Our apologies in advance for this not particularly positive podcast. With the absence of Frogger and Toad (staying with relatives) Sarah and Paul take to the microphone to have a good old whinge about DIY, renovations and plaster.
As our shed clearing task sheds new challenges in our path, we discuss those jobs that you wish you’d never started and encourage you to get in touch with your stories.
Practical Zen, a guide to mindfulness by Julian Daizan Skinner gives us an insightful introduction to take charge of our own mental health and happiness.
Welcome to our little podcast, bringing you a spot of educational sunshine to brighten this dreary start to April.
We plunge head first into the Charlotte mason curriculum as provided, for free, in the amblesideonline website. In our first week of this 12 week term trial, frogger and toad share their thoughts about it and we discuss the key aspects.
Frogger tells us a cautionary tale of brain over brute.
Spring has begun, believe it or not, and as nature opens up to reveal new life and a fresh face of green, we prepare for and discuss Easter, the origins predating the Romans and how it correlates with the more common celebration from the Christian religion as Jesus Christ is remembered.
We discuss Easter eggs, the newly approved deposit scheme for recycling and the children share their weekly highlights.
After being predictably useless we forgot to take our recording equipment on our day out in the woods, so instead we discuss and recall our adventures after the event.
Find out whether our Charlotte Mason experiment of reciting poetry has worked as Frogger tests out her ‘unlearned’ poems. Toad, meanwhile is extremely enthusiastic about this weeks podcasts.
Baby G reached a new milestone and the children share their scores of the week.
Finally, we are looking at changing our format to freshen things up a bit. Have you got any ideas or suggestions about things you’d like us to try out or include. Please get in contact with us, don’t be shy!
A full house again this week as Frogger is fully recovered from her short illness, just in time too as we were still able to attend the pantomime we were very much looking forward to. For next years pantomime and to find out more visit eastdurhamcreates.co.uk.
We are still battling against plastic and finding the task rather infuriating and frustrating but we are plodding on. Check out plasticfreepantry.co.uk for some kitchen essentials.
As January draws to a close we share what we are working on this term and the subjects we are covering, plus join Frogger and Toad for their scores of the week.
Frogger is feeling rather under the weather this week so we decided to give the children’s voices a wee rest and do the show with just us so-called grown-ups. As the children were absorbed elsewhere, Sarah and Paul chat about what to do when home educating becomes challenging.
We discuss how it’s perfectly reasonable to feel burned out at times and we bounce back and forth ideas on how to find a spot of me-time in amongst the chaos, the importance of having a break and how partners can support any full-time educators by allowing and creating opportunities for self-care.
Join us again next week as the children return to our podcast in good health (fingers crossed) we share plastic pollution solutions and talk about our academic topics.