On a Shoestring


I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

Another type of Post often found on Sprite’s Site is the Blog Hop Post.
I enjoy participating in a few of the regular blog hops especially Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Blog Hops. See all my posts for these hops at  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/gifted-homeschoolers-forum/

When I visited Sprite’s Site this morning I found the Twitter Bird, Retweet sitting on the signpost announcing the GHF September Blog Hop Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring with a shoelace in her beak.

“Hey! That’s the lace I lost from my sensible brown brogue shoe!” said Sprite.

“Well, you are not using it at the moment!” replied Retweet “And I have so many uses for it for nest interior design and material for my NEST Ed.”

It seems that Retweet and I have slightly different ideas of what NEST Ed/Homeschooling on a shoestring means.
For Retweet it was a fairly literal interpretation whereas for me it meant being able to provide opportunities for great education on a very limited budget.
But  we did agree about learning situations and resources that could be found for little or no cost.



Retweet: I discovered how useful shoestrings can be when Tweet brought home one by accident instead of a worm.
Tweetil squwarked “Yuk! Puh! Puh! Puh!” and spat it out but Tweetelle grabbed it and declared she could make a macrame hanger for her seed heart from it.

Jo: Some of our best learning was free or at very little cost and was completely serendipitous. For example when we found a possum which had been hit by a car and took it to the local vet the possum had to be euthanized; but the baby in her pouch was given to the “Possum Lady,’ a wildlife carer, to raise. She visited us and brought some possums and gave the children a wonderful lesson which incorporated Biology, English and Art.


Retweet: The library was the best place to find resources for us https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/tweetlets/


Jo: The library was the best place to find resources for us too
We also bought a lot of materials very cheaply from Op shops, markets, fetes and book  exchanges.


Recycling saves much material being consigned to landfill and provides materials for use in crafts etc.
Resource Rescue in Bayswater and other similar centres provide clean recycled materials very cheaply

Retweet: I recycle all the shoe laces I find by using them as craft materials and also for nest improvement. It is much cheaper than Le Nid Insta D.I.Y. flat pack nest materials for renovating the nest!

Jo: Our daughter Erica repaired and repainted a doll’s cradle which was being discarded and sewed the mini quilt and pillow for it. She also made the Peter Rabbit soft toy from a kit which she was given as a birthday present.



Multitasking means you can learn many subjects and accomplish many tasks simultaneously which is economical in terms of both time and money.

Retweet: See examples of how we managed to combine our learning with the daily tasks which had to be completed in the presentation One NEST Ed Day https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/one-nest-ed-day/

Jo: An example of being able to use Zome construction tools in many different ways is found at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/zome-dome-nest-ed-home/

This is a post for the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum September Blog hop Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring.

To read posts from others please go to http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/parenting-gifted2e-kids-on-a-shoestring/ 


And, speaking of multitasking –

This is also a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/


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