Today, for the Month of Magic giveaway, I’m giving away a two week sample plan from my Cool Weather Forest School Program! These programs were created to help families get more comfortable spending more significant amounts of time outside exploring, learning, and discovering the world around them.
In this two-week plan, you’ll explore Practical/Survival Skills in the forest and Flora and Fauna. There are activities, book suggestions, supply lists, conversation questions, and even a “continue at home” segment to keep the learning going all week long. I’m so excited for you to test this out!!
Once you’ve grabbed your Forest School Plan, share this with a friend and make a plan to meet up in the woods and learn together! Because exploring in the forest is great, but it’s even more fun when you can share the experience with a friend or group of friends!
If you love these activities as much as I think you will, definitely consider grabbing the full Forest School Curriculum to extend your forest learning all season long!
You’ve heard a million times that “self-care is so important” and “make sure to make time for yourself” and “Girl, you need a spa day!”… or some version of “leave your kids and do something expensive by yourself”
But when we have tiny babies that we can’t leave, or no one to watch the kids, or no spare change leftover to do or buy something expensive… how do we indulge in self-care then?
The truth is that self-care doesn’t have to look like blowing the weekly grocery budget on something for yourself. Self-care can be anything at all that makes you feel good, even if it’s just for a few minutes!
I reached out to thousands of mamas in my community to find out their favorite ways to practice self-care that is either completely free or super cheap and compiled them together in this Self-Care Checklist! Grab it, print it, hang it on the fridge or bathroom mirror, and try them all out to find out what feels great to you and helps you recharge your mama batteries!
If you have a mama friend that you know is stretched pretty thin lately, I highly recommend sharing this with her. And I’d love to hear what ways you indulge in self-care! Leave a comment below so other mamas that read this can get even more great ideas to add to their list.
Some things that feel good to me: * Getting every piece of laundry in the house where it belongs and just staring at an empty washer and dryer for a few blissful seconds * Taking a bath so hot that the kids don’t even WANT to get in with me * Waking up just early enough to finish an entire cup of hot coffee in silence * Spending a little extra time caring for our houseplants – trimming them, moving them around, dusting the leaves, talking to them * Stepping outside for just a few minutes before going to bed to look at the stars and the moon * Watching an old episode (or two) of Grey’s Anatomy
You guys…. this whole Month of Magic thing has been so awesome already… and we’re not even halfway through the month yet! 😱
So lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions from parents about when they should study the human body and what types of activities are best for exploring this area of learning. Obviously, any time your child has questions about their body, you should answer them honestly, but I have a sneaky suspicion that all of these questions are popping up because it’s so close to Halloween – kids are seeing skeletons and eyeballs and pretend severed limbs and fake blood and all kinds of silly stuff that makes them wonder what actually is happening inside their bodies! Yay for child-led learning, right!? 😂
Well, as you may or may not know, an entire theme of study in my A Child’s World First Grade Curriculum is devoted to MY BODY! So I pulled a few of my son’s favorite activities out of the theme and put together a week of plans that will give you a “My Body Mini Unit” to taste the waters of how amazing this curriculum is!
Now, if you don’t have a first grader at home, that’s totally ok. I still recommend downloading this sample and seeing how you could adapt the activities for your younger or older kids to explore and learn. You’d be amazed how much they can still pick up from these ideas!
This is definitely one to make sure you share with friends, by the way! Chances are your kids aren’t the only ones curious about their bodies right now, so hit those share buttons and spread the freebie love!
One of the biggest myths that I encounter in the world of natural learning is that just because we love nature and following our children’s natural leads that we have to stay far away from technology. That’s simply not true, and firmly not our belief system here at Your Natural Learner.
I believe that technology is one of the most valuable tools that exist for natural learners! Giving our kids the opportunity to identify something new that they discovered in nature, connect with cultures around the world, see images of times past, and have access to knowledge about coding, outer space, and thousands upon thousands of good books…. I mean, how could that not be amazing?!
We talk all about using technology in meaningful ways in my course Grow Your Natural Learner, and today, I’m giving away a guide to some of my absolute favorite technology resources for natural learning with kids!
Today in our Month of Magic Giveaway, we’re getting you hyper-focused on setting up an engaging learning space for your children. After all, it doesn’t matter how many activities you plan, how “enlightened” you are about what natural learning can/should look like, or how much time you spend together – if your learning space is disorganized, cluttered, and overall lacking in engaging experiences, there’s not going to be a whole lot happening.
So today, I’m giving away a free guide to 5 Ways to Enhance Your Learning Space. These ideas are all designed to get you looking and thinking critically about how you have your space set up and help you make simple, yet transformative changes!
There are several links in the guide itself that can help you take your learning a bit deeper, so I highly encourage you to check those out. In addition, if you feel like you have a longer way to go with transforming your learning space than these five tips can help you do, I highly encourage you to take a peek at my course Grow Your Natural Learner. Setting up an engaging natural learning space is just one of the many things we cover in this amazing program!
I’ve been having a heck of a lot of fun with all of the awesome giveaways so far in this Month of Magic, but if I’m being totally honest… today is my favorite so far! You see, creating this 30 Days of Connection Journal has been on my to-do list for over a year now, so to finally have it available to show off as FINISHED… gah, it just makes me want to jump up and down!
And of course I’m super excited today to be gifting you three pages from this journal to get you started on the path to a deeper connection with your children and your family. The simple action and reflection prompts in this journal will help you see your children in a whole new light and give you easy ways to build meaningful, intentional connections each and every day, in all of the big and little moments.
Today’s giveaway is actually like FIVE days of giveaway in one! As you may know, here at Your Natural Learner, I teach families and educators how to develop a system of child-led, natural learning that allows each individual child to have their own unique learning experience based on their needs, interests, unique ways of sharing information, etc. I also know that while that sounds super great, it can be a challenge to feel effective with planning for learning, creating a good learning environment, and figuring out what our kids are actually learning. That’s why I created a 5-day email challenge called Plan. Create. Learn.
This challenge walks you through each step of determining what your kids are interested in and creating a plan of learning based on that, along with their unique learning needs. Today in the Month of Magic Giveaway, I’m directing you right to that challenge so you can get on a clear page with child-led learning!
Hey! We’re back! For the last few days of the Month of Magic, we were doing some exclusive giveaways inside our Facebook Group, but it’s your turn once again to get in on the fun! Today we are taking a deeper look at a part of natural learning that is often overlooked – bringing your kids into the kitchen.
You see, when your kids are invited into the kitchen to learn about, prepare, cook, and enjoy their food with you, SO many amazing benefits happen. Not only do your kids have the opportunity to see math, science, and literacy in a real-life scenario, but they are bonding with you and developing healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. In short, you can’t afford NOT to bring your kids into the kitchen with you more often! And today, I’m using the Month of Magic giveaway to help you do just that with a Cooking With Children tips and recipes guide!
2. Preschoolers Cook Cookbook – this cookbook is one that I wrote based on recipes from my own childhood and ones that I’ve created with my children. It’s full of 30 wonderfully easy and healthy recipes that encourage you to cook with your children AND encourage conversation about our food. Tip: When you grab today’s giveaway, you get a coupon for the cookbook!
3. A Child’s World Pre-K/Kindergarten Curriculum – to further show how important developing healthy eating/cooking habits are in early childhood, I include a themed recipe in all of the themes in the Pre-K/Kindergarten Curriculum!
I can’t wait to hear what you and your kiddos are making together!
Today in our Month of Magic giveaway, we’re talking about one of the easiest ways to bring more nature into your learning space – bringing in some indoor plants!
If you don’t already have plants in your learning space (or all around your home, for that matter), this is one of the most important things you can do to increase your child’s exposure to nature. When they have a chance to care for plants in their own environment they are more likely to take responsibility for nature. Not to mention, when you bring plants indoors you are *literally* growing fresh air!
If you want some help with bringing more nature to your child’s learning experience, there are tons of things that we have here at Your Natural Learner to support you!
First though, let’s get you your Month of Magic Freebie – a Best Indoor Plants with Kids List!
Today, you do it a little differently – instead of grabbing your freebie here, you get this freebie when you join our Facebook group – the Your Natural Learner Group! Once you’re in there, head to the Welcome note that’s pinned at the top and it’ll show you where to grab your free plants list!
Now, here is some additional support for you if you’re trying to bring more nature to your kids:
1. If you’re wanting to add more natural decor,THIS BLOG POST will help you out with ideas for that.
2. If you want to bring more nature into the actual learning space itself, THIS BLOG POST gives you five simple ideas for this.
4. Finally, if you want nature to become a complete part of all of your learning with your children, my curriculum, A Child’s World, bases the learning experiences on natural child development and nature itself. Materials are available for Pre-K/Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and a Forest School program for mixed ages!
Make sure you hop back over here tomorrow to grab another awesome freebie in our Your Natural Learner Month of Magic!
Oh I am having so much fun seeing all of the people that are already enjoying the giveaways from this Month of Magic here at Your Natural Learner! <3 If you haven’t grabbed the other freebies yet, make sure you head back to the blog to grab days 1 and 2. They’re definitely must-haves!
Today, I’m highlighting the importance of having an art studio in your home for your children to create anytime they desire by giving away a free Art Supply List!
This list should help you bring some new materials to your art shelves and art exploration with your kids, even if you already have an awesome art studio setup! So grab your download and then share with a friend!
If you’re feeling like you need some support in setting up your art space at home or in a classroom setting, check out this three-part series I wrote about how to make this happen and why, or enroll in my Art Workshop to get all the nitty gritty details!
Make sure to come back tomorrow to see what’s next in this month’s magical giveaways!