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    Of Mother Culture & Creativity

    “Mother Culture” — I’m sure you’ve heard of it. The beautiful Charlotte Mason principle that even as mamas we are still worthy of self-care and value. But more than that, it is a declaration that to be the best mothers we can be, then we absolutely must pursue our own quiet, our own rest, and our own enrichment. As moms, it can be so easy to prioritize our kids and their needs, our home and its needs, our family and their needs… all the while forgetting to acknowledge we are human and also have legitimate needs for rest, beauty, friendship, and the exploration of our own talents. If we would…

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    Easy Magnetic Matching Activity for Preschoolers

    Hey, friends. Here’s one of my go-to activities that we use with almost every unit study for our preschoolers. It’s so easy to set up and the pay off is hours (yes!) of kids playing and learning independently! Materials • Metal cookie sheet (this one was $1 at Walmart) • Printable — print 2 copies (Pictured here is my Autumn Leaves poster) • Laminator (optional, but it will help your homemade magnets last longer) • Cardstock • Magnetic tape • Scissors Instructions Print two copies of whatever printable you will use. I prefer to use poster-style printables for this activity, but honestly you could get creative and use just about…

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    Autumn Leaves Unit Study

    Why hello, October — this week we’re studying Autumn Leaves! Our maple tree are just barely beginning to turn from green to gold, but a few neighboring trees are tinged with crimson. The kids have been asking why it gets dark so much earlier now, why the leaves are falling, and why we can’t have a sprinkler on in the yard anymore — so it’s the perfect teachable moment (season??) to focus on All Things Autumn. We’re continuing through Gentle + Classical Preschool Level 1, but I’ve taken a different approach with our unit study this time around. Rather than continue sequentially, we’re skipping ahead to Unit 14: Tree Anatomy…

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    Honey Bee Unit Study

    Studying bees has been my kids’ all time favorite unit to date. From repeated renditions of The Birth of a Bee (complete with plush blankie “cocoon”) to sampling honeycomb to melting down crayons and beeswax for homemade modeling clay — it’s been a busy, buzzy couple of weeks for our Honey Bee Unit Study!

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    Watercolor Oregon Alphabet

    Friends, it’s finally here!! The Oregon Alphabet featuring 26 of my original watercolor illustrations is finally complete! It’s been my biggest project to date. 26 letter sounds to illustrate is a lot of drawing, painting, scanning, and editing! The beaver took three tries 🙈 While I originally started this project hoping to make a Pacific Northwest Alphabet … I eventually saw it come together as a celebration of the state I call home: Oregon. I’m so pleased with the final result! These little painted sketches aren’t perfect, but I like their quirky style — and I hope you will, too! Now that the artwork and first set of flashcards are…

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    Amazon Rainforest Fundraiser

    In response to the heartbreaking news about the excessive forest fires in the Amazon Rainforest, Green Urban Mama is raising funds to donate to the assistance of animals affected by the blaze. Two new original watercolor paintings are now available for purchase as digital downloads from the shop. 100% of proceeds from these paintings will be donated to Rainforest Alliance. From now through the end of September, 20% of all sales at Green Urban Mama will be donated to the Rainforest Alliance. How You Can Help Purchase a Poster: Jaguar or Amazon Parrot Join my GoFundMe Donate Directly Learn more about Rainforest Alliance at their website Rainforest Alliance.

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    Elementary Learning Bundle

    Intentional Bundles presents the Elementary Learning Bundle! For a limited time only, grab this fantastic collection of high quality materials by creators such as Green Urban Mama, Steph Hathaway Designs, Twig & Moth, and many more! Available from 5pm PST August 18-24th — over $250 worth of materials for only $25!

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    Butterfly Unit Study

    “Putter-whys” (as my 2 year old calls them) have been the central theme in our homeschool preschool for the past several weeks. Despite having my kids tell me they were “tired of butterflies,” we’ve actually had a colorful, enjoyable experience studying these pretty creatures! Read on to learn more about the curriculum, resources, books, and activities we used for this Montessori inspired unit study following the outline of Gentle + Classical Preschool. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. Please see disclosures for more info. Butterfly Unit Study Resources Our Gentle + Classical Memory Board for the Butterfly Unit Life, Abundantly Blog Gentle Classical Preschool Level 1 Preschool…

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    Butterfly Color Sorting

    With three very small children, “sweet and simple” is my motto for any activity. This precious little butterfly color sorting activity is just the ticket! This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosures here. We are working through a preschool unit study on Butterflies with Gentle + Classical Preschool. It’s a super fun unit with so much potential for fun projects and activities. What’s not to love about butterflies?? To offer my kids a little practice sorting colors while looking at the gorgeous diversity of butterflies from across the globe, I set up this sweet and simple butterfly sorting activity. Since we are also introducing primary colors…

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