Gardening · Homeschooling · Nature · Nature study

Rediscovering the Value of Nature Study

Nature study took a back seat in our homeschool this year.  It wasn’t intentional, and I offer no clever excuse. I just didn’t make the effort to find the time, I guess.  I could tell my nature-observing senses were growing dull, because I’d give a quick glance and an indifferent, “Huh,” whenever the kids presented me… Continue reading Rediscovering the Value of Nature Study

Charlotte Mason · Family & Fun · Homeschooling · Nature · Nature Journals · Nature study · Nature Walks

We’re Still Here…..and We’re Still Happily Occupied!

That’s right.  Even if this blog has been quiet lately, we’ve been keeping ourselves busily occupied as always.  I somehow have just not found the time to let you all know about it!  So I’ll do a little catch up post.  Here goes: We came home from our summer vacation to find half of our garden… Continue reading We’re Still Here…..and We’re Still Happily Occupied!

Charlotte Mason · Homeschooling · Schedule

Back to School! 2013/2014 Curriculum and Schedule

Okay!  We’re back from our huge, amazing, highly educational road trip across the country (you can read all about it here), and after two weeks of readjusting to normal life in a house in the same place day after day, I think we’re ready to start school.  Yipee! History, Bible, and Science If you’ve read… Continue reading Back to School! 2013/2014 Curriculum and Schedule

Charlotte Mason · Family & Fun · Homeschooling

Habit Training in Children

When I first heard the term ‘habit training’ as I was exploring the Charlotte Mason method of education, I thought to myself, “Hmmm.  That’s an interesting way to put it.”  I already knew the importance of child training — that a child left to himself is a disgrace. (Proverbs 29:15 NIV)  I had just never… Continue reading Habit Training in Children

History Timeline · Homeschooling

For the Visual Learner in All of Us: a History Timeline

I love history timelines.  There’s something about lining up the people and events of history in their places next to each other that is satisfying to me.  I know it’s summer and for the most part the school books are put away, but setting up a time line is a project that you might consider “doing ahead” for next year. There… Continue reading For the Visual Learner in All of Us: a History Timeline

Charlotte Mason · Homeschooling

Want to Try a Different Approach for Summer Math?

So summer is almost here, and it’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy life.  And if you’re like me, you’re hoping for a chance to get to all those fun projects and activities you never found time for during the school year.  For us, those activities will hopefully include crafts, swimming, nature hikes and nature journals,… Continue reading Want to Try a Different Approach for Summer Math?

Family & Fun · Homeschooling

School’s Out! — Of Childhood and Summer Days

School’s officially out for my crew……this week marks the beginning of summer vacation.  So now what?  Do I let ’em run wild and free?  Or do I make sure they do just enough school work to prevent academic amnesia come September?! There’s a part of me that feels the need to make sure the kids’ academic skills don’t… Continue reading School’s Out! — Of Childhood and Summer Days