God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of the earth.” (Genesis 1:26, The Message) Dominion. What does … Continue reading Join Our Stewardship Challenge!
When I first started homeschooling, I had a clear idea of what I thought it should look like. The kids would do cute little crafts, play games, quietly work on assignments (without complaint), and go outside at scheduled times for recess. They would be fed at designated snack and lunch times. We would start on … Continue reading 10 Major Homeschooling Mistakes I’ve Made (and What I’ve Learned)
The forest is bursting with colour and life. My mother has taken the children for the afternoon and I have several, glorious hours to roam the woods, iced coffee in hand and camera dangling from a strap around my neck. I don't always realise when I'm peopled out, but as I meander down the empty … Continue reading This Week in the Woods: The Importance of Alone Time
"Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage." (C.S. Lewis) When I was a little girl, I spent much of my time buried in books. In the summertime, you could often find me perched in one of the limbs of … Continue reading 25 Favourite Chapter Books to Read Aloud (Independent Reading Level for most of these is 8-12 years old)
"Mom, look what I found!" My daughter holds up a roundish, light-coloured nut. "What is it?" "Hmmm." I take the nut from her and peer closely at it. It's smoothness feels cool against the palm of my hand. "It looks like a hickory nut. We'll look it up when we get home, just to be … Continue reading Cultivating Curiosity: How to Encourage Delight-Directed Learning
(A Friday feature that chronicles our nature study adventures.) We kicked off this week by heading over to one of our favourite trails, one that winds through the wetlands. It was late afternoon and the marsh quivered with life. The sun was bright and the air was warm. A tall, white egret fished in the … Continue reading This Week in the Woods (and why I’m sort of quitting science class)
“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ― C.S. Lewis Isn't it lovely to snuggle up with your children and a beautiful picture book? Most mornings, we start the day with a story as part of our Morning Time routine. My daughters munch … Continue reading 20 Favourite Picture Books