Why I Take a Summer Break from Homeschooling (and How Learning Seems to Happen Anyway)

Why I Take a Summer Break from Homeschooling (and How Learning Seems to Happen Anyway)

In case you haven’t noticed by now, I really love homeschooling. While not every day has been easy, and some seasons have been more challenging than others, I have always felt both humbled and privileged to be such an integral part of my children’s education. But just because you love something doesn’t mean you want…

Pond Nature Study

Pond Nature Study

What could we possibly find during one simple walk around a small pond?  Enough to keep us busy for over an hour! My big kids were busy with other commitments not too long ago, so hubby and I set off on a nature walk with our 6 year old, Eli.  I love taking nature walks…

August Nature Study

August Nature Study

  (This post contains links to my business website, Shining Dawn Books.) August Nature Study Anytime is the perfect time for nature study, but late summer is especially wonderful! All the photos above were taken during nature walks over the last two weeks.  So, just what topics do I recommend studying right about now? Animal…

Parts of a Flower

While Mahayla takes a formal, high school biology class this year, Caleb (6th grade) and I (along with the interested 4-year-old) are studying biology using a variety of resources like Considering God’s Creation, Lyrical Life Science, Vol. 1 and, of course, NaturExplorers studies. Botany has been first on our list and we’ve been having so…

Wild Blackberry Walk

In our neck of the woods, July is wild blackberry month. Over time, we’ve located several wild brambles growing along fence lines around our farm. I have to admit that harvesting is a tad difficult because of all the thorns, but well worth the effort. I wanted to share just a few pictures from our…

It’s Caterpillar Season…

It’s Caterpillar Season…

(This post contains links to my products.) It’s caterpillar and butterfly season, but those fast and furious butterflies won’t sit still long enough for me to snap a picture! Caterpillars love cameras. On a recent walk with my hubby – alone (do you know how precious a nature walk alone with my husband is?? )…

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