Category Archives: Winter

Winter Days in the Big Woods – A Month of Cozy Books

Winter Days in the Big Woods - A Month of Cozy Books

When fall begins to approach, my mind always turns to Little House in the Big Woods. There is something warm and cozy about the scenes described in that Wisconsin log cabin. The novel is often too far advanced for young children, even for a read aloud. But little ones are sure to enjoy Winter Days in the Big Woods from the My First Little House Books.

The picture books in this series are filled with colorful illustrations and simple text designed for younger children. This book includes playing in the attic amid the pumpkins, making … Read more »

Hibernation Homeschooling

Our Experince with Hibernation Homeschooling

Many of you have probably heard the term carschooling which is about homeschooling on the go. But I would guess you’ve never heard of the opposite – Hibernation Homeschooling. That’s because I made it up to describe what Caroline and I have done this winter.

Rather than going through a detailed telling of all the events over the fall that led up to this, I’ll summarize it by saying that we were worn out from running around, sick of being sick, and basically hit the wall. When Caroline got Influenza A in early December, that was the proverbial … Read more »

Hygge, Cabin Fever and a Cardboard Playhouse

Hygge, Cabin Fever and a Cardboard Playhouse

When you live in a place with long winters, you need to develop ways of not just coping with winter but thriving in it. Winter in Michigan begins sometime in November and ends sometime (hopefully) in March. That’s many weeks of cold, snow and dark. On top of that, West Michigan can be rather cloudy due to the effects of Lake Michigan. Winter is a significant part of life here.

I had never heard of the Danish concept of hygge until a few years ago, but as soon as I read about it I knew we were already doing it … Read more »

Presidents’ Day Lapbook, Activities and Resources

Presidents’ Day Lapbook, Activities and Resources

Presidents’ Day is coming up and I wanted to help you get a jump on your planning! I’ve gathered up some great activities and resources that focus on the two American presidents we’re celebrating – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In fact, the combination of materials in this post is enough to put together a comprehensive Presidents’ Day unit. Enjoy!

First up is my Presidents’ Day Lapbook (or Interactive Notebook).

This is an easy to assemble lapbook and it looks great when it is done.

It is especially designed to work well with reluctant writers or children … Read more »

Easy Winter Writing Projects, Ideas and Writing Prompts

Easy Winter Writing Project Ideas and Writing Prompts

Winter offers so many great opportunities for creative writing projects! If you are looking for something to add a little variety to your writing time, here are some easy winter writing projects,  ideas and writing prompts to encourage developing writing skills.

Cabin Fever Idea List

Brainstorm fun activities that can be done inside when the weather is too bad to go out. Create a list, type it up and display it somewhere in the home for when you need inspiration!

Winter Sticker Stories

Kids love stickers and they can be a great way to promote writing! Give your child a sheet … Read more »