Teeny Tiny Photographer on the Trail

As preparation for our trip to Olympic National Park this summer, we took our littles hiking.  For the past few months, we have been letting our older son, who is three, take photos around the house with our camera.  This was the first time we entrusted him with the camera outdoors, so I wanted to … Continue reading Teeny Tiny Photographer on the Trail

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Teeny Tiny Photographer II

In March, I wrote about how my three-year-old son has started taking photos around the house.  This has become a regular part of our routine, so I wanted to share some more shots he has taken.  Seeing our everyday life from his vantage point has really helped me to appreciate that he is his own … Continue reading Teeny Tiny Photographer II

No Wind, No Problem

My three-year-old is forever teaching me about determination (or "stubbornness," depending on the particulars).  This week, it was the kite he got in his Easter basket.  Every day, he's been looking out the window and declaring that it's really windy outside.  It is not.  Finally I caved and let him take it out.  Predictably, there … Continue reading No Wind, No Problem

Containers: Fine Motor Activities for Littles

Our baby has hit that glorious stage: Putting Things in Things!  He wants to take every object he can get his paws on and put it into any kind of container he can procure.  It may be tempting to start buying your kid lots of official "learning toys" when he hits this stage, but try … Continue reading Containers: Fine Motor Activities for Littles

Charlotte Mason: Outdoors Every Day

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: Outdoors Every Day

Going Green

When we consider the financial impact of home schooling, a lot of factors come into play.  Obviously, losing my income is the most critical, but we're also looking at savings -- tuition, daycare, the gas from my substantial commute.  The actual cost of home schooling varies widely depending on the choices you make about curriculum, … Continue reading Going Green

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