About & Contact

Hello there!  Nadene here. I’m so glad that you have popped over to meet me.

I am a South African farmer’s wife, mom to 5 now adult children, and a granny to 3 gorgeous grandchildren. I am a former senior primary school teacher with 10 years of government school teaching experience teaching English, History, Geography, Art and specialized in Remedial & Gifted Education.

I loved homeschooling my 3 daughters from toddler to graduate. In our more than 22-years of homeschooling, we have mostly used literature-based curriculums following Charlotte Mason’s principles.  We started out with Sonlight and then used and reused “Footprints On Our Land” and “Footprints Into 21st Century“, a wonderful, rich, cultural, literature-based South African History curriculum. I also tailor-made eclectic curriculums using free content and my own literature-based unit studies. For high school and matric, we used a variety of different curriculums including Impak/Delta Education for NSC matric, as well as Cambridge Education and GED.

Bulls 20150423_141510.jpgWe live on a remote mountain farm in the Klein Karoo, South Africa and farm with fruit, free-range livestock and we grow and sell lucerne trees an excellent grazing tree, in our family business, Lucerne Tree Farm.  I enjoy homesteading; making cheeses, baking sourdough bread and making preserves.  I love being artistic and creative and enjoy sketching, painting, sewing, knitting, gardening or doing creative projects at home.  

I am a  born-again Jew who desires to live my life in gratitude, service and to bring glory to my savior, Jesus Christ.  

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So, why do I write this blog?

I started Practical Pages back in 2009 where I love to inspire, encourage and equip homeschool parents with my free pages, practical tips, projects, plans, art ideas and quality educational packages. I have been so blessed and so ~ 

The Lord says, “Freely you have received, freely give.”

My free downloads are for your own personal use only.  Please support me and purchase professional-quality eBook downloads found on my Packages Page.  I humbly ask that you respect my copyright.  No content may be reproduced, stored, forwarded, sold or distributed without my consent.

I would love to hear from you.  Please share what you have loved or enjoyed on my blog in the comments section below, or write to me in the contact form below with any concerns or difficulties you may have and I will do my best to answer and assist however I can.

Thanks for visiting me here.  Please click to subscribe to Practical Pages.  You can follow me on Facebook and see some of my personal art & creative projects and daily life on Instagram.

Blessings and grace, Nadene

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  1. Wow Incredible to hear your story. On a more personal note I would love to hear about your conversion! Every sinner that is saved is special to the Lord and His people but I am fascinated when I hear of Christ bringing one of ‘his own’ to Him ( that is a Jew). Thank you for your downloads they are a huge help to me!!

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    • @Rachel Marr, Thank you for you popping in to ‘meet’ me here. I am delighted that you have found my downloads a help and encouragement. (I will gladly
      share some of my testimony in a private email.) Blessings!

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  2. Just beginning our homeschool journey and have a desperate need (for myself) to keep things simple but organized. And enjoyable. I love the thought behind your website. Practical! And pointing to Christ. Thank you, my beautiful sister! Love from the U.S.!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your knowledge & experience of homeschooling. I am so pleased to come across your blog. Homeschooling does not appear so daunting anymore.
    I am now looking forward to starting this journey with my 3 girls.
    Stay blessed with your beautiful family.

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    • @antwane163, I am so glad that you found encouragement and inspiration here! Take is really slow and ease into your new journey. You will discover the greatest joy, simplicity and richness of family life, life and learning as you start your homeschooling! Wishing you all the best in your planning.

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      • Thank you Nadene, we will be returning to South Africa in August from the UK. I will purchase your packages just before we leave. I’ve also just bought one of your book you recommend as well, the Charlotte Mason one. I’m preparing myself. My heart breaks because I wish I’d known all this, years ago. My 11 year old daughter a child at heart is lost in the school system here and even though I knew she was a lost number, I did not know how to help her. Now I understand how she learns, I will do better. The girls are excited to be starting this journey with as well.
        God bless.

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        • @antwane163, it is never, ever too late to start again in faith. Part of this homeschool journey is discovery and growth of our own hearts as moms, and a strong sense of the Lord’s mercy and grace. Follow His leading, pace and focus and you will find your own way for your family. Wishing you every blessing and much stregth and grace for all the changes ahead!

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  4. Gday, greetings from Down Under, from the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia! Thank you so much for your wonderful blog, you are so inspiring! Thanks for all the wonderful freebies, you are such a blessing to me right now… I’m not well, have a long-standing-need-to-be-healed thing happening, believing for Jesus to heal me, and its impacted my homeschooling my teens, I must say. Today, I feel the Lord speak into my heart that its going to be ok, and I believe finding you today was a God-incidence! Blessings to you and yours x

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    • @Deb Callander, thank you for writing to me! We all need encouragement from time to time, especially while navigating those turbulent teen years, and I am so glad that you found some strength and confirmation here. Standing with you in faith for your healing and restoration. Blessings, Nadene

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  5. I love your blog and also South Africa, so was so excited to find it. I would love to receive it in the email so I don’t lose track and get them all. Thanks so much!!

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  6. Hi Nadene,
    Thank you so much for such a jam-packed blog so full of helpful stuff.
    I am started grade 1 with my 6 year old son, on Monday, and I am feeling so nervous because although I homeschooled my other 3 older boys, I never started home schooling so early normally only from grade 4. We decided this time I will start from the beginning.
    Thank you for serving us with your free information.
    Nicoline

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  7. Hi I am a South African mom to 4 beautiful kids born in Scotland. My husband is South African as we’ll and our hearts desire is to retun to our home country. We homeschool and love it. Thanks for sharing this! I am desperate for cursive handwriting pages in the format I was taught. So grateful I found this page, God bless! Liezel Boshoff

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    • Welcome @Liezel, and thank you for writing and introducing yourself and your family! I am always delighted to “meet”
      fellow South Africans! Many blessings as you homeschool and trust the Lord to bring forth the desires of your hearts!

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  8. How amazing to find your fab blog on pinterest , I live in the uk and homeschool , but gran and grandpa live in Barrydale 🙂 , great blog , love your ethos !! great job xx

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    • @fortyjarsfull, welcome to Practical Pages! It is a small world and Barrydale is a beautiful part of the Western Cape! Thanks for your kind and encouraging words, blessings.

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  9. Hi Nadene,
    We’ve been doing this hs thing almost forever now-well into a lifestyle of i 🙂 I found your site through homeschoolfreebies.com. Thanks for sharing all your hard work. We’ve been a sonlight family for 18 years now and have come to use and appreciate the cm approach as well. Blessings on your day and ministry!

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  10. Thank you for sharing all of your hard work. I share my organizational charts with all the homeschool moms I know but I didn’t know how to share them with more people. Sharing them via your blog is a great idea. Thanks!

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  11. Hi Nadene,
    I, too, stumbled across your blog and *love* it. 🙂 Like Faith, I, too, was hoping to ask you something. Would you mind emailing me when you get a chance? Thanks! Wendi

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  12. Hi Nadene,
    I came across your website by websurfing awhile ago. I love your site, it has been very helpful in many ways. I have a question for you that I would prefer to be private. Would you please e mail me when you get a chance? Thank you, Faith

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  16. Hello Nadine!

    Thank you for such a lovely and encouraging comment on my blog! I don’t homeschool anymore, but if I did, I am sure I would love the insights you offer!

    It is so lovely to *meet* you and I pray God’s abundant blessings on you and your family…

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  17. Hi Nadene

    Thanks for popping by my blog and allowing me to come and find your work also. I will enjoy learning and discovering from all you have posted here.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Nadene-
    Just recently came across your blog, and specifically the artist pages–many many thanks! Lots of wonderfully inspiring stuff here. I am SO grateful and can’t wait to discover the many more treasures on your site!

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  19. I also discovered your blog because of the homeschoolfreebies.com post on Impressionists. Thank you for your many pages of inspiration. I have an 8 year old daughter and I don’t want to miss any inspiration to make her home education journey a great and wonderful adventure. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. God has blessed you with some wonderfully creative ideas. Thank you for sharing them with the rest of us. Thank you also for the window into your wonderful side of the world. We send our blessings and prayers to your family.

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  21. Thank you so much for your informative, very well done posts. I recently discovered your blog because of the homeschoolfreebies.com post. What a blessing! I look forward to using the art and music lessons with my own kids who are 6 and 8. You are so gifted and your girls are lucky to have you! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  22. Nadene, I grew up in Zims and in Harare. I miss visiting SA for holidays and showing my little boys how wonderful Africa is. I live in Indiana, USA now. Africa never leaves your blood! thanks for your blog. I got here in a round about way – glad I found you.

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  23. YAY! I just got here from Freebie of the Day and WOW…I’m a new Charlotte Mason-ish homeschooler, in five minutes of browsing your blog, you’ve saved me hours! So many things I’ve been wanting to put together…already done. Blessings to you, Resa

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  24. WOW!! I’m so thrilled to know about you!! I’m from Namibia – been living in California for the past ten years – but hoping to return – and knowing that someone out there is home schooling is so exciting!!! Thank you for this blog – and for sharing your heart!!

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  25. Hallo Nadene,

    I immediately put you on my blogroll as I not only think your blog is absolutely fantastic, but it was also special to me to see you come from the Cape… The Cape was our favourite holiday destination since I was a child and well, we emigrated to New Zealand almost two years ago, so that makes your blog more special to me 🙂 .

    God bless you for sharing and for this labour of love! See you again soon!

    Marthie

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  26. I came across your site from Homeschoolfreebie and really enjoyed taking a look at all your wonderful ideas… Thanks for the great lapbook on impressionists – I am really looking forward to studying it with the kids.
    God Bless You.

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  27. Thanks for providing some of your lapbook resources. I am going to use the Little House in the Big Woods 3-d book this month, & I appreciate the artist pages you have shared, too. Thanks!

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  28. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m especially grateful for the art appreciation material and am excited to get started with it this week!

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  29. Wow! It sounds like a wonderful life! Another friend of mine from THL, Saskia, is from South Africa. I also had a dear friend on the Oregon coast from South Africa who had the most delicious accent! I always wanted my words to come out as beautifully as hers! 🙂

    I’m embarrassed at how little I know about your part of the world! Hopefully I’ll learn a bit by reading your blog!

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