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Nature Notebooks

by Deborah Taylor-Hough

Nature Notebooks are artist sketchbooks where the children can draw whatever natural items strike their fancy.

The more options you offer the child, the more likely they’ll find one or more ideas that spark their interest. The Nature Notebooks should be voluntary, by the way–not an assignment or a plea from the parent (“Now, draw the pretty bird for Mommy, honey. . . .”). Continue reading


Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Bard? Studying Shakespeare with Children

by Deborah Taylor-Hough

Several years ago, we added Shakespeare to our family’s educational activities for the first time. My daughter loved our field trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and I don’t think I ever would have thought of introducing my children to The Bard at such a young age if it weren’t for the inspiration of Charlotte Mason, a British educator from the late 1800′s, and some of the people currently writing on Charlotte Mason topics such as Karen Andreola. Continue reading

Natural Nature Learning

watercolour-pencils-nature-studies-02by Deborah Taylor-Hough

Our family hasn’t been blessed with acres of property off in the country for our children to frolic to their hearts content. But a small city lot and many local parks have offered us tremendous opportunities for outdoor learning activities. Continue reading

Twaddle-Free Literature by Grade Level

(This reading list is simply my personal idea of twaddle-free reading — it isn’t the Twaddle-free Gospel.) :-)

Living Books = books that are well-written and engaging–they absorb the reader–the narrative and characters “come alive”; living books are the opposite of cold, dry textbooks. Continue reading

Homeschooling with a rock bottom budget …

53dc51466b23d.preview-620by Deborah Taylor-Hough

Over the years, I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve had newbie homeschooling moms cry on my shoulder about all the myriads of choices available for home education curriculum and supplies. Continue reading