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‘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, 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 ( 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.


Fairy Tree

At home ed group this week some of the younger children spent an awfully long time decorating this dead tree with coloured chalk and stolen flowers. They were very intent and particular about how it was to be done, and did it cooperatively. It may seem an unimportant feat, but they were so proud of it!

The Tempest 

Today we had some of our home ed friends over to watch a live broadcast of the Tempest from the Royal Shakespeare Company, a free program they provide 3 times a year for schools and home educators alike. This was our 5th time joining in. Preparing for these performances together has proven very rewarding, and even the smallest of us are held captive by the productions.

Next up is Julius Ceaser, but unfortunately we have to wait till November. That should give us plenty of time to prepare!

Writing Group

Today we restarted our writing group after taking a few months off over winter. We meet once a month at a local library, and whilst a couple parents facilitate the older children’s writing projects, a couple more keep the younger children enthralled with picture books.

This month’s theme was poetry. The children started with acrostic poems and limericks before some of them moved on to more self-directed forms. They were busy for a good hour and a half before the lure of the park became too hard to resist.

The children requested that they get to work on story writing next month. If you’re interested in coming along, email me for times and places at

Spring Science

At science club this month we were learning about plants and growth.  One of the activities was making these grass heads!  I thought you might like to see how ours have grown in the last two weeks.  They are definitely growing well, and have settled into their new home in my porridge bowl.  I just wish we had made 7 rather than 6 to reflect our family better.



Anyone Interested?

Good morning,

I found your website online, but have been unable to join the forum as the registration page isn’t displaying the “Registration image” properly.

Hopscotch Theatre Company is a Theatre in Education company and registered charity based in Govan. We have been touring to schools across Scotland for the past 25 years.

We are currently rehearsing a production entitled “Fire! Police! Ambulance!” – How to use and not abuse the Emergency Services, that will tour to primary schools in September and October.

We are looking for an audience to attend the dress rehearsal of the performance on Wednesday 11th September at 2.00 pm and are wondering if home educating families would like to attend? We normally invite a class from a local school to the dress rehearsal, but have received funding to visit the local primaries in the Govan area.

The performance is aimed at children from 5 to 12 years and lasts for 55 minutes.

More information on Hopscotch and “Fire! Police! Ambulance!” can be found on our website

I hope to hear from you soon.