Tiny-Advent-Page-Banner-Feather

autumn edibles + life learning

tp-chai-pumpkin-lattes

There's a lot of pressure on young children to learn how to read and write; it seems as though this expectation is now in stride with learning how to tie your shoelaces. Just today I heard from a mom whose five year old brought home worksheets to fill out as homework. For kindergarten. Homework. As home learners, we have the freedom to allow our children to pick up reading when they are ready. We've exposed them to countless bedtime read-alouds, morning story times, letter sound exploration (SOUNS) and a home rich in word - read, written, spoken, sung. Admittedly, it was nerve-wracking at times...

Read more...

october days

tp-snack-clay-cards

cozy reading clay animal play Reading practice is more grown up when you're reading to a smaller one... A little corner of our home... Cosmic Kids Yoga is a fave. Baking pumpkin pies. Knitting stash. The kids call it "the best homeschool co-op ever". Gorgeous new map book! Waldorf human and animals study. Tidying. Mid-morning snack. Bringing the outdoors in for some free arrangements. Cleaning beeswax block crayons is easy with some olive oil and a cloth or paper towel.

Read more...

elderberry bubbly

tp-elderberry-shrub-strain

Carrying on with our new found love for shrubs (seriously considering a soda stream for sparkling water), we decided to try making an elderberry shrub syrup. A couple (tiny) folks in our home are not huge fans of elderberry flavour, but if you like elderberry you'll enjoy this drink. We ended up blending some elderberry with some grape for a happy compromise and some immune boosting power in our fizzy grape drinks! To make your own elderberry shrub: // Simmer 1/3 cup dried elderberries in 1.5 cups of water for 30-40 minutes or so (however you would normally make elderberry syrup in your...

Read more...

outdoor classroom

tp-outdoor-classroom-finger-knitting

Fall has been so good to us, clasping the hand of summer and not letting go quite yet. The air is fall fresh, yet not biting. The leaves are underfoot and crunching. The birds and squirrels are about, preparing. And we're out with them. Learning. Playing. Creating. Dreaming. What's in our outdoor classroom wagon? // yarn + knitting needles for the older two and myself (the youngest finger knits) // boiled water in a thermos, mugs, tea bags // snacks // sketch books for nature illustrations // story book to read aloud, chapter books for quiet reading // basketballs for playing...

Read more...

shrub it off

tp-grape-shrub

Harvest season is probably my favourite time of year - the one where we fall back into familiar rhythms, breathe in the crisp air as we bring in the last of nature's garden offerings. Chard, kale, borage and basil to dehydrate for green powder and pestos. Squash for baking and soups. Grapes to freeze and flavour kombucha, which gives an amazing welch's grape burst. Honestly, though, I actually had never quite found a simple way (I almost always take the path to least resistance when preserving) to process grapes that makes me swoon. Until this week when I discovered shrubs. Shrubs are light...

Read more...

DIY Playhouse Project // Back on track

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-2-23-03-pm

Things slowed down quite a lot this summer as we were either busy in the garden, splashing in the kiddie pool or on a sweet summer adventure. The kids are back in action and reinvigorated to work on their project. We were all re-inspired by this video! The other day they scored some aluminum roofing for $22 after weeks of hunting online for free roofing materials with no luck. A trip to grandpa's work to use the angle grinder is in the works, to cut the panels to size. In the meantime, they've started on framing the roof. Loads of sketching, block model building, measuring and sketch-up...

Read more...

13 times around the sun

tp-bre-teen-cake-smiles

Aaand just like that, another teenager in our home! One who knows what she loves - animals, crafting, music and cooking to name a few. It's a joy to spend time with her learning about animals, taking on DIY projects, singing along to favorite songs and whipping up meals in the kitchen.

Read more...

late summer harvest

tp-borage-flowers

embracing the abundance of nature found in our gardens and gardens of friends... borage water for simple syrup // wood sorrel water for simple syrup // green bean harvest & french cutting beans // dehydrating garden herbs // crushing borage leaves // sage, thyme & hyssop infused honey // garden plum fruit leather

Read more...

Back in July…

TP july garden hollyhocks apples

This post was originally called Lately in July... well, it's now time for a Lately in August! Such is life.   Garden love (apples, hollyhocks, beans, borage, romance cherries) - family reunions with vinarterta and crokinole - fire station days... plus markets, a bee workshop, beach days, time with friends, and more. July was good to us.

Read more...

Beekeeping for Kids workshop

TP BPA Observation Hive

On July 21st, 25 little bee ambassadors gathered together to learn about honeybees from local beekeepers Chris & Lindsay Kirouac of Beeproject Apiaries. They participated in a honey extraction, suited up in beekeeping gear, checked out a demonstration hive, and made some bee friendly crafts with Tiny Peasant. These kids were amazing! They came curious and ready to learn and have fun. It was really a blast to host them for the morning and we're looking forward to the next workshop! If you missed the workshop or are just interested in bees, you can get the bee house tutorial that I wrote...

Read more...