🍎 Wow. How true is this statement? I’ve been a homeschool mom for going on 6 years now, and people tell me this all the time. Now, I know what I’ll say in return.

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Let’s talk about cultivating a sense of wonder in children…

Rachel Carson once wrote, "A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.”

Here are a few ways we can help to keep that sense of wonder alight in our children:

🍃 Regularly show surprise, interest, and attraction to the natural world and its happenings! This means you notice everything from the movements of a worm, to the wag of a dog's tail, to the evaporation of a downpour on a hot summer day, to the dew on a spider’s web or the leaves blowing in the breeze.

🍃 Show interest, spontaneous humor, and joy in your child’s daily life.

🍃 Encourage children to freely experiment, taste, feel, hear, see, explore, and get into things that are interesting.

🍃 Show pleasure and delight in every day tasks that keep your home running smoothly.

🍃 Get lost in your own creativity. It’s important for children to see you get lost in your own world of joy!

🍃 Let children choose their own activities based on interests and boredom and not the decisions of another person.

Let’s keep wonder alive in our children’s eyes. Let them risk being themselves without any risk at all. ❤️

What have you showed wonder about this morning? We have been watching hummingbirds on our bee balm this morning! We even heard one tweet!!

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So much yes 😂
Do you ever feel this way? I’ve been at this for a while now and I still have days where I’m just winging it!

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surprise! I’ve decided to make an autumn mini-bundle. it will have book recs and coloring/activity pages! as always it will be free but it’ll go out via email so make sure you’re signed up. link in bio. and drop your favorite fall books below, I will be sure to include them! 🍂🍁🍃🍁🍂 ...

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Happy NOT back to school to my fellow adventure families!

Back to the woods, back to the days of picnic lunches, painting on the lawn, and chasing waterfalls.

Okay so maybe we’ve already been doing those things. Because learning never stops. We learn by doing, by meeting new people, and by experiencing new things. Add in some amazing books and you’ve got the recipe for an amazing education.

So here’s to all my outdoor loving families out there. No matter how you do school! Don’t forget to get dirty and try some new things this school year ❤️.


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We ran away on a surprise history field trip this weekend to Jamestown, VA. My daughter literally squealed and jumped for a good three minutes when we told her we were headed to Pocahontas' old stomping ground.

We're staying in this sweet little colonial home just a short drive away from the settlement. It is rich with charm and character and I just love old homes!

The kids could barely fall asleep tonight they were so excited to go learn and explore in the morning. Daddy and Mama are just as excited!

Stay tuned in my stories this weekend for all the learning adventures and I'll follow up with a full blog post with tips for if you visit here sometime. 🙌

Have you ever gone on a big history field trip? Where to? This is the homeschooling I always dreamed of. ✨

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Day 125 of our Family Gap Year: Today Tate declared, “This is a truly wonderful day.”

I wholeheartedly agree! (Although I am thinking about everyone in Florida who is dealing with such devastation and difficulty. I’m so grateful everyone in my family is okay.)

Henry requested that we start the day by exploring Kaumana Caves State Park. We followed the advice of our local friends and crawled through a small hole when it looked like we couldn’t go any further. It opened up into a large, dark cavern and continued for a long time. We only ran into two or three other groups the entire time we were there.

When I’ve toured caves before, there was always a tour guide + ropes + lights. Not at Kaumana Caves State Park! There wasn’t a single ranger on duty. Just silent, dark caves. Oh, there was also a sign that said something about how the caves go on for quite a bit but you should only stay in the caves that are part of the state park but there is not going to be a sign to tell you when the state park’s caves end.

It was quite the adventure!

Henry said, “This was fun. It was a 10 out of 10.”

Tate added, “For once, I liked hiking without being bribed.”

In the afternoon we returned to the same beach with the same friends for a second day in a row. This time, we borrowed a boogie board and two sets of fins so we could go out into the deep area with our friends. Every time we all caught the same wave together, we would shout, “Party wave!”

It was terrifying but oh so fun. And the turtles swam among us!

We ended the evening at our favorite pizza and video game place called anticspizza. And, for the first time, they gave us a kamaʻāina discount, which means they consider us locals. After living here for two months, we definitely feel like we belong.

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Isn’t this a beautiful handcraft for Autumn Leaves Week in Exploring Nature with Children!
Thank you to lindamydlak for sharing. Do pop over to Linda’s account for details.

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On the BLOG ✨
Curriculum review: Math Lessons for a Living Education

After nearly two years, we made the switch to a new math curriculum.

On the blog today I've shared a full review of masterbooks Math, namely Math Lessons for a Living Education. I've also shared why, after testing out many curriculums, we landed on this one.

I hope you find it helpful! Click the link in my bio to read. ✨

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Beautiful grass sun-catchers for Grasses Week in Exploring Nature with Children!
Thank you to agracefilledspace for sharing. Do pop over to Elle’s page to find out how to make them.

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I bought a book of E.E. Cummings poems sight unseen because someone said they were told to read his poems in the spring. Spring remains my favorite time of year, in spite of the Northeast weather lions and months of muddy snow melt. Little shoots pop up, daffodils defy all logic, and one grey, snowy morning - no, your ears are not mistaken, the song birds have returned. It's magic every time.

It's our first week back to school, and I am reading the same books to my first grader that I read to many of his siblings. Mrs Darling still has that kiss no one can reach, Paddle to the Sea is still amazingly carved by hand, the first pages of our grammar book are still filled with the unimaginable secret delights of the learnéd.

The flowers aren't new, but the children are.

I heard that recently and it captures so much of this season of life! My teens do the same silly things all teens do, and have the same conversations about sass. My middles are still shocked school work exists and has it's hold on them, and would still rather be outside or watching TV. The baby still cackles with delight when we bounce her.

None of it is new. But all the children in all their stages are.

And me? Well, the daffodils aren't new but that first bobbing yellow head breaking through the snow thrills me every time. These books are now my dear old friends, and right in the middle of the chaos of our first week, I got the sweetest rest in a bed of first chapters. I held small, sticky, sun browned hands as we jumped from familiar old place to familiar old place. Familiar to me of course, but an absolute wonder to them!

The books aren't new, but the children are.

It's early Wednesday morning of our first week, I flipped open a random page to Cummings words:

Spring) and everyone's
in love and flowers pick themselves.

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The lifecycle of a bee for Honeybee Week in Exploring Nature with Children!
Thank you to lindamydlak for sharing this brilliant activity! Pop over to Linda’s page to find out more.

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