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    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!

ABC Treasure Hunt! (and Photo alphabet cards)

I have been wondering (I could even say struggling) with what activities Sage will find interesting because she is a busy little thing who get board really fast… So I decided to use her energy as an advantage and have her run all over the house and yard finding letters.

 Really happy with how much fun she (and my 7 year old) had!

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You will need:

  • Alphabet cards, upper and lower case.
  • A house and backyard to run around:)
  • A camera to take a photo of each letter
  • Some children

** I would suggest that you break the game up into parts maybe 1/2 of the alphabet and then the other 1/2 at a later time.  My two were getting pretty tired by the end (even though we stopped for Y – Yoghurt,  M – Milk and a J – Jump ;)

 

How to play

  • Sort the upper case cards into a basket or bucket

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  • Lay lower case cards on a table.

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  • First person pulls an upper case card out and says the name of the letter and the sound it makes.

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Yes her shirt is P.J’s covered in cat and guinea pig fur — you will have to forgive us, we homeschool;)

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  • Then they (or another child playing) finds the matching lower case card on the table

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  • Each child takes one letter and finds an object (or action, or whatever they think of) and places the card on it.
  • Then take a photo! Simple:)

 

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  • Go back to the basket and start the process again

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HERE is the post to view all of the cards/photos from the hunt  :)

February 26, 2014 - 11:08 am

grandad - Your new site looks great.

February 26, 2014 - 11:09 am

grandad - Your new site looks great

February 26, 2014 - 11:11 am

admin - Thanks grandad!

Preparing our gourds for drying!!

A few months ago I came across gourd seeds on eBay and decided that we needed to grow them!

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The kids and I looked up some crafty things that we could use them for and thought that bird houses would be fun and cute!

So when the seeds arrived we found a great spot, planted them, watered them and waited —  now they are ready to collect and dry! 

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After a little research we found the best way prepare them for drying.

How to dry gourds

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1. Rinse and disinfect the skin. Drying them so they don’t rot means you need to reduce the exposure to bacteria and fungus.

Disinfect with bleach solution or full-strength vinegar. We chose vinegar because bleach is not very kid friendly! I only had brown vinegar so I am hoping it does the job!

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2. Choose an area for Drying. The environment is crucial so that gourds don’t rot. The area must be:

Dark

Cool

Dry

Ventilated

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The kids and I decided to put them under our house on an old bookcase, it is covered in dust and cobwebs but is seems to cover our list! I hope they get enough air circulation in the bookcase but if it looks like they aren’t I will rig up some sort of open shelf thing.

 3. Positioning in drying area. Do not allow them to touch each other to ensure adequate circulation.

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Now we just need to have a look at them every week and make sure to scrape any mould off (if they get mould we also need to re-disinfect). If there is a soft spot (rotting) we remove that gourd from the area. And wait until they are all completely dry and rattle when shaken (which can take a few weeks up to months).

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Then we create cute little bird houses! When I decided to buy the seeds I had no idea how much dedication we would need to get them from seed to craft but it has been fun finding out!

 

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