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Pausing for Beauty with Nature Notebooks

Keeping Nature Notebooks develops a keen sense of observation and a wonder of nature.
My children spend a lot of time outside. They do not, however, spend a lot of time watching TV or staring at screens. This combination is producing some very observant youngsters… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/pausing-beauty-nature-notebooks/

Grandma's Golf-cart Safari

Whatever age you are, nature is always full of wonders to discover.
Being home schooled by a mother who has a masters degree in environmental studies is really obvious. The three grandchildren on our homestead continue to amaze me. They recognize… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/grandmas-golf-cart-safari/

The Sentinel

An enormous, old Sugar Maple grows in our front yard. I like to look at it and imagine the local history that this tree has witnessed.
In front of our house grows a tree unlike any other we’re aware of. It is a Sugar Maple and it is a behemoth compared to its peers. The tree grows alongside Highway #53 and is… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/sentinel/

Inspiring Child-Friendly Gardens

We received a book about children and gardening as a gift; and I am so glad we did! The book inspires children to enjoy the creativity, beauty and usefulness of gardening. We're inspired to get our hands dirty.
We received a book about children and gardening as a gift; and I am so glad we did! The author is a gardener with a passion: inspiring children to enjoy the creativity, beauty and… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/inspiring-child-friendly-gardens/

Christmas Traditions and Children

Christmas is steeped in traditions. These traditions make the advent such a special time for children. Drop by to see what traditions we follow at Harrold Country Home.
Ahh… Christmas… Is it not a magical time to be a child? I have fond memories of Christmases past and want to give similar memories to my children. What I remember is not the gifts… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/christmas-traditions-and-children/

Cocoons and Chrysalises on the Front Porch

We raise moth and butterfly caterpillars on our front porch to get an up-close look at these beautiful creatures.
Living where we do, we come in contact with plenty of insects and plenty of learning opportunities. Within our homeschool, we wish to better understand the world around us, and… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/cocoons-and-chrysalises-front-porch/

Classic Literature Inspires Children

Classical Literature is invaluable for the home educator and is a treasured possession in our home.
Good books inspire a person to higher living and deserves a place of honour within a home. While many of these edifying books were penned over a century ago and are referred to as… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/classic-literature-inspires-children/

Getting to Know Miss Mason

Examining and applying Miss Mason's tenet that "education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
Educating our children at home means, obviously, that we are always together. Some people cannot imagine what constantly being with one’s children might be like (as evidenced by… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/getting-know-miss-mason/

Building a Bench to Read Upon

If you build it, they will read... we construct a special bench to both store our children's books and to provide a place for them to be enjoyed.
Being a homeschool family, we had a growing collection of books and a dwindling amount of space to keep them. A dilemma ensued: how can we create an environment for learning while… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/bench-read-upon/

Meeting Miss Charlotte Mason

A brief introduction to Charlotte Mason and her method of education.
When I started to consider educating our children at home rather than sending them to school, I was overwhelmed with the array of methods and philosophies surrounding homeschool. A… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/meeting-miss-charlotte-mason/

Growing Organically Family Style

No Little Red Hen at the Harrold Country Home! Everyone pitches in during the growing season and later enjoys the flavour and healthy benefits of our organic harvest.
While some people’s wintery visions may include sugarplums dancing through their head or palm trees swaying in the breeze, come January, and the arrival of the seed catalogues,… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/how-does-your-garden-grow-organically/

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Pausing for Beauty with Nature Notebooks

Keeping Nature Notebooks develops a keen sense of observation and a wonder of nature.
My children spend a lot of time outside. They do not, however, spend a lot of time watching TV or staring at screens. This combination is producing some very observant youngsters… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/pausing-beauty-nature-notebooks/

Grandma's Golf-cart Safari

Whatever age you are, nature is always full of wonders to discover.
Being home schooled by a mother who has a masters degree in environmental studies is really obvious. The three grandchildren on our homestead continue to amaze me. They recognize… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/grandmas-golf-cart-safari/

The Sentinel

An enormous, old Sugar Maple grows in our front yard. I like to look at it and imagine the local history that this tree has witnessed.
In front of our house grows a tree unlike any other we’re aware of. It is a Sugar Maple and it is a behemoth compared to its peers. The tree grows alongside Highway #53 and is… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/sentinel/

Inspiring Child-Friendly Gardens

We received a book about children and gardening as a gift; and I am so glad we did! The book inspires children to enjoy the creativity, beauty and usefulness of gardening. We're inspired to get our hands dirty.
We received a book about children and gardening as a gift; and I am so glad we did! The author is a gardener with a passion: inspiring children to enjoy the creativity, beauty and… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/inspiring-child-friendly-gardens/

Christmas Traditions and Children

Christmas is steeped in traditions. These traditions make the advent such a special time for children. Drop by to see what traditions we follow at Harrold Country Home.
Ahh… Christmas… Is it not a magical time to be a child? I have fond memories of Christmases past and want to give similar memories to my children. What I remember is not the gifts… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/christmas-traditions-and-children/

Cocoons and Chrysalises on the Front Porch

We raise moth and butterfly caterpillars on our front porch to get an up-close look at these beautiful creatures.
Living where we do, we come in contact with plenty of insects and plenty of learning opportunities. Within our homeschool, we wish to better understand the world around us, and… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/cocoons-and-chrysalises-front-porch/

Classic Literature Inspires Children

Classical Literature is invaluable for the home educator and is a treasured possession in our home.
Good books inspire a person to higher living and deserves a place of honour within a home. While many of these edifying books were penned over a century ago and are referred to as… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/classic-literature-inspires-children/

Getting to Know Miss Mason

Examining and applying Miss Mason's tenet that "education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
Educating our children at home means, obviously, that we are always together. Some people cannot imagine what constantly being with one’s children might be like (as evidenced by… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/getting-know-miss-mason/

Building a Bench to Read Upon

If you build it, they will read... we construct a special bench to both store our children's books and to provide a place for them to be enjoyed.
Being a homeschool family, we had a growing collection of books and a dwindling amount of space to keep them. A dilemma ensued: how can we create an environment for learning while… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/bench-read-upon/

Meeting Miss Charlotte Mason

A brief introduction to Charlotte Mason and her method of education.
When I started to consider educating our children at home rather than sending them to school, I was overwhelmed with the array of methods and philosophies surrounding homeschool. A… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/meeting-miss-charlotte-mason/

Growing Organically Family Style

No Little Red Hen at the Harrold Country Home! Everyone pitches in during the growing season and later enjoys the flavour and healthy benefits of our organic harvest.
While some people’s wintery visions may include sugarplums dancing through their head or palm trees swaying in the breeze, come January, and the arrival of the seed catalogues,… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/how-does-your-garden-grow-organically/

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin
Home is the nicest word there is. Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Vincent Van Gogh