Friday, June 26, 2015

Schooling In The Mountains

This  is where my heart lies. This  is where schooling meets nurturing and they collide into a beautiful jumble of learning and love. This  is when all is right and good in my world. These precious moments always remind me why we school our littles at home. 

We drove thirty five minutes north to escape the heat and landed at Black Rock Mountain State Park, elevation 3,640 feet above sea level. It boasts a whopping fifteen degree drop in temperature from our home near it's base, so it seemed a perfect location to beat the sweltering summer temperatures. We had donned our hiking attire, filled our cooler and I had packed all our favorite read-alouds, ready for an afternoon of cooler temps and schoolin' under the trees. 

So we hiked, me mumbling I'm brave,  I'm very very brave  through the winding path {I have a slight bear phobia}, then settled at the trail-head tables with yummies and books galore. I cannot even tell you how right it feels to teach your own children nestled in such a beautiful outdoor classroom. I swear the angels must be singing hallelujah in the heavens, it just feels that right. 

I had these same feelings just before my second child was born, as I felt more confident with my parenting abilities and had come to the realization that I heartily believed in attachment parenting {thank you Dr. Sears}, so I threw out all the advice that others had given me about the right  way to raise a child. My parenting world opened up and gone were the days of my child sleeping in a crib and crying it out because I'd ruin him otherwise. I listened to my heart and my parenting changed forever.

Schooling out in nature feels like that, like a natural progression of attachment parenting. My heart overflows.

Keep close to nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
John Muir 


  1. Sometimes I think the best learning is done outdoors, in nature... so much to see, do and learn about! This is wonderful.

  2. How wonderful.. SO proud you and the kids had such a fun/learning day.. Nothing like the teaching that God prepared.. Have a great day.

  3. Oh how we love being in the forest. We love it so much and we do consider it learning, but also relaxing and connecting and fun. Like capital F fun!

    I'm glad you had such a nice day up there. And my how parenting when you listen to what feels right to you works :)

  4. I never listened to that cry it out stuff either. I think listening to your heart is the very best way to parent too :)

    I'm glad you had a good teaching trip. The kids really look like they enjoyed it too.


  5. sounds like the perfect day to me 8)


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