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Barbara Arrowsmith Young

It is a winter’s night, but not cold. Barbara Arrowsmith Young tells us of her usual winter’s night in Canada where temperatures hover around minus forty. I wonder if she is speaking Fahrenheit or celsius. Either way it is nothing … Continue reading

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Dealing with Disappointment

I decide to ring the Department of Education because it is mid way through August and we are supposed to hear about Jasper’s application in August. I don’t really expect to be given a result on the phone, and so … Continue reading

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Good Bug Bad Bug

In the SAKGP today at East Fremantle Primary school I spend time in the garden. Things happen at a slower pace in the garden. After all things don’t grow in front of your eyes. It takes patience to grow stuff. … Continue reading

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Pollan in the kitchen…

Michael Pollan knows a thing or two about food. He has been writing about eating and the dilemmas of making food choices for some years. He has thought about the moral choices, the health choices and the political choices. But … Continue reading

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To Test or Not to Test

Testing. Who likes doing tests? To see how much you know. To see how much you don’t know. To stare down a bit of white paper and be confused and angered by a question that, to your eleven year old … Continue reading

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Mad Mother

In my attempt to not embarrass him, I keep my cool.   There are stairs at the entrance to the sign-in area for the GATE visual arts testing all-day workshop. Deliver me from evil. This is not supposed to be … Continue reading

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Stephanie and The Purple Garlic

When Stephanie joins the kids (from East Fremantle Primary and Singleton Primary schools) in front of the gathered audience at Garden Week, everyone is a little nervous. After all, she is a legend. Her program is responsible for teaching some … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Jewels in The Kitchen Garden

The glistening beads pop in your mouth. Melded with tomato and herbs they add sweetness and a firm texture. Little bursts. No one can quite believe the little red gems are as delicious as they are. They are an ancient … Continue reading

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Are Montessori kids weird?

When you write a blog and you check your statistics you can see how people ended up on your site. You can see a list of search engine terms readers put into Google to end up pecking thechookhouse floor. Like … Continue reading

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Old fashioned Ruler and Wafer Biscuit

  Because I don’t know what else to do…. Seeing the teacher this afternoon. Guts in a knot. Ate one biscuit. Wanted another. Stopped myself. Took a photo of it instead. Yesterday Jasper left his hat in his bag in … Continue reading

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