rooted in nature: spring stories & activities





ive always loved being in nature so incorporating it into our everyday learning just makes sense. living where the changing seasons are makes it so nice to see all that nature has to offer. the changes of the weather, the animals, plants, and the changes within our own home as i decorate with the season in mind. all of these changes intertwine, helping us to expand our thinking to the outside world. i believe this is so important to teach from a young age in order to give a sense of responsibility and nuture curiosity in the world around us.

i love showing my kiddos all the beauty and wonders of nature, along with the potential dangers to be aware of. the book “finding wild” is so helpful with this. i adore the illustrations too!

letting children spend hands on time in nature allows them to explore and soak in all kinds of information, giving them a growing appreciation of the many wonders and endless opportunities to learn. i like choosing books that go with each season and wanted to share some that we’ve been loving as we slowly shift into the lovely season of spring. i also keep in mind our “letter of the week” as i choose our books, helping to associate a picture with the letter for memorization and recognition.

here’s our spring reading list:

“i am a bunny” by richard scarry

“finding wild” by megan wagner lloyd

“puddle” by hyewon yum

“secret tree fort” by brianne farley

“bunnys many colors” by lisa mccue

“birds” by keith and jonathan west

“petunia” by roger duvoisin

“when spring comes” by kevin henkes

“the velveteen rabit” by margery williams

im sure there are lots and lots of other amazing spring books, and would love to hear of any that you’re reading to your little ones! we also enjoy doing seasonal crafts, and i wanted to share some that we’ve done so far/plan to do.

spring activities/crafts:

• birds nest: this is a quick and easy craft to do with all ages.  we cut the bottom of a brown bag and rolled it down to make the nest, then added pieces of brown paper, cut out a bird, and colored it (we also added some leaves)

• paint a picture of a puddle – little ones love making raindrops and it’s a good opportunity to talk about the weather and the importance of rain for plant growth

• nature walk – we took a guided nature walk over the weekend as a family. it was so refreshing and we always come back feeling rejuvenated after being in nature all together! (definitely bring snacks and water to keep everyone happy)

• make a bird bath/bird feeder – pinterest has lots of good ideas for this too!

i hope you have found this helpful and i would love to hear any spring activities you enjoy doing with your little ones!!

best regards,


communicating ~ calm and cozy🌿


in this fast-paced world, it can be hard to communicate everything we want to say. even when we make time it may not come out right. communication really is an art. it is something we learned from a young age and somehow gets wired into us. it always amazes me how much i can hear my mother speaking when I speak to my own children. mothering is always keeping me on my toes and gives so many opportunities for learning and growth. the way we speak to one another as adults, and to our children will stick with them throughout their lives. that is why i find it so important to think carefully about the way we speak to our kiddos, and the impression it’s making on their little minds. two books i’m reading that help in this area are “no drama discipline” and “the whole brained child.” must reads for all families!! communication

making time for meaningful communication has been essential to keeping our family connected. this is especially true since i’m an infj and i tend to take on the emotions of others. making time to understand one another really helps to sort it all out. something else that has helped me is journaling. after 10 years of marriage and two kids, journaling has been a great outlet for the overwhelming emotions that come with it.  as much as i love our family and feel so incredibly blessed, sometimes we can get caught in emotions that hold us back from being our best selves. and if there’s one thing that has rung true in motherhood, it is the fact that mothers tend to set the tone for the whole household. the tone of our voices, the vibes we give off through our body language.  it all has an intertwining effect on everyone. this is why i have made it a point to take time to self reflect. time to pause when emotions are high and things feel out of sync. it’s in these moments i know i need to take a couple steps back to breathe, pray, write, cuddle up with a book, take a walk outside, or something to hit the reset button.

i was reading over my notes from a talk at our congregation on communication. one thing i wrote down was “we cannot live in the past….only in the present, and plan for the future.” as a family i feel it is so important to make time to plan together, including the kiddos. when everyone is on the same page and can work together for a common goal, it’s like we are a team, all cheering one another on.  making time for meaningful communication is what gives us the reassurance that we’re rooting for each other.

whether you’re talking over dinner, snuggled up all together on the couch, or saying your last words before bed,  ive put together a little list of things that have helped our family have more meaningful communication to keep us in sync with each other and on the same page through this busy little life.

• first and foremost, always wait til tummys are full!! (“hangry” is a real thing)

• find a comfy/cozy spot

• try to make it when no one is too tired

• avoid criticism

• avoid interrupting

• acknowledge each other’s feelings

• show empathy

• be reasonable and flexible

• humbly acknowledge mistakes (sometimes a simple, yet genuine “sorry” makes a world of difference)

it really is the little things that hold us together. i hope you and your family can find unique ways to make communication more meaningful and positive. being together snuggled up and keeping cozy is one of my favorite parts of this lovely fall season! communication

best regards,




waldorf inspired learning





i’ve been researching waldorf education and find it to be such a peaceful and calming way of teaching children about their world, allowing them to approach life with mindfulness. it encourages a growth mentality, continued love of learning, and rhythm over rigid routine. i especially love the way nature is incorporated, giving them an appreciation for all of the delightful creation that surrounds us.

one way i’ve been incorporating waldorf ideas is through regular (weekly if possible) visits to local libraries. the library we visited this week had a lovely courtyard with a beautiful garden. we also visited the park, collected leaves, painted them and made leaf prints.

this year we decided to do homeschooling with my 3 year old and have been letting fall inspire our reading. i love the changing seasons so much, but fall may be my favorite (if i had to pick). i love sweater weather, vibrant colors of the changing leaves, hayrides, and the list goes on!

here’s a list of the books we’re reading for our fall inspired theme:

“Fall” by Moira Butterfield

“Red Panda’s Candy Apples” by Ruth Paul

“How do Apples Grow” by Betsy Maestro

“Leaves” by John Farndon

“Fall” by Ron Hirschi (my fav)

i enjoy having a weekly theme as a way to expand our knowledge and share things we’ve learned as a family. overall, i’m happy we’re building a foundation for a love of learning.

what are some of your favorite fall crafts?! hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

best regards,