Author Archives: Katie

Through poetry’s lens

The kids and I cuddle up to begin our school day today and opened with poetry, as we do most days. Right now we’re reading poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and today we read “The Rainy Day,” which says, “The … Continue reading

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Root parade

What a beautiful day for harvest! Casey and I enjoyed ourselves very much in the fields this afternoon. It was a treat to be in the warm sun, although there was still a chill in the air (and certainly in … Continue reading

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A week full of fall

I love the seasons of change: spring and fall, the times when we shift most profoundly from dark to light and then back again. In each season, I find myself watching for the next sign of change. In spring, it’s … Continue reading

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Fall & the ephemeral

Monday was the fall equinox, the time when day and night match in length, the marker of our entry into the next season. Autumn. It’s a time of senescence. Most plant-life has matured, produced fruit and seeds if they do … Continue reading

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From whining to wonder

We’re well into our school routine here at our house now. It’s shaping up to be another fruitful year of growth and learning. There are many things I love about our home learning lifestyle, but what keeps me going on … Continue reading

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Holding our soil

A week ago Tuesday, the kids and I went on our first official nature outing of the school year. Although we all spend time outside every day, we aim to hike once a week as a way to continue learning … Continue reading

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Wordless communication

What is communication? Is it something that can only happen with human language? Words and text? Obviously, human communication is much bigger than the words we speak in our language. We tell so much through our facial expressions and body … Continue reading

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At summer’s end

We still have almost a month until the Fall Equinox (the official start of the Autumn), but this is the last week of summer break for anyone on a school calendar, including our family. When I was younger, I remember … Continue reading

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Night sounds

Does anybody else sometimes struggle with insomnia? I have experienced insomnia in the past — more so in certain phases of my life than others. Since I started putting CBD oil in my tea before bed, I’ve mostly slept very … Continue reading

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History lives

We are a history-loving family. I haven’t always been into history per se — in school, I remember studying “social studies” (which was something akin to geography meets anthropology, I guess) and one whirlwind year of AP US History (which … Continue reading

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