‘Findus and the Christmas Tomte’

 We received a real treat from our friends at Hawthorn Press, in the shape of the latest Findus and Pettson book!

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Published by Hawthorn Press on October 1st, this is a brand new story in a chapter book format, so a fair bit longer than the usual picture books, and it is real treat! As anyone who is familiar with these books will expect, the illustrations are magical, and with surprises hidden within the details of every picture be sure to look closely! For those who have yet to meet this hilarious and endearing duo, this is the perfect time to make their acquaintance. 

The story begins as December dawns, and is told over seventeen delightful chapters, as Findus, the talking cat waits determinedly (and rather impatiently!) for the Yule Tomte to visit him. Pettson, meanwhile is doing his best not to panic. The Yule Tomte simply must make an appearance this Christmas Eve. How can he ensure Findus is not disappointed? 

Pettson embarks upon an elaborate building project, doing his best to keep it secret from Findus, which is of course going to prove tricky. Designing a convincing Yule Tomte that can walk, talk and open doors is no mean feat and Findus is determined to figure out just what his friend is up to. Will Pettson succeed?  

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Find your copy here, and join Findus and Pettson this December as they prepare for Christmas. You might just meet some magical new friends along the way…..

An enchanting read for children and adults alike, this delightful new offering is ideal for a December read aloud around the fire with mugs of hot chocolate. A must for the festive season!

 

 

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Festivals, Music, Bugs and Bottles…..

Time for an update…..

We’ve been busy with K2, for which we are following Waldorf Essentials. We are still enjoying the stories and activities. We have had a busy few months celebrating all sorts of autumn festivals, and now we are getting excited for our copy of The Gnomes’ Yuletide Advent Mystery’ which is a brand new book of magical Advent stories and activities. There’s also excellent video support to go along with the activities, so go check it out if you are celebrating Waldorf Advent this year!

I’ve been practicing my flute, took me a year to get started but thanks to Music Unfolds  I can now play a few songs, and The Bundles are enjoying singing along, which makes circle time and movement a lot of fun!

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Our most regular home ed group stopped for a while back in September but we are getting back into the swing of groups again now with two regular groups, although this also means the inevitable winter colds and bugs which have now had us holed up for nearly a week! Lots of stories, drawing, painting and playdough going on here while we recover, and we’ve also been watching some old TV shows . There’s only so much CBeebies anyone can stand, and these older ones seem to have the added bonus of not making everybody wired and crazy, at least so far! Bundle Number One is finding Trumpton hilarious!

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Meanwhile, lots of knitting and podcasts for me after bedtime, and while the wind and icy rain rage outside. Currently listening to; 

The Home Education Podcast , 

Home Ed Matters 

and The Homeschool Sisters Podcast.  

On the subject of podcasts,  a fellow home educating mama (from ‘The Home Education Podcast’)  has written a fantastic book!  Great for reading aloud by the fire on those chilly winter afternoons, and you’re supporting a home ed family at the same time, win! Grab a copy here

In other news, after seeing the amount of waste collected on our local beaches we have been trying to reduce our waste, plastic usage in particular. We did some research and came up with some small changes we can make, beginning with using stainless steel bottles. A lot of the bottles on offer were pretty expensive but we did find these which are ideal. Great for keeping drinks hot/cold and they come complete with two interchangeable caps, and lots of other bits. Fun colour choices too 😉 

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What have you been up to this Autumn? Let us know in the comments 🙂

 

 

 

 

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The Natural Storyteller:Wildlife Tales for Telling…..A Review

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The Natural Storyteller

Wildlife Tales for Telling

by Georgiana Keable

Published by Hawthorn Press

 

This beautiful new book, offers a vibrant invitation to embrace a world of stories about animals and plants-and our relationship with them’. Included are 48 stories from various parts of the world and cultures, each exploring themes such as sustainability and all including an element of fun! The chapters are entitled Story Heart; Story Mind,;Story Tree; Story Animal; Story Bird; Story Earth; Story Water; Story Weather, and The First Party

Written by Georgiana Keable, a storyteller pioneer who taught storytelling at Oslo university and launched the Norwegian Storytelling Festival, this book is designed to not only offer stories, but to also help the reader flex their storytelling muscles. To really feel into the stories and work with them deeply.  A great extra section entitled ‘Myths from the Land of You’ offers quizzes to help you remember key points in the story to help you with storytelling, offering inspiration for ways to work with the story in connection to your own life, story skeletons,  ideas for extending the story experience with games, activities such as making story maps from nature, riddles and more. There is even the idea to set yourself a challenge after reading the book…..to hold a story party at which you tell some of the tales yourself. This sounds like so much fun, and a  great idea for home ed groups and communities! 

I especially like how this book is more than just a collection of stories, it could be used that way if you wish, but there is so much scope here to really dive into the tales and to  experience and practice an ancient skill. The stories are timeless, appropriate for a wide age range, and offer an oasis of calm amidst the fast paced society of today, perfect for sharing and as a means of reconnecting with our environment. A very welcome addition to our bookshelves! 

Find your copy here

‘An A-Z Collection of Behaviour Tales’….. A Review

Our friends at Hawthorn Press recently sent us some more goodies, including this new publication by Susan Perrow. We already have her previous book ‘Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour’, which is such a great resource, so we were excited to try this new offering!

 

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An A-Z Collection of Behaviour Tales

From Angry Ant to Zestless Zebra

By Susan Perrow

Illustrated by Allmut ffrench

 

The idea behind this collection of tales is to offer ‘story medicine’, which I think is a lovely concept. In the book, you will find 42 stories, each focusing on an undesirable behaviour, through the story journey each particular behaviour is worked through and balance is restored. Also, at the back of the book there is a very informative section on ‘Ways to Use Story Medicine’ where you will find suggestions for extending the stories, as well as ideas for using the stories as a springboard for one’s own writing.

The stories move through the alphabet, with a specific character for each tale. Included are humorous tales and also some more serious stories. They can be read in alphabetical order, selected to meet a certain undesirable behaviour you wish to address, or older children can even read through the stories themselves. The tales are aimed at ages 3-9 years, and each has a suggested age clearly marked below the title, but really anyone can enjoy them! 

We found the tales we read interesting, engaging and humorous. Of course The Bundles wanted the stories with funny sounding titles, ‘Hurting, Biting Hippo’ was a definite hit! I particularly like ‘Zestless Zebra’

The simple illustrations work well to ignite the imagination, while still leaving space to wonder.

‘An A-Z Collection of Behaviour Tales, From Angry Ant to Zestless Zebra’ is a great addition to our library and we would highly recommend it to fellow home educators, parents, and anyone who loves stories! Find it here

 

 

 

 

‘Making the Children’s Year’……our review

 

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Making the Children’s Year

Seasonal Waldorf Crafts with Children

by Marije Rowling

Published by Hawthorn Press

 

We have (and love!) the previous version of this book  ‘The Children’s Year’. It was one of the first craft books we purchased when we first discovered Waldorf, and it has facilitated many a making session.  I was delighted to see that an update was coming, and our lovely friends at Hawthorn Press offered to send us a copy for review

This volume ‘Making the Children’s Year’ is an updated version of the previous book, put together by Marije Rowling (one of the original authors of the previous edition) It offers a brand new layout and more information for each season, including a very inspiring piece on colour throughout the year, the nature table, information on craft materials and where to source them, tips and abbreviations for sewing and knitting, information on fabric dyeing, pattern tips for tracing and transferring and much more. 

There’s a wealth of seasonal offerings within these pages, things to make for outdoor play, indoor play, cards, nature crafts, lanterns, decorations, dolls and doll’s clothes, children’s clothing and accessories and more.

I  especially like the knitting patterns because knitting is my favourite craft. I have previously made the mittens, hat and jumper from this book, actually, the first jumper I ever knitted was the one in this book, thanks to the easy to understand, yet thorough pattern instructions. Imagine my delight when I discovered that such well loved, familiar patterns now have beautiful colour illustrations! 

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Of course I paged through to the autumn portion first, because its my favourite season, and also because we are currently gearing up to begin Kindergarten again this autumn so this is perfect timing for some extra autumn craft inspiration. Much is included for festival crafts, as well as some lovely ideas for gifts and little play figures and even some creative and beautiful storage solutions. The Bundles delighted in looking at the illustrations and telling me which things we should have a go at making (so, basically everything!)

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This book is accessible for both those who are already crafty and seeking seasonal inspiration, and equally for those who would like to learn.  There are patterns offered for adults, older children and younger children, and the illustrations are captivating to all!  It is an Invaluable resource for Waldorf home educators, indeed for anyone wishing to bring rich, seasonal crafts to their family, group or community. 

Bringing seasonal delight and a reminder of the importance of creativity and handwork, this book is a real treasure and we most definitely recommend it!

Our friends at Hawthorn Press are so excited about this title that they have made it available early! Order your copy here 

 

‘Findus Rules the Roost’ by Sven Nordqvist……a review

Our friends at Hawthorn Press kindly sent us the latest Findus and Pettson book! Find out what we thought as we share our review of ‘Findus Rules the Roost’ 

 

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Farmer Pettson has a surprise for his hens, a proud and very handsome Cockerel! The hens are thrilled, but Findus the cat is less than impressed by this noisy new addition to the farm. The rooster is spoiling all of his fun, the hens are no longer interested in playing, the rooster has taken to chasing him and can give a nasty peck, and the noise is simply too much to bear. 

It’s time for a plan, Findus sets to work on a cunning trick to get rid of the pesky cockerel once and for all…but will his plan work?

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We were excited to read this latest story, having read many of the other titles in the series we knew we were in for a treat and we were certainly not disappointed. Findus Rules the Roost is beautifully written, warm and humorous. Both Bundles thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story and pausing to explore and appreciate the stunning illustrations, in which there are many delightful details and characters to be discovered. It is already becoming a firm favourite in our spring book box.

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If you haven’t met Findus and Pettson yet, what are you waiting for? And for those of you who know the characters well,  this story will make a great addition to your collection. 

‘Findus Rules the Roost’ is the tenth book in the Findus and Pettson series to be published by Hawthorn Press. Find it, and all of the others here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#100WaystoHomeEd Blog Hop Post

This post is part of the #100WaystoHomeEd blog hop, which you can read about here 

Yesterday’s post was from Midnakit’s Art Blog and today it’s our turn to share a bit about our approach to home ed……

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We have home educated from the beginning, and we are following the Steiner/Waldorf approach which for early childhood involves lots of play with natural toys and materials, following the rhythm of the home, celebrating seasonal festivals and, in our case, following a simple Kindergarten curriculum. 

It isn’t essential to follow a curriculum for Waldorf Kindergarten, and there there are no academics or formal ‘lessons’ until age 7. We follow this one, which involves a weekly seasonal story told over three sessions each week, with simple props to play with and related arts and crafts activities. Our Kindy sessions usually take around 30 minutes, and the Kindergarten we follow is for children age 4/5 to 6 years old 

 

We also; play, create, go on adventures, rest, bake, go to to various parks and on walks, we attend a home ed group, visit the library, go shopping and run errands and sometimes go swimming or to indoor activity centres. We explore beaches, woodlands and other places of interest and also share seasonal picture books and audio stories, and play lots of board games!

So that’s a snapshot of how we home ed, if you are interested in finding out more about Waldorf early childhood and Kindergarten we also have a great guide here

 

To read tomorrow’s post and to follow the blog hop or even join in yourself, head over here 🙂