Traditional Homes: Zambia

Traditional Homes Zambia - Mud Hut Mama

Last month we had the pleasure of attending the Kufukwila Traditional Ceremony at Senior Chief Mukumbi Ibaloli’s Palace in Northwestern Zambia. The ceremony was incredible to see but today I wanted to share some photos of the cultural village that this Kaonde community built to teach their younger members about their heritage. They built each of the traditional homes that the Kaonde tribe have utilized in sequencial order from the very earliest homes to homes closer to what many Kaondes live in today. As you might have guessed by the name of this blog, I find traditional building fascinating so this cultural village was a real treat for me to experience. This first dwelling was carved out of a termite mound. You can see in this next photo that support […] Read more »

Europe and Castles for Kids

Europe and Castles for Kids - Mud Hut Mama

We finally got around to learning a little bit about Europe. My girls love fairytales that feature kings, queens, knights and princesses so I thought I would capitalize on those interests in our study of Europe by focusing on castles and monarchies. This post contains affiliate links.  The Usborne book, In the Castle by Anna Milbourne, was a great way to introduce our castles for kids unit. This story begins with the question, “Have you ever visited an old, tumbledown castle and wondered what it was like to live there, long, long ago?” It then goes on to show, through text and illustrations, what castle life was like in the Middle Ages. We also read the Magic Tree House book, The Knight at Dawn, my girls were […] Read more »

Green Switzerland

Green Switzerland

We feel incredibly lucky to have a lifestyle that is centered around nature conservation, but you don’t have to work in conservation to make a difference. Conservation Corner is a series where I highlight the many ways people around the world are making an effort to tread a little lighter on our planet. I am thrilled to add this post about Switzerland by Ute Limacher-Riebold to the Conservation Corner series. Ute writes about multilingualism and her life as an expat at Expat Since Birth, she shares useful information for families moving to the Hauge at Expat Living in the Hague and offers support to expats at Ute’s Expat Lounge. Ute has a wealth of information to share with families living abroad and I thoroughly enjoy her insights, particularly […] Read more »

Where the Wild Things Are Activities

Where the Wild Things Are Activities

I’m finally getting around to writing up our last homeschool on the road week – only about three months late!!! It was focused around one of our favorite books with a variety of Where the Wild Things Are Activities. This post contains affiliate links. I loved Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak as a child and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with my daughters. They are both big fans! Science: We paired Where the Wild Things Are with The Magic School Bus “ups and downs” episode where the class learn about sinking and floating while investigating a report of a monster in a local lake. Once we were at our destination, we did the corresponding activity at Scholastic that helped us see how changing the shape […] Read more »

DIY Play Kitchen Set

DIY Play Kitchen Set - Mud Hut Mama

My parents came to visit us in Malawi a couple of years ago and my mom brought a page she had ripped out of a Family Fun magazine with directions for a DIY play kitchen set made out of cardboard boxes. She also brought all the supplies (duct tape, bottle lids, etc) and had planned to make the kitchen for the girls while she was visiting, but we never found boxes the right size. She left all the supplies and directions and I always meant to make the kitchen but I never got around to it and so I packed that little bag of supplies and directions and brought it with us when we moved back to Zambia. It was in storage for months until […] Read more »

The Little Engine That Could Activities

The Little Engine That Could Activities

While we were on the road, early in the New Year, we completed a couple of weeks of homeschool that I am really behind in writing up. One was a science week where we paired a Magic School Bus episode with a classic children’s book. This post contains affiliate links. I ordered The Little Engine That Could from the UK shortly before Christmas so that a visiting family member could carry it out to us and I was really surprised by how small the book was (and I think it may be an abridged version), but the size has not affected my girls’ enjoyment of the book. In fact it has become one of Kooks’s favorites and I often find her sitting with it and […] Read more »

Australia for Kids

Australia for Kids - Mud Hut Mama

Oh my goodness we have finally tackled another continent – it sure took us a while! We learned about Asian animals in October and then packed up and stayed with family and friends for almost three months. We did continue as much as we could with our homeschool during that time but I didn’t have our map or globe with me so geography was shelved. It was so lovely to get our new school room set up and bring out those supplies. I wanted to jump right into Australia for kids but I have to say I struggled a bit with something that you would think is really basic – what to call the continent and what countries it includes. I learned seven continents growing […] Read more »

Bicycle for Family Transport

Bicycle for Family Transport

We feel incredibly lucky to have a lifestyle that is centered around nature conservation, but you don’t have to work in conservation to make a difference. Conservation Corner is a series where I highlight the many ways people around the world are making an effort to tread a little lighter on our planet. This post contains affiliate links. Today Becky from Kid World Citizen shares how her family uses bicycles as a form of transport. Becky’s site is an amazing resource for parents and educators. She shares a wealth of information and “activities that help young minds go global.” I love how easy it is to find what you are looking for at Kid World Citizen as all the posts are categorized by both world […] Read more »

New Job, New Home and a New Normal

New Job, New Home & a New Normal - Mud Hut Mama

It feels like ages since I sat down to write and so much has happened in that time. My husband got his dream job in a part of Zambia that we absolutely love. It is not too far from where we met and we have been trying to get back to this part of the world ever since. We came very close a couple of times but it looks like third time’s a charm. It has all been a bit of a whirlwind and a complete lifestyle change for us. We are currently living in a small town in rural Zambia and that has been more of an adjustment for me than I imagined it would be. There are an awful lot of positives. We […] Read more »

Recycling in Brazil

Recycling in Brazil

We feel incredibly lucky to have a lifestyle that is centered around nature conservation, but you don’t have to work in conservation to make a difference. Conservation Corner is a series where I highlight the many ways people around the world are making an effort to tread a little lighter on our planet. Last month we heard about Recycling in Germany and today Stephen from The Head of the Heard writes about recycling in Brazil (specifically in the city of Curitiba). Stephen blogs about life as an expat in Curitiba as well as the joys and challenges of raising a bilingual child. I love how much thought and energy Stephen puts into his son’s language acquisition, especially as his son is still young so he doesn’t always see the […] Read more »