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?
…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
I’ve set an intention to get out into nature every day. Friends, will you join me? … More Children In Nature Challenge
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.
❄️❄️❄️When life gives you snow… make snow ice cream!❄️❄️❄️ Recipe for Canadian snow ice cream: – 4 cups clean, freshly fallen snow – 1 cup milk – 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 🍁 Stir together milk and maple syrup in a chilled bowl. Add snow, a cup at a time, mixing with a spoon. Continue … More Canadian Snow Ice Cream