About & Contact

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I have been happily married for over 23 years to my gorgeous husband.  We are a large family who all live and work on our farm.  I have homeschooled our children for over 20 years with a  Charlotte Mason approach. Our eldest daughter has graduated her high school matric several years ago, and this year our middle daughter  completes her final homeschool year. Our youngest child is doing high school and so our homeschooling journey has been long, rich and very rewarding.

Bulls 20150423_141510.jpgWe live on a remote mountain farm in the Klein Karoo in the Western Cape, South  Africa. We farm with cattle and sheep, and we grow and sell Lucerne trees, an excellent grazing tree, in our family business, Lucerne Tree Farm.

We live simply and aim for a simple, more self-sufficient lifestyle.  We are blessed to live with pure air and crystal clear mountain water.  My daughters and I milk our Jersey cows every morning and I make our own butter, yogurt and cheeses.  We seasonally preserve our food and eat our own organic, veld-raised meat.   I love gardening and work often in my vegetable garden.

We desire to live our lives in service and to the glory of  our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Education background ~

I am a qualified school teacher with 10 years public school teaching experience in English, History, Geography, Art and Remedial Education.

In our homeschooling we prefer literature-based curriculums following Charlotte Mason’s principles. We have used Sonlight, and a wonderful, rich, cultural South African History curriculum called Footprints On Our Land (for 7-12-year-olds) and Footprints Into 21st Century (for 12-16-year-olds).   For High School we used  Impak Education and Cambridge Education and currently my daughter is doing GED for final high school year.

So, why this blog?

Simply ~ I have a passion to inspire, encourage and share with others.

I have been blessed by so many free downloads, tips, links, ideas, techniques and skills shared by other homeschool moms, and I wanted to give back …

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

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

Blessings, Nadene



45 thoughts on “About & Contact

  1. 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!


  2. 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!


  3. 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!


  4. 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.


  5. 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!



  6. 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!!


  7. 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


  8. 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.


  9. 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!


  10. 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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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!


  13. 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.


  14. 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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  18. 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


  19. 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


  20. 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!


  21. 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!


  22. 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


    • @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.


  23. 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


    • 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!


  24. 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.


  25. 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!!


  26. 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


    • @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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