FALL BUCKET LIST // In an effort to spend more time outdoors this season I thought it would be fun to create a nature inspired fall bucket list to complete with my little ones. I often times want to do all the things during the last three months of the year but it frequently turns out with me becoming overwhelmed and doing very little. This list comes out of necessity for me. A simple way to make memories outdoors with my kids during one of my favorite seasons! So why not share what we have planned with you all in hopes you will join us for a simple and slow season filled with precious moments together! You can find the link to the FREE printable + links to some of my favorite diy's from @kristalii, @hallmarkchannel + @fromscratchwithmaria, @makelifelovely, @kristines_kitchen, @kidscraftroom, and @susan_tara_meyer in our bio ☝️! If you join us, we would love to keep up with your adventures! You can use the hashtag #realsimplemotherhood and we will share them in our stories!
There are a bunch of beautiful new folks who started following along with our shenanigans and I have something to tell you...YOU ARE INCREDIBLE. Whatever you do, you are doing a freaking impeccable job. Seriously. Alright, I’m feeling spicy so I’m going to introduce myself in numerical fashion!
1. I’m Liz, my husband is Nick and we’re raising two magical forest sprites we found in the wild (kidding...sort of 🙃) Gwendolyn is 5 and Everest is 3.
2. Nick and I met when we were 15 and there’s been “something” there ever since, but we only just got hitched this year. We were on and off for years, when we were in high school, he used to sneak into my house at night and we’d snuggle and watch adult swim and he’d have to rush out in the morning to catch the bus on time (sorry mom & nana!)
2. I’ve always been into photography. I actually took a couple college courses but fizzled out. I love working in a dark room though. But nowadays digital is definitely easiest, and I’m hoping to be able to save up for a higher end camera sometime soon. I currently use a Nikon d5500 and it’s fun to play around with!
3. I have gnarly anxiety, which is exasperated in social situations. I’ve always been able to express myself more fluently through writing than speaking. I think it’s why I’m drawn to IG. It’s a combination of my love of photography, my love of writing, and my passion for PLAY. I could seriously go on for days about the benefits of open ended play. I’d kind of love to start a blog but I feel like I blab enough here 😂
4. I’m a recovering addict. I cleaned up for good 6 years ago and it literally feels like I’ve lived so many entirely different lives. Every day I wake up feels like some kind of insane miracle. Like, I have two thriving children. It’s bananas.
5. That was heavy so here’s a lighter one! My long term dream is to open a nature based/Waldorf inspired toy store. I think having lower quantity of higher quality toys makes a HUGE difference in children’s imaginations and play. I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learned and I want to bring it to others. We are in no financial shape to do this right now, but maybe one day!
Our @little.robin.education seed cards came and rips was loving matching them with the leaf cards and the real thing which was spotted and collected on our walk. We collected what we thought was a hornbeam and a sycamore but using the cards when we got to the cafe we were able to see that they weren’t!!! See photo 2 and 3, we think 3 is a field maple but are a bit stuck on 2 If anyone has any ideas please let us know. We also found a fab tree trail book for a village we love and can’t wait to follow it later in the week. #enwc#enwctreeweek#exploringnaturewithchildren use code ourhomeed10 for a 10% discount on any of the fab card sets.
✨ Gooseberry Cage ✨ One of our beautiful finds in the garden 🌳
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✨ Wow! This weekend was a doozy!!!
The girls and I spent Friday night at my parents house, which was great other than the fact that Arowynn wouldn't sleep! -
🌿 On Saturday we spent the morning exploring our property (we have almost 3 acres on the river so there’s lots of wonderful stuff to see, especially in the fall), then we went to the pumpkin patch, followed by dinner at my parents in law with all 20 of us (that’s immediate family only!)
Today we carved pumpkins, roasted pumpkin seeds, played both inside and outside, sat down to a nice family dinner, and made shortbread cookies!
💞 Weekends like this are what it’s all about! Being intentional with our time and making the most of every moment. Now it’s time for me to curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and an episode of Grey’s Anatomy!
We were out the door 20 minutes after finishing breakfast and spent the better part of our day by this stream. I brought myself a camping chair and propped my swollen ankles up on a nearby rock and watched these boys do their thang. When we got home, they had to strip out of their clothes before coming inside since they were soaked and covered in mud. I’ll tell ya what—that extra load of laundry is always worth it. 👌🏼
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Spring flowers are a joy to explore and observe this time of year. Flowers are flourishing in happy gardens while attracting emerging insects and interested bird life. Weeds are just unloved flowers and some have healing properties. Explore weeds and learn more about them. I know you’ll be surprised. So much is happening right now so don’t waste the warm spring days. Get outdoors and smell the blooms.
Wrapping up our mushroom work. We’ve had a couple hard frosts so there’s not many to find outside at this point. I’m hoping to go looking for morels in the spring. They flourish the season after a wildfire so I think it will be a great part of our post-Swan Lake Fire study. 🍄
Also, I highly recommend “The Mushroom Center Disaster” for a fiction book for Mushroom Week in Exploring Nature with Children. It’s a quirky and engaging story and Owen loved it! 🍄
Day 7 : CYPRUS ---> Reading ancient scriptures 📜
---> Getting blessed with Holy Water 💧
---> Meeting wild donkeys 🐴
---> Playing in a tree house 🏡
---> Exploring @ozzieaziz land (furtue site of @thewellnessofoz healing center and yoga school)
frolicking through the forest with friends was fantastic ✨
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Moved some things around in Masons room + cleaned it up!
I didn't realize that the crib was off center until I took this picture 😂 BUT I am still in love with the letters my mom made for his room 😍
When baby comes, he is going to get a big boy room, but I'm not sure what theme to do!
This week in @raisinglittleshoots Exploring Nature with Children Curriculum is Autumn Tree Week. 🌳🌳🌳I thought it would be nice to pick a tree for us to observe throughout the changing seasons. Floss and I loved a Willow tree that was in one of neighbours' gardens. Sadly, last week it's been cut, we're devastated! 🌳🌳🌳So, we're going to focus on a beautiful Oak tree at the bottom of my mom's garden as Floss has loved collecting the Acorns. I have lots of lovely memories of trees from childhood. Do you have a favourite tree?
We're going to do some journalling too. 🌳🌳🌳Resources - link in bio saying where things are from. 🌳🌳🌳 #enwc#exploringnaturewithchildren#enwcautumntreesweek#autumntrees
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Bug hunt in nature class this morning. She pulled this worm out from a rotting log and dropped it 3 times because it was too slimy.
“All education is environmental education . . . By what is included or excluded, students are taught that they are part of, or apart from, the natural world.” - Scott D. Sampson from How to Raise a Wild Child
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Busy home Ed day. Trip to the library to collect books for autumn tree week, we stopped off for toast at the cafe and read through some of the books discussing our thoughts, Home and building a triangle from wood using screws and screwdriver sensibly, we then painted an autumn tree each mixing the colours ourselves discussing which colours make green etc, a trip to the bicycle park and then a muddy nature walk where we tracked animal foot prints and observed the trees on the way. #enwcautumntreeweek#homeed#homeeducated#paintingnature#homeeduk#naturewalk#rainyday#exploringnaturewithchildren
A simple representation of the months and their colours.
Each month, I recorded the colours that I saw in the natural world around me.
Once you begin to look closely, you will see a veritable rainbow.
***SAVE THE DATE***21st Oct-27th Oct 2019
AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
One of the top birds counted in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is the Rainbow Lorikeet.
The Spring Backyard Bird Count begins on the 21st Oct and runs through to 27th Oct. Download the Aussie Backyard Bird Count App and invite a friend to go bird watching with you.
Register here: https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/
Image Credit: Andrew Silcocks
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Couldn’t resist sharing some autumn colors 🍁. .
I’ll be giving the children some time today to create nature art. After attending a Wild & Free Story Night this weekend I was so encouraged and uplifted by women who have gone before me in this homeschooling journey. Women who opened their homes, hearts, the good and the hard of their experiences. I shared tears and laughter, prayer and encouragement. My soul was full. .
I was reminded once again to slow down, to not rush their childhood. Do less school and do more life. Because after all, this is why we homeschool. To do life together!
If you’re not a part of a homeschooling community, I encourage to find those who walk your walk and talk your talk. Wild & Free Mamas are there for you 💗. .
Thank you to a local mama that opened her heart and home & @ainsl3y for your story with us all.
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A nature walk that we ended up being so late to we missed the actual walk bit 😅 We did come home with beautiful colourful autumn leaves though, which we promptly used in a craft 👍🏻
And, apparently Sam writes her numbers now?! Without help or guidance?!
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They packed a rod, some snacks, and their trolling motor and said, “See ya later”...
Key to a peaceful afternoon if you ask me😉😆
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Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell
A gorgeous living book all about the gardens at Hill Top, Miss Potter’s home in the English Lake District.
Pop over to my stories to see inside.
Proprioceptive: relating to stimuli that are produced and perceived within an organism, especially those connected with the movement and position of the body. -New Oxford American Dictionary. Sometimes referred to as the “sixth sense,” the proprioceptive sense has to do with our physical sense of self in space- how much pressure to use, how to balance. The proprioceptive sense is important for reading readiness- it allows us to track letters on a board, and then to look down and write letters on a page. It helps us know how hard to grip a pencil, how hard to push when we write. So all that play? It’s important. Neuroscience also now backs up the need kids have to move around while learning. The processing is happening. Let them move. Telling kids to sit still and listen up could be one of the quickest routes to squashing learning. #letthemplayoutside#proprioception#exploringnaturewithchildren#enwc#wildandfreechildren#homeschooling#unschooling#hemlockoverlook#hemlockoverlookregionalpark#autumntreestudy
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Chance to win FREE books!! Stop by our house on Friday morning for an Usborne Books and More Open House. There is no pressure to buy anything and it will be very casual. Snacks, kids welcome, and check out all of our favorite Usborne books. They really are our kid’s favorite books that they choose to read again and again. If you can't come or aren't local you can order through the link in my bio or copy and paste the link below. There will be a drawing for free Christmas books for anyone who makes a purchase and the more you spend the more chances in the drawing!
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It’s #ImpactDay ! Remember to nurture our nature and leave no trace behind. Today, we walked the trails of Almonesson Creek Park with our Little Wild Keepers. We collected trash along the trails finding socks, bottles, glass, and wrappers. We are so happy to partner with Keep Nature Wild to help keep our world a little greener and a littler cleaner, while shaping these growing little minds into globally-conscious children. Our clean-up teamwork and apparel purchase helped pick up 7 pounds of trash from the wild! To learn how you can help out on future Impact Days, please feel free to message me! #ImpactDay#WildKeepers#KeepNatureWild#LetsKeepItWild
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⛰WEEKLY NATURE WALK ⛰
After reading about our special study (these past couple weeks have been mushrooms) we go on a weekly walk with our nature group. We try to go to a different biome each week so the kids get to see them change throughout the seasons. Once there, the kids split into small groups or pairs and collect specimens to observe later. We usually keep the walk short, but sometimes the kids are having such a good time we stay longer. Once the walk is over the kids show what they collected, sometimes it’s not our special subject, AND THAT IS OK 👍🏻 the special subject gives them a purpose, something to look for, but it’s not the only thing worth finding. While their attention is fixed on nature they find things they would have otherwise overlooked. We have found some amazing mushrooms on our walks and brought them home to do the next part: finding patterns and observing with our five senses.
Do you go on hikes as a group? and how do you keep your kids engaged while hiking?
Drizzly afternoon exploring these woods and pond, just the four of us. So HAPPY. I’m a Cali girl through and through but New England has my heart (especially in Autumn). My husband was raised in Vermont, and he brought me back to live in New England for five years as newlyweds. Thankful so many dear friends and family live here so we always have the best reasons to visit!
We had such a great week doing all the fall things! 🍁 The leaves are finally falling in our yard so we went on a leaf hunt and made these little hedgehogs. They turned out SO cute! 🦔
This coloring page (among many others) is from @bitty_beginnings Woodland Animal Set. We just colored the head, collected leaves and glued them on 🙌🏼😍 Grab this set as its on major sale for only $2!! Be sure to check my stories to see the most gorgeous Woodland books! 😍
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Isn’t this a lovely handcraft for Autumn Leaves Week in Exploring Nature With Children!
It could easily be adapted to make the prettiest of Christmas tree ornaments by using salt dough (add your choice of food colour and ‘scent’: cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, or peppermint.) use a straw to poke a hole into the top to thread a satin ribbon, and allow them to dry out slowly and gradually.
Wouldn’t that be quite a delightful Christmas tree!
Thank you to @raising_up_wild_things for sharing this gorgeous photograph 💚🍁💚🐾💚🌈💚🍎💚☔️💚🍄💚🍂💚 #enwcautumnleavesweek #exploringnaturewithchildren
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🍂💚GIVEAWAY congratulations to @english.can.be.fun 💕🍁
I am thrilled to be joining with @multiculturalmotherhood to bring you a lovely giveaway.
The winner will receive a copy of the Exploring Nature With Children curriculum and a free place in @multiculturalmotherhood ‘s membership group: A Childhood Wild, for the month of October.
Exploring Nature With Children is a complete, year-long curriculum designed to guide you, step by step, through an entire calendar year of nature study. Completely self-contained, this book has all the information you need to make nature study happen regularly for your family.
A Childhood Wild is a membership group for families who would like to reconnect with nature and spend more time out of doors. Each month focuses on a different nature related topic and you will receive a PDF guide and weekly videos to guide you through the monthly topic. There is also a live Q and A every week and a guest interview.
To enter the giveaway, do the following:
1) Like this photo.
2) Follow @multiculturalmotherhood and @raisinglittleshoots.
3) Tag a friend. Each comment is an entry
4) Share in your stories for bonus entries!
The giveaway is open worldwide and will close on Sunday evening 6th October BST. Good luck! 💚🍁💚🐾💚🌈💚🍄💚☔️💕🍎💚🍂💚 #exploringnaturewithchildren
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Today’s nature lesson is about the moon as we prepare to see tonight’s harvest moon! 🌕 The harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox, and is named such because the extra moonlight allows farmers to continue harvesting past sunset. This year is a rare occurrence, as the harvest moon coincides with Friday the 13th. During today’s study we read some books, did matching activities and painted phases of the moon using watercolors. Elliot’s favorite book today was “Possum’s Harvest Moon” by Anne Hunter. Anyone else checking out the harvest moon? It will be completely visible at 9:33pm PDT tonight! #woodlarknaturestudy#exploringnaturewithchildren
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