Norse Myth

The Norse Myths have been the subject of Tenderfoot's study for the past eight weeks.  Using D'Aulaires Book of Norse Myths, Favorite Norse Myths retold by Mary Pope Osborne, and Roy Wilkinson's The Norse Stories and Their Significance, I was able to come up with an enriching and interesting lesson block. The starting point was... Continue Reading →

An Insect Block in a Week

  Drawing from last weeks lesson  . . . .  Little Spider's First Web . . . .  I put together an insect block for Tenderfoot.  What I like about it is that it really connects us from the bottom, itty bittiest of beings, upward to ourselves eventually . . . . . demonstrates the... Continue Reading →

Little Spider’s First Web

The week began with our circle, which was interrupted by our dog Clover barking fiercely.  By the creek were three bear hunting dogs (it's chase season), and she promptly chased them all away 🙂 There was much excitement for a while!!  The story for the week was Little Spider Weaves A Web, told on the... Continue Reading →

Johnny and The 3 Goats

What a wonderful week at the schoolhouse!  We've been walking there at around 10 and come back between 12 and 12:30.  We start out with a circle outside, circled by poplar stumps; a song, some stretching out, up, down, and shaking. Began the week by telling the story of Johnny and The Three Goats.  While... Continue Reading →

Bee dreams

We go through a five gallon bucket of honey every ten months, which we've been buying bulk from a local beekeeper.  Last year we thought we'd try beekeeping ourselves, so we visited with the beekeeper who told us most of what we needed to do to keep bees.  First thing was having a beehive.  We... Continue Reading →

mother holle four day lesson block

I used the Mother Holle tale to come up with a lesson block that is intended for exploring the relationship between numbers.  Our family is well acquainted with the fairy tale, so I modified it for the lesson to suit my purpose.  The outer work done by the sisters is reflected by having four loaves... Continue Reading →

multiplication on a string

having first explored combinations of branches in hobjolia (where the grobjos were learning how the trees' branches added up, telling them the secret of the number inside that tree), we've left the trees to the grobjos to tend.  tenderfoot can easily keep going past twelve, which is where we left off in hobjolia.  she's since explored... Continue Reading →


what fun we have had with chanticleer and pertelot.  i first told the tale as the simple story of chanticleer and the fox.  the children enjoyed it immensely, and wondered if our rooster, ruddy, looked like the magnificent hero.  tenderfoot began a drawing at once; it seems to be a theme with her: illustrating  a new... Continue Reading →


Turn turn turn around.  Mother Earth made another revolution around the sun.  She's one turn older than before.  How does she age I wonder?  Does she get wrinkles?  Gray hair?  A slight bent to the shoulders that wasn't there before?  How old is she anyway?  Do we have earthquakes when she coughs, shakes her bones,... Continue Reading →

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