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Kristina Garner

10 tips for nature based homeschooling in the winter
Homeschool, nature

Top 10 Tips for Nature-Based Homeschooling in the Winter

Until last year, I dreaded winter. Winter, to my gardening, barefoot self was a season of eternal inconveniences, discomfort, and grayness. After leaving Colorado, our winters spent in Hawaii went largely unnoticed, other than better waves and whale-watching. I didn’t skip a beat in our daily excursions, so our nature-based homeschool rhythm had a chance to really take root. When we came back, our first winters were an exercise in patience–and I didn’t enjoy them very much at all. I did, however, notice what a big dent that season left in our outdoor lifestyle. And I knew something had to change–specifically, my mindset about winter.

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how to make a simple winter playscape
Sensory Activities

How to Make a Simple Winter Playscape

My youngest daughter is every bit the hands-on learner. She loves to dive into things, and explore and manipulate her environment with her body. She possesses a tenacious need to “do for herself,” rather than have things done for her (even if she has not been shown how yet.) And rare is the lesson when she is not dancing, bouncing, climbing, rolling, or balancing with one knee on her seat, the other leg flagged out beside her in counter-weight fashion.

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second grade curriculum choices
Blossom and Root Second Grade, Homeschool Planning

Our Homeschool Second Grade Curriculum Choices 2019 – 2020

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I usually share our curriculum choices in the fall, just after our school year has begun. But this time I thought I’d share them with you now, as I’m finalizing the vision I have for the year ahead. I usually make the majority of my curriculum decisions in the spring, then spend the summer gathering materials and designing the general structure of the homeschool year to come.

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secular homeschooling
Blossom and Root First Grade, Our Homeschool Week in Review series

OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW: APRIL 8 – 14

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I find it funny that the week I made a video about how we plan our homeschool was a week that all “plans” were put on hold. (You can watch that video by clicking here.) Both girls took turns being sick this week–Brice with a bad cold and Blake with an ear infection. So we ended up doing very little “homeschool” and a lot more soothing, sensory play.

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Planning

Planning Our Homeschool “From Behind”

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Homeschool planning used to stress me out so much. There is some quirk in my personality that makes it physically uncomfortable to cross things out, white-out over pen, and change something that’s been “officially recorded.” This did not combine well with the other half of my personality–the one that doesn’t like being told what to do and loves to dance the line between structure and freedom on a daily basis.

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waldorf homeschool
Blossom and Root First Grade, Blossom and Root Kindergarten, Our Homeschool Week in Review series

OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW: APRIL 1 – 7

Spring Brings Homeschool Magic

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Springtime–even the merest hint of it–brings a certain magic to our homeschool every year. Something about the sweet smell of the thawing soil, the new flash of green, and the bird song that carries into the evening brings swift and lively inspiration to our homeschool.

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secular homeschool blog
History and Geography, Our Homeschool Week in Review series

Our Homeschool Weeks In Review: February 11 – 24

Diving Into Our First History Unit of 2019

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Oh my gracious, it has taken me so long to finish this post! I promise that, once second grade launches and our spring sale is underway, I’ll get back into our regular schedule for these “homeschool journal” posts. I really love writing them and sharing them with you!

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