Patterns are a big deal in the curriculum for younger children. It seems to fade in importance later, which is a shame because it’s underneath so much higher level mathematics. Noticing, playing with, and creating patterns is a stage a lot of children seem to go through. After all, noticing and responding to patterns is what our brains are supposed to do.

And so they do it. Without a worksheet in sight, I am watching Secondus develop and refine his ideas about patterns. There isn’t much for me to do in this process. I am glad I get to observe and record.


Changing Seasons


I love how this life forces you to notice the details. The little things that start to change even before we notice it. Take a breath… Walking on…

Wandering About



A Recovery Program for Homeschool Split Personality Disorder –

Sometimes I think we all go through doubts. It’s nice to know we aren’t alone when we do.

There’s a few odd things on my shopping list this week…

My children are mad scientists! This when’s SciFri, we are going to brew up some new recipes. There are some great recipes here – give it a try!




Soap ‘Dough’

Welcome 2013!


We started the new year with high intentions of more messy play. It was our first ever Messy Monday!

What better way to start of than my making soap. Messy and clean! This dough comes from the book “Little Kids Mould and Paint” and while you’d have to look at the book for the exact recipe it basically boils down to soap flakes and water. Once it dries – and this has taken overnight and is still going – they can be used to wash hands our whatever you would usually used a bar of soap for.

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