Here’s our home schooling calendar sticker legend – many ideas inspired by family, friends and the Internet! Going to try and do the core curriculum ones on every weekday, with days off on weekends / holidays.
The flower is itself. The light is itself. The silence is itself. I am myself. All perhaps illusion, but no matter. For illusion is the shadow of reality [Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander]
A few months ago I had a dream that I was standing on a cliff next to my home and I could see a tsunami approaching that was so high it would engulf me and my home, yet I was struck still by the beauty of the frothy bits on the top of the wave.
It felt like becoming nothing in the presence of perfect beauty – like this poem by Sappho –
While walking along Hastings beachfront with my nephew, I asked him “How do you know if the past and future exist if you can’t see them? Where are they?” and he replied “Don’t be such an idiot, Grace!! just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t there!”
D’ye see, after allowing a little space for the light to spread, nothing resting?
Day into night, and through night into day the remote, Unseen
Eventually to be visited:
After being chased, through night, through darkness, successful in the end, the wind and sea allies;
Touching the heart
Made this poem using an exercise in a journal/ notebook called “THE STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST JOURNAL” by Austin Kleon. I love it! It seems to inspire and release creativity 🙂 #stealjournal
Stretch out your legs and body with a lunge – remember to do it on both sides! Keep your back straight and hands down on your front knee if it’s uncomfortable to reach up.
Stretch your sides from top to bottom! Repeat on both sides and bring your feet slightly closer together if it’s difficult with them wide apart.
Twist away tension! While doing this twist, on each inhale extend your spine upwards, on each exhale try to gently deepen the twist. If it feels better, hold your bent knee with your hand rather than levering with the elbow. Do on both sides.
Wake up and open the front of your body with a back bend! If you can’t reach your feet, you can try using a strap or just lift and reach back your hands and feet off the floor – remember to keep breathing while holding the pose.
Stretch your back out and relax in a seated forward bend, you can use a strap or bend your knees if needed.
Open your hips and stretch your lower back. If you can’t reach around your leg, try using a strap or rest your arms on the floor and just use your legs. Breath into any tight places!
Relax and restore – try to take 5-10mins for this if you can!
Kirigami means cutting paper in Japanese (kiri = cut, gami = paper).
It’s a fun and easy activity to do with children and you use them for decoration or glue them on to paper or card, etc.
You can also use the cut out pieces for something!
Sometimes I like to make one where the kirigami is based on, for example, my whole life and each cut represents an event or relationship. Then the folded part represents your life in time and the opened pattern represents your life in eternity. Other ideas to try are things like just one day, a relationship or an idea!