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 gillineau@gmail.com.

Cherry Blossom On A Sunny Day

This week we moved our meets outdoors again for the year and were fortunate that the sun came out to greet us. The Kelvingrove Park fountain managed to hold its appeal from previous years and the children set to work decorating it with chalk.






The blossoming cherry trees provided inspiration for some.



Some of the more adventurous among us climbed higher than ever before,


while others had a good splash in whatever water they could find.


There were games of hopscotch,


larking about at the play park,


tree climbing, picnicking and lots of opportunity for adults to chat.

Feeling very satisfied and happy, my family came home and did some research into Walter Scott’s “Lady Of The Lake” which was the inspiration for the wonderfully versatile fountain in the park.

If you home educate or are thinking about it and are interested in coming along to group meets, get in touch via email – sapnaagarwal@hotmail.co.uk


A Mild Winter

The winter seems to be flying by. The weather has been mostly mild so our outdoor adventures as a group have been continuing.


Toddlers whittling with potato peelers while an older sibling supervises with her, rather sharper, knife.


A busy cafe at the mud kitchen


The cooperative dangling of younger siblings


Go-karts, tandems and many other wonderful wheels at Free Wheel North

We also managed a short holiday as a group at Comrie Croft youth hostel where, on our first morning, we woke up to snow.


A grubby snow person heavily dotted with rabbit poo!

We did also regularly make use of an indoor space where there were acrobatics and mad antics on stacks of mats, lots of crafting…

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a couple of pot lucks..


and lots and lots of reading.

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We’ve got one more week with use of the hall and then we’ll be back to meeting in various parks and green spaces in and around Glasgow. If you’re home educating or are thinking about it and want to join us please get in touch through this Facebook page..



Indoors again

It’s been quite a while since any of the group blogged but I found today’s meet especially fun so decided to share some photos. We began outdoors. It was incredibly cold, the ground glistening with frost. After a while we moved indoors for only the second time this season. It took a little while for everyone to get settled and find something to do but by the time the kettle had boiled and the packets of biscuits had been opened, the room was bustling with activity.

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Games were played..

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comics and paper-bag puppets made, a couple of adults even managed to get some knitting done while they drank tea and chatted.


At the other end of the room all was much more physical. Some children dived off a stack of mats onto a crash mat while others participated in a very mixed-age yoga session.


foraging with friends

I don’t think it has been mentioned before on the blog that we now have a facebook private group where you can find support or information about our meet ups. If you search for “Glasgow home education group” you should be able to find it. So, one of these days a member mentioned that she would like to learn more about foraging, and I know a few of us can recognize a couple of edible plants that we use often. If we put together all the plants we know, as a collective, surely we would have enough knowledge to share for a day.

That day happen today, I’m sure we’ll repeat this as some people (including the member who was interested!) missed out, and more plants will become available as the season progresses…


We met up in the woods, where the children started making fairy houses.  I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I love this type of play! When they all work together in harmony from their own initiative, with no adult input; five, six or more children with different ages, all working together without any argument, so many positive things here, just from this little activity, and they talk about socialization?!!

Of course, my pictures make no justice to the beauty and details of the children’s work, but my skills and camera can do no more…

Anyway, back to our day, isn’t it funny that spending time outdoors makes one feel tired but refreshed at the same time? Especially when it’s a day spend with friends!












Building traditions

In order to mark the Autumn Equinox, we made our, now traditional, Stone Soup. For this activity, everyone brings something to add to a pot and we make and share the resulting soup.

My family had just been to our allotment so chose one of our rather large courgettes to bring with us.


The group met at the local meadow, found some wooden pallets to be a makeshift food preparation surface, lit a fire and set to chopping up the veg.

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We started the soup on a camping stove but, once the fire was hot enough, the pot was transferred to the fire.


While we waited for the soup to cook we told the story of Stone Soup – about a traveller who comes to a village where food is scarce and starts to make “stone soup” by boiling a stone in water. The traveller asks the villagers for first an onion to enhance the soup and then a carrot and a potato etc until each of the villagers have contributed something to the pot. They all ate together and enjoy a wonderful meal that they could not have cooked alone.

Not long after the story it was time for us to eat our stone soup.


As we ate, some of us remembered the soup we had made last year..


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…and the year before.


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