Spring has sprung and we are off and running with activities and projects. There is always something to do. Usually so many things to do that some things keep getting put off to another day. But life is great and we are super blessed so I am certainly not complaining.
I felt very spoiled [...]
We are experiencing a HEAT WAVE, yes in big letters, this week here in the midwest. Being 6 months pregnant and having 2 very outdoorsy type of kids we have been doing our best to beat the heat and stay busy inside as much as possible.
We’ve been cleaning, organizing, rearranging and admiring Lilly’s [...]
This time of year usually kicks off our science lessons which really consist of a whole lot of nature study each day, whenever opportunities present themselves. Bird watching, hiking, mushroom hunting, and identifying new things we come across are always on our spring agenda. This past couple of weeks alone we have found several new [...]
Sometime last fall the kids spotted this interesting thing on the branch of a bush as we were leaving church. Never short of curiosity, they convinced me that we had to take it home and see what it was. Unfortunately, after bringing it home we got distracted, sat it in the “nature window” and never [...]
Although not all things I had hoped would happen this year will be, we have plenty of things that are. Here’s what’s happening on our homestead this spring:
-Signs of spring are everywhere! Crocuses have bloomed, daffodils are looking wonderful, hostas are poking their heads up.
-Bees are buzzing and the hive [...]
Lilly and I spent some time over the weekend doing and easy nature craft. She is very creative and loves to do projects. I saw this idea somewhere on the web and it was just perfect for the beautiful fall day we chose to do it.
First, we set out on a little [...]
Most of our science for the lower elementary levels we are in is done by nature study. Going out in nature, observing plants, animals, clouds, trees, and more; reading about animals, studying field guides, drawing things we see in a nature notebook, just paying attention to the marvels of creation.
A few of my [...]
Summer is a big season of science and nature study for us. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t hear the front door slam and little feet running in exclaiming, “Mom! Come quick but grab the bug book and your camera first!! Hurry, hurry!” I am thrilled that the kids love to explore the [...]
We just had the best weekend!
It started out pretty normal, Friday morning we had Toby’s 7 year well-check visit with the doctor. He’s being referred to the eye doctor again and it looks like come September he’ll join the ranks of us who need glasses. His sight in his right eye is 20/70.
As we all know, growing our own fruits and vegetables requires a great deal of patience. This year I am so excited to see the pay-off from all those years of patience. We started making changes and adding to our property years ago, envisioning the homestead we someday hope to have. Each new year brings [...]