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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!

FREE DOWNLOAD Parts of a plant worksheet — Worksheet and scavenger hunt

Plant samples
We used a simple sheet that I made, you can download it  FREE here: Plant samples PDF



We love gardening , both the kids really like planting and growing things. We have been harvesting our own seeds to replant and the kids wondered why the seeds are either inside the flower or in the fruit. So today I thought they might like to learn a little more about the parts of a plant and what they do.

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The first step was to collect 4 samples of different parts of plants. The sample pieces could be: flower, fruit, leaves, seed, stalk or roots.

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Once they had collected the samples they needed to draw or glue (or both) each sample onto the work sheet.

_MG_8834 _MG_8845 Then we did a little research samples and what it does to keep the plant alive and healthy and went on to discuss why each part of the plant is important and how the parts interact with one another. If you are looking for more information about the parts of a plant have a look at our FREE Printable HERE 

_MG_8846 _MG_8856 Sage did some colouring in and William did a little worksheet to see if he could recall what he had learned.

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I also used a couple of other free downloads from Teachers pay teachers which is free to join and has lots of free and cheap resourses. The Freebies used were:

Plant Mini-Word Wall

Plant Parts and Functions

Shared on Montessori Monday!

How do you know your children learn to read/write/add/etc?

How do you know your children learn to read/write/add/etc?

One question I am asked when people learn that we homeschool (and especially if they know we Unschool)  is “How do you know your children learn to read/write/add/etc?”

My answer is usually something simple like “Children are curious” or “Children love to learn”. Which is true but also doesn’t really answer the question…

The answer is truthfully, we don’t know — but do schooled parents? There is no guarantees in life. I guess it comes down to trust. I trust they will learn.

I trust that children (including my own) are curious and really want to learn. Trust that my husband and I are showing WHY they need to learn. Trust that we have the ability to show them HOW to learn. Trust that we are doing the best we can for our children.

We (my husband and I) feel that the most important thing you can learn is how to learn. How to find out more. How to be curious. If you know how to learn you can find out anything. I am happy to tell my children that I don’t know an answer. I can’t know everything ( I am a different person with different interests to them) so if I don’t know I need to say “I don’t know, but lets find out” (and then follow through!). Show them that I can learn too. Sometimes we won’t be able to find the answer out by ourselves — we will need to find an expert and that is great too! I hope my children understand that no-one knows everything but that you can usually find out if you try hard enough. Knowing that it is okay not to know gives them confidence to try and possibly get it wrong (until they get it right).

I trust they will learn because we put lots of learning opportunities in their path. Although we personally don’t follow a curriculum ( lots of homeschoolers do) we are always thinking up, pinteresting, googleing and discussing new ways to learn and teach. We do something called “strewing” which put simply is leaving material of interest around for our children to discover (I could write posts and posts about how awesome strewing is, but that is later). We listen out for their interests so that we can expand on them. We suggest things we hope they will find interesting. We don’t push them to learn something they are not ready for but there are also times that we say “No sorry, you need to give this a proper go” when they are wanting to quit something they are finding hard.

So I guess the answer is pretty simple “I trust they will learn because they want to and we are here to support them”

The follow up question to this us usually something like “How do you know they are at the right level/know what children their age know/have learned the curriculum?”

This is a part of the “So what is homeschooling anyway” page, where you can view similar posts that also answer “So what is homeschooling anyway?”.



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