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NEW! The Arctic Journal is Here!

It's finally getting chilly here, and the approaching winter season is the perfect time to learn about the amazing animals and ecosystem of the Arctic.  The Arctic Journal is new in the shop, and is a beautifully detailed, engaging printable nature journal with 5 units of study, including: The Northern Lights + Polar Constellations Polar Ice…

15+ Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Kids

In our family, we try to give a mix of practical, "need" items for Christmas, along with toys and things they want. I've compiled a list of some of the things we have gifted to our kids over the years, and I love them because they get used ALL. the. time. Hydration Pack Hip Pack…

NEW! Seashells Coloring Page Freebie (plus more free printables)

It's freebie time! I just added this little pack of coloring pages ~ including this brand new Seashells Coloring Page ~ to my shop for free!  Our favorite way to use these is to print them on cardstock or watercolor paper and use them as watercolor templates. They're also fun to tuck away for road trips…

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…