A Nature Inspired Valentine’s Day

There are so many adorable nature-themed Valentines Day crafts for kids! Take some time this weekend to create some of these adorable keepsakes!

#1. Nature Valentine’s Card

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#2. You Rock Valentines

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#3.  Valentine’s Bird Feeders

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#4. Love Bug Valentine

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#5. Toad-ally Awesome Valentine’s!

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#6.  Valentine’s Tree

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#7. Plantable Valentine’s Heart

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#8. Heart Stick Mobile

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#9. Valentine’s Tree

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#10. Birch-bark Heart

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10 Ways to Study Nature in Winter

We absolutely love nature study in our home, however as soon as the cold weather hits it seems to get a lot harder to keep it up… continue reading

 

Sensory Play with Nature

One of the best ways littles can learn is through sensory play. There are so many wonderful things to learn, and littles learn by doing!

_My goal is to build a life I don't need a vacation from._ (7)

Here are a few of our favorite hands-on learning activities for children!

 

 

 

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The winter sensory garden from barley&birch!

 

Full Moon Schedule for 2018!

January makes getting outdoors even harder, which also means cabin fever is starting to set in. This is why we love this full moon schedule! It gives us a fun January activity!

Gear up with some blankets and a thermos full of hot coffee and enjoy some night sky gazing! alex-6726

  • January 31- Wolf Moon

  • March 1st- Worm Moon

  • March 31st- Blue Moon

  • April 29th- Pink Moon

  • May 29th- Corn Planting Moon

  • June 28th- Strawberry Moon

  • July 27th- Thunder Moon

  • August 26th- Green Corn Moon

  • September 24th- Harvest Moon

  • October 24th- Hunter’s Moon

  • November 23rd- Frost Moon

  • December 22nd- Long Night Moon

 

Nature Sensory Activities

Being outdoors has incredible benefits, and with spring being just a few months away, we’re compiling some of our favorite sensory activities for littles!

#1. Mud Pie Kitchen

 

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Some of our favorite memories were those of making mud “food”. We would mold the mud into whatever our imaginations created and then would paint the creations once they dried. 

 

 

#2. Creek Wading

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#3. Pine Cone Sorting

 

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Our little guy loves to gather all the different pinecones and sort them according to size. 

 

 

#4. Leaf Threading

 

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A thin stick will work just as well for threading leaves together. This is another one of our favorites!

 

 

#5. Stone Sorting

 

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Grab a little bucket, and let them start a collection!

 

 

#6. Lots of Grass

 

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Playing in the grass is one of the best sensory things to do with littles!

 

 

#7.  Tree Bark Rubbing/Art

 

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Take a large piece of paper and hold it (or tape it) on the tree. Then take some chalk and gently rub the paper over the bark! The results are beautiful! 

 

 

#8. Barefoot Sensory Walk

 

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You can walk on grass, small pebbles, sand, mud, and so much more!

 

 

#9. Water Play

 

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Playing with water can inspire so much imagination! 

 

 

#10. Chalk

 

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If you have a smooth surface and some chalk, the possibilities are endless! 

 

 

Achievable Goals for 2018

These are some of our goals for 2018!

 

#1. Get Outdoors!

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It’s easy to get caught up in the daily little tasks. This year, we’re making time to simply be. 

 

#2. Plan Ahead

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 Taking time to prepare on the weekends, make such a huge difference in how our week goes! We prep meals, plan our lessons, and take time to rest.

 

#3. Declutter

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Clean room, clean mind!

 

#4. Read More

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There are so many wonderful books on our reading list this year!

 

#5. Try New Food

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We don’t branch out from what we know too often, so we’re looking forward to trying new things this year!

 

#6. Make Time For What Truly Matters

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Stop, unplug, and savor. 

 

#7. Travel

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Even though we travel a lot for work, we’re looking forward to planning some extra trips to explore new areas!

 

#8. Camping

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We can’t wait for some October camping this fall!

 

#9. Nature Journaling

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Take time to be observant of nature!

 

#10. Perfect Something New

 

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Attempting to write an original is on this bucket list!

 

 

 

Have any more ideas!? We would LOVE to hear!

Our Favorite Science Curriculum for 2018!

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”

Science has always been a favorite subject around here. We love the hands-on learning aspect that it entails, which is one of the many reasons why we have greatly enjoyed Dr. Jay L. Wile’s science curriculum! Science in the Beginning is the first book in the hands-on, multilevel elementary science series that introduces scientific concepts using history as its guide. The beginning of history is given in the Bible’s creation account, and this book uses the days of creation as a way of introducing a wide range of scientific concepts including the nature of light, energy conservation, the properties of air and water, introductory botany, our solar system, basic zoology, and some aspects of human anatomy and physiology. As the students learn about these scientific concepts, they are constantly reminded of the Creator who fashioned the marvels they are studying.

Another HUGE reason why we love this series is the lab kits that go with it! Although many of the items may be easy to find at home or stores close by, this kit makes it a lot easier to do the experiments by having the items gathered together all in one box ready to use. It’s been a great timesaver and actually makes all the experiments doable. Win!

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The others in the series are Science in the Ancient World, Science in the Scientific Revolution, Science in the Age of Reason, and Science in the Industrial Age. All come with the option of the full experiment lab kit!

 

_My goal is to build a life I don't need a vacation from._ (20)