I use all cloth products except toilet paper, gardening is a new adventure for us but we are learning as we go, I am an artist at heart so my kids are always creating something with me! We have connected with our neighbors on a level that is inspiring - from last minute babysitting, to community cookouts anytime it is warm, and also a ladies walking group as often as we can. Practical skills and knowledge play an important role in our children's education. We are always learning when we are OUTSIDE!
We love this list! Lots of great ideas we still need to try - but several we already embrace! We love using cloth napkins, cleaning rags. We repurpose used clothes - and pass nice items on to friends. We love our time together being creative - and reading out loud. We want to practice more "Stopping everything for contact" that is soooo important in this digital age - we need to purpose to do this several times a day - with multiple loved ones (and with ourselves!!)
Thanks for these ideas and loving reminders! And thanks for the offer!
We pool our resources with three other families to homeschool our children. We meet once a week and share things like a microscope, lab supplies, and special skills. One mom teaches the children musical instruments, another works with story bridge and helps them convert stories to drama, etc.
My family only has a small washing machine and hangs everything up to dry. We also mend our clothes, shop at thrift stores to reuse old things and even buy material to sew with by visiting the Goodwill closeout store. They sell old clothes by the pound. My daughter made all her summer shorts from men's old dress shirts one summer.
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About a year ago we became very active in our community garden and its really helped us to eat healthier and buy less produce. Its great because we work hard out in the garden so we get exercise, and we take home awesome organic produce. We use as little paper at home as possible, we avoid using paper plates/cups and we use cloth napkins and cloth towels for cleaning. I make most of our cleaning supplies. Most of all I try to teach my young daughter about making good choices for the world.
Gosh, where do I start? I really try to emphasize buying local food and growing what we can. We also make most of our cleaning and beauty products. I have liked the Oak Meadow page, shared this opportunity on my page, and I have made this post. I would love to win the free curriculum. Thank you for the opportunity!
We already do plenty of these (at least on a part time basis!), but I really liked the suggestion of greeting your neighbors by name. Having our baby has brought us closer to certain neighbors, as they now have an interest/curiosity about our life.
have teamed up again to bring you an incredible giveaway and the brand new (and free!) issue of Oak Meadow's online journal: Living Education, dedicated to Sustainable Living and Learning. See the bottom of this post for your free issue!
Win a complete homeschool curriculum package for one PreK-8 grade of your choice (value: $120-$420).
Winner of our community selected Best of Mothering award for Homeschooling, Oak Meadow’s uniquely creative curriculum includes assignments that ask children to read, write, and think, and also to paint, draw, play music, write poetry, and build things, encouraging balanced and healthy development.
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Do you practice sustainability as a family?
Are you teaching your child that it’s important to look out, not just for ourselves, but for the wellbeing of others, the Earth, and future generations?
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Sustainable Living and Learning
. When it comes to teaching our children to step lightly and lovingly on this earth, this comprehensive collection of articles, stories, activities, and resources will motivate, inform, and inspire.
We do almost all of these tips for simple living. It is funny just the other day my husband I were talking about how our lives are so different. We have cut out the crap and eat whole foods, make soups, grow our own food. We have no desire for the fast food anymore. Life is so much better. Our son is so much better. He does so much better with a rythm and routine. We ask lots of questions and he asks lots of questions. We wonder and marvel at the world around us. He asks so many questions as a four year old about how everything works. It is just wonderful!
We also like to make all our own cleaning supplies. Good for the environment and the wallet!
Checking in to see if the winner was announced! I have had a really bad year financially and with a big move to another province coming in June, winning this would be a real boost!
we re-use everything until it doesn't work anymore, and then hopefully up cycle whatever materials or parts remain good. for example, moth-eaten wool suits or cashmere sweaters, that get generally get discarded as worthless, make all kinds of delicious huggable plush toys, pillows and little people's clothes. i make fresh non-dairy milks, using the solids to make all kinds of baked goods, selling the milk out of re-used glass bottles. peelings and vegetable scraps go to make frozen bullion cubes. if there's a surplus, it goes to compost for the garden. soap nuts is the only form of detergent i buy, using it to make all household cleaners, bottled in recycled containers. this leaves the gray water from a bath great for watering my houseplants...etc!!
This giveaway has ended. Thank you to everyone who took part and to Oak Meadow for offering this wonderful giveaway! Don't forget to check out their awesome curriculum and school.
The randomly chosen winner is Margaritaa, you will be contacted through Mothering PM. Congrats!!!
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