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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
Great Gifts to Make
by Beverley Paine
Home educated kids seem to be so creative so it's no wonder they love to make things to give as presents. Here are some ideas we've done in the past:
- A fabric painted pillow case or t'shirt is a wonderful personalised gift. Fabric crayons are great, and not to messy, although if you are game you get experiment with screen printing or block printing (borrow a book from the library to help you out with instructions). You can also buy special printing sheets which can transfer a design of the computer (including words as well as pictures) onto fabric!
- Another great idea includes painting terracotta pots with flowers or any other design, and then varnishing them after. You can pot it up with something nice, or just include a small bag of potting mix, a punnet of annuals, or perhaps some herb seeds
- Glass jars with cork lids are easy to get hold of. You can decorate the lid with almost anything you like, but gum nuts and things look really good. Fill the jar with your friends favourite yummy food, or make some biscuits or sweets!
- Or you could make a simple photo frame from stiff cardboard, cover it with beautiful fabric or wrapping paper, decorate it with shells, dried flowers, etc, and pop in a photo or special verse!
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