Creating Cozy Family Traditions with Young Children

When we started our family, we thought often about how we would create our own unique family culture and traditions. We don’t have deep roots into religious traditions, so sometimes celebrating certain holidays feels surface level, and it is. I want our family traditions to be comforting, meaningful, and intentional! I don’t want to just do things because others do them, or because society does it, or because… consumerism.

We wanted traditions that would bring us together as a family - things that are the opposite of busy, stressful, or feel like obligations. I think you might know what I mean when I say those words. We have all been there with certain traditions that feel like an expensive, chaotic whirlwind! We want to do it differently around here, but traditions can’t just be forced out of thin air.

What are the elements of a meaningful tradition?

Meet My Homeschool: A Read Aloud Family in Iowa

This post is part of the Meet My Homeschool series, highlighting the beauty of variety and individualism in homeschooling. Schools often strive for standards, but homeschools don't thrive that way - they thrive in authenticity, based on the needs and interests of the family that's learning together! Enjoy this peek into a real homeschool. Let us connect over our similarities, and marvel at our differences!

A Week of Charlotte Mason First Grade Lessons

This is our first year of formal lessons now that we have a first grader! We are following the Charlotte Mason method for the most part, but there are some times where I just do what feels right for us. During our week you will see short lessons, narration, living books, a wide variety of subjects, and lots of time outdoors.

I am, I can, I ought, I will...

When I discovered Charlotte Mason, one of the first quotes I came upon was her well-known motto, "I am, I can, I ought, I will". It struck me as one of the most empowering phrases I think I've ever heard. What I love about it is that we can each interpret her words in the way that means the most to us.

A Homeschooler's Guide to Choosing the "Best" Books

You know you're a homeschooling parent when... you're totally and unabashedly obsessed with books. Homeschooler... book hoarder...is there really a difference?

Didn't think so. 

But all books are not created equal. And there's a lot out there to sort through! So I've decided to do a little round-up of the resources I use to help me find quality living books for our home.