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Hi there, I’m Cat homeschooling mama and owner of LightHeart Photography. Jess has invited me to share a review of ArtVenture on the blog. I’m in my 13th year of Early Childhood teaching, and have also been homeschooling my son, JJ, for a year. He is 6.5yo, and I have a 3.5yo, Chloe, as well. JJ has weak fine motor skills due to being ambidextrous and only starting to use his right hand consistently recently,

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Not too long ago I was a novice gardener with no real experience with how to start a vegetable garden. My knowledge didn’t extend past knowing the basics and I felt slightly intimated by all the different information on the internet. After getting over my initial fear that I wouldn’t be able to grow anything, we started a small little patch in our old suburban home. That first season we grew strawberries, leeks, chilli and carrots in abundance.
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If you google “new to homeschooling” you will get a billion and one articles on this very subject. Everything from ‘what do homeschoolers do all day’ to ‘how to start homeschooling’. There is a wealth of information on the internet and what I find is when you start homeschooling it’s easy to become completely overwhelmed by it.

There are so many options when your new to homeschooling and so much advice out there too.

How do you know where to begin?

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Let me give it to you straight.

We never planned on tiny house living. As much as I would like to say this has been the dream all along it’s not the case. We had brought a property in 2015. We signed the contract knowing we were buying a termite riddled 1930’s farmhouse. We knew there was damage but it was the extent we weren’t sure of. We really didn’t know how bad it would be.

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“Few things leave a deeper mark on the reader, than the first book that finds its way to his heart.” Carlos Ruiz Zafon

What better way to explore a new world than with your child snuggled close on your lap while you enjoy a story together? I couldn’t think of one. In this home we adore books, silly books, funny books, classic books, serious books, dramatic books, historic books… All kinds of books.

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Last week Tiffany and I harvested all the corn together in the early morning light. We were all snugged up, still in our dressing gowns and pj’s. We pulled back husks and checked for ripeness below. We found bugs had eaten the leaves. Tiffany shrieked with delight as she found a larvae of a moth when she pulled back the husk. It was gorgeous and everything that real life learning encompasses. Tiffany is my little garden buddy.

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Did you find some insight in the first post of my series on gentle habit formation?

I’ve personally struggled with habit formation for a number of reasons. Mainly, because I didn’t want to force or coerce my children to do anything, I don’t believe it’s conductive for relationships and family. I wanted them to have the intrinsic motivation to do these things for themselves, I wanted the formation of habits to come from the power of modeling and from a heart’s desire to want the best for themselves as well as for our family.

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A big part of a child’s education is habit formation.

“The habits of the child produce the character of the man.” Charlotte Mason

A habit is defined as a pattern of a settled or regular tendency or practice.

There is much that Charlotte Mason had to say on habit formation and I’m so encouraged by her approach to forming habits regarding daily tasks and character. Habit formation in children is not just the menial tasks like making their bed in the morning or closing doors behind them.

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One of the best things about living in the Swan Valley is the mouth watering fresh produce you can purchase straight from peoples’ front door. Somebody is always selling something delicious and one day I was lead to a huge box of tomatoes for $10. They were farmer direct and smelt like the sun.

Authentic Italian Sugo

The steps for making an authentic Italian sugo are simple yet take time. This is truly slow food and you simply can’t rush a richly flavoured sugo.

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I’ll let you in on a secret… I’m totally not artsy. It’s only in the past couple of months as I’ve delved into how we can incorporate artist study into our homeschool that I have truly begun to appreciate fine art and all that it encompasses. For this mama, I can see the beauty in art and how it effects our children for good. I’ve watched over the last few months as it moves us,

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