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Do Your Homework!

Posted by: Marita on: March 18, 2014

We’ve taken some time off during school term to go visit my family interstate. Because the girls are missing school we’ve agreed that in addition to reading daily (no hardship), they need to fill in a daily diary. This has proved problematic. I envisioned doing their diaries first thing each morning after breakfast, while the […]

Walking towards independence

Posted by: Marita on: February 3, 2014

Last year we had ongoing challenges with Heidi going to her classroom in the morning, if she felt I had not said goodbye properly, or could not see me when the morning bell rang she would fall to pieces and get very distressed. At least once a week a parent/teacher/aide would be helping a crying […]

Getting ready for back to school

Posted by: Marita on: January 8, 2014

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Target, all opinions are my own. I like to use the summer holidays as a time to have a good clean up at home, everyone is more relaxed so things progress more smoothly. The added bonus is that come back to school time I know what stationery items […]

How do you thank an awesome teacher?

Posted by: Marita on: November 14, 2013

Annie has had the most amazing teacher this year. I knew we were in for good things at our first SSG (Student support group) meeting, only a couple of weeks in to the school year. The teacher had read Annie’s file, tried some strategies in class already. She was prepared and had suggestions, positive, practical […]


The Burden of Worries

Posted by: Marita on: November 13, 2013

We have our SSG (like an IEP) meeting in the morning. Preparing for the transition from Grade 2 to Grade 3. It is a big step, more independence is expected of the children. Grade 3/4 classrooms are located in a different part of the school, the environment looks and feels different. After we got home […]

Sort of Home School Friday: The Book Week Edition

Posted by: Marita on: August 23, 2013

What to do when the kids are all excited about the Book Week Parade but, you spent the night before at the hospital and are housebound with one child who hasn’t taken her anxiety medication in a week, (since mum had to unexpectedly go interstate) and the other has a 39.8C fever? We had our […]

Sometimes People Go Away

Posted by: Marita on: August 2, 2013

Heidi’s aide has moved on to a new school and yesterday was her last day. It has been a very sad week as the aide had been with Heidi since Prep (so about 2 years they’ve had together). I prepared Heidi with this social story. Heidi made a card with some help from Annie and […]

4am conversation

Posted by: Marita on: November 22, 2012

“I’m so worried mama.” “In two weeks ders something weird happening.” “But I’ve forgotten what it was.” “An after tomorrow and da tomorrow after tomorrow, der will only be one week.” Awwww Heidi sweetheart. Friday week they are having a special art day at school and it is just too much my for my girl. […]

Chapter Books

Posted by: Marita on: November 6, 2012

  The next big stage of reading, a new literary frontier for Heidi. The transition to chapter books just happened for Annie. She started off Prep reading those A Apple A Ant entry level readers and by the end of the year she was reading Harry Potter to herself. No big deal. Heidi is a […]


Meet Pink Dragon

Posted by: Marita on: October 29, 2012

He goes most places with me these days and is a very friendly little Dragon. Pink Dragon belongs to Heidi, but I find he likes to live in my bag and has spent the last month travelling around with me. Turns out that life for Pink Dragon isn’t all about Product Shots and Cake, much […]


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