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.
…There was still plenty more sap to collect from the trees. So that morning, we hiked our way through the icy forest trails, all the way to the maple grove where the sap buckets were hanging. The children worked hard to collect all the sap from the buckets, transfer it into large pails to lug back to the little sugar shack for boiling, and then re-hang the collection buckets to be ready for the next thaw.
It makes my heart happy watching the children work together, learn together, in such a wholesome, natural environment. This is how we do school! … More Maple Syrup Harvest
If you’re interested in feeding curious birds (such as chickadees) by hand, it takes a lot of time and patience but here are some tips… … More Feeding the chickadees
“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” – Norwegian saying The above has become one of my favourite sayings. Apparently it even rhymes when you say it in Norwegian, which is so much more awesome! Since having children, I’ve truly adopted the philosophy of making outdoor time a priority every day. When we spend … More Dressing Children For Any Weather
We visit here, this same spot, almost daily. We’ve watched it change through the seasons, and we’ve learned so much just by visiting the same natural area over and over and over again. Time spent here is soul-filling for us. Nature heals us, and it brings us a sort of peace that cannot be experienced indoors. … More The Forest Is Our Teacher
I want to introduce you to a wonderful resource that has helped guide mine and my children’s nature exploration; perfect for those of you wanting to take nature exploration one step further with your children. Exploring Nature With Children is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum that will guide you step by step, through an entire … More Exploring Nature With Children
Last week, my children and I made these fun yarn sticks with our forest finds! I think they turned out pretty cute! They definitely add a splash of colour to these long winter days. This is probably one of my favourite activities I’ve done with my children this winter. Finding the sticks during nature exploration … More Yarn Stick Nature Craft
I want to give my children the same experiences in nature that I remember so vividly from my own childhood. I want them to have time to explore the natural world. I want them to be friends with the forest by our home, I want them to know the creek that runs through our little town. I care deeply that they connect with the nature around where we live. I want them to explore and play freely, take risks, and have full control over how they spend their time in the forest. … More A Childhood in Nature
Children should have time to use their natural curiosity to learn about the world around them. And for that reason, for most of the day my children are immersed in free, imaginative play. The organized activities I share over here and on Instagram are such a tiny part of our life! My children aren’t sitting around the table most of the day doing lessons or book work. In fact, whenever possible I try not to interrupt my children during play. … More Letting them lead.
I was instantly drawn to it. It didn’t take much to convince me that this is a good choice for some families. I felt a tugging at my soul right away. It resonated with me. And it felt so right for our family. I felt very deeply that we should at least try it out for a couple of years. … More Going Against The Grain