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Young children learn best in gentle ways. Making crafts, telling stories, cooking together. Even more than the fun of the experience, they build memories with your child. How wonderful would it be if someone did all the legwork, laid it all out, and you could just choose what would work with your family?s
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Teenage boys don’t particularly like doing crafts. Nor do they like to read poetry or snuggle, for that matter. Thankfully, although my boys are getting older, I have some delightful littles in my life that I can do all this fun stuff with.
I thought of them immediately when I discovered Rooted Childhood. Well, first I thought how much fun it would be to have had this collection when my boys were young…then I thought of my little friends. I invited them over right away.
Gentle Learning for Homeschoolers
My friends have recently begun homeschooling, and when I saw the suggestion in the October Rooted Childhood collection to enjoy a book character party, I remembered that they had been reading the works of Roald Dahl (one of my favorite authors). James and the Giant Peach was their current read-aloud.
We made some peaches for our characters to reside in while the girls told me about what was happening in the story where they were at. My kindergarten friend also did a little writing…words like peach and giant, as well as some of the words she was currently working on at home.
Beautiful Crafts and Delicious Food
Each collection of Rooted Childhood is stuffed with ideas for crafts. It was hard choosing which one to make with the girls (maybe I’ll have to invite them over for another crafting day!).
The October collection had crafts like watercolor pumpkins and beeswax candles, among others. I decided we would make the drawstring treasure bags together. No sewing involved, and I had all the supplies at home! I thought it would be fun to make the bags and then go spend some time outside collecting treasures. We made the bags a bit larger than the directions indicate. Using fat quarters of fabric meant I didn’t have to cut pieces all the same size.
After we made our bags, we were all ready for a snack.
The recipe for pumpkin smoothies was fun to put together and tasty, too! Since we had peaches on the brain, we enjoyed some of those with our smoothies as well.
Nature Walks, Poems and Snuggles
The girls bundled up and went outside to gather treasures in their new bags. Mr. Greg (who works from home) even took them on a special hike out into the woods to see the treehouse. Nature walks are the best!
When they were pretty chilly, from the crisp air and sipping on their cool smoothies, it was time to come inside.
We read some short poems together and did a finger play. (Before we read the poems, we searched for any words that we recognized. There were more than we might have thought!) And of course there was some snuggling on the couch.
Rooted Childhood Collections
Each one of the Rooted Childhood Collections is full of ideas for beautiful activities to do with your child. The book list, stories, songs and poems are perfect for a gentle approach to language studies. (Although they’re suited to simply enjoy as well.) There are enough craft ideas to easily fill the month, and recipes to make together.
The collections are aimed at children under the age of 8, expecting -of course- adult help on the crafts. And while I looked at it with a homeschooler’s eye, any family wanting to spend intentional time together will love these.
I previewed the fall collections and was blown away by the beauty of the pages. They all focus on the changing of the season, each with its own theme. Apples for September. Leaves and pumpkins for October. And light and warmth for November.
Cozy. That’s the overwhelming feeling I get from Rooted Childhood. Cozy moments with your child.
Having gotten a sneak peek at the November collection, I can tell you that it includes crafts like preserved acorns, beaded tin can lanterns, and homemade beeswax wrap to cover dishes. Super cool!
Connect with your child, make memories, and be intentional in nurturing their growth.