The songs from The Children’s Forest are now available online, great for those of us with fledgling music-reading skills. Author Anna Richardson sings the Song of the Snowdrop to The Hazel Tree Song.
The Celtic festival of Imbolc, St Brigit’s day is on 1 February, halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and has been sacred in Celtic lands since Neolithic times. While we are all mostly sheltering at home Imbolc offers us signs of the changing seasons and life.
Imbolc is the time when we become aware of that which is invisible. Animals in the forest are revealed by their footprints and snowdrops emerge from under the ground with a promise of spring to come. You may be able to see snowdrops on your daily walk? Try making some snowdrop folk or see if you can spot some footprints left in the mud or snow.
On 16 January 2021 we held The Case for Homeschooling panel discussion with author Anna Dusseau. As many families home school in the latest Lockdown, this timely panel discussion will share personal experiences of home learning and address key questions. Anna Dusseau, teacher turned home educator and author, was joined on the panel by:
Wendy Charles-Warner of Education Otherwise
Eloïse Rickman, author, parent educator, and founder of A Beautiful Childhood
Nana-Adwoa Mbeutcha, home educating mum of 4, radio producer and co-host of the Black Mums Upfront podcast
Damien Gayle, a Guardian reporter and alternative education advocate
Sean McDougall, trustee of the Centre for Personalised Education, home educator and future education consultant
The Case for Homeschooling: free range home education handbook by Anna Dusseau is a must-read for homeschooling parents and families considering teaching their children at home even after schools reopen. In this timely and acclaimed guide, teacher turned home-educator Anna Dusseau explores the benefits of home education, the ways children come to understand the world and how homeschooling can cultivate true creative learning for life. Anna tweets @NotTheSchoolRun and blogs at www.homeschoolguru.org @hawthornpress
Every family is a storytelling family and every child a storyteller?
Interested in telling nature stories? ThenThe Natural Storytellerhas stories for telling orally. Using the story maps, you can easily tell the stories without reading and become a family storyteller. You can build up a repertoire of stories to tell your family, and impress your teachers on returning to school. You can find world stories in 147 Traditional Stories, for children aged 7-12 to retell, and storytelling tips.
Seasonal Nature and Craft
Books such as The Children’s Forest offer stories and songs, wild food, recipes, crafts and celebrations for all the year round. Families can enjoy these, with seasonal things to look out for on your daily walks.
Our own Katy Bevan co-hosts a visible mending workshop, Meet Make Mend that you can now join online. The group will next meet on 13th January from 7 p.m. – sign up here.
There are also countless online tutorials springing up where you can join like-minded folk and make things together. For example, Hikaru Noguchi, author of Darning: Repair, Make, Mend is currently offering visible mending tutorials on IGTV and Steffi Stern, author of several crafting books published by Hawthorn Press, has a selection of online workshops available to watch via Youtube.
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