Wonder in the Woods

Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest

Paper Trail

We are a hiking and backpacking family now. (The boys are still homeschooling and using the same curriculum.) I started a journey to better health on January 1, 2013, and … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 6 Comments

Learning Update

It has been a long time since I’ve posted as I am out of the habit of blogging.  Hunter is in 5th grade and Chandler is in 3rd grade this … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Girls Weekend

I am enjoying at girls weekend at the coast. The weather is fabulous! It was 64 degrees and sunny yesterday and forecasted to be the same today. We took a … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Italian Meatballs

Last night, we played the Guess Who? game.  Everyone wrote something nice about everyone in the room on separate slips of paper, then put the notes in each person’s cup.  … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Schedule

This is our first day learning in our new classroom and it was a success.  The boys did their Teaching Textbooks on their own first, then we moved the table … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Classroom Tour

Today I donated 89 books and tomorrow I will likely find more books to pass along.  I’m also selling the K-3 curricula that we are not using. I have many … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Homeschooling Devices

My Mom and Kelly got me an iPhone5 for my birthday last month.   My friend told me it would change my life but I wasn’t sure how, exactly.  Now I’m … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

End of Summer

We finished week two of homeschooling.  All of us are feeling renewed enthusiasm for homeschooling.  I’m glad we started early.  After touring the school and talking to other people about our local … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Evernote for Homeschool

I’m thinking of using Evernote to keep notes about what we learn. More ideas from Evernote blog.

August 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Handicrafts 2013-2014

Ideas for Charlottte Mason School Co-op: Rag Rugs — plastic bags, sheets, T-shirts or fabric scraps — crochet or braided/hand-stitched Paracord Rope Clip or Friendship Bracelets  — carribeener, paracord, knots, … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Falling Down

Our house is 113 years old.  I don’t know the age of the fences and outbuildings.  They are falling down now.  We have a lot of work to do this … Continue reading

May 5, 2013 · 4 Comments

Summer Term 2013

Planning four terms for the 2013-2014 school year — Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.  Each term is 5 weeks with 3 field trips, for a total of 8 weeks.  This is … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Tea Party

I’m hosting a tea party this month for my Charlotte Mason friends.  It is an all day affair and we will also watch the All Day Seminar from Simply Charlotte … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reading A-Z

How about some homeschooling posts? ha!  This year we discovered Reading A-Z books.  I bought the one year subscription so we can download or print as many books as we … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Grama’s Garden

It’s the time of year when I think about planting and gardening and this year I’m doing it!  I’m wishing for winter to be over and for everything to bloom … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 7 Comments

Spring Planting

This is our first year to have an early spring garden.  The raised bed Square Foot Garden worked so well last year and was easy to prepare again this year.   … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

A New Leaf

I’m turning over a new leaf.  I’ve lost 22 pounds.  I feel great!  I have more physical energy, but making time for everything is wearing on me emotionally.  In February, … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Too Soon To Know

I don’t know what I would do without dear friends who actually listen to my concerns and offer feedback.  Parenting and homeschooling is humbling at best and frustrating at worst.  … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

A Marathon Not A Race

It is clear that we have more work to do.  When I look at the progress and the willingness, I want to continue homeschooling.  Understanding is so much more important … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Littlest Guy

I don’t talk as much about Chandler’s education on this blog, not like I do with Hunter.  First of all, Chandler is only six.  He hasn’t really begun school in … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Whole-y Moly

Enjoying fresh, whole foods and trying new recipes.  These are the ones I don’t want to forget. Aidells Chicken and Apple Sausage with avocado and blueberries.  I’m finding a variety … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chocolate Pudding Cake Mug

I modified this recipe to make a Chocolate Pudding Cake Mug for Hunter.  He’s having it for breakfast.  I didn’t tell him it is healthy and gluten-free, so he gobbled … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Blueberry Muffin Mug

I used to go to Starbucks every morning for a grande chai tea latte and a blueberry muffin. I worked nearby and enjoyed walking over every morning.  I drank chai … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Whole 30 Challenge

During the month of January, I did the Whole30 Challenge with a Primal Blueprint twist. I discovered that I can live without grains.  Sweets are harder to live without but … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · 7 Comments


My goal this year is to simplify everything and this includes letting go of, or limiting inefficient websites.  Facebook is inefficient.  You get the cute posts, but don’t get the … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Paleo Diet

Changing the way I eat is something I’ve *needed* to do.  I’ve been overweight for far too long.  I lost weight after Chandler was born and got down to a … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · 3 Comments

Learning Trades

Before our children were born, I read an article that said no one wants their children to be plumbers anymore.  Parents want their children to go to college.  I wonder … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · 10 Comments

Project-Based Homeschooling

Kelly said to me, “How would you feel if someone required you to knit for so many minutes every day, or gave you a deadline to finish your project?”  I … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 · 5 Comments

Our Christmas

Prayers refocused my energy and Christmas spirit.  I got up early Christmas morning and enjoyed the quiet and the twinkling lights of the tree.  Hunter came downstairs and made a … Continue reading

December 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

Christmas Burnout

This Christmas I am feeling a roller coaster of emotions: Joy and fun mixed with burnout and emotional lows.  There are some family losses and national losses that weigh heavily … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Artisan Cinnamon Caramel Rolls

It’s that time of year again.  It’s time to make Artisan Bread and sticky pecan cinnamon rolls.  YUM  Now you know what we’ll be doing this week. Merry Christmas! The … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Christmas Tree Tradition

My favorite family Christmas tradition is finding and cutting a Christmas tree.  In the valley we don’t have snow very often, but we have misty, cold weather.  We wear our … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reading Update

Six months after testing, Hunter is reading at a third grade level on his assessment and he doubled his reading fluency in two months. We worked on phoneme segmentation and … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Election Day

A friend told me that her family was going to be impartial during the election results and have blue and red treats for each state that is “called” on election … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hatfield Marine Science Center

We have many great museums in Oregon that also have education programs.   Hatfield Marine Science Center is part of OSU in Newport.  They have homeschool days a couple of times … Continue reading

October 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Learning to Work

A strong work ethic is important, and challenging to teach in our modern world.  So much of what we really need is done for us.  Unless you have a wood … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Clubs and Cubs

We managed to give the kids a quiet growing time for the last 4 years and avoided sports and regular activities in favor of nature walks and play dates.  Now … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Exciting Economics

Economics sounds so boring, but the children’s books we read are not boring at all!  I’m pleasantly surprised.  We read several books from the Rutger’s Economics Book of the Month … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Birthday Outing

This is what Hunter wanted for his birthday instead of a pool party.  He said it was the best birthday ever. We headed up to Quartzville Creek hoping to find … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Learning Essentials: Field Guides

The question is not, – how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education – but how much does he care? and about how many orders of … Continue reading

September 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Learning Essentials: Library

In four years, we developed a natural style of education that blends into our family life.  We have fun learning together and we learn so much it makes my head … Continue reading

September 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

Fossil Hunting

Since Kelly learned to scuba dive we are spending more time at the coast than in the mountains. Maybe I need to rename this blog Wonder in the Ocean.  We … Continue reading

September 2, 2012 · 15 Comments

Pieces of Learning

These books go along with our lessons on pollution and the ocean.  We could not find the books on the Time4Learning list, so we found some other books. We like … Continue reading

August 24, 2012 · 6 Comments

First Five Days

The first five days of school were a success! The boys did their Time4Learning lessons without complaint, except a couple of peeps.  I bumped Chandler up to 2nd grade on … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 5 Comments

Goals for 2012-2013

Goals for Hunter 2012-2013 Third Grade Selected Read Alouds and Educational Videos Memorize Math Facts — Times Tables, Fractions, Geometric Shapes Continue in Singapore Math 2b, 3a, 3b Life of … Continue reading

August 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Cousin Discoveries: The Coast

In the middle of July, my mom, sister and nephews visited us.  Our boys got to spend a whole week with their cousins.  Rhyder is 7 years old and Cobain … Continue reading

July 28, 2012 · 2 Comments

First Pick of the Season

First Pick of the Season, a set on Flickr. Chandler is so happy to have something to pick. He talked excitedly as he told me everything he sees in the … Continue reading

June 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Learning to Read

Reading Horizons At Home is letting us review their comprehensive, systematic program.  We will use the direct instruction package with Hunter and his younger brother, Chandler, starting June 2012.  This … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

Test Results

Long-time friends and readers know how Hunter has learned to read.  I’ve been patient, for the most part, and let him progress at his own pace.  He is progressing, but … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · 6 Comments



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