The Garden Guide


We’ve have a new guide here at The Peaceful Press and we are excited to share it with you. Spring is here and we have combined this wonderful season with a focus on the outdoors and gardening. This four week guide will delight you and your young child with its engaging literature selections, fun activities for developing motor skills, recipes and hands on application out in the sun.


As we head towards the warmer seasons it can be hard to keep going through the homestretch but adding in interest led studies can help your children renew their love for learning, and keep developing skills while enjoying the hands on fun that leads to a gentle approach to homeschooling for the whole family.

In this unit you will find a basic introduction to gardening, including beautifully illustrated living books that bring the garden to you, as well as activities and life skills that bring the fun of the garden to your home. 

Lisa Wilkinson again contributed her amazing ideas to this guide, and the collection of books she curated is a lovely way to introduce young children to the beauty of the garden (click for Amazon link). We hope you can find most of these at the library, but feel free to substitute if necessary.

How A Seed Grows by Helene Jordan

From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Up In The Garden and Down In The Dirt by Kate Messner

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

A Child’s Garden of Verses (optional)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole

Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Lisa also offered a bonus lesson based on the book, The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.

  • Read The Tiny Seed

  • Practice sounding out the word “seed”

  • Make a Tiny Seed sunshine craft-In The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle you will notice that bright shining sun. You can take time to talk about how the growing seeds need that sunshine and create a paper plate sunshine to remind you what your plants will need. Paint a paper plate a bright, sunshiny yellow.  Next, add yellow, orange, and red strips of construction paper to the outside of your paper plate to create sun rays with a glue stick or stapler.

  • Hang a bird feeder

  • Plant sunflower seeds


Field Trips are another important part of learning with preschoolers, and the garden guide sparks some wonderful field trip ideas.

Here are some field trip suggestions for this guide:

  • Visit a Local Farm. Discover what is planted in the gardens, how they care for the seeds and plants, and how they share or sell the harvest with others. 

  • Visit a local Farmer’s Market. Discover what can be grown and harvested in your area. Try new foods you find as your visit the stands full of beautiful color and variety.

  • Visit a Farm to Table Restaurant. Find out where they source their food locally and what ingredients come from what kinds of farms.

We are so delighted to offer you another unit to encourage you and your preschooler to grow together! Happy Gardening!

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Handcrafts in the Homeschool


When I was a little girl I would often look to escape, whether into the woods to build industrious forts or into the wondrous, intricate writings of Laura Ingalls. So when I was introduced to the Peaceful Press through my Instagram family, I was delighted! It has been such a nourishing addition to our family rhythms.

Fitting in perfectly with our love of outdoor adventure, and fruitful, enriched learning, the curriculum is brought to life through wonderful literature, art and handcrafts.

Charlotte Mason said,

“… my object is to show that the chief function of the child—his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life—is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his 5 senses..”

I completely agree, and this curriculum makes it easy to follow an interest led approach full of multi-sensory, learning fun!  

Reading and writing came naturally to me, so watching my oldest and youngest struggle with it was discouraging. After years of intervention with my oldest, he was finally diagnosed with Orthographic Dyslexia. This means his brain has trouble processing the relationship between spoken and written language. Since there is a genetic component to it, and I am seeing similar signs, it would be a safe to say that my youngest does too. Fear not! She is an incredibly clever girl, creating epic habitats or grand castles out of random trinkets and doodads. She can spot patterns, and tell fascinating stories, but reading and writing were not bringing her joy.

As soon as we started doing our read aloud from “The Farmer Boy” she was enthralled. We start our morning with bible study using “The Ology” and “The Jesus Storybook Bible”. We sing and dance, worshiping to the hymn of the month! After breakfast and chicken chores, Olivia can’t wait to see what Almanzo is up to, marveling and balking at his daily routine, asking questions like, “how can a yoke help drive the cow?” or “why does he have to do so many chores!?”

These questions, along with the wonderful narrating prompts that are provided on the daily schedule evokes thoughtful conversation. I feel so blessed to share books from my childhood, that encourage respect, hard work and humility. I can see that she is encouraged by Almanzo’s tenacity, and she can relate bashfully when he is mischievous.  She enjoys working on the correlating coloring pages along with simple copy work, while I read our chapter, which has been perfect for my reluctant writer!

As much as she loves to be taken on adventures through Laura’s descriptive tellings, her absolute  favorite part of this curriculum is the handcrafts! We have had so much fun retaining what we learn by using our hands and imagination! I am going to share a few activities that were so delightful for us.

Ma Ingalls was a very wise woman knowing the importance of good work habits being embedded into the tapestry of a child’s youth, so the whole family was involved in chores and running the household. One of which was the process of making clothes, from shearing the fleece, skirting the wool (which means to pick out all the organic bits and pieces) washing, then carding, and finally spinning! Olivia was immediately enthralled at the process.


I found the sweetest mama on Instagram, Arielle, who sells a beautiful little kit with handmade carding brushes, freshly sheared wool, and wonderful instructions on how to prepare it! We got right to work, Olivia crinkling her nose while picking out little pieces of hay and inquiring about the “funny smell” which lead to a discussion about lanolin and how it is used today. The smooth, wooden carding brushes were the perfect size for her to use and she really enjoyed making the wool look like little “clouds”! Much to my disappointment, we do not have a loom to spin the wool into yarn but we were able to wet felt star ornaments and balls for garland, using just some hot water, soap, a fork and cookie cutter!

I had mentioned above that Olivia loves to build things, she is a thinker and has such an inquisitive spirit! When we were reading about Almanzo’s ice house we decided to build one of our own! We gathered the tools of the trade ( popsicle sticks, a hot glue gun, and some pine shavings from the chicken coop) then, after  concentrated construction, and alternating layers of ice and shavings. It was time to put it outside! Now we did this lesson in October, and we were having unseasonably warm weather so it was in the upper 50’s that day, but IT WORKED!! YAY! 


I could go on and on, telling of potato stamp art, and watercolor masterpieces in our nature journal, using the beautiful references in Julia Rothmans “Anatomy” series. I have happy tears in my eyes thinking of my girl making bread for the first time in her poncho and sombrero. moments of hysterical laughter while vigorously shaking cream until we both almost faint! My 6 yr old may not show much interest in reading and writing but she can tell you who Benjamin Franklin is and what he added to his kite before he flew into that thunderstorm! She even assembled her own kite and hung it next to her fun timeline card that is provided for a great visual reminder. We have been inspired by poetry and classical art, exploring life with a newly found zeal! This curriculum has been like a perfectly timed hug, gently guiding us on our journey, introducing us to rich living books and an intentional, thoughtful education.

Warmest wishes

Ashley Taunton @3littlelambshomestead 


The Playful Pioneers Curriculum

PP Timeline Cards

Julia Rothman Anatomy Series

"The Ology" By Marty Machowski

"Jesus Storybook Bible" Sally Lloyd Jones

Wool from Arielle @our_enchanted_journey

Nature journal from Alice @twigandmoth 

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The Peaceful Press With Older Children

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Although our focus here at The Peaceful Press is helping families homeschool young children, the truth is that children grow, and many of you may be homeschooling young children and older ones, or even homeschooling little ones while mentally gearing up for later. I wanted to share a few resources we have used to homeschool children as they grow into late elementary and beyond.

When I wrote The Playful Pioneers, and The Precious People, I kept them open ended in terms of math and language arts so that a family with students of varying ages could use the guide together. One of my major goals with The Peaceful Press is to promote connection among families, and I am convinced that one mama trying to do multiple different curriculums with multiple children will most often result in burnout. My vision is for homeschooling to be fun for the whole family.

When I looked carefully at the components of a good education; the kind of education that prepares students for college, or at least prepares them to learn what they want to learn, I found a few important basics.

  1. The ability to read information.

  2. The ability to retell or communicate information.

  3. The ability to think critically about information.

Obviously, this is a very basic list, and every family will have a different set of information that is important to them, as well as a different set of values that they want to cultivate.


A more in depth definition of a good education is articulated by John Ruskin in his book, The Crown of Wild Olive.

The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things, but enjoy the right things-not merely industrious, but to love industry-not merely learned, but to love knowledge-not merely pure, but to love purity-not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice.”

In either definition, we should feel permission to devote the elementary school years to learning to read, learning math concepts, and learning to write, and these skills are easy to teach and don’t take all six years to learn. So what should we do with the bulk of our elementary homeschool years? I propose that we should present to our children the idea that we love them, that learning is fun, and that the world is open to discovery.

We do this through reading good books together, copying great thoughts together, learning about math together, baking and creating together, and enjoying nature together. Note the emphasis on togetherness, it is intentional because a child who is attached to their parents, who is full of the knowledge that they have parents who love and enjoy them, will be a child who can learn and achieve anything.


In our home, we follow The Peaceful Press elementary guides with all children who haven’t started college classes (usually my high school students start college classes at the age of 14 or 15). If any of my children are home, they will join us for morning time, reading through The Peaceful Press suggested Bible, history, and literature readings, along with reciting memory work. We leave margin to follow interest led questions and learning, and write down new concepts on our blackboard. While I read aloud, elementary students copy or trace from Playful Pioneers or Precious People student sheets.

In our family morning time, we have also added in a daily Spanish language bible story for immersion foreign language, and singing, often with musical accompaniment by one of my children. We also add in interest led literature, science, and devotional reading.

Once morning time is over, each child moves on to independent learning while I move between them offering help and support. My elementary students use Teaching Textbooks math once they have worked through the first few levels of Right Start math, we are firm believers in the power that Right Start math has to make math meaningful for young children, but we also love Teaching Textbooks for the accountability and immediate feedback it gives. We’ve also begun using a geometry course by Waldorfish that the whole family is enjoying.

For language arts with older children, we start with having them make notebook pages based on our daily readings. This might be a picture and written narration about the chapter we read, or it might be a diagram of something we learned about in Farm Anatomy or another science themed literature selection. We also do a weekly lesson from U.S. History Based Writing Lessons from Institute for Excellence in Writing or Ancient History Based Writing Lessons. I love the way these guides teach basic grammar concepts and an objective way to look at the structure and style of writing. These won’t help your child write beautifully, that comes from reading great works, but it will help you begin to develop the skill of reading material, and then retelling it in your own words, which is one of the components of academic success in college classes (that and a good work ethic).

Another component of success in college classes comes from having a well developed vocabulary which is a direct result of reading great books. Instead of assigning particular books for children, I keep a basket or shelf of highlighted books for the time period we are studying. Many of these titles can be found in the Independent Reading List that is included in The Playful PIoneers and The Precious People curriculum. I’ve only had one child that had to be asked to read, most of my children have outpaced me with their appetite for new books, and so I let them choose which books off the list appeal to them instead of assigning books they don’t enjoy. Twice a month I require a longer written narration based on the books they have read.


A few other resources we have used for older students-

Classical Conversations App-A low cost way to work on memorizing a body of information, and getting an overview of the Classical Conversations memory work.

James Stobaugh World History-There are many great resources for giving your older children an overview of world history including the books by Genevieve Foster, A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer and textbooks like Mystery of History, but this one is a great favorite of mine, partly because he includes women in his list of historical greats, including one of my personal heroes, Julian of Norwich, and partly because he presents events and leaves some of the moral implications for families to sort out for themselves, unlike some of the resources we have used.

Audible-We love using Audible for listening to more lengthy books, and for the ability to listen while I join in with painting or knitting, instead of all the reading aloud being my responsibility.  We listened to The Children’s Homer, The Bronze Bow, Ben Hur, and The Robe while working our way through The Precious People, and we listened to Shh, We’re Writing the Constitution, Justin Morgan Had a Horse, Across Five Aprils, The Freedom Train, and They Called Him Stonewall, while working through The Playful Pioneers.

Khan Academy-An amazing resource for learning anything, and a huge help for subjects that you get stuck on.


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Moments of Connection-Guest Post

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“Those things you learn without joy, you will forget easily.” (Finnish proverb)

After seeing this quote recently on Instagram, I decided to rephrase it a little:

“Those things you learn with joy, you will remember.”

Ahhh, there you go. Wrapped up in that sentence is exactly what I deeply desire for our little homeschool, which my two daughters (5 and 8) have decided to name “River Lake Sunshine.” Who wouldn’t want to enroll there, right?

Well, it might sound idyllic, but our homeschool is full of the same daily struggles just like you probably experience - poor attitudes, chaos, and mama trying to stay organized and sane without having to get revved up on copious amounts of caffeinated coffee.

Here’s where The Peaceful Press has greatly served our family. But first, a little background…

My husband (a farmer and personal chef), our two girls, and I live on an organic produce farm in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee. We’ve been homeschooling since my oldest daughter was in preschool, back when we lived in an urban neighborhood in Dallas, TX. Since the beginning, I haven’t really attached to one particular method but have felt most comfortable creating an eclectic blend of everything from Montessori, to Waldorf, to unschooling, to Classical, to Charlotte Mason. My main goals have always been: 1) Building strong character and 2) Encouraging a love of learning. I knew everything else would fall into place if we concentrated on those.


Yet, I’ve struggled to keep our days flexible while also having a plan so everything doesn’t quickly fall to pieces. When I discovered The Peaceful Press, it was a breath of fresh air: I was delighted to find that they blend several of these homeschooling styles together using organized, creative resources that I could easily implement at home. And the plans were chock full of wonderful book lists!

There’s a joyfulness in The Peaceful Press resources, and the heart behind them can be felt. I appreciate the desire to preserve connections with our children, celebrate childhood, and draw conclusions about life while studying different cultures and time periods.

Here are the two things I’ve loved the most about The Peaceful Press resources we’ve tried in our home: 1) It encourages connection with my children over great books, and 2) It guides us in a way that we can learn alongside each other. Everyday, I’m re-educated as I teach my daughters.

Shortly after its launch, we began using The Peaceful Preschool for my youngest daughter, who was three-years-old at the time. I was giddy reading the book list - it encompassed several beautiful, classic books from my childhood (like Corduroy and Little Bear) along with some new-to-us books that have now become favorites (Stone Soup, Roxaboxen, and How To Make An Apple Pie and See The World). At the same time, it would help me introduce each letter of the alphabet in a fun and engaging way. For my second grader, we decided to use The Playful Pioneers, which also coincided with the U.S. History and timeline we were studying last year in our Classical Conversations group.


This school year, we’ve been working through The Precious People resources and discovering so many fascinating things about Jewish tradition, ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Learning about the foundations of our Christian faith has led to so many wonderful conversations around the table. I’m about to begin the Ocean Guide with my youngest, and we thoroughly enjoyed the Tree Guide and Christmas Guide leading up to the holidays.

I’d love to share some of our favorite moments using The Peaceful Press resources over the last year-and-a half...

  • Shaking our hearts out to make homemade butter and lemonade with our Playful Pioneers group.

  • Making bark rubbings down by the creek and looking up at the tall trees we often fail to notice.

  • Watching my youngest daughter’s small fingers count apple seeds while she crunched on an apple on her first day of preschool.

  • The day we all cried on page 12 of By The Shores of Silver Lake when Jack died.

  • Building our own replica of Little House complete with our own peg dolls.

  • Drawing and watercoloring herbs from Galen and the Gateway to Medicine and realizing how badly I needed that artistic outlet.

  • My oldest daughter and I rolling soapy colored wool between our fingers for hours to make felt acorns.

  • Our first time making challah bread, and it actually worked! My girls insisted on covering their heads with napkins during our feast.

  • The delight of cracking open All of a Kind Family for the first time on a blanket in the August sun.

The memories we’ve shared are priceless. We’ve learned that the books we read and experiences we have become a part of us and that we, too, can influence history. Our homeschool is far from perfect, but I’ll never take for granted this precious time with my girls.

Christine Bailey is an idealist, dreamer, writer, homeschool mom, and farmer cultivating life with her husband and two daughters on their organic farm in Santa Fe, TN (just south of Nashville). She can often be found planting lettuce, devouring a great book, cooking and sharing meals around the table, and chasing Tennessee waterfalls with her family. 

Instagram: @organicstine



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Books That Cultivate Courage and Compassion


John Ruskin in The Crown of Wild Olive said this about true education, “The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things, but enjoy the right things-not merely industrious, but to love industry-not merely learned, but to love knowledge-not merely pure, but to love purity-not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice.”

As we read books to our children, we are not just exposing them to literacy, but exposing them to the world, and cultivating in them a love for others that can translate into world changing actions.

Below is a list of some beautiful books for cultivating courage and compassion, books about people who have overcome difficulties in their life, and books about seeing the best in people.

Most People by Michael Leannah- An introduction to the theme that most people want to do good

A Weed is a Flower by Aliki- The story of George Washington Carver

A Vision of Beauty by Kathryn Lasky- One woman’s determination to build a better life for herself and her people

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier- The story of Rosa Parks

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome- The life of Harriet Tubman

Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier- The life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have A Dream-Martin Luther KIng Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson-Text from the speech

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell- A story about the power of empathy and compassion

Roberto Clemente by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Raul Colon- A boy from Puerto Rico becomes one of the most admired baseball players of all time

Fifty Cents and a Dream by Jabari Asim, illustrated by Bryan Collier- The life of Booker T. Washington

A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz- A beautiful book about how a boy who overcomes a speech difficulty to advocate for animals

A Girl Named Helen Keller by Margo Lundell-The amazing story of Helen Keller

One Hen by Katie Smith Milway- An amazing story of how a community was changed by one boys diligence and stewardship of his resources

Abraham Lincoln by by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire- A poor boy becomes a famous president

We’d love to know - what books have infused your family with courage, and inspired more compassion?

Check out our new Mountain Guide for around the world preschool learning!

Check out our new Mountain Guide for around the world preschool learning!

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The Mountain Guide


We’ve got a new guide here at The Peaceful Press and we are excited to share it with you. In the midst of the cold days of winter, we are studying the beautiful mountain ranges of the world, and combining this study with engaging books, fun activities for developing motor skills, and yummy bread recipes from around the world.

We found some amazing books that celebrate mountain cultures and geography from around the world to include in this study. Some of them include information about other faiths and festivals, which opens up a sweet opportunity to share our own beliefs with our children. You can click to see more information about the books and shop them on Amazon, or look for them at your local library.

Let’s Explore Mountains: Lonely Planet Kids by Christina Webb

The Rocky Mountains by Marion Dane Bauer

Two Bear Cubs by Robert D. San Souci

Nuptse and Lhotse Go to the Rockies by Jocey Asnong

Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

Mountains of the World by Dieter Braun

Owls by Gail Gibbons

A Day on the Mountains by Kevin Kurtz

Where is Machu Pichu by Megan Stine

A is for Alpacas by Sue Carolane

Up and Down the Andes by Laurie Krebs

Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown

Explore My World: Snow Leopards by Jill Esbaum

Chandra’s Magic Light by Theresa Hein

Namaste by Diana Cohn

I See the Sun in Nepal by Dedie KIng

We include bread recipes from each of the mountain regions, and a few engaging crafts to help your children remember what they have learned.

Mountain Garland

Gurung Bread

Mountain Height Comparison

Mountain Map Work

Fizzing Volcano Diorama

Even my 10 year old son was engaged with the books in this study, and we think your budding readers will love the word blending activities and extra phonics practice.

The winter months can seem to drag on, but adding in interest led studies can help your children renew their love for learning, and keep developing the skills they need to excel in school and life while making meaningful connections with the most important people in their world.

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Planning Your Best Year


This is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I love Christmas, with all the cozy cuddles, and happy surprises, but as soon as it is over, I am eagerly dreaming and planning for the new year. I use several questions to help me formulate goals, and I keep any goals that I do set, closely aligned with my personal essentials and our family essentials.

This book can help you understand what Essentialism means.

Download our free Family Vision Planner to help you develop your family essentials.

Our family essentials include things like travel, quiet time, debt free living, togetherness, and helping others. We developed these essentials by simply writing a list of things we loved to do. When we saw that a common thread on that list was spending time outside, traveling, and developing our spiritual life, it was easy to develop our family essentials. Having our family vision and essentials written down, helps us make reasonable goals for the year.

Before we start writing goals down, we also brainstorm what we want to try, read, learn, and see over the course of the coming year. Using a brainstorming worksheet as a family helps us to see where our interests lie before we start setting goals. This worksheet is a part of our updated 2019 planner.


Once we have filled out the dream building worksheet, then we move on to actual goal setting. Our planner includes a monthly goal setting worksheet in 6 areas; home, school, spiritual, work, giving, and relational.

Home-This might be goals for better home care habits, simplifying belongings, or even learning a new skill such as bread making or gardening.

School-This is for making goals for skills to learn, or projects to do over the course of the month. Memorizing poetry, learning math facts, or accomplishing a new project could all make this list.

Spiritual- I will often make a goal for devotional literature reading, fasting, or other spiritual practices for this category.

Work-This category might include work for income, or work for fun tasks. This category could also be thought of as “parental personal development” or mother culture.

Giving-You can use this category to write goals for giving to those outside the family or even to yourself or your children. This could involve non tangibles like phone calls to a friend, or meal delivery to a new mama, or it could be a goal to give to a favorite charity.

Relational-These are goals I make for building relationships. Things like eye contact, date nights, or gentle responses might make this category. This category can also include books to read to improve my self awareness and thus my ability to love others well.


After I have filled in the categories, I will also take time to check in with the yearly goals we made at the beginning of the school year, and I’ll look at our calendar and weekly planning sheets (included in The Peaceful Press Planner) to see if I’ve overscheduled us, and therefore crowded out the time needed for our essentials.

Making space for a little quiet planning time before we dive back into school is a valuable investment for creating a life that is sustainable and peaceful.

If the joy has gone out of homeschooling for you, check out our parent guides. They are designed to require a minimum of parent planning and to create an atmosphere of joyful connection.

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Christmas Shopping on a Budget


"Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read."

I love Christmas. What I don't love however, is getting into debt, buying stuff we don't need, and neglecting the poor. The desire to live within our means so that we can be free to give defines our Christmas gift giving.

I want Christmas to feel extravagant for our children, but I don't want to spend extravagantly. With this goal in mind, there are a few strategies that I use each Christmas.


Keep Expectations Low- Every year I tell the children that it will be a small Christmas and they won't receive many gifts. I do spend a morning asking them what they would like for Christmas and writing it down, I love hearing what they are dreaming of, but I make it clear that they will not get everything on their list.

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Use A Formula- I love the phrase, "Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read".  It has been attributed to Ann Voskamp and is a very good guideline for me on gift purchasing. With seven children, I need a framework to keep the gift purchasing simple.

Start Early- Throughout the year, I am constantly on the lookout for good books at thrift stores. These are stored in my closet where I will then divide them up between the children for their Christmas gifts. There is nothing quite like a new book, with a holiday to enjoy reading it. This is a good principle for all gift giving, while being careful not to overbuy or overspend.

Wrap Everything- I use Christmas as an opportunity to give my children things that they already need. I may spend a little extra to get day of the week undies, or a bamboo toothbrush, but even necessities should not be taken for granted, and giving them as gifts helps my children recognize that fact.

Keep Relationship as the Priority- Throughout the holiday season we try to keep relationships at the forefront. Making time to read through an advent devotional, sing songs, build a puzzle, and reach out to the needy are what the holiday should be defined by. If all my time is spent shopping, the memories will be bitter for everyone.

Christmas can be a wonderful time, free of debt and stress, it just might take a little more thought and planning.

For more ideas for a simple, thoughtful Christmas, check out the Wild and Free homeschool bundles. The December subscription, Yule is full of beautiful ideas for Christmas celebrations with your children. I’ll be speaking at their conference in Frisco this February, I’d love to see you there!

If you need some help to define a budget, and create a more simple Christmas, check out my course, Bountiful Homeschooling on a Budget. 

If you are searching for a fresh guide to homeschooling your children in the new year, check out our parent guides. We have year long, and month long resources to bring joy, connection, and learning into your home.

Here at The Peaceful Press, we’ve created a heartwarming Christmas Guide. We include nature based crafts, recipes, favorite story suggestions, phonics and counting activities, games, and fine motor activities to make this your best Christmas ever. Click the link below for more information.

The Christmas Guide


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