Hello there! I am Nadene Esterhuizen and I’m so glad that you have popped over here to ‘visit me’ at Practical Pages!
I am a South African farmer’s wife, mom to 5, and a granny to 2. As a former school teacher, I loved homeschooling my 3 daughters from toddler to graduate (my youngest child graduating this coming year) following a Charlotte Mason-based approach.
I am passionate about the Lord Jesus, who saved me, a Jew. We desire to live our lives in gratitude and service to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and for His glory.
Our family live on a remote mountain farm in the Klein Karoo in the Western Cape. We organically farm with fruit, black Angus cattle, some Dorper sheep, and free-range pigs, and we grow and we sell lucerne trees, an excellent grazing tree, in our family business, Lucerne Tree Farm.
We are homesteaders, blessed to live with pure air and crystal clear mountain water and we revel in the quietness and beauty of our mountain remoteness.
As a health enthusiast, I love to nourish and nurture my family with nutritious food, mostly grown, harvested, preserved and cooked from scratch, and I have found the joy in the regular rhythm of baking sourdough rye breads and making cheeses, yoghurt and butter from our fresh, hand-milked milk from our Jersey cow. In my spare time, I love growing vegetables and enjoy my potager-style herb garden and I am delighted when my garden beds are flowering each season. I love being creative and enjoy regularly sketching, painting, sewing or doing creative projects at home.
Education background ~
I am a qualified senior primary school teacher with 10 years of public school teaching experience teaching English, History, Geography, Art and I specialised in Remedial & Gifted Education.
In our homeschooling, we have used literature-based curriculums following Charlotte Mason’s principles. We have used Sonlight K to Core 6, as well as a wonderful, rich, cultural South African History curriculum called “Footprints On Our Land” (for 7-12-years) and their high school curriculum “Footprints Into 21st Century” (for 12-16-years). For each child’s High School graduation, we used Impak/Delta Education for NSC matric, as well as Cambridge Education and GED.
So, why this blog?
Simply ~ I have a passion to inspire, encourage and share with others. I have been blessed with so many free downloads, tips, links, ideas, techniques and skills shared by other homeschool moms over the years, and I wanted to give back, so I began this blog back in 2009.
The Lord says, “Freely you have received, freely give.”
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Thanks for visiting me here.