Our 5 1/2 year old son likes to help out with chores around the house. We would be wise to take advantage of his eagerness and make it a habit.
The other day I offered my children a way to earn some money: “help me dig up the potatoes and I’ll pay you for your work.” “Okay, mommy!” and they all dashed off to put on their… http://www.harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/my-little-man-wants-work/
We made a first attempt at tapping, collecting, and boiling sap from our sugar maple trees. The end results were a delicious treat and a memorable experience for the whole family.
We’ve been talking about trying to make our own maple syrup for years. This year, we finally gave it a go and embraced an element of quintessential Canadiana. This adventure in… http://www.harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/maple-syrup-harrold-style/
A fresh snowfall was an opportunity to observe some of habits of the more elusive wildlife that share our country home.
We just experienced some very confused weather at our country home. The week prior saw daily highs in the range of -15℃ with a wicked wind chill on top. Then this past week opened… http://www.harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/following-tracks-snow/
An enormous, old Sugar Maple grows in our front yard. I like to look at it and imagine the local history that this tree has witnessed.
In front of our house grows a tree unlike any other we’re aware of. It is a Sugar Maple and it is a behemoth compared to its peers. The tree grows alongside Highway #53 and is… http://www.harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/sentinel/
We received a book about children and gardening as a gift; and I am so glad we did! The book inspires children to enjoy the creativity, beauty and usefulness of gardening. We're inspired to get our hands dirty.
We received a book about children and gardening as a gift; and I am so glad we did! The author is a gardener with a passion: inspiring children to enjoy the creativity, beauty and… http://www.harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/inspiring-child-friendly-gardens/
Christmas is steeped in traditions. These traditions make the advent such a special time for children. Drop by to see what traditions we follow at Harrold Country Home.
Ahh… Christmas… Is it not a magical time to be a child? I have fond memories of Christmases past and want to give similar memories to my children. What I remember is not the gifts… http://www.harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/christmas-traditions-and-children/
Examining and applying Miss Mason's tenet that "education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."
Educating our children at home means, obviously, that we are always together. Some people cannot imagine what constantly being with one’s children might be like (as evidenced by… http://www.harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/getting-know-miss-mason/
If you build it, they will read... we construct a special bench to both store our children's books and to provide a place for them to be enjoyed.
Being a homeschool family, we had a growing collection of books and a dwindling amount of space to keep them. A dilemma ensued: how can we create an environment for learning while… http://www.harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/bench-read-upon/
No Little Red Hen at the Harrold Country Home! Everyone pitches in during the growing season and later enjoys the flavour and healthy benefits of our organic harvest.
While some people’s wintery visions may include sugarplums dancing through their head or palm trees swaying in the breeze, come January, and the arrival of the seed catalogues,… http://www.harroldcountryhome.ca/blog/how-does-your-garden-grow-organically/