Fairbanks, Alaska is the gateway to exploring the far northern stretches of the North American continent. Although the second largest city in Alaska, Fairbanks is never the less a small town with a friendly atmosphere. There is no shortage of things to do in Fairbanks. It’s a perfect destination for those looking to see and…

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As we have completed our quarantine in the quiet cabin of Salcha, Alaska we decided to head first to Fairbanks– a rugged city that serves as the gateway to the great interior of Alaska. Along the way we stopped in North Pole, Alaska. This touristy and quirky town is (obviously) not really the North Pole,…

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Pike’s Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks, Alaska is a family friendly resort style lodge on the banks of the Chena River. From the parking lot you are immediately greeted by two topiary moose and a classic Alaskan log entry way. The resort offers many different activities and amenities depending on the season. Enjoy mini golf and…

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Keep your homeschooler motivated

How can I keep my homeschooler motivated to their work? Even the most enthusiastic homeschooler will at one time or another go through a phase where they just lose interest. Keeping your child motivated and reigniting the love of learning can be one of the most difficult and frustrating parts of homeschooling. Signs your child…

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Let me start by reminding everyone that I am new at this. Although I have always loved nature the fruits of boreal forests and the arctic are very much alien to me. That being said in the era of the internet with even minimal knowledge I have been able to learn so much in such…

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One of my most delightful discoveries in learning to forage here in Alaska is Labrador Tea. Labrador Tea is a common beverage among the Athabascan and Inuit tribes of North America. The plant is widely associated with a variety of health benefits though there is no scientific proof. Regardless, the aromatic flavor of the tea…

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Catholic Homeschooling

As you probably already know I am a big fan of nature study for young kids in the homeschool curriculum. There are obviously many benefits that I have discussed in other posts about nature study. Kids learn not only scientific knowledge, but nature study can also improve communication and artistic skills. It teaches them patience…

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I have always felt that the wilderness of northern Canada and Alaska are the North American version of the African safari. The Alaska Highway stretching almost 1400 miles from Dawson Creek, BC to Delta Junction, AK offers the perfect vantage point from which to explore this untamed region. Driving the Alaska Highway is truly an…

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Why should I homeschool?

I am not one of those homeschoolers who thinks everyone should homeschool or that homeschooling is somehow better than public or private schools.  Quite the contrary.  I think brick and mortar schools are the best option for many children.  I think other children benefit most from online schools and I think yet other children do…

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Sipping my rose hip tea I’ll now tell you all about those mysterious wild berries of Alaska that I found…… On my first walk in the woods here in Salcha I immediately noticed wild berries of Alaska with which I was unfamiliar. I made educated guesses on what they all are, but followed that up…

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