Our daughter learns the difficult truth that chickens don't make the best of pets.
It should not come as a surprise that chickens play an important role in our family’s culture. Four years ago we brought home our first birds. Consequently, for most of their young… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/chickens-children-and-cuddles/
Our 5 1/2 year old son likes to help out with chores around the house. We would be wise to take advantage of his eagerness and make it a habit.
The other day I offered my children a way to earn some money: “help me dig up the potatoes and I’ll pay you for your work.” “Okay, mommy!” and they all dashed off to put on their… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/my-little-man-wants-work/
We made a first attempt at tapping, collecting, and boiling sap from our sugar maple trees. The end results were a delicious treat and a memorable experience for the whole family.
We’ve been talking about trying to make our own maple syrup for years. This year, we finally gave it a go and embraced an element of quintessential Canadiana. This adventure in… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/maple-syrup-harrold-style/
A fresh snowfall was an opportunity to observe some of habits of the more elusive wildlife that share our country home.
We just experienced some very confused weather at our country home. The week prior saw daily highs in the range of -15℃ with a wicked wind chill on top. Then this past week opened… http://harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/following-tracks-snow/
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/
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/
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/
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 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/
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/
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/
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/
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/