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Blossom and Root Early Years, Brave Writer Lifestyle

Nature-Based Homeschooling: Our 2018 – 2019 Pre-K Curriculum Picks

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My youngest daughter is turning five soon, and for the longest time I’d been planning to start kindergarten with her this fall. But something shifted in me this spring as I sat down to plan out the coming year. For my oldest, starting kindergarten at five made sense–she was very eager to learn to read, enjoyed sitting down to work at academic tasks, and craved the formal learning experience. But my youngest isn’t like that at all.

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frida kahlo art project blossom and root early years vol. 2
Art and Music, Blossom and Root Early Years

Inspired by Frida Kahlo: An Art Activity from Blossom and Root Early Years Vol. 2

This activity is from Blossom and Root Early Years, Vol. 2. Click here to download your free sample of this delight-filled, gentle, hands-on curriculum for ages 4 to 5. Vol. 2 features picture studies and inspired art projects from Renoir, Frida Kahlo, Hokusai, and Jacob Lawrence.  Please note that this sample also includes a peek at Early Years Vol. 1 for ages 2 to 4. 

Part One: Picture Study

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Brave Writer Lifestyle

A Week in the Life of a Brave Writer Family

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I’m not really sure which aspect of the Brave Writer lifestyle I fell in love with first. Was it our first poetry teatimes, calling out Shel Silverstein poems over the roar of the jungle rain? Or the permission to devour audiobook after audiobook as we drive through forests and fields together, and call it school? Or was it the idea that the excited words of my tiny daughters as they told me stories were the very first seeds of their writing selves, and that I should catch them on a page like a teacup catching rain, so they could see the significance of their ideas? Continue Reading