Autumn celebrations with a preschooler

Autumn celebrations with a preschooler

This week has provided some lovely opportunities to celebrate the arrival of autumn. Throughout the year I have been attempting to establish rituals and traditions that bring joy to our family. Here’s what we got up to…   Autumn equinox A key turning point in the year; nights start to get longer than daylight hours. This year we went on a beautiful walk through semi-ancient woodland to one of our biggest local rivers. A picnic of Devon apple cake and…

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Beginners french for preschoolers

Beginners french for preschoolers

I’m really keen that my daughter learns and enjoys foreign languages. After considering what would be best to start with, I’ve decided on French as I speak it reasonably well and lived there for a year. We all know that languages are picked up more easily by young children, so I’ve started to incorporate some very informal exposure to French this year. Charlotte Mason also encouraged the learning of multiple languages, and her approach was to mimic the way English…

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Daily rhythm

Daily rhythm

I’ve always sought to create an environment where my family is connected to and in harmony with nature. Some of the defining features of the natural world are the rhythms that drive and link all organic and inorganic matter. I’ve been hugely influenced by aspects of the Waldorf approach for early years, which has a strong focus on rhythm and connection with nature. Over the past few months I’ve been consciously embedding rhythms into our family: daily rhythms, weekly rhythms,…

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September morning circle

September morning circle

Our September morning circle time marks the beginning of Autumn, here in the UK. Crisper mornings and evenings, shortening days, hedgerows jewelled with berries, and harvest celebrations herald this new season. For this month’s morning circle, I have chosen the following selection of songs and verse to emphasise the turning of the seasons. Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links Opening verse – “The earth is firm beneath my feet…” (traditional Waldorf verse) We keep this verse the same for our…

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September 2018 Morning Basket

September 2018 Morning Basket

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;  John Keats   I am yet to post about our daily rhythm, and explain more about our approach to morning basket, but here’s a preview of what we’re enjoying for September. Disclosure – contains affiliate links   Picture books I came across Ox-Cart Man quite by accident at a second hand market stall, and…

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August picture books

August picture books

Our top ten picture books from August. I will also be posting about the books for our ‘morning basket’ separately, which normally includes several picture books too. As you might be able to tell from the photos, this month we’ve enjoyed several classics, including well-loved (read: battered!) copies from my own childhood. Disclosure – this post contains Amazon affiliate links. For purchases made through these links I receive a very small amount of commission at no cost to you. This…

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Rhythm

Rhythm

Over time I’ll be updating this page with links to: our daily rhythm our weekly rhythm our seasonal rhythms and annual celebrations my favourite resources about rhythm   Here’s a little background When my daughter’s arrival was imminent, I read everything I could about creating routines. All toddlers thrive on routine. It was especially important, given that her previous foster placement had been seriously lacking in this department. She had a long history of poor sleeping and eating, which I…

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