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Blossom and Root Early Years, Blossom and Root First Grade, Our Homeschool Week in Review series

Our Homeschool Week in Review: September 17 – 23

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““I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

This week started with blisteringly hot days and ended with the arrival of autumn, but only after a two hour haul into the mountains on Saturday to see the aspen gold. Every year, we drive up to Summit County to celebrate the equinox because it usually aligns perfectly with peek colors in high-country leaves. Autumn is my favorite season, and this day trip didn’t disappoint. Continue Reading

Our Homeschool Week in Review August 13
Blossom and Root Early Years, Blossom and Root First Grade, Our Homeschool Week in Review series

Our Homeschool Week in Review August 13 – 18

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Over the summer, I received many requests to do a regular “glimpse into our homeschool” feature. After some consideration, I’ve decided to try my best to do that this year. I love reading “journal-esque” blog posts of other homeschoolers, myself. These make me feel connected in a world that can feel somewhat isolated at times, and they can be more relatable than the “big picture” posts that typically fill the news feeds. So here we are. Welcome to our first “homeschool week in review” post! Continue Reading

The Three Non-Negotiables of Our Homeschool Day: Go outside, read, and wonder.
Homeschool, Parenting

The 3 Non-Negotiables of Our Homeschool Day

With all of the ideas and resources available to homeschoolers today, it can be really hard to resist the urge to do all the things. One hour on Pinterest and you can rack up a pretty hefty list of crafts to do, unit studies to execute, math games to try, and field trips to plan. Sometimes these fit in seamlessly with our existing plans. Sometimes, they forcefully wedge into them like linebackers, tackling any sense of rhythm we’ve worked so hard to establish and Continue Reading

Our Morning Basket
Art and Music, Homeschool, Nature Study, Reading and Writing

Our Morning Basket

We’ve been using a morning basket for nearly two years, and I don’t see us stopping any time soon. This is by far one of the most delightful parts of our day, and it’s made it so much easier to include all of the rich experiences that come with a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling. We actually use both a morning basket and a bedtime basket, as we do a great deal of our homeschool in two chunks–one in the earliest part of the day, and one just before bed. Continue Reading

Our Bedtime Basket
Homeschool, Parenting, Reading and Writing

Our Bedtime Basket

I first heard about morning baskets about a year and a half ago, from Pam Barnhill’s blog, www.edsnapshots.com. Immediately, I knew that it was going to fit right in with our homeschooling philosophy of coming together to delight in our learning, and beginning our day with a peaceful and intentional rhythm. So I got a (very unattractive) green plastic tub out of my daughter’s closet and filled it with books. Since then, our basket has evolved and improved Continue Reading