Mall of America: A Gateway to Love of Learning

by Julia Monday, June 2, 2014

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to join bloggers from around the world on an cross country RV tour that was epic in its nature. The best part is that my husband and kids came with me. I was excited to learn how many of my fellow bloggers were homeschooling their kids. Since our trip was technically during the normal school year there was discussion amongst the other home school moms on whether they should home school their kids or not while on our journey. My answer for my family was YES home school, but not in the way you might think. Since my children are young and I believe in developmentally appropriate learning I knew this whole trip would be a learning experience.  The focus on learning at their age shouldn’t be about workbooks, facts and mastery. It should be about fun, play, and imagination. 

On our journey we did have many amazing experiences. My favorite was the day we spent at Mall of America. We started our day with an fact filled presentation about Bloomington and the Mall of America. My family learned fun things like:

- Did you know there is no sales tax on clothes in Minnesota? Yeah they consider food, clothes, and gas all necessities of life and therefore don’t charge tax for them.

- Did you know that they release thousands of Lady bugs within Mall of America each year on Earth Day in place of pesticides for the more than 30,000 plants and over 400 trees which act as natural air purifiers for this epic Mall?

- Did you know that the Mall of America is so huge that 32 Boeing 747’s could fit inside the Mall? Read Full Post...


Cleaning Creation Plan of Seven Zones

by Donna Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This is my zone plan! 

I begin by tidying the area. Then I work from the ceiling to the floor. Do cobwebs need clearing?  Do wall need wiping? What is the purpose of the room? Are there things in the room that do not belong there? Do books and possessions need to be reassessed, sorted, and inventoried? I can work a zone in as little as  15 minutes in a day, if I have an hour great. The next day I pick up where I left off. I stay with a zone each available day until it is completed and then can move to the next zone. Some zones can be completed in a week, others will take much longer. It all depends on consistency and how much time you giver yourself each time.Read Full Post...

Creating a Beautiful Home

by Donna Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I am an artist and I love to create! Did you know that organizing is another word for creating? Looking at home making, family rhythms and domestic tasks as creative work, really changed things up for me. Read Full Post...

Product Revisions Update

by Donna Thursday, April 17, 2014

Periodically we review our products and update them if needed. As this occurs we add them to our Revised Product List.  This page is where we will post all updates.

If you have previously ordered a product that has now been updated, you can download the new updated product FREE. Go to the store, log in into your account and download your products. Follow the directions on the front page of the store. 

View Current List Here.  Revised Edition Product List.pdf (60.09 kb)

To Access Store Product Downloads

by Donna Thursday, April 17, 2014

To Access Downloads:

  1. Go to the front page of the store.
  2. After your order is completed re-Login.
  3. Click on "My Account" above.
  4. Click on "Downloadable Products" in the menu on the left and your downloads will appear in the center of this page.

Products are for personal and immediate family use only.
For use in schools and homeschool groups, please contact us about group use policies.

How to Create Your Own Nature Notebook

by Donna Saturday, March 29, 2014


A Sketch pad made with at least 65 lb paper, 5.5” x 8.5” size or 9” x 12” size, works best. Paper weight determined by how much 500 sheets (a ream) of 24” x 36” paper weighs. This heavier paper works better for inks and water color pencils. Water color paints can be carefully used at this weight, though it still has a fair amount of warping when wet. Alternatively a three ring binder, composition book, or spiral bound notebook can be used.

Here are some sample pages of a nature notebook. Read Full Post...

Nature Notebooks

by Donna Saturday, March 29, 2014

I would like to show you how easy it is to introduce and integrate science, art, and literature into your homeschool curriculum through nature studies.
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Nature Studies, Nature Notebooks: A Parent Child Journey

by Donna Saturday, March 29, 2014

Do you feel intimidated by science? Are you one of the many in our culture that has had distasteful experiences in school, turning you off to natural science? If you are homeschooling, have your friends asked the invariable "What about science" question? Many people suppose that science can only be taught and learned in the classroom, with textbooks, using expensive equipment, and taught by an college trained and certified licensed science teacher. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The pathway to a solid foundation in science is as close as your own front door. Read Full Post...

Parable of the Empty Harvest (Part II)

by Donna Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Everyone can see how foolish the "new gardener" was. Each system he tried would have worked had he stayed with it. All would have yielded a harvest. Perhaps some harvests would have been better than others; but they all would have had a harvest. Read Full Post...

Parable of the Empty Harvest part I

by Donna Wednesday, March 26, 2014

There once was a farmer that lived on the outer edge of a small city. Each summer, he would plant his fields in corn. The people in the city loved his corn. His acreage was quite large. It was too difficult to grow many different types of crops. So, he chose to specialize in growing corn. He had to use large farm machinery and a commercial irrigation system to get all of the work done. He built a large barn to store his machinery in. His farm was efficient. He always had a good crop for the summer farmer's market in the city.

To the west of this farm was a small neighborhood. A certain man from that neighborhood was out for a walk one day. Read Full Post...