Business vs. Desire by Maura Timko

This is truly the basis of homeschooling. Thank you for sharing.

Charlotte Mason Institute

The following blog appeared originally on the Great River Facebook page as part of a discussion about the use of digital tools in the family. It was suggested to CMI as a read that would be of interest to the Mason community.  This blog was prompted by a question to Maura Timko from Janet Pressley-Barr regarding screen time and battles related to screen time in Maura Timko’s home.  Here is her response.

Janet – I cannot answer your question briefly. I will not go into detail about what our screen time looks like now, because my boys are so much older. That is another conversation! But I can talk about how screens were handled in my home when my boys were much smaller. I think it will be more relevant to the group.

Recalling the days when my boys were in elementary school, I imposed very strict limits on their screen…

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Rewording of Charlotte Mason’s 20 Principles- Part I

TOday I am totally assured. My way of understanding (of children, education and beautiful life), not I have formed or created with my own power but been presented to me like a gift of life to the unborn way back in my mother’s womb is near identical to Charlotte Mason. I love these principles and have held them close and this time even more after I stumbled upon ‘thissideofthedoor” blog via Ambleside Online. Please google the website or just google Charlotte Mason, a life worth resounding through the ages.


The longer I live with dear Charlotte and steep in her words and wisdom, the more I realize I have to learn. A Charlotte Mason style education is not an easy thing to grasp. It is not easily explainable in just a few words or a blurb in a homeschooling magazine. I’ve been studying Charlotte’s ideas for about three years now and I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface! When her ideas capture us, we must have patience with ourselves and enact her methods as we understand them and see their value in our families.

However, Leslie Noelani, one of the wonderful moderators at Ambleside Online, took it upon herself to reword Charlotte’s ’20 Principles’ for the modern reader. These 20 concepts were listed in the front of each book Charlotte published (she wrote many) and give us a very good overview of her philosophy. This is very different…

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Homeschooling and socialization

This is so amazing. Thank you for taking the time to explain the socialization part of homeschooling. I really had a hard time explaining myself that it was getting dull and almost sounding like a justification. LOL! If you get to meet my children, they are one of the best communicator for their ages. They can talk to a thirty or fifty or a 3 year old with no mess or awkwardness. It is so natural and supernatural at the same time.

HomeSchool Malaysia

Lovely well meaning people keep asking how my kids will socialize if they are homeschooled.  And I keep repeating myself.  So, I’m going to write it down here and tell them to read it because when I say it now, its so rote and practised, there isn’t any conviction 🙂

Well, in a typical week, Bern is visited once by Farhan who lives in the palatial mansion behind us.  They barely speak the same language but seem to have fun comparing what they can and cannot get away with on their bicycles.  Farhan is 8 and can cycle anything!  He has an amazing collection of bikes and can do tricks on them.  Bern can barely cycle with slightly elevated training wheels , bless his little uncoordinated soul!

At least twice a week, they play with Hannah and Sophie from further down the road.  Their games tend to be wilder, with…

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The real deal 4/2/14

I got up at 7am and I knew she is awake. Thank God today is not school reopen day. Lol! For that reason I am excited. I can imagine my ten year old princess waiting patiently for her breakfast. Now I hope I can crack this. The thrill has begun!


I think I am satisfied.
So what’s there?
Her favourite croissant from Banjo’s (one of the finest bakery in Tasmania)
Topped with one layer of butter
Steamed and quick grilled cocktail Frankfurts cut in half vertically
One Poached egg Heston Blumanthel style (super proud moment there)
Dressed with honey mustard and Japanese Mayo (family favourites)
Garnished with cilantro and spring onions finely chopped
Salt and pepper to end it

Some tomatoes and rockets on the side

Ice chocolate (just because is blooming hot today)

And a plastic glass of boring OJ (just because …)

one proud 10yo

I think she loved it to the moon and back. We loved the emphasis we put on the breakfast in bed too much! Perhaps, you may want to include that in your birthday celebration traditions!

brother and sisters are celebrating too

Ada getting grumpy why her breakfast did not look half as great

daddy being silly there!

Still celebrating …

This is my first scrap booking page of my 10 year old princess! I am really happy with my first creation. Not that there is no room for improvement here, but this will also be my first entry (ever) for Perfectly Rustics Challenge
Do visit these girls as they are fabulous people on planet Earth! I thoroughly enjoyed their blogs and websites. This is their challenge #15. Oh! I can’t wait.

celebrate you!

My first born turning 10!

I am so excited – my first born Elisabeth is turning 10 tomorrow! I still feel like I am dreaming. How can this be? Lol! She is such a beautiful one and I kept feeling I have not done enough for her. Where did the time go? I am up thinking how can I give her the best breakfast in bed, have I checked out Pinterest photos enough? Or have I out searched Yummly app to get the best recipe and the best presentation. Oh My Goodness!
P.s breakfast in bed is our family birthday tradition.

happy happy happy birthday Lis!

20140203-230430.jpgStampinUp DSP theme timeless portrait

I love vintage and upcycling ideas. I just want to give these old guys/ girls a second or third chance to show off – let the world see that they still’ve it in them. Lol! (Before the go to the tip) Perhaps, for the minimalist and the modernist I am a hoarder, but who cares! 🙂 I love what I love 🙂
What I have done here is giving my old baking tray a facelift by lining my precious StampinUp DSP -timeless portrait theme. And she’s ready to serve again.
Because I am panicking here, I thought it would be best if I put down on paper what I am going to serve my 10 year old princess a breakfast in bed. That way I know panic attacks Are being eliminated! By Grace! Lol!

I hope to show you more tomorrow. Stay blogging.

See Red Sew Red

Well in the past post I mentioned Ruche Fabrics in Launceston Tasmania. Guess what? I bought 1.4m, very beautiful red velvet from that shop to sew my daughter a piece of cape with a hood. She reckons she will look like Snow White when she was in the jungle. I said she will look like Red Riding Hood.
I wished I had done a step by step sewing video/ photos. But I reckon I will sew another one for my little 3 year old. Perhaps, a purple next.

red cape with a hood pattern found in this Japanese Sewing pattern book

Spectacular fashion and children’s toys?

personally challenged to sew something like that for myself

One of the Barbies depicting fashion of the 50s and 60s

 Just before I hit my head on the pillow in a cold cold night  I really want to show you this beautiful and elegant hi fashion video.  Brings back memories of myself playing with them and wishing they would stand on their own.

Sew Shopping Shopping

Today I will be shopping for beautiful fabrics at Ruche Fabrics, opened on George Street, Launceston not too long ago. They carry beautiful fabrics from Europe and Japan. My shopping experience is going to be fun-tastic!

Three cheers to Launceston for having a great shop like this! We no longer only have that one big messy craft store to dig and dig.

Ruche Fabrics is on Facebook and website and lots of reviews on her So she should be an easy find for you.

One more thing that, I like so much about her is that she carries Japanese Sewing pattern books too. I was floored when I saw those books. I used to go online and search and search. But now….Voila! Easy peasy.

So go check her out, all you fabrics hoarders, or lovers! LOL!