‘Everyone’s Dyeing Here’

When I arrived at home ed group on Wednesday, a 10 year old boy ran up to me shouting, ‘Everyone’s dyeing here!’ Though I knew we had a natural dyeing workshop scheduled, this statement caught me off guard. However, when I looked towards the fire, full of bubbling cauldrons, I knew we were in for a rewarding afternoon.

We were working with Liz (from Heartfelt by Liz at Dalmally Train Station http://heartfeltbyliz.com/), who we had worked with a couple of years before when she lead a felting workshop through The Children’s Wood at the North Kelvin Meadows (https://www.thechildrenswood.co.uk/). Many of us still have brightly coloured felted landscapes decorating our walls.

This session was much more scientific.

We learnt about mordants, chemical reactions, naturally occurring pigments found in lesser known Scottish plants, and stained the palms of our hands with iron and tannin.

The smaller children made beautiful rubbings over intricate wooden stamps with wildflowers while we waited for our tightly wrapped bundles to boil away in their pans of dye.

We were all proud of the finished products.

Thank you Liz and The Children’s Wood.

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Clay, Comics and Catching Up

This week’s meet was a laid-back affair. The summer jaunts of all our various families have now come to an end so there was much catching up to do. Adults chatted animatedly while children busied themselves with creative endeavours. A tub full of clay became many little creatures

some of which then went on to star in puppet shows while others hid themselves on trees.

Another bunch of children sat around a table and discussed a new comic, helped each other develop their drawing styles and were later joined by a couple of toddlers who were keen to mimic their older companions. img_9202.jpg

Such pleasant hours whisked by too quickly and we were sad to say goodbye when it was time to leave.

Apples and Brambles

Over the last couple of weeks we have visited Rouken Glen Park and Linn Park, both of which are beautiful parks on the Southside of Glasgow with great scope for adventure and creative play.

Although the meets were quite different – at one we were a large group comprising of half and half new faces and regulars and at the other we were an intimate gathering of old friends – there were a number of elements the two days had in common.

The weather has become distinctly autumnal of late but the sky keeps hinting at the possibility of an Indian summer yet. Both meets have seen us enjoying picnics, celebrating a birthday, chalking with new friends in bright sunshine

only to have the sky erupt suddenly leaving us to face heavy downpours in short sleeves, scurrying to find jackets and umbrellas. One time we even felt hailstones!

Undeterred by angry outbursts from the clouds we have sheltered under trees to build dens, climb high and leap over homemade pony jumps.

Aquatic birds have featured heavily in our musings too.

We watched adolescent cygnets trying to take flight, almost running on the surface of the water and enjoyed seeing how moorhens fed their young.

We cheered on a triplet of ducks swimming against the flow of the river. Their challenging journey brought to mind our own home ed journeys in how hard it can be at times to go against the flow yet how rewarding for all when you persevere.

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Autumnal abundance gifted us with apples at one park and brambles at the next.

My family have opted to make crumbles though I’m sure some will make it to the status of jam. Conkers, beech nuts and other seasonal treasures now adorn our home. It’s a favourite time of year.

 

If you home educate in the Glasgow area, or are thinking about it, and would like to join us in our adventuring please get in touch. You can contact us through the blog or via email. My email address is sapnaagarwal@hotmail.co.uk

Late Summer Larking About

My family has been out of town for a while and we’ve been missing seeing all our home ed friends. It was lovely to re-connect with them today.

We celebrated a birthday with an impressive and delicious cake, foraged for brambles

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and drank tea made in the numerous Kelly Kettles that were around.

Some children found a strange model of an owl which was incorporated into many games

and was the inspiration for some of the animals they later made out of clay.

An industrious time was had by all with some contributing to the local community gardening session, others adding suggestions to the box of ideas for group activities and some good, old puddle play, courtesy of a quick but heavy downpour.

 

 

Pizzeria

We have started a new, monthly group for children aged 8 years and up. We met for the first time a couple of months ago and the children came up with a programme for their meets. This month, as requested, we got together to make pizzas. To begin with we discussed our favourite pizzas and planned a menu

and then set to mixing dough and making sauce.

We hired the kitchen at the wonderful Glasgow Autonomous Space. They were hosting the Unity Centre‘s World Cafe and food bank while we were there so we had the great pleasure and privilege of listening to live music while we kneaded our dough and chopped our veggies. I’m sure dancing round the mixing bowls enhanced the flavour of the food.

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Once the pizza were all cooked, the children set up a long table so we could all eat together. The food was delicious and the meal was finished off with a surprise birthday cake and lashings of ice cream.

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If you home educate and would like to join any of the meets please get in touch with me at sapnaagarwal@hotmail.co.uk.

Skating Crazy

Recently I took a group of home ed children to the indoor rollerskating rink. Most of them started off being quite wobbly but soon got the hang of it and were whizzing round having a whale of a time.

Some of the children even managed to do some fancy, one-legged tricks.

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For the next week or so, roller skates became the footwear of choice for many of the children….picnicking in skates…

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….drawing with friends in skates…

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…even climbing up the play park equipment in skates.

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Lochwinnoch

This week we met at the RSPB nature reserve in Lochwinnoch. We always have such a great time there. The staff are so helpful and knowledgeable about wildlife.

We did some bird spotting,

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and pond dipping

The children had a good play in the natural play park

and caught up on each other’s news.

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There were a couple of dogs at the group who were taken on many good walks,

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toddlers investigated puddles,

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while others built dens and whittled sticks.

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All in all a lovely day!