en Steps to a Great Conversation

  1. Little People Ask Big Questions: Be prepared for them, and be prepared for lots of open and frank conversation. They may ask where babies come from, they may ask if everyone has a belly button, or how does the baby get out of mom’s tummy, or how did the baby get into mom’s tummy… they may ask why their siblings look different in the bath… they may not even ask, they may just find it hysterically funny. Either way, it is a good idea to call a spade a spade and provide at least the correct names for body parts. When you are chatting with your tots you don’t need to get overly detailed, ours were quite happy to know that their dad put the baby into mom’s tummy and we could move onto the next question, like can we have noodles for lunch. At this stage you are just talking to the natural curiosity of little kids, it is not the main purpose of their lives and they are not thinking about all things related to “the talk” at all… just living their naturally curious little, “why, why, why lives” join them, answer their questions and move on.
  2. Beyond the Naming of Parts: The next stage in our life long conversation has been to read these books, God’s Design for Se.x by Stan and Brenna Jones, I reviewed them years ago… and they are still serving their purpose in our home. The first book is really for young children old enough to sit through a story and tells a sweet story of a boy, whose mum is about to have a baby. It is really a conversation between a boy and his parents, in a normal loving christian family. In Book 2, the difference between girls and boys are talked about and a lot more about where babies come from. Book 3 moves from the story format to a more “grown up looking question and answer approach” for your preteen… this book is a good conversation starter as is Book 4 in the series. I read the older books with my kids before their bodies start re-adjusting, I know as a child I wanted to know everything that would happen to my body, long before it happened, I can’t imagine any child wanting any surprises. These books basically cover “the talk” … what happens, how it happens and answers questions at the same time. They are sweet and informative for younger children and informative and factual for older children. These books are positive, without being preachy… they do not overdramatize the whole event, the way the media does… just an open discussion and an easy introduction for parents to read with their kids.
  3. What About Those Rearranging Bodies: Some kids will take all the facts in their stride, some will be horrified and some will not believe you at all… just continue to be open and honest. Once they get over their initial horror they will be very aware that their body is about to change and rearrange… I have so many friends who have told me horrific tales of how they had never heard of a period at all before they encountered their first one. Just no, that is so unfair. Puberty is a terribly awkward time in anyone’s life, and is one time when ignorance is absolutely no advantage… I want my kids to know what’s going on, I want them to be confident… I want them to understand as much as they can before they reach all the impending milestones. We also leave these books where our kids can find them and refer to them… both books. My boys need to know what goes on in a girl’s body just as much as my girl’s need to know what goes on in a boy’s body. I have no time for taboos and feminine products hidden under lock and key. These are all natural processes, breaking voices, developing breas.ts, periods and all that stuff… shouldn’t be some closet taboo… it is a normal part of our bodies and who we are and I go there and talk about it. My boys need to understand that girls don’t always feel hundreds, simply because they are a girl and they must also be comfortable with the fact that they could well be asked to go shopping for their wives one day, this is not the time to say they may not go down “that aisle.” If your kids are old enough to need to know about the changes in their own bodies then it is time to learn about the bodies of the opposite se.x as well.
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  5. Just Keep Them Talking: You need to know that your teens are thinking about relationships, you need to know that your kids are assessing what they see… they are bombarded in the media by relationships… the good, the bad and the ugly, and mostly the ugly… It is our job to teach them and demonstrate the kind of relationships they need to have in order to raise a family one day. I know you are close to your kids and I know you can talk to them about anything. The thing is most parents think their children are open with them and will talk about anything with them… that might be true for most topics, but not this one. If this is one area that is awkward for you to talk about then it is about a million times harder for your teen. Not only that, but if you don’t know a lot about a topic then is is very hard to ask about it. If you have said to your kids, “You can ask me anything…” then you have to follow that up with information… because how do they even know how to ask. You have to be the grown up here and get talking… talk about the things that you wished you had known about relationships, you need to tell your sons how to treat a girl and your daughters how to treat a guy… It is not so much about the se.x, but it is all about having a great relationship. If their are things you wish you had done differently, then talk to them… just the facts, nobody wants an emotional lecture in the middle of the night. If it feels like your child has moved to the foreign land of teenagedom, then next time you are giving them a lift somewhere just start talking… about relationships, the do’s and don’ts and if, like some of my kids they are always surrounded by a cloud of friends and you are lifting teens all over the place, just keep on talking, just look out of the windscreen and talk. No eye contact is a good thing, and if your son needs to learn that it is a good idea to treat a girl to a chocolate regularly then his friends probably need to know that as well.


  6. And Then What About Dating: The gist of what I hear from most parents is that their children won’t be dating until they finish their studies, their tertiary studies that is. “Hello, most parents,”… your kids are not on the same page as you are on this topic. You may not call it dating, but it is what it is. Almost all parents want their children to avoid a serious relationship until their kids have found their feet in the adult world. Actually, lots of folk grow up together. The truth is you and many of your friends may well have met their partner while they were in high school and your teens are wondering if the cute guy or gal at youth group is the one? They may believe that they have found the one… they may be right!!! Almost everything that your teens read or are taught will be how to avoid dating, how to fill their lives with busy-ness in order to avoid a serious relationship way too young. This is so completely the opposite of what your teens are thinking. It looks a bit like teens are thinking one thing, parents are thinking another… information is given from the parents perspective and right when the teens need to hear something positive they are totally discouraged. If you want to keep the conversation open you need to keep on talking, even during the long silences.
  7. Dating with Integrity by John Holzmann: I realised that we spend so much time teaching our kids what they need to get into college or varsity… but this is just a little mention that we are training our children for life, not for a career. You just have to be having this conversation with your kids and they will do anything to squirm out of it. Like I mentioned, chat in the car they are a captive audience, but that’s not really enough. We realised that we weren’t spending enough time just talking with our teens about the big stuff, so now we spend one evening a week, add hot chocolate to the mix, and we read books about relationships together. I really want my kids to have the best chance at long and happy relationships, I am prepared to put time and effort into it now. We found this book to be a great conversation starter, it wasn’t easy… but it is a completely different take on all the other books out there for teens. You may or may not agree with everything the author says, but you will be given lots to think about and there is absolutely no “bossiness” or “preaching at you” about what you should and should not do. The facts are stated quite clearly, and he uses anecdotes from his own life to create the conversation. We got a clear understanding of what we the parents, and the the kids thought dating actually was… we live in a world where the media describes dating as “You meet a person for the first time ever, you literally jump into bed with them and then you decide to get to know them better.” This unfortunately is very far from reality… in order to have a relationship with someone you need to be friends with them, and this book spends a lot of time on how to be friends with folk of the opposite se.x.
  8. For Young Men Only and For Young Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn: Years ago the father person and I read the grown-up version of these books… and if you haven’t done this already, then may I just say these are the best relationship books ever, get them and read them. I was thrilled to discover a teen version. The book for young men is about what they can expect from young women and vice versa. These books are based on the collected answers of large surveys they sent to young men and women and they are surprisingly accurate at figuring out how young folk think. I think the great thing about these reads is that they are so relatable. As a teen you might think that the feelings you have are entirely your own and that you are all alone in the world, well these books totally open that up and make you realise that the things you feel are feeling are so completely normal. The chapters are short and easy to read… they keep it simple, they keep it funny… these are great great reads.

What can I say your kids need to know that you are their haven, that they really can talk to you about anything… they can ask you the big questions and you will answer them honestly. Get into their world and start this conversation with them, sooner rather than later. There are no guarantees that your kids aren’t going to get hurt, or make mistakes or even do crazy stuff… we all do that at some stage in our lives, some of us do better at it than others. What I can say is that you have to keep on talking, raise the awkward stuff, go there… I really hope this post encourages you to start the conversation with your kids.

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Se7en’s Fabulous Fun Post #333…

October 18th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Spring has sprung and the weather is somewhat confused sunny days followed by cold days… But there are poppies everywhere, and sweet peas… not to mention teeny tiny baby animals all over our local game park…


Lovely Links from This Week

  1. If you need a little delightfulness in your day… Marmagblog shared her Fairy Friends Books.
  2. Who can resist a nature notebook: Absolutely loved Alisa Burke’s Peek into Lucy’s Nature Journal…
  3. Did you know that Nurture Store has an Online Tween Book Club… get there already!!!
  4. Just saying: The Joy of Less: 4 Decluttering Epiphanies That Have Changed My Life.
  5. Oh I just love books with things to fill in and this one, oh my on Imagination Soup: Beautiful! 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up…
  6. Picklebums posted Chapter Books by Awesome Aussie Authors, lots of faves and lots of new reads in there!!!

A Blast From the Past:


That’s us… Hope you are all had a fabulous weekend!!!

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Se7en Make a Quick Visit to Stony Point…

October 17th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Last Saturday was African Penguin Awareness Day and penguins are very dear to our hearts. We took a drive down the coast to visit friends in Kleinmond, on the way we stopped in Betty’s Bay to visit the penguin colony at Stony Point. The Stony Point Nature Reserve is a small protected area, with walkways through an African Penguin Colony. We of course chose a wild and stormy day… clearly demonstrating that Cape Town is not quite finished with winter.


Throughout the area at Stony Point there are information boards up not only describing the local wildlife, but also explaining the history of the area and the remains of the whaling station that was in operation in the early 1900s.


The African Penguins


This is a sea bird watcher’s paradise, not to mention a bird photographer’s dream.


These little chaps all look as though they are dashing off to work…



Dassie Families


And wherever you have rocky outcrops in the Western Cape you will also find dassies, and their sweet babies.




From there we went on to friends in Kleinmond…


The lagoon area was earily quiet… most likely because of the wild wild seas and stormy weather.





Even the colourful canoes were waiting for finer weather.


There was time for marshmallows and then home again… short and sweet.

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Se7en + 1 Ways to Pull A Blog Post Out of the Hat or Not…

October 14th, 2016 · 6 Comments

So I spent the afternoon thinking… What on earth should I blog about… WHAT ON EARTH… the thing is the post I had planned needed some photographs that I haven’t been able to take yet and so I needed a spontaneous off-the-cuff kind of a post. And there it is, nothing came to mind… so here’s a post on what to do when absolutely nothing comes to mind.


se7en + 1 Ways to Pull A Blog Post Out of the Hat or Not…

  1. Get Outdoors: Everybody knows that I get my balance from the great outdoors. But there is an icy cold wind blowing and my lazy self just can’t stir me out there, I am thinking maybe a fine coffee would be a better idea.
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  3. Create Something or Do Something Mundane: I love how my mind wanders when I am creating and drawing… today I got as far as sorting my pencils… not exactly creating, but it is a start. If you can’t create then doing some mundane chore can often leave your mind free to create as well… tidy your desk, clean out a draw, sort a closet, neaten a bookshelf… just pottering about, some folk would call this “wab-ing” or “work avoidance behaviour,” actually this is often the best way to discover new ideas for blog posts.
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  5. Get off the Internet and Read a Book: I know Pinterest is lovely, but no… you end up with a pile of posts ideas that other folk have written already, honestly, I just want to create my own posts, with my own ideas. Oh my word I have a huge pile of review books to read. Isn’t it great that I can read fab books for a living, dare I say I might have read a non review book in a sitting this afternoon. Loved it and ahem… still have a pile of review books on my desk!!! And honestly I don’t think my readers want to read about books all the time, I have a feeling they want something else every now and then as well.
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  7. Look in your Draft Pile: I have literally dozens of half written posts… Posts that never got past five points, and just can’t get to se7en… After a little search through my draft box: Se7en insane things my children believe, How to make math epically fun for everyone, My goals for the year… now that the year is closing in on us that would be a really great post to publish (not!!!).
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  9. Ask your Readers for Questions: But that is a dangerous path to go down, because as every blogger knows there is always that little voice, “Hay what if nobody actually reads your blog (because who really looks at stats and sees that folk are really reading away) and you get absolutely no questions whatsoever… In fact I only ever get one question, well mostly the same question, multiple times a week. Actually there is one other question: The answer is a simple one liner: No, you may not join our homeschool.
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  11. Write About What You Have Been Doing: Well in that case I should definitely write a post on my kids playing all day every day and the fact that we may never do school again… I firmly believe that play is the work of kids and leave them to it. The fact is, my kids have this idea that school requires them to sit at the table and do writing… so the fact that we have read piles of books and sat outdoors writing letters to friends, they have baked and sorted their closets and done tons of laundry… life skills for the win. Played UNO for hours and they have created another pirate ship in what once appeared to be a garden, but is now the distant seas and well LEGO, there is tons of complicated LEGO on the go here all the time.
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  13. Take a Break: Nobody needs to read your blog every single day, and I know everyone everywhere says be consistent blogger, even if consistent is once a week… but I have to say, I have a feeling that a night off every now and then should be something that you schedule into your plan… you do need a break from writing and I believe that followers need a break from reading as well.
  14. And the Se7en + 1th thing…

  15. Sleep on it: Reward yourself with a night off and get to sleep early, it’s amazing how inspired we can be after we have had a couple of dream cycles in our sleep bucket!!!
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