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Homeschool Nature Study

Ten Tips for Homeschool Nature Study

By Mary | August 28, 2020

Now that we are settled in our little cabin in Salcha, Alaska quarantining for two weeks I feel like it’s a perfect time to work on some nature study. Nature Study has been part of our homeschool for many years. My oldest– now graduated from college and working full time– used to quip that Nature…

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Rose Hip Tea and Wild Berries Of Which I’ve Never Heard

By Mary | September 1, 2020

Today is the day I take the leap and eat from the Alaska wild.  We are making wild rose hip tea and will forage for berries!  So here we are quarantining at this quaint little cabin in the woods of Alaska.  We have lots of time on our hands.  The girls have started school in…

Ice Fishing 101: Getting the Gear

By Mary | December 3, 2020

As I mentioned when we first decided to go to Alaska, ice fishing is definitely on the must do list for us. It’s all part of our Outdoor Education Unit for our homeschool. Here we are in December and with the sun gone and the winter chill coming, it’s time to bundle up and hit…

Catholic Homeschooling

How Nature Study Teaches Us About God

By Mary | September 4, 2020

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…

Homeschooling Science

The Best Tools for Teaching Homeschool Science

By Mary | July 30, 2020

What is the best homeschool science curriculum? Science at it’s very root is about wonder. For elementary and junior high students then, the best tools for teaching homeschool science always foster a sense of awe about the world we live in.  Science is also about logic and process so it’s equally important that as children…

Isn’t Alaska Dark in Winter?

By Mary | March 16, 2021

For the first time in months it’s light when I wake in the morning and as we draw close to twelve full hours of daylight I have had some time to reflect on our first Alaskan winter. When we first decided to spend the winter here one of the first things people would say to…

When You Can’t Get Home Because There’s A Lynx in the Road

By Mary | March 8, 2021

One of the best parts of living in Alaska is that it’s North America’s version of an African Safari. There’s so much life living in these woods. We’ve seen bald eagles galore, flocks of Bohemian waxwings, snowshoe hare and lots of moose. There are tiny voles and massive grizzly bears. Every day is adventure so…

Learning to Forage: Wild Berries of Alaska

By Mary | September 1, 2020

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…

Homeschool Nature Study

My Three Step Process to Easy Homeschool Nature Study.

By Mary | August 29, 2020

Nature Study is a critical part of our homeschool, but it’s a subject so many homeschoolers skip because they think it’s too complex or they simply get overwhelmed by unnecessary curricula. My three step process to easy homeschool nature study keeps things super simple. Think of it as the “glamper’s” version of nature study. Before…