“An eternal question about children is, how should we educate them? Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom, more exams and tests, more certification for teachers, and less money for art. All of these responses come from the … More Letting them lead.
“I’m homeschooled!” I overheard Anneka declare enthusiastically during her break at gym class. I looked over at my girl. There she was, surrounded by a group of other six-year-old girls; the only time she’s regularily around a group of children determined by age. Her friends had been discussing the upcoming school year during their snack … More Going Against The Grain
It’s strawberry season. The other day, we went strawberry picking at a little family-owned organic farm by our house. It’s become quite the summer tradition for us to go berry picking, and it seems to always be one of the first things crossed off our mental “summer bucket list”. I’m glad my kids are able … More Strawberry Season
Today was the perfect day for the beach. And so that’s exactly what we did. It started out as a walk in the forest with friends. The moms trailed behind, and we watched our children run freely ahead of us on the narrow trails, up and down the steep slopes. The forest was … More Choosing our own path
A watermelon "pizza" for Lucas' birthday celebration at our homeschool co-op this week. 🍉🍃 So easy to make! Just spread a layer of either yogurt or mascarpone (I also mixed in a bit of honey to sweeten🍯), then top with whatever your heart desires! For toppings we used berries, fresh mint leaves from our garden, … More Watermelon Pizza
Spring is in full swing over here now, and we’ve been keeping busy with lots of little projects! At our homeschool co-op, we’ve planted seedlings, and started building a living play structure out of willow shoots. At home we’ve made a temporary habitat for observing earthworms, and filled our bookshelves with beautiful spring stories. We’ve seen … More Our Egg Hatch Project
The past couple of years, my family and I have been making our own, natural dyes for our Easter eggs. I was honoured to share our natural dye methods at our homeschool co-op earlier this week, and I thought I’d take some time to share them here as well. The hues for this year’s eggs … More Natural Easter Egg Dyeing
The other day, we were walking home from the forest and the sun was shining down on our faces. The breeze was warm, not at all the bitter, cold wind we had grown accustomed to in the winter. It was beautiful out, and for the first time, it truly felt like spring. My daughter looked up at me and … More a children’s seasonal bookshelf // SPRING
If I should sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I am sure that for me there would be nothing left worth living for. I trust that I shall never thus sell my birthright for a mess of pottage. I wish to suggest that a man may be very … More Inspired by Simplicity.
November is the pearl-grey month, the changeling between warm crimson October and cold white December, the month when the leaves fall in slow drifting whirls, and the shapes of the trees are revealed, when the earth imperceptibly wakes, and stretches her bare limbs and displays her stubborn unconquerable strength before she settles uneasily into winter. … More A first birthday party for our November baby.