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  • Welcome!

    Hi! I am Sarzy, I am a Mum, I am a photographer, I am homeschooler and lover of all things beautiful!

    Let me tell you a little about me and We Live We Learn :)

    I want this blog to be a beautiful place to visit. I have always "seen" stories in my head, so I love that I can use images to tell a story (or part of one). Often I will not write much to accompany my images. They are the story after all. To me pictures capture something more than words — I am sure that comes from my dyslexic brain, we are visual people.

    This blog began as a place to share my photo a day project, a project about my everyday life with my family and what I am grateful for each day. I started the project in 2010 when I realised that I did not appreciate the little things in my life. My project was born to remind myself of my beautiful, extraordinary, ordinary life. I would recommend a similar project to anyone — making the time to find something to be grateful for each day has really changed the way I look at my life (for the better!).

    
This blog is also dedicated to our learning. How could it not be when it it such a huge part of our life! We homeschool and our style is Unschooling with a Montessori twist. My hope is that by sharing I will: help demystify homeschooling and Unschooling; help others by sharing ideas and resources; encourage by showing my successes and failures.

    I love beauty around me and I hope to show that an ordinary life is beautiful.
    I look forward to having you here!

Look Mum!

I hear Will calling me “Mum would you like to see my magic trick” of course I say “YES”

He enthusiastically proceeded to stick pencils through a bag filled with water with a fabulous magician’s commentary!!

I asked him how he knew to do that and he said “Backyard Science!”, which I must say is his answer a lot!

Sometimes watching T.V is awesome;)

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An afternoon of nothing…

It is the nothings that mean everything…

I realised when I began taking a photo-a-day (back in 2010), that it is the small things that mean the most and make up our lives. The days that I look back on with the most fondness are not the big things or life changing events, they are the tiny things that make up the joy in our life. Remember to love and appreciate the seemingly insignificant things ♥

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Why I love being Dyslexic!

When we removed William from school we didn’t know he was dyslexic. We knew he was clever (as all parents do!). We knew he could “see” how to deal with math and engineering problems in his head.  We also knew he hated to read and write (although loved to be read to and to tell stories). School focused on what he hated, what he found difficult it never allowed him to shine. So we removed him before he was 6. We have since watched him flourish outside school. It is awesome to see how much he loves to learn! 

Last year we found that Will is dyslexic. We had always shied away from “lables” and at first were not sure that we knew how to proceed with the knowledge. Homeschooling (and more specifically unschooling) meant that Will could work at his own pace and could continue to do so regardless of dyslexia. We were pleased to know more about Will’s learning style and how to deliver materials to him but did we need to go further…?

While researching I slowly discovered that I am dyslexic too. My excitement and relief were profound, I felt so happy to know why school had seemed so horrible to me. Looking back I wasn’t a terribly poor student although I had taken longer to read and multiply than others and had felt stupid. As I read about and watched videos about other dyslexics my excitement grew because I was discovering that not only our struggles but our talents came from dyslexia. The more I learned the more I loved my dyslexia (really, I love it). I realised that many of the things that I actually like about myself come FROM being dyslexic. 

Often a difficulty is a trade off for a strength, as it is with dyslexia (I recommend you read The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain to find out more about strengths and their trade off, highly recommend it in fact!). If I weren’t dyslexic the visions in my head my not be as vivid! I would not trade that for the world, I love the way I can visualise! I can ‘see’ light falling on a subject before I can see it and I can see how my photos will look before I take them. I would not change how my imagination works simply so I could recite multiplication factors (which I can’t, I still work them out rather than know them)! No thank you. Although at school it seemed so important to be able to read quickly and know multiplication factors… 

Dyslexia is a learning difference, and should not be viewed as a negative. The more I know about dyslexia the more I believe that dyslexia is wrongly called a ‘disorder’, it is only a ‘problem’ because of the way we teach!  I am not blaming teachers, I am blaming a ridged and outdated schooling system. If our schools taught to differences these children would never feel left behind. They would never feel that a learning difference is bad! Being dyslexic would simply be a word to describe more about how they learn and how their brain works! 

My son now knows all about dyslexia and has never thought it a hindrance, he happily tells people that he’s dyslexic. He knows he is not as good at reading as some kids although simply thinks he will catch up when he (and his brain) is ready. He also knows that he has an “engineer brain” (as he calls it) and that sometimes the way his brain works means that it will take him longer to learn the “boring” (as he says) things but that he can figure out some things that other kids can’t. 

Dyslexics are tactile. Dyslexics are visual. Dyslexics are imaginative! Some see patterns that that non-dyslexics may miss. Some see relationships and connections. Some can use reasoning to predict future outcomes or even past events. They think creatively. These are skills that should be as highly valued as any. 

I hope that we can all find a way to love our differences! 

To find out more about dyslexia I recommend you read The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain and also peruse and watch lots and lots of videos on the Dyslexic Advantage web page!

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March 1, 2015 - 10:49 pm

Suzie's Home Education Ideas - I absolutely LOVE this Sarah!! I can relate to your story on many levels. Thank you for sharing :)

March 1, 2015 - 11:22 pm

admin - Thank you so much Suzie

Little Miss 5, the animal rescuer

Sage wants to be an animal rescuer. She draws plans for rescue centres and thinks about what her rescues would want and need. She plays imaginary games rescuing animals. Most of the time she can be found with a cat, the dog or a guinea pig. She also wants to be a vet, that way she can help any sick or injured animals too. She says that she isn’t sure if she could do some parts of being a vet, like putting animals to sleep or “yucky” surgery though.

She can’t decide if she wants to rescue Guinea pigs, Cats, Mice or sometimes maybe Insects (not sure of the market for that one)! She is only 5 so it is all fun and games although she REALLY wanted to rescue some real animals and asked about it constantly…

We found that we could foster pregnant Guinea pigs (and their babies once they are born).

To Sage it was a fun idea and she probably didn’t consider the harder side of rescuing. We did. Rescue animals are surrendered or rescued from many situations not to mention pregnancy and birth can be complicated already. We were worried about how hard it could be. After talking we decided to try… and it has been hard at times.  Not all of the mums and babies survive. We have lost one mother, one premature baby (after a week of hand feeding every 2 hours), had 2 stillborn bubs as well as one of our own girls passed. Each time we grieve and feel the loss… And each time I am amazed at my miss 5. She is of course sad but her main concern is to evaluate what happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We tell her sometimes nothing we do will change the outcome and she accepts that although she still wants to make sure we do the best we can. She seems content to know that they are well looked after and they are loved even if it is for a short time.

And then of course the other hard part is taking the happy healthy mums and bubs back to find a forever home and again although she would rather keep them all she is amazing.

She really wants to get out into the field, rescue animals from abuse and neglect in the community. She wants to know what else she can do while she is still only a kid… I am not sure how to tackle that question just yet, I don’t think Ryan and I are ready (although I am sure she probably is)!

I have no idea what her future will hold although she is already an animal rescuer!

 

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Life happens!

It has been a long while since I opened this blog with the intention of adding to it, in fact I had trouble remembering the admin web address!!

Firstly, I feel as though I owe it to my few but loyal followers to say “I am sorry to have simply disappeared”. I wasn’t in a good space — I couldn’t find a way to continue and I also couldn’t explain. After some time away I feel as though I have been able to reflect on what wasn’t working.

Blogging (and the internet in general) is a really strange world! I was not prepared for how it is able to swallow you whole…

I found that I was not having fun posting all of our wonderful learning and grateful moments anymore — I found myself thinking about the statistics and looking at “popular” blogs for inspiration — say what (not me, not authentic). I also found that I was making my images “pinable” and “shareable” (which not only takes time but much needed brain space!). I am not going to be doing this again!

I started to show our personal journey, to make the leap less scary for others, to share ideas, to feel connected and for myself to have a creative space. This is not what was happening. I have had some time to think and reflect I now feel as though I did love the blog that I began with and all I need to do is go back to the authentic choices. To know and accept that I do not want a “commercially viable” blog and that I don’t really want to review products (unless I really want to and love the products).

I am here to say, We Live We Learn is back!  Also that it is going to be pretty casual around here from now on;)

If I have something that I just love and want to share, I will.  I am not sure if I will post a grateful photo every day (it does take time).

My profession and my passion is photography. My life and my love is learning with my children — that is what this blog will feature.

Oh and I may or may not categorise my posts… I know it is so much easier for you, the reader, if I have a lovely organised blog although I am Dyslexic and that kind organisation is not something that comes naturally!

Here is a little of what has been happening:)

 

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February 24, 2015 - 9:32 am

vicky - Your photos are stunning :-)

February 24, 2015 - 9:35 am

Kate - An Everyday Story - So glad you are back. Please stay. Ok? :)

February 24, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Thursday - So glad you are back!!

February 24, 2015 - 9:40 pm

admin - I am glad to be back, and plan on staying :)
Thank you so much for your support x

March 2, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Helen - Love that you have taken time to reflect, are listening to your inner voice and that we still get to share your journey… welcome back :-)

March 3, 2015 - 3:33 am

admin - Thank you so much! I am glad to be sharing again :)

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