24 hours in a day.

Is motherhood harder than it used to be? I don’t know. I don’t think so. But there is something about modern womanhood, and specifically motherhood, that is driving us all to breakdowns and tearful messes over things like burned roast and Pinterest activities that didn’t turn out quite right.

For so long, motherhood was not just part of a woman’s life when she had children- caring for her home and family became her WHOLE life. Of course there always have been exceptions, but overall, that was all that was expected of a woman after she married. Now, don’t get me wrong, I doubt very much that any of us would want to return to the days when options for women were so incredibly limited. We’re lucky to live in a moment in time when we can be mothers AND career women.  Mothers AND writers. Mothers AND {insert your particular passion here}. Continue reading

nature walk bags

We’re pretty lucky to live in an area surrounded by lots of open space and well-maintained trails, so the kids and I take a lot of walks and do a lot of exploring. When I was researching homeschooling methods, one of the things that initially drew me to Charlotte Mason’s approach was the emphasis on outdoor time for kids and the practice of nature journaling.  Even though my kids are still little and we haven’t started formal schooling yet, we’ve started working on developing habits so that they’ll be well-prepared when we do start.  One of the things we’ve really enjoyed is being mindful of noticing things while we explore, and sometimes attempting to chronicle them in our “journals” or with some kind of art project. (God help us.) Continue reading

favorite kids’ poetry collections

IMG_4345When I posted a while back about what we do for “homeschool”, a bunch of people mentioned that they loved the idea of circle time.  A big part of circle time for us is that I let the kids pick a book of poetry and we’ll read a few poems from it.  So I figured I’d share a list of a few of our favorites, some of which we always have, and a few that we check out from the library over and over again.


The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders– This one is just the right combination of silly and lovely, and just overall really fun to read.


A Children’s Garden Verses– The classic collection from Robert Louis Stevenson. I crack up a little how many of the poems refer to “nurse” or “nanny”, but lots of treasures in this one.  My kids also really love the illustrations in this one. Can’t go wrong with Gyo Fujikawa, in my opinion.


A Children’s Book of Verse– This is, sadly, not in print anymore, but it can be found used (and pretty cheaply!) on Amazon. My copy was mine as a child, and it’s fun to read some of my old favorites with my kiddos.  Whimsical illustrations and classic selections- can’t beat it. Joey is obsessed with reading, “The Skippery Boo”.Which is terrifying, but he loves it.  Random.


Where the Sidewalk Ends For our daily dose of pure silliness, my 4 year old picks out a poem from this one almost every day.


Favorite Poems Old and New– Not just for kids, this collection is really enjoyable and I often find myself browsing through it, looking for inspiration or just plain old entertainment.  It’s a big book, so if you were looking for ONE poem book to rule them all, this would be a great candidate to take your kids from itty-bittys to adults.


A Child’s Calendar– If you love John Updike, this is a must.  A short, simple book with a poem for each month of the year.  I like the idea of reading the month’s poem on the first and last day of the month, kind of as a celebration of a new month.


Outside Your Window– We got this one out of the library, and after the first time we read from it, I went straight to Amazon to buy it, because it was an instant favorite. The illustrations are some of the best I’ve ever seen in a children’s poetry book, the poems about the natural world are truly lovely and the kids enjoy them immensely.  Not only are the poems fun to read, but they’re actually pretty informative, so I can see using these as part of nature studies and such.  LOVE this book.

These are just a few of the poetry books we’ve read from and loved, but I’d love to hear about some of your favorites that we can add to our list!

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how we (homeschool?) (unschool?) preschool.


(This was at a local museum that had stuff from an old school house.  I told him to look like he’s doing schoolwork.  He’s all, “I don’t have to go to school! I do school at home!” Sassy.)

I’ve been tossing around the idea of this post for a while now, but kept thinking that me writing a post about what we do for “pre-school homeschool” would be similar to me writing a post on how to hem pants.  You know… I can kind of tell you how I do it, but I can’t exactly encourage you in good conscience to do it the same way, because I have no real notion of how pants “should” be hemmed.  Does that analogy hold?  In summation, I have no real idea of what I’m doing.  If this sounds like something that you’d find helpful/hilarious/encouraging because you’re bound to do better, then READ ON! Continue reading