Learning With The Playful Pioneers-A Guest Post

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Late last summer, just before we were set to start back to schooling our little Miss 6 and Miss 4...I stumbled upon The Peaceful Press.  When I researched The Playful Pioneers curriculum and saw that it was based on The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, it spoke to me right away.  I grew up reading this series over and over again and wanted my girls to experience that life changing adventure for themselves.  I loved the appeal of one curriculum for both girls and that our whole family could be included in the activities!

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Our expectations were far exceeded as we have now completed our year with The Playful Pioneers.  Our way of life has changed, a peace has fallen over us...our "school work" has blended so seamlessly with the rest of our day that we don't feel the rush to "get school done" like we used to.  An education happens continually, in every facet of your day...you are always teaching your child even if it is just by your actions or by allowing them the freedom to play or dream. 

Imagine your childhood days filled with handiwork...weaving, sewing, knitting, embroidery...

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Learning about life on the farm, artist studies, and self care.....

 

baking fresh simple recipes...

and learning where your food comes from...

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Learning about the world, and nature, and all its gifts...

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S.T.E.M activities, and inventions and advancements,

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and so much more, all with your best friend(s) by your side.

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We loved the freedom this curriculum offered us...we could delve a little deeper into subjects that sparked an interest and we could leave out any activities that didn't fit with our family at that time.  Everything was prepared for us, the materials needed were simple to find and the books were easy to access.

As expected, the girls fell in love with Laura Ingalls and her free-spirit, yet kind heart.  What I didn't expect was the amount of emotion they would feel with each passing chapter.  We discussed topics that I am sure we wouldn't have otherwise...not for years to come at least.  They felt the pain and hardship that continually afflicted the Ingalls family. Yet they noted their positive attitudes and how they always made time for music, laughter and stories together.  I now see these stories and lessons resurface in their play and the way they interact with each other, it has forever changed their hearts.  

I also, as a mother, deeply connected with Laura's dear parents.  I loved the way Pa took the time to stop and explore nature with his daughters, to patiently teach them how and why things needed to be done and most importantly, true acceptance of others.  I also loved the way Ma, although stern at times, taught her daughters to look out for and care for one another, how to be happy with little and the importance of an education.

Somehow we lived and learned more simply this year yet our "harvest" from our studies was so rich, full and completely irreplaceable. I can't thank "The Peaceful Press" enough for this gift!

Sue

www.reachinghappy.com

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