We want to be lifelong learners and to inspire a similar passion for learning in our children. We believe that we learn best by experiencing the world, following our passions, and like a certain little monkey, being “always very curious”. We love words and numbers and imagination and asking questions. In our family, learning looks like practicing phonics or math facts in a workbook, playing educational apps on a tablet, reading books chosen from the library, going for a walk in the woods, and dinner time conversations that start with, “Mamma, can we talk about…” These posts are about what we’re learning and how we’re learning it.

Along the Oregon Trail: Chimney Rock

Oregon Trail

After week upon week of flat, open landscapes, its appearance is startling and unmistakable. Chimney Rock rises out of the prairie like the tall spire of a hidden cathedral, a landmark unchanged since the days of the pioneers in covered wagons. Its message to us was the same as to them: the landscape is changing. There are mountains ahead. We’d started telling the kids about the Oregon Trail. They have some context for understanding what Continue Reading →


Discovering Omaha

rainy day fun

There aren’t too many states left where we can say it’s a new state for all 5 of us. Iowa was one. Nebraska was another. I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about Nebraska before we started planning our fall itinerary. After spending more than two weeks there, we can now say that it is so much more than a “fly-over state” and definitely worth a visit if you get the opportunity! Our first stop was Continue Reading →


Living History Farms

farm equipment

After our amazing weekend diving into the world of modern farming, our next stop was to learn more about farming the way it used to be done. Before the climate controlled tractors and combines that harvest 12 rows at a time, like those we experienced in Stratford, people were farming land in central Iowa by much more simple means. A visit to the Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa formed a perfect segue between our Continue Reading →


Stratford upon Iowa


Our kids went through a phase – a relatively long phase – during which every time we sat down to eat, they wanted to know where all their food came from. They were not satisfied with “the egg came from a chicken” or “meatballs come from cows” but wanted to know how on earth a macaroni could come from a plant, how cheese is made from milk, where salt comes from, and a myriad of Continue Reading →


Summer in Sweden


Vi hade iallafall tur med vädret. Roughly translated: At least we had good luck with the weather. Our Swedish readers are already chuckling to themselves a little bit. In the (somewhat likely) event that you’re not Swedish, allow me to explain. This is a well-known expression in Sweden that comes from the title of a made-for-TV movie from 1980. The film is a comedy of errors about a family on vacation where everything that can Continue Reading →


Our Favorite Things – Homeschool Resources

favorite homeschool resources

I started out homeschooling determined to do it for free, or as close to it as I could depending on how you count supplies like paper, crayons, scissors, etc. There are so many resources available for free online and whatever I couldn’t find I could just create. It would be like college! Spending hours creating fun, creative lesson plans on a dime… I loved that! I was excited and ready to run with that plan. Continue Reading →


Our First Full-time Families Rally

FTF rally 2017

“Is this your first rally?” someone asked us. We nodded. “I thought so. You have that lost, wide-eyed, deer in the headlights kind of look about you. Don’t worry. You’re going to be fine. This is going to be great!” It’s taken me a few weeks to be able to write about our experiences at our first FtF (Full-time Families) Rally in Tallahassee in February. Those weeks have been full of their own experiences, but Continue Reading →


Solar Eclipse

eclipse science for kids

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the flexibility to learn from what is happening around us and I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to do that. So when we heard there was going to be a solar eclipse visible from where we live, we dropped everything and shifted our focus to the science of eclipses. The eclipse coincided with the vernal equinox on Friday, March 20. It was perfect that it fell Continue Reading →


Reading and Rhyming with Fox in Socks

fox in socks phonics

No Dr. Seuss week would be complete without spending a little time with Fox in Socks. We pulled out the tattered, well-loved copy that Emelie got for her first birthday and read it together. This one is a little harder for her to read by herself, because there are so many made up words and tongue twisters. But it’s always fun to listen to, especially when Mamma’s tongue gets tangled. That whole part with Bim Continue Reading →


Fun and Learning with the Cat in the Hat

word family hats

As I mentioned in my previous post, The Cat in the Hat is a current favorite around here. So I knew that I wanted to spend most of our time during Dr. Seuss week with the cat and his friends. A quick search on Pinterest revealed that there are a lot of talented and creative people out there who are also inspired by The Cat in the Hat. I found enough activities to last us Continue Reading →


Green Eggs and Ham

Spring break meant a chance for us to be home together even more than usual, so I wanted to plan a fun theme for the week. The Cat in the Hat has been a favorite around here lately, so I went for a Dr. Seuss week. The fact that the week also coincided with Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) meant that there were tons of ideas floating around Pinterest to borrow and find inspiration. I couldn’t Continue Reading →


Snow Experiment: The Science of Melting

snow experiment

We live right around 65° N latitude in the north of Sweden. If there’s one thing we know we can count on it’s snow in the winter. But even if you live a bit further south, a good winter storm can be a great excuse to take a break from routines and try some snow-centered learning at home. Kids have a natural wonder and curiosity about this fluffy white stuff, even our kids who have Continue Reading →