Going on a Leaf Hunt: FREE printable book and song adaptation from

Week at a Glance: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Ruth Heller’s Designs for Coloring Leaves Going on a Leaf Hunt Song Adaptation Going on a Leaf Hunt FREE printable book Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Designs for Coloring Leaves by Ruth Heller Why we love this book: My children are not much interested in coloring books. […]


What is grauple snow? from

Yes! This counts as a Snow Storm in South Texas! DON’T laugh! What is Graupel Snow? (Also known as Dippin Dots Snowballs) This was the weirdest snow ever. You know that Dippin Dots Ice Cream? Well that’s what our snow looked like. Tiny little balls of snow. Usually we get sleet that freezes into little […]


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All the credit for this post goes to my son, MacGyver! He is my science inspiration and teacher. Many of you have viewed MacGyver’s backyard science center where he cares for and observes all of his creepy critters. A key component to MacGyver’s science center are his pocket field guide books. MacGyver doesn’t just collect […]


i love dirt! The WINNER

February 22, 2013

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We Have a WINNER selected by Rafflecopter and You can view results on our original Post: 52 Activities to Help Your Kids Discover The Wonders of Nature Congratulations Robin! Robin February 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm Planting a rainbow garden… We know you are going to put this book to good use! Contact us […]


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Book GIVEAWAY: i love dirt!  52 activities to help you & your kids discover the wonders of nature  by Jennifer Ward Why we love this book: My family is blessed! We don’t live in the woods or on a farm. We live smack dab in the middle of our growing small town. Yet, we are […]


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Last fall we highlighted Alyssa’s trip to the beautiful Lost Maples of Texas, click on over for helpful links for planning a day trip. The hike through the Lost Maples is definitely worth the drive! We’ve put together a FREE printable book highlighting the gorgeous change of fall colors. You can find the FREE printable […]


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We live on a great piece of property covered with trees. An inviting little dry creek runs along one side of the property. We’ve left the property quite natural and the older grandsons spend many of their days exploring nature and adding to the wacky fort they’ve built by the creek. Sadly, Grandson # 4 […]

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I recommend all parents and teachers read Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv. Mr Louv makes the case that while we Americans have become more and more “environmental” our children have begun to experience nature less and less. As we celebrate Earth Day, Earth Month and Arbor […]


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Ready Set Grow! by DK is one of the very best gardening project books for children I have found. We checked it out from our local library but I am very tempted to purchase our own copy. Both of the children have perused the pages of this book many times, pointing out the garden projects […]


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The movie Dolphin Tale came out on the big screen September 2011, just as we were making our annual family pilgrimage to the beaches of Florida. One of the things we treasure most about our time at the beach, is watching the dolphins play in the water. We watch them from our balcony early in […]

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This year for his birthday, MacGyver asked for a birthday gift that is slightly outside of the box. He asked for a fish pond for our backyard. In our post GIVEAWAY: A Little Birthday Math Outside of the Box, I share how MacGyver researched and planned for his pond. We’re not pond experts so we […]


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Look Close, Look Close, What do you see? Could it be a baby opossum up a tree? Recently, MacGyver came running proclaiming, “Something’s in the drain! Something’s in the drain on the side of the house. Shadow is going crazy! There’s something in the drain!” He was right. Shadow, our wanna-be-hunting-dog, had definitely detected something […]


The Prettiest Thing

June 21, 2011

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What is the Prettiest Thing That You Ever Did See? My first thought goes to the times I’ve been blessed watching a Texas sunset in Big Bend National Park. Or it could be watching three of my grandsons exploring nature and working together to build an elaborate sandcastle during our trip to the beach. But […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Tweedle Dee Dee by Charlotte Voake Why we love this book: We love this book because it is a version of the much beloved children’s song “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” Joyce has been singing this fun repetitive song, about the prettiest tree that you ever did see, to […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Peek! A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho Why we love this book: Where do we begin? Each week when we highlight and GIVE AWAY a book we think, “This is our favorite book we’ve given away!” We really do love all of the books we GIVE AWAY and this week’s […]


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For those of you who are Planting a Rainbow or Growing a Vegetable Garden, we thought our post on how to create a square foot garden might be helpful. It has been terribly dry in the Texas Hill Country these last few years. The soil mixture recommended in the book All New Square Foot Gardening […]


Let’s Go Fly a Kite

April 13, 2011

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Oh, oh, oh! Let’s go fly a kite Up to the highest height! Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring Up through the atmosphere Up where the air is clear Oh, let’s go fly a kite! One of the true blessings of our homeschool experience is the time the children get to spend […]


UFO Sighting

March 10, 2011

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Recently, there have been a series of UFO sightings in our backyard! This probably looks like a big pile of trash to you. Wrong! At our home, a pile of construction trash equals the construction of a UFO. Since we are in the process of remodeling and adding onto our home, the construction guys leave […]


The Snowy Day

February 8, 2011

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One cold, winter South Texas night, MacGyver prayed for snow. The next morning he woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. He woke-up his sister. MacGyver didn’t have a red snowsuit like Peter. So he put on his red jacket and he and his sister went outside to play […]


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Big Bend National Park is one of my favorite places on earth. Just look at that big peaceful sky. I can’t wait to return and fill myself with that peaceful feeling again. When visiting Big Bend, we spend our days hiking and exploring. We have made many fascinating discoveries. One of our waddlee-ah-chaa philosophies is […]


Taking Children on an

Occasionally, winter in South Texas looks like this. However, these days are brief and rare. This photo was taken about this time last year. The children are still dreaming of a real Snowy Day. Many winter days in South Texas are actually warm and sunny. Last week, we went on a homeschool winter nature walk. […]