As the holiday season draws nearer, I thought I would share with you some favourite nature/outdoors inspired gifts I’ve come across. I strive to be minimal in our consumerism, so you’ll find the gifts below categorized by the “Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read” rule. These gifts are perfect for the nature-loving family. … More Nature-Inspired Gifts For Children
You don’t have to limit the mobile to autumn leaves. You can use pinecones, birch bark, acorns, pine needles, rocks, the sky’s the limit. I brought this activity to our nature co-op recently, and the children really seemed to enjoy it! … More When life gives you leaves…
The other morning, we made these pretty leaf masks, or “leaf peepers” as I like to call them. The thing I love about this activity is that it requires a walk in nature to hunt for the leaves. We tried to find leaves as large as possible so that they would cover our faces. Such an easy, pretty craft! … More Autumn Leaf Peepers
I love seasonal stories. There’s nothing quite like reading a book and then stepping out into nature and seeing it all around us. The kids and I have been reading lots, and we’re sharing our absolute favourites for autumn. … More Autumn Books For Children
Every September, I’ve done a tiny “something” to make back-to-school season special for my kids. I hope it goes without saying that nobody NEEDS to do any of these things! (Let’s be honest, it’s nice looking through my front window in pyjamas while the other people walk to the school bus.) I love family traditions though, and there are a few we’ve been doing the past few years since we officially started homeschooling. I thought I would share these ideas in case it’s on anyone’s heart to celebrate the new school year. … More Back To (Home) School
It’s official; school is out for the year in our area. This is the first week of summer vacation, but for our family, it will be just another week of homeschool. Before anyone starts feeling too sorry for my kids, I should let you know that our homeschool days probably aren’t what you think they … More Do Homeschooled Kids Get Summer Break?
I am a morning person through and through. There’s no time of day that does it for me quite like those early hours after the sun has risen! A new morning ritual I’ve been practising recently is the habit of waking up before my children. Ever since I started this, I find I enjoy mornings … More Oatmeal breakfast bake for cozy mornings
Releasing our butterflies felt sort of like a special gift to the Earth. We felt a little sad to see them go, but also happy to see them be released into the natural world. We have been wondering about them ever since we set them free! Have they lain more eggs? Have new generations of caterpillars hatched? Could there possibly be beautiful butterflies flitting around right now, that are from the same family line as the ones we released? So many beautiful, magical things to wonder about! … More Raising Butterflies
She gave me some wise, loving advice that I took right to heart… that if I needed to do any grieving at all about this being my last pregnancy, that I should take time to do that. To talk to this little soul growing inside me. To feel his or her little kicks and flutters. To sit with my emotions, allow myself to feel them, and grieve if I needed to. … More Wisdom for a last pregnancy.
When I first considered homeschooling, there was a part of me that worried whether we’d have enough things to do. Would there be other children to play with? How will they make friends? I was well aware of the stigma surrounding homeschoolers, and it was my mission to make sure my kids were the exception. Looking back however, I see just how uninformed and unnecessary those fears were. … More How will they make friends?