Gardening with a Preschooler: Strawberries

An update on our three-year-old and his gardening project: We wanted our preschooler to take more ownership of our family garden this year, and as he is in a big "all by myself" phase, we decided that he needed a gardening project that would be his own.  Last year, we purchased two strawberry plants and … Continue reading Gardening with a Preschooler: Strawberries

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Heirloom Bloom

My grandfather loved his flower garden.  I recall my mom planting a few tomato plants for them one year, but for the most part, they grew the flowers.  A mountain of snapdragons.  Hoards of little pansies that my grandma always says look like men with mustaches.  Peonies as big as your head.  And my favorite: … Continue reading Heirloom Bloom

Little Green Thumb: Gardening with a Preschooler

One of our big summer goals for this year has been keeping a vegetable garden.  We tried last year but without much success (weeds, squash bugs, some kind of hex on our peppers...), so we are being more deliberate and conscientious stewards of our garden this year.  In order to make it easier (and safer) … Continue reading Little Green Thumb: Gardening with a Preschooler

Charlotte Mason: Whole Child

Since making the decision to home school my children, currently ages one and three, I have been researching various methods of home schooling.  Over the next few weeks, I'd like to share with you some of the benefits I've seen in each of those methods.  If you are considering home schooling, this may help you … Continue reading Charlotte Mason: Whole Child

Third Party

The only thing better than the face people make when you say you're libertarian is the face they make when you say you are Armenian Apostolic.  The Eastern churches are the third party of Christianity. Whatever your positions -- political or religious -- children benefit from seeing their parents involved in something bigger than themselves. … Continue reading Third Party

A Fierce Independence

A bit of wisdom from Maria Montessori today: "Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed." For our older son, that's basically every task now. Last month he hit three and dove headfirst into the world of "I can do it all by myself!" He is putting on shoes, … Continue reading A Fierce Independence