springnature
Spring has officially arrived and we have been spending a lot of time outdoors. We’ve been playing in our backyard, eating on the lawn, and planting our gardens. We’ve also made a few visits to our local conservation area which has 6 kms of trails to explore wetlands, woods and wildlife. On our first visit …
Nature Journaling and The Handbook of Nature Study
I made a delightful discovery a week or so ago while riffling through some boxes in the basement – a tote bag stocked with three pretty notebooks and several pencils. These notebooks were our nature journals from two years ago! I have some sweet memories of walking along trails with  my girls, examining wildflowers and pinecones, sketching, …
FUNdamental
Our relaxed, year round schedule of home education lends itself well to ensuring that there is much fun being had at our house!  That’s one of the reasons I favour year round schooling – it allows us to have a lighter load and also to “drop everything” whenever there is something else we’d like to …
Parts of Speech Printable
Are you looking for a visual aide to use with your grammar memory work? I’ve created these lovely prints to co-ordinate with our grammar curriculum, First Language Lessons, that are both practical and lovely. No reason to have hand copied or simple typed cue cards!     Simply right click on the images and save the …
Preschool fun - FREE printable letter tile match up activity - www.learningmama.com
Little Sister has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 6 months. She’s growing like a weed and wearing Big Sister’s hand-me-downs from LAST YEAR even though she is three full years younger. And she’s having a blast riding on her “big girl bike” that she refused to even try last summer. She has …
Drawing With (My) Children Lesson 3: Drawing From a Still Life. So fun and challenging for both mother and child! - www.learningmama.com
  My oldest daughter has been drawing quite passionately since our last lesson – she will sit at the table for an hour or more at a time with her sketch book and work away on her pictures. One day last week I invited her to join me with our books and a pile of …
Learning With (My) Children Lesson 2: Lions! Our experience using the Monart method in our homeschool - www.learningmama.com
With much excitement and anticipation, we moved on to Lesson 2 in Drawing With Children! Since our first lesson, Big Sister has been very interested in drawing. She worked her way through Ed’ Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals while waiting for her next lesson. It’s so much fun to watch children learn as their interest is piqued! …
Drawing with (My) Children: Lesson 1 - www.learningmama.com
So far, we have been having a lot of fun with Drawing with Children!  I bought a sketch pad for each of us to use for our drawing lessons to increase the “specialness” factor with the kids. I’m also hoping that when we are done they will be pleased to have all their drawings kept nicely in a …
Drawing With (My) Children: Our Homeschool Experience Using the Monart Method
A recent addition to our homeschooling activities has been the introduction of “art class”. For our first few sessions I did some searching online for tutorials and ideas and came up with some simple yet enjoyable projects. The first was crayon etchings, and the second was watercolour pencil drawings.  Then I had the realization that …
A Few Things that Have Made this a GREAT Winter! Homeschooling with www.learningmama.com
I’ve seen a lot online about February Blahs and Homeschooling Burnout, but I have to say, that February was a great month for us!  Like most of us, I did grow tired of the snow, cold and short days; but the homeschooling itself has been the smoothest it has ever been! Now this may be in part …
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