Raising City Boys Outside

We live in a major urban center, and at this point, we aren't even allowed chickens in our neighborhood.  We have to actively seek out opportunities for our boys to get outside, to spend time around animals, to learn how things grow.  Fortunately, we have a lot of support from family and friends in this. … Continue reading Raising City Boys Outside


Olympic National Park Nature Study

The American National Parks are a dream come true for families seeking an opportunity to explore wildlife and wilderness.  This summer we made our first visit to Olympic National Park.  Located on the Olympic peninsula of Washington state, this park offers a uniquely diverse experience.  Moisture from the Pacific hits the western side of the … Continue reading Olympic National Park Nature Study

Independence Day

 Happy 4th of July! I hope you and your children are spending some time running free today! My husband and I recently took our boys to Olympic National Park, and I had the immense joy of watching them play outside all day every day for a whole week.  Take every opportunity to let your children … Continue reading Independence Day


Chalk It Up

More handwriting practice today!  My three-year-old has really been into the Reading 1A trial course from the Ron Paul Curriculum.  He has only watched the first three videos, but he's watched each of them several times over the past five days and is asking for them, as well as Math 1A.  He is still not … Continue reading Chalk It Up



"Outside" was our three-year-old's first two-syllable word.  By the time he was about sixteen months old, he would go to our front door and ask to go outside, usually while signing "please." He was absolutely right. Kids need to be out in the fresh air.  We are home for President's Day and taking advantage of … Continue reading OUTSIDE!