Our Week in Review: Including Mending Fences, Baking Pies, and This Week's Reading List

Our Week in Review: Including Mending Fences, Baking Pies, and This Week's Reading List

This week started off with a bang as the small herd of large cattle we have broke through their fence and made it half way to town before we were notified by the sheriff! Oh, dear! We had to bring the big cows to the small pasture, closer to the house and take the baby cows to the pasture that holds the medium sized cows. We were planning on doing all of this anyway. We just thought it would be another week or two, ha! Our son went with the men and learned all about mending fences. Everything was going well and was mending up fine, until Uncle Johnny accidentally sent a tree through said fence. It was a cherry tree that was about to fall down anyway so Uncle Johnny tried to cut it down...but accidentally caused it to fall back on the fence.

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Inspiring a Love of Reading with the Love of Animals

Inspiring a Love of Reading with the Love of Animals

Before our son became the voracious reader that he is today, he was anxious and easily frustrated with each attempt to read. We had a little boy with big ideas that could understand complexities far beyond his years. He knew the sounds that the letters made, but he struggled with letter combinations, blends and sight words. Learning to read is like learning to run. A baby doesn't just jump up one day and run across the room. Well, I suppose there may be a few exceptions....but generally there's loads of single steps and loads of falling long before any walking happens. Running comes last. Our son wasn't interested in the mundane tasks of learning to walk. He wanted to run!

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Our Week in Review: Including Gardening, Chickens, and Reading

Our Week in Review: Including Gardening, Chickens, and Reading

Welcome to our week in review! We have been living on my sisters farm now for over a month and I think we are finally starting to find our rhythm! Farm life has so much to offer our children as they connect with nature and the animals all around them.

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Our Beekeeping Adventure

Our Beekeeping Adventure

As many of you know our family moved to my sisters farm in East Tennessee in April. You can see how our first two weeks, of adjusting to farm life, went here and here. This move has been such a blessing for our family, but it has also taken some getting used to. Life on the farm is very different from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta! Beekeeping, for example, isn't something that we saw much of...if any...in our old town. I'm sure it was there. We just didn't know anyone that did it. Here on the farm uncle Joe and his uncle Johnny have honey bees! They have taken our son, Gabriel, and I under their wing and are teaching us everything they know.

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Gardening With Children

Gardening With Children

Spring is here! The sweet smell of apple blossoms fill the air and I find it is the perfect time to start gardening with the children. Since moving to my sisters farm it seems the children have taken a wonderful interest in how plants grow. Perhaps it is because their uncle has been plowing the fields, perhaps it is because I keep pointing out all of the fruit trees in bloom, or perhaps they are getting excited about growing their own food. Whatever the reason I feel now is the perfect time to start gardening with them.

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Our First Week on the Farm

Our First Week on the Farm

Hello everyone! As many of you know, two weeks ago my husband and I made the spontaneous decision to move our family away from the city and away from Georgia. We made what we felt was the best decision for our family and thus moved to my sisters farm in Tennessee! This is my first blog post since the move and well...it's been an adjustment. But, it's an adjustment that feels completely and totally right for us. So here's a bit of a recap on all the highlights of this week.

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Easter Egg Dyes with All Natural Ingredients and Flower Stencils

Easter Egg Dyes with All Natural Ingredients and Flower Stencils

With this week being the week before Easter, the children and I wanted to dye Easter eggs! I have fond memories of dyeing eggs as a little girl and want to make sure I pass on fun traditions like this to my own children. I've seen many different ways to dye eggs across the internet, but I keep coming back to the natural dyes from ingredients that are in our own kitchen.

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Our Book of the Week: RED

Our Book of the Week: RED

I wanted to share a book with you. A book that the children keep asking for this week. They ask for it as soon as they wake in the mornings. They ask for it at breakfast. They ask for it at lunch. They ask for it before bed. This picture book by Michael Hall is simply called Red: A Crayon's Story. Our three year old actually discovered this gem of a book at the library. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.

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Our Week in Review

Our Week in Review

If you've been here before then you know how much we love books! If you're new here, then you're about to find out! We visit the library weekly for inspiration and to let our children choose any books that spark their interests. This week our kids chose an eclectic mix of grammar, classics and Greek myths!

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A Week in the Life of Unschoolers

A Week in the Life of Unschoolers

Welcome to another week in the life of unschoolers, where we give you a glimpse into the adventures we had during the week. This also lets you see how we approach learning in our home which is eclectic/unschooly and child-led. 

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Our Morning Walk Along the River

Our Morning Walk Along the River

Today was a cold over cast day. The weatherman was calling for rain all afternoon and we haven't been getting our nature fix lately. I make sure we get outside but a nice walk in the woods has been few and far between since the new year began. Life just seems to happen, but now that we have a second vehicle, I plan on making making nature our norm again. I decided we needed to get out while we had the chance and what better place to get out and explore than the river?

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