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30 Favorite Fiction Books for Upper Elementary Students

Looking back at the end of each school year, I am always amazed at how many good books we've read, listened to and enjoyed ~ books that have helped shape our homeschool and my boy's childhoods. My oldest, in 3rd grade this year, is a voracious reader. It's been quite the feat to keep up…

Studying Sedimentary Rocks ~ A Complete Lesson Plan

If there's one thing my kids never get tired of learning about - it's rocks. We had so much fun studying sedimentary rocks last week! I love how much joy can come from such a simple element of nature. Here's a rundown of our lesson on sedimentary rocks and the books and resources we used:…

Calling All Rock Lovers – The Rocks + Minerals Journal is Here!

I don't know about you, but if there's one thing on our nature shelves that crowds out everything else - it's rocks. Years of visiting rock shops in small mountain towns, collecting small pebbles from the stream, and receiving various rock kits in the mail has resulted in quite the collection. And so of course…

Studying the Night Sky with Kids – Our Favorite Crafts + Book List

One of my favorite things about winter is how bright and clear the stars shine. Orion is easy to spot, guarding the night sky and pointing the way to the the winter constellations. Thankfully, my boys also share a love of astronomy, which means we've spent plenty of time on this subject over the past…

Hibernation Unit Study and Winter Playdough Recipe

Image courtesy of @jojomontessori This is the time of year when we switch to what I like to call "cozy-schooling" ~ cozy crafts, recipes, lots of books, and of course candles and tea. One of our favorite things to learn about this time of year is hibernation. Where we live, we see a big change…

Fungi Nature Study – and a FREE Coloring Page!

It’s that time of year, when the temperature cools down and the rain picks up ~ the perfect time to hunt for mushrooms! Fungi are so unique and mysterious, they're one of my favorite things to study alongside with the kids. Here are some of the resources we'll be using over the next couple of…

Our Curriculum Picks for Kindergarten

I can't believe my little guy is in Kindergarten already - cue tears! This will be round two for me, and I've collected a few more resources over the years that I'm excited to use with him.  We don't do a lot of actual sit-down time for Kindergarten, as I believe play and time outdoors…

Our Curriculum Picks and Book List for Grade 3

There's just something about the new school year that always makes me a little giddy. By about January, I'll be tempted to ditch everything and try something new - but DON'T WORRY. I've learned this is normal. I'm committed. 🙂 This is going to be a long post, with a massive booklist - so feel…

Water Birds and Shore Birds – and a FREE Printable!

This week the kids and I are heading to a local wetland habitat to look for majestic water birds, some of the most amazing pond creatures, in my opinion. Want to study with us? Feel free to add this water birds coloring page to your week - download it for free! DOWNLOAD THE FREEBIE! We…

Flower Pounding Craft + Wildflower Nature Study

It's wildflower season here in Colorado - my favorite time of year to hike in the mountains surrounded by color! Last week we went up to one of our favorite spots and collected the most gorgeous bouquet, including some of my favorites: chiming bells, larkspur, Indian paintbrush, lilies and geraniums. I've already pressed these beauties…