Our Unschooling Journey

Our Unschooling Journey | The Week in Review

We had a busy week lined up. We’re a family that likes to be pretty busy socially and this week was one of the busiest ones we’ve had in a while.

Monday started with watching the movie Frozen and spontaneously Hannah decided that she would take the washing off the line. I asked her how she would reach the clothes and she told me she would figure it out. Blake quickly followed her outside and several minutes later Daisy and I went to see how they were going. This was the scene that greeted me….

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I had to laugh. I had initially imagined them standing on chairs but they obviously had a better idea. They worked really well as a team, negotiating how to hang the clothes and balancing on the cars at the same time.

Hannah began folding the dry towels and tea-towels off the line from the age of two and half, she always enjoyed it and now chooses to help fold the washing about once a week on average. A couple of years ago when she was 4, she went through a stage where she hung the wet washing out, took it off, brought it inside, folded it all, and then put all the dry washing aways. That phase lasted a few weeks and Blake who was only 2 at the time, often helped her as much as he could. It was very sweet and recently that seems to be an interest area again. Hannah has now taught Blake how to fold the towels and sort the clothes and all this week they have done the washing together. They’re putting another load out right now as I’m typing this! This is incredibly helpful to our family as a whole, not to mention a very important living skill to learn. Inside, Daisy was learning a life skill too – eating yogurt from a spoon ūüôā

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Later, we had planned to go to the a library screening¬†of Class Dismissed that a local unschooling group had organised with friends. On the way in the car the kids and I discussed bushfires and back-burning which has been a hot topic for the last few months. I then mentioned how beautiful the clouds looked as they were all swishy in the sky, which lead to a question about how rain is formed and we did a re-cap of what we already knew about rain. Hannah wondered why it fell down to the ground and I told them about gravity reminding them about the recent movies we had seen about space and how there is no gravity there. After a few minutes of thought, Hannah asked what would happen if the rain wasn’t able to fall down on the ground and I asked her what she thought would be the case. She hypothesized that all the plants, trees and grass would become too dry. I told her this term has a name – drought – and that currently many regional areas in Australia are experiencing that reality. Weather has always been a keen interest here for a number of years and is something we discuss again and again every couple of months as new questions arise and old information is solidified.

Tuesday is our regular meet-up day with our conscious parenting group and we always look forward to being outdoors and enjoying the day with our friends. After a few months of meeting in the national park, we’re back to discovering at our local city farm.

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Hannah was really looking forward to being able to paint her face and body with clay. There was also lots of mixing with sand, water, dirt and clay with friends, experimenting with making different concoctions. Their favourite was making them look like chocolate milkshakes.

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Tuesday’s really are our constant in our week. We always meet with our group during the day and then go to my parents house that night for dinner. My two younger siblings still live at home, and Hannah and Blake are currently loving learning about video games from my brother.

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Hannah also took a quiet moment to do some reading. She isn’t reading full sentences yet but lately she is really picking up a lot of books and I’ve really been trying to model reading my own books in front of them more too along with our regular reading we do every day.

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Wednesday was our home day. Playing with our toy animals is a current favourite and they’ve also set up an animal hospital so they’re always checking over their soft toys and healing them of their various ailments.

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On Thursday morning we visited with friends. The kids just adore coming here and exploring the different toys, activities and arts and crafts that are freely available. We don’t currently have any smaller Lego at home, so Blake is always quite drawn to building with it.

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Hannah always gets stuck into the art and spent most of her time in there creating alone and with her friends. Us parents enjoyed a lot of great conversation while the kids played, and I really believe because they all have a lot of autonomy, respect and freedom in their homes, this extends to their play too as it was and often is very peaceful and collaborative.

That afternoon a storm rolled in which ended up being incredibly fierce and causing a lot of damage closer to the city. Thankfully we had no damage and because the kids were all at the shops with Brian when it came, it felt like a big adventure to Hannah and Blake as they got wet on the run to the car. The storm of-course sparked questions about storm formation and  hail, which connected nicely with the weather conversation we had had earlier in the week.

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We had planned a park play the next day with a friend but it was still raining on and off so we met at a kid-friendly cafe. On our drive we saw a few houses who had had trees fall on their roofs which really surprised them. As we said good-bye to our friends, Hannah decided to collect some of the fallen blooms from the Poinciana trees for our nature table. On our walk back to the car we found some more flowers, seeds and leaves and discussed the names of the ones we knew and decided to check our nature encyclopedia for the ones we didn’t at home.

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Hannah and I painted some trees back at home and made a nature mandala with the collection she had acquired that morning.

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Saturday was a very busy day. The kids watched Brian fix a car, and asked a million questions about radiators and engines. After all their questions had been answered they settled in for a spot of cloud-watching on the cardboard box.

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As always there was lots painting, much of it reflecting what we’ve been talking about or doing during this week.

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That night we went along to the local Christmas Carols and met my parents there. Hannah and Blake were so excited to go on the rides. They each chose two rides to do together and one that they preferred to do alone because the other didn’t particularly like that ride. I really like seeing their individuality coming out in different ways as they get older. Blake really dislikes heights so it was the motorbikes for him and the ferris wheel for Hannah, who loves them!

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We settled in to watch the carols when it got dark and Blake chose to go to sleep on the rug soon after dinner. Hannah was getting tired but desperately wanted to see the fireworks and her expression when she saw them was worth the wait! I think it’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen fireworks at an event so she would have been too young to remember previous experiences. Blake and Daisy slept right through them

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On Sunday morning we decided to put up the Christmas tree and our advent table. Our tree is quite large and the branches are letter coded to make it easy to put up so this year Hannah and Blake put up most of it and they were really proud of themselves.

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We then decorated the tree and set up our advent table. All the fun starts tomorrow morning and we’re really excited for our month-long December celebrations. You can read more about our Christmas traditions here.

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Our unschooling journey is ours – it’s a representation of how we live and therefore, how we learn. Our children have the freedom to question, wonder, experiment, play, create and explore at will. The photos and words in these weekly excerpts are just an overview and based on the memory I have of the weeks events. There will have been more learning than I could possibly cover here happening in the minds of each of my children every day. And there is a lot of ‘real life’ that happens in our weeks too – lots of negotiation, compromise, frustration and tantrums – because all of that is a part of living and learning, together. I hope you enjoy our week in review, if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll be happy to answer them :).

Don’t forget to check out Memoirs of a Childhood, Happiness is Here, Racheous – Lovable Learning and An Everyday Story to see all the fun and discovery happening in their week too!

Family Camping with our Tribe

During my pregnancy with Blake I became increasingly desperate for a community of like-minded families to surround ours in support and friendship. I tried a few different groups and then finally struck gold when Blake was a few months old. These mamas were exactly what I was looking for and our connections have meant so much to me and my family over the last 4 years.

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Something we began doing as a group a couple of years ago was camping! Brian and I had already been camping with the kids a few times before and this was exactly how we enjoyed our holidays, so to do it with our friends was a bonus.

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We began camping two to three times a year and increasingly our locations turned bush, which lead to Brian and I really falling in love with basic, bush camping. This time we went to a farm-stay which has more amenities than we normally have, but with three small kids, it’s always welcomed!

We had such a great time. We drove down interstate to the camping location the day before everyone else did, and the kids lit a small campfire and toasted a few marshmallows to celebrate.

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The site we had booked as a group was quite sunny, so the children were able to witness a lot of discussion and negotiation as we all worked out how to set up our ‘living areas’ (lots of gazebos pushed together to create our kitchen, eating and lounging zones).

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The kids were always around, helping in their own little ways ūüėČ

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The dam was incredible and we spent quite a bit of time there. Hannah loved the kayaks and enjoyed paddling them with or without me or Brian joining her. ¬†Blake was slightly more hesitant, but with the dam water being so murky I couldn’t really blame him. It was so calming just being there among the water-lillies and the dragonflies. I love being in new environments, and for the children it always sparks their creativity and imaginations.

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One of the plans us mamas had while camping as a group, was to indulge in some yoga, chanting and meditation together. Many of us have been on a journey of self-discovery and self-love this year, and yoga and meditation were some activities that quite a few of us had enjoyed before, so we wanted to share that as a group.  It was beautiful to connect in this way, whilst also nourishing ourselves as people first.

The children were free to join in as they pleased and most of the older kids got right into it, especially with some of the more up-beat chanting music that we had available. A friend and I had been to a Kundalini yoga retreat a month prior and most of that music is very uplifting and positive.  Even Daisy tried out a few yoga poses! On the last day, all our partners sat and supported us by watching us and the kids, and it was lovely to have their encouraging presence around us while we took time to care for ourselves. So beautifully nourishing and revitalising.

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Of-course being a farmstay, there were quite a few animals to feed and pat and cuddle so the kids spent many hours enjoying those experiences. Hannah and Blake predictably adored the bunnies and were devastated that we couldn’t take a couple home (they’re considered a pest in our state).

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We even discovered a Mulberry tree on the property and the kids were excited to climb the trees and taste as many Mulberry’s as they liked.

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Apart from the animals, the campfire every night was a sacred, much-anticipated event for the kids and the adults alike. The first camping trip we went on where we were able to light a big campfire, we set up a rope around the perimeter and explained to the children to stay on the outside of it. So many people had expressed their surprise at doing a big fire with small children around, but like with everything a lot of trust and a little adult supervision means the children have always been free to enjoy it as the amazing experience that it is.

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Five days, eleven families, and over twenty children under the age of 6 enjoying nature, time together, exploring and learning… well, I call that a successful holiday!!!

Dearest Hannah – Happy 6th Birthday!

To my dearest, darling Hannah,

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The cold days of Winter have come to an end and with them so has your birthday. My winter blossom, already 6 and growing up magically before my eyes, blooming into a young girl with her own ideas, thoughts, questions and wonderings. You are creating your own story Hannah darling, and I am so grateful to be on this path with you. Even though you rarely reach for my hand anymore, I hope you always know I am here for you today, and every day, forever.

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You’ve matured so much this year. There have been many changes and adjustments to make, from welcoming a new sibling, to moving house and you have accepted it all with an understanding and wisdom far beyond your years. You have been helpful, considerate, patient, kind, loving and thoughtful when I needed you most. Being the eldest is not the easiest of roles Hannah – believe me! – but just as I know you chose your birth order, I know that you have the ability to make the most of this time, even when it is challenging. So thank you, for being my most devoted assistant and responsible leader of the pack with Blake and Daisy. I hope in the future, these character traits will serve you abundantly.

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This year, we walked the talk and committed to unschooling. We went against the grain – as we’re prone to do – and you have flourished. Watching you learning every day, delighting in all the wonders of life, humbles me. Your dedication to yourself, to your own learning adventure is inspiring and seeing you confidently attempt and succeed in all manner of tasks is pure joy to your Daddy and I. We love seeing you so comfortable and free. Free to be yourself, to make choices, to take risks, and to begin to navigate this journey of life.

I thought I’d add a list of things you’ve been interested in and/or learned to do this past year for you to look back on. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, you do this and much more every day but these stood out –
learning to blow up a balloon; teaching yourself to hula-hoop; ¬†horse-riding; taking a term of gymnastics classes; learning about countries and flags and general geography; teaching yourself to tie knots; choosing to have your ears pierced; so many home science and art projects; learning circus skills; attempting crochet; a deep interest in evolutionary theory, what happens when people die and the wonders of the universe; gardening; your ever growing interest in the human body; you lost your first tooth; your passion for writing has only increased and your mathematical skills are growing ever sharper; you participated in a television commercial and you spent more time immersed in nature than ever before. ¬†You’ve covered this and more and wow, we’ve had a lot of fun along the way.

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Your star shines bright Hannah. It’s obvious to me that your purpose here is beyond anything I could have imagined, guiding us to think about our lives differently than what we did before. You inspire me with your passionate nature, your willingness to jump in and give everything a go and even though I try to think of words that perfectly describe who you are, I just can’t. You can’t be put into a box or a category, you’re above that. My whole world changed during my pregnancy with you and the last 6 years have spun me 180 degrees. Life is different for us because of you and we wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re truly a beautiful soul and I can’t wait to get to know you even better in the coming year, and hear more of your thoughts on this wonderful world we live in.

Hannah. I love you. I hope your 6th year is just as amazing as you.

Love Always,
Mama xx

Facilitating Unschooling // The Writing Centre

I am often asked questions about how unschooling works in our family and sometimes people have trouble imagining how our home is designed if we never do any structured, sit-down bookwork. As unschoolers, we do believe that learning comes from all things in everyday life and we do not need designated learning areas in order to learn. However, this concept was something my children valued and enjoyed and this is the reason we have decided to continue with the addition of specifically tailored areas in our home that address the childrens needs. In our new house I have¬†set up a bigger, more permanent, more inviting space designed around the childrens needs and I will blog about those areas in seperate posts. First up, the writing centre –

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We have recently moved back to the house that we own after renting closer to the city for a few years. I knew this move was going to happen since around March this year, so I have spent quite a bit of time considering how I will organise the house to suit our entire family. Since we share a family bedroom, we have always had the room to have a dedicated play/learning space in another bedroom. However I quickly noticed the children rarely played in that room for long amounts of time and generally just brought items out into the lounge room. So I began setting up little corners of play where we all gather, as Lori Pickart from Project Based Homeschooling calls it – the heart of the home.

Hannah has always loved to write, doodle, draw and make marks on paper. She first put pen to paper at age 2 and hasn’t stopped since. I’m not sure where I first saw the idea of a writing table/centre but it was probably on Pinterest. ¬†I immediately knew Hannah in particular would love it and as I was planning on buying her a journal for Christmas that year, I knew the writing centre would compliment that nicely. I didn’t have any expectations of how and when they would use it though, rather I set it up as an invitation. Both children took to it with gusto, and Blake wrote his first recognisable letters sitting there for the first time. They have both used it regularly since then and it’s been great to have a specific space for our writing supplies.

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Since moving, I have added a few new parts to our writing centre. I was really excited about the addition of this simple wooden ‘mailbox’ (I bought this from a thrift/op-shop) and judging by the amount of mail and letters we have been inundated with, the kids like it too! ¬†Hannah has always loved writing little letters to her friends and grandparents and this is a nice extension on that activity. When her grandma was sick recently she was able to write her a ¬†real letter, address it accordingly on the envelopes we have available, and send it off. She was even more excited to receive a reply addressed to her.

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All our white and coloured paper, notebooks, post-it notes, staplers, rulers, and extras are all housed and easily accessible in this shelf to the left of the writing centre. This shelf – just like the writing table, chair and most of the baskets – was sourced from thrift/op-shops.

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A better look at the baskets which house stamps, stickers of all shapes and sizes and Montessori sandpaper letters in lowercase.

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After watching the children use the writing centre and their mailbox for a few days I realised they were constantly asking us how to spell particular names. I needed to find an easy way for them to find the names of the members of our family so they could have more independence with their writing and this was my quick solution. I cut up some recent photos and wrote our names in upper and lowercase next to them. I plan to add grandparents and extended family soon too.

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¬†This simple project has had a tremendous impact on both children. Blake’s confidence with using pencils and paper has improved and he is excited to write or draw his letters and put them in the envelopes. He is recognising his own name better and attempting writing more letters. Hannah has begun to remember common words used in letter writing such as ‘To’, “From’, ‘And’, ‘Love’ and of-course all our names. She has also begun to use questions in her letters which has been a good jumping off point for talking about punctuation. But the table has been used for more than just writing letters. Maps have featured prominently as have puppets, painting, card-making and all forms of art.

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Having a writing centre in our home has shown our children that we value communication in all it’s forms, and that their attempts at writing, drawing or any way they choose ¬†to use these materials is important to us and they have the freedom to use them whenever and however inspiration strikes. Making sure our children feel comfortable, valued and respected in our home is one of the keys to unschooling, and having spaces that inspire and recognise their needs is just one way that we do this.

 

 

An Alternative Education – Making the Decision to Unschool

In January this year when most children Hannah’s age were donning their uniforms and backpacks and heading off to their first day of school, Hannah slept until 8am and then we headed to our local city farm to explore, learn and hang out with our friends. ¬†We had the most amazing day and as I watched my 5 year old running around in her dress-up tutu and painting with clay, I knew we had been right in making the decision to unschool our children.

During my pregnancy with Hannah I became obsessed not just with preparing for birth but for everything related to parenting, and this eventually took me down the path to Alternative Education. I began to use little bits of all the different philosophies and methods I had read about, in our day to day life. I love so much about the Montessori approach and our home is designed to be very child friendly and is influenced by many Monetssori principles. Some aspects of the philosophy were missing for me and so I adopted what could easily be termed Steiner ideas into our home as well.
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As Hannah grew though, and as we watched her take her first plunge into ‘academic’ learning just after she turned 2 by learning to write the letter ‘H’ we – well, mostly I! – felt a little lightbulb go off that quietly said ‘She is learning, not by force or compulsion, but naturally‘. And so I did what I have always felt was right and I followed my child.

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As Hannah grew, we watched her learn. She learned from the moment she woke up to the time her eyes closed at night and we were even speculating that she was learning in her sleep (which is actually true!). As I watched this process happen I started to question everything I had known or read or accepted about education. I began to see that children are born to learn. I mean, everyone knows that, but I began to see this for what it really is Рa completely natural state for a child. A state of constant inquisition with the driving force being a need to learn how to grow into a competent adult in the society they have been born into.

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When Brian and I sat down and discussed what we wanted for our children in the future, we decided we wanted to find a way where our children could learn with joy, with desire and with a thirst for knowledge. Where we could be there next to them as a companion that could answer questions when asked, supply materials if needed and offer different perspectives when required. We wanted to be the person who could offer inspiration and varied experiences and then leave them to learn for themselves like we knew they could. We knew this because we had watched them learn since the day they were born.

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No one taught my baby to crawl or babble or reach for a toy or touch her toes. She noticed the toy and felt the desire to touch it so she strived to reach that goal until she did. It was an insatiable need and she wasn’t going to be satisfied until that toy was in her grasp.¬†And how did she feel when she held that toy and moved it to her lips to finally begin to recognise exactly what¬†it was that she had been looking at that whole time? Absolute delight! And satisfaction. And then she moved onto the next thing, the previous knowledge safely tucked away to be used in the future. She never did anything before she was ready and never until the learning was meaningful to her.

Everything my children have learned happened in the right way, in the right order and at the right time. For them.

And we trusted it to happen that way.

We expected it.

And it did. They learned. And they have never stopped.

And you know what?

I still see that same delight in their eyes when they reach a new learning goal  Рwhether it be climbing a tree or writing a word Рthat I saw when they were just babies. Their desire for knowledge has never been disapproved of or feared. We have always welcomed it with open arms even when it seemed frightening to us. We knew they were ready to learn it because they wanted to try. We trust that they will want to learn the things Brian and I know Рsuch as reading and writing Рbecause they see us use these skills in every day life. We trust that when those skills become important to them that they will become interested in learning them and we have no doubt they will.

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And so in the last 5.5 years, Brian and I have been witness to something spectacular – our children learning all about life, through life itself. It really is a beautiful thing to watch. To see the opportunities that are created every hour to learn and to watch children take on the challenge with an enthusiasm that is essentially unremarkable because it is their everyday. That is the true beauty of this approach to learning, to life. When we began to look very closely into our childrens world we began to see that learning is everywhere and in every thing and this is what makes us confident in our decision to unschool our children.

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I won’t go too much into what unschooling is as a philosophy as there are many other sources of that information elsewhere. But basically it is all about what I described above. This is a quote from a blog called The Path Less Taken that sums up unschooling really well – “Unschooling is a philosophy that allows that given a rich, interesting environment, and attentive, supportive parents, that learning will happen naturally.¬† To believe in unschooling is to believe that true learning happens best when it arises from the experiences and interests of the learner, not from an imposed curriculum or a teacher or a parent.¬† As unschooling parents, we don‚Äôt act as teachers, but as facilitators and partners.¬† We do not separate the day into subjects, or into school time, or play time, or learning time.¬† We live as if school does not exist.¬† We live our lives and we learn from it.

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Our life is what it is, we made this decision knowing that it felt right for us and our family. We know why schools exist, and we don’t feel that they will need to be a necessary part of our childrens lives. We feel that learning cannot be contained or explained or tested. It cannot be trained or directed or controlled. It is a personal, individual and unique experience that every person travels through themselves. Learning doesn’t only last for 12 years! It should continue for a lifetime.

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As an example – which was prompted after hearing Dayna Martin speak at the Conscious Parenting and Natural Learning Conference we attended in 2012 – I realised just how much time and effort I had put into learning about pregnancy, labour and birth. I knew almost as much as a midwife and yet I wasn’t going to be be tested on this information. I was reading, researching and memorising because I desired to do so. I had a goal and I was meeting it. It was entirely self-initiated and therefore it was self-activated. My satisfaction came from the learning itself. I was educating myself because the learning was meaningful to me. This is the key to unschooling. It is learning from living.

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This realisation affirmed for me how much I wanted my children to keep that love of learning burning in their hearts. I wanted them to feel that if they wanted to know about something that all they had to do was follow that desire and seek the required knowledge. Learning without school makes sense to us. We are living in the real world and our children will learn from living every day, following their passions, experimenting, asking questions, travelling and experiencing new things. We don’t need to teach our children how to learn. That is an oxymoron. They have been learning since they took their first breath and we know all we need to do is step back and let them live life. And for us, that just happens to mean life without school.

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I will be blogging more of our unschooling journey in our Week In Review, so just click on the Our Unschooling Journey ¬†tab above to read more. ¬†I also post more real-life updates on Instagram via ‘andrea__sunshine’, check out the #ourunschoolingjourney hashtag to get a comprehensive view of how we do unschooling.

 

January Photo A Day Grateful Project – Day 22

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I love living in Brisbane. It is such a child-friendly city. On any given day there is always something free or low-cost to do with our kids and we really love exploring our city and feel so grateful to live close enough to do so.
Sometimes it’s hard work with 3 little ones in tow but I really feel like experiences rather than things make the best memories, and as a homeschooling mama I like to take advantage of the educational opportunities these places represent as well.

January Photo A Day Grateful Project – Day 21

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I love seeing how much simple things like taking a train on an outing excite them. It reminds me that children really see life as one big adventure and fancy or expensive does not always (or very often at all) make something more fun. After our day out was over, all they could talk about was their fantastic train ride experience.

January Photo A Day Grateful Project – Day 14

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We spend most Tuesday mornings here at this lovely place of freedom and nature in the middle of the city.¬†Us mamas¬†watch as our little faries and superhero’s, hide and seekers, sand construction builders, music makers and clay artists¬†find joy in new experiences with their friends.

In our family we are big on experiences. We are big on getting out into the world, exploring, discovering and questioning. This speical spot could not be more perfect for that type of play and I am grateful that Hannah, Blake and Daisy have access to it.

January Photo A Day Grateful Project – Day 13

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We’ve set up a new writing corner in the lounge room – because even though they have a whole playroom dedicated to ‘their stuff’ they still choose to bring it all out into the lounge where of-course I usually am! – and they immediately ran to get their journals and started scriblling. Hannah is really loving being a little teacher to Blake recently and she is so proud that he has decided to show an interest in writing letters. She is even prouder that the first letter he chose to write was a ‘H’.