Forcing the Bloom

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God’s curriculum is Nature

Do you ever need a theme other than nature?

We have been enjoying our playtime in nature during the recent warm, spring weather.  It’s difficult to tell who enjoys it more, me, Noah (5 mon), or Boaz (3 yrs).  I can’t say enough good things about my toddler’s reactions to nature.  I enjoy incorporating nature (sand, ocean animals, more animals) into our shelf work (Montessori-inspired).  Sometimes my toddler needs a little encouragement as we drive by the playground and head to the beach, woods, or water areas.  The playground equipment calls to him.  We go there too, after we play in nature.  Since I talk it up so much, I thought I’d show some pictures to prove we really do it!  You’ll see some pictures of a scenic park off of a lake where you can walk along the water, through the woods, and down to a beach.  We discovered a pair of ducks and built (rather destroyed) sand castles.  At home, I made activities with sand and toy animals – matching games, words games, and sensorial activities – to bring nature into the house and continue the theme.

I think that God’s curriculum is Nature.







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Book Recommendations

I am looking a few good book recommendations.  I’m always hesitant to pick up a new book…UNLESS someone has recommended it!  What are you reading?  Any recommendations?  A favorite parenting or Montessori book?  A favorite young adult, science fiction?  I enjoy almost all genres.

Are you on  I have really enjoyed using this site to track my reading and get recommendations.  There is something very satisfying about checking off that you’ve read another book.  It motivates me to read more.  I have made it a priority to do things that make me happy everyday.  Reading makes me happy.  I used to think it was selfish – taking free time to read.  But now I can acknowledge that I’m a better person and mom when I’m happy.  So that means reading everyday.  And right now I need a new book!  🙂

Here’s what I’ve read recently…

The Book Thief by Lois Lowry

Christian Healer by Yvonne Cache von Fettweis and Robert Townsend Warneck

The Giver by Louis Lowry

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman 

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv


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What’s Your Major?

If you were in  college today (assuming you are not) what would your major in?  Biology?  Philosophy?  English?  Art?  Computer Science?  Would you change your career path?  Try something new?  Do you have an interest you never imaged you’d have when you were 18?  What words of wisdom would you give your 18-year-old self?

Has parenthood sent you in a new trajectory?

This weekend I visited my brother-in-law.  He’s a freshman in college.  We watched his wet, cold football game.  A taste of fall.  Then we took a tour of the campus.  Tiny dorm rooms and large libraries (or computer labs).  We were pleasantly surprised by his focus on academic and mildly amused by his concern to find more social time (there did not seem to be enough).  He is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Economics.  Ambitious.

Between rain drops my husband and I reminisced about our college days.  My husband declared he would like to go back and major in psychology.  I think what he really meant was that he would like to add that to his knowledge of computer science and business.  Still, he took me by surprise and got me thinking – What would I major in today?  I’m still thinking.  The only thing I can decide for sure is that I’m NOT as sure as I was when I was 18.

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