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Nature Study for the Very Young {Plus Birds of Northeast Printable}

Nature Study for the Very Young {Plus Birds of Northeast Printable}

I wanted to share a few thoughts on Nature Study for the very young. This fall, I’ll start integrating “Little B” (3 years old) into our homeschooling day. Of course, nothing will be formal because at this age play is the best tool for learning […]

A Parenting Gem from Charlotte Mason, That Nearly Every Other Parenting Book Missed

A Parenting Gem from Charlotte Mason, That Nearly Every Other Parenting Book Missed

I’m re-reading Home Education by Charlotte Mason and I stumbled upon this nugget of mothering goodness that stayed with me for months and wanted to share it, as I don’t recall ever reading it explained this way anywhere else. (And let’s be honest, you’ve seen […]

Fall Planning: Carve out time to live your true calling.

Fall Planning: Carve out time to live your true calling.

Whenever I talk to younger moms, the same question always comes up in one form or another: How am I supposed to get everything done?! If you’ve had kids for more than two minutes, you know that, despite our best efforts, unpredictability and busy-ness is the […]

20 Homeschooling Articles to Help New Homeschooling Moms

20 Homeschooling Articles to Help New Homeschooling Moms

Several of you asked that I post all of my homeschooling articles in one place. Here you are. Happy Homeschooling!   Five Questions Every Homeschooling Mom Should Ask Before Choosing Curriculum Favorite Homeschool Resources/Tools Series :Part I, Part II, Part III Good Advice On Home Education […]

Thoughts on being scared to death of homeschooling, and thoughts on the thoroughly educated child

Thoughts on being scared to death of homeschooling, and thoughts on the thoroughly educated child

I’m entering my 17th year of homeschooling. If you’ve read here for more than two minutes you know I favor the Charlotte Mason method, have an artsy/crafty bent, emphasize music and poetry, read a lot, and tend to be rather eclectic. What you might not […]

DIY Spring Bird’s Nest Tutorial

DIY Spring Bird’s Nest Tutorial

Even though we still have two feet of snow on the ground, I’m working on decorating my house for spring. Today my goal was to finish decorating my mantle. I made this bird’s nest for the mantle and thought I’d share how I made it. […]

Hey, What Are You Looking At?

Hey, What Are You Looking At?

It’s that time of year. We began our homeschool year this week and as I evaluate where each child is, the old tendency to compare surprises my heart yet again. Comparison is always a cruel tormentor: Maybe we should have done that curriculum all along. […]

In Praise of the Pensive Child

In Praise of the Pensive Child

One of the best ways to validate your children is to accept them for who they are. There is a huge tendency to push our kids into what we love or what is currently pushed by society. Peter has often said that “what you praise, […]

DIY Watercolor Bird Silhouette Art for Kids

DIY Watercolor Bird Silhouette Art for Kids

I’m teaching a great group of homeschoolers simple watercolor techniques, and today I thought I’d post our next project as a tutorial that you can use for your kids. Silhouette art is popular right now, and is super easy to create. Supply list:  Watercolor paper, […]