If you upload a picture of your children doing the ASL sign for “butterfly”, the National Wildlife Federation will send you a free butterfly garden kit!
Go here to get yours! This is while supplies last, so don’t wait!
I know, I know. Honey comes from bees. But if you have dandelions and no bees, this is a yummy alternative! It may not be as healthy as honey because it uses processed sugar but it tastes surprisingly similar to honey and makes for a good treat.
Making dandelion honey is a bit time consuming (mostly just letting the honey simmer) but fairly easy and hard to mess up. Perfect for letting the kids help!
Serve on toast, biscuits, pancakes….whatever you would put honey on or in! Enjoy 🙂
Have you ever use dandelions for making anything?
I’ve been reading a lot about the Charlotte Mason homeschooling approach and I plan on slowly implementing several aspects of it. I just love how un-pressured, natural, and yet complete it is!
We started out with the Delightful Reading kit to help Tobi with his reading. Simply sounding out words was not working for him so a friend suggested I look into the Delightful Reading program, which incorporates sight words. It also uses a hands-on approach that my son really likes.
Another aspect to the education that I’ve been looking forward to starting is the nature study. Now that we’re finally getting some warmer weather I decided it was time to begin! I gave each of the 3 older children a new notebook, I stuck a pencil case of crayons and some water bottles in a bag, and off we went.
Before we started our walk I gave the kids some simple instructions: Look for cool things in nature. As we walked, we discussed what nature is and how we can tell it apart from something man-made.
After a good walk around town we settled down on some church steps and the kids were able to draw what they wanted from our walk. Older kids can write about their findings but my children aren’t at that level yet.
I didn’t put any rules or instructions other than it had to be God-made, not man-made things that they drew. Annie and Josiah finished quickly (Josiah just scribbled a bit but he loved taking part in school!) They got some exercise while Tobi finished up.
And that was about it! Nature journals are not anything complicated, especially with young children. I see them as just a way to help us be more aware of the beautiful world around us; to slow down and smell the roses, so to speak.
Even if you don’t do a Charlotte Mason homeschool I think most kids would really enjoy making a nature journal and it opens opportunities for a lot of good discussion as well. The supplies needed are things that almost every household has on hand; paper or a notebook, crayons, and the outdoors. Even urban families can go to a park, zoo, look for birds, or learn about the flowers they see in window boxes. Enjoy!
One of the gifts I made for Annie for Christmas was a knitting kit. She’s shown interest in learning how to knit after watching me learn to knit over the last few months.
I purchased a nice lunch bag (I had originally planned to get a tin one but I couldn’t find one I liked. The one I bought turned out to work really well because it has extra pockets inside.) I bought some child-sized knitting needles and some yarn, as well as some yarn needles and a fun tape measure. I thought about getting her some wooden needles but the children’s ones that I found have a bit of a rubbery texture to them so that the yarn doesn’t slip as much; I thought these might be easier for her to manage.
I also put in a couple of crochet hooks and I plan on adding a pair of circular needles too, and see if she finds those easier to handle. She has a knitting doll that she received last year so I stuck that in as well. I just need to find her a small pair of scissors. Voila! A custom child’s knitting kit, something that retails anywhere from $25-$65!
She was having a hard time remembering how to knit each step when I came across a fun verse to help.
Through the fence,
Catch the sheep,
Bring him back,
And over he leaps!
This simple verse has helped her a lot and she managed to knit almost a whole row of her project by herself. I cast on and knit the first few rows first so that she had something a bit substantial to work with. She’s only 4.5 and her attention span only lasts so long but she’s proud of herself.
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