A few years ago, at the dinner table, I told my son, who was nearly six at the time, about a week-long day camp. I thought he would love it—he would get to take apart an appliance and make it into a brand new invention—something he already loves to do with his grandfather on a [...]More
Welcome to the Summer 2013 edition of Rhythm of the Home.
For many of us, the summer season is one of the most magical times of the year. As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, we naturally gravitate towards the outdoors. Long days are spent reading under a tree, splashing around in a pool, pond, or stream, and dinner can often be found growing in our gardens. Here at Rhythm of the Home, summer is a season of reflection, transformation, and creativity. This is the season to get our hands dirty, and to enjoy every moment we can with our family and friends.
It is hard to believe that we are now 14 editions into Rhythm of the Home, and that we are blessed to have so many amazing writers, artisits, creators and parents joining us once again. When we first began ROTH, we never envisioned having so much goodness within its pages, and we are excited to see where the future continues to take us. We hope that you will grab a cold glass of cherry lemonade as you make your way through the Summer 2013 edition of Rhythm of the Home.
Of course, don't forget to head over to the blog for our seasonal giveaway. Many of our contributors have fantastic items that you will not want to miss!
Kids crave rhythm and I, personally, often crave order. With children in the younger years, I’ve come to accept the fact that our home is well lived in and doesn’t need to be that model, everything-in-its-place home. Ours is a lived-in and well-loved-in home. In the same sense, we try to keep rhythm and order [...]
The season of green is upon us. No longer can I see our neighbors’ homes, the trees have grown back their clothes, and gardens are filled with kales and collards, spinach, and romaine. Yes, the season of green is here! And while I do love the surplus of fresh greens, especially after a winter without [...]
I remember this vase in my grandmother’s house. It sat in the glow cast by the light on her bedside table. I marveled at the swirled colors, trying to imagine how they might have been created. The story of the vase, as I recall, goes back nearly six decades to my father’s childhood. For some [...]More
After a long cozy season indoors it’s hard to peel my youngest back outside. Sure, he’ll bat a few balls, race his brother across the fresh cut lawn, or he’ll pedal around until he topples. But all of this is always until he can go back inside. He prefers the cozy indoor environment and I [...]
This beautiful ladybug can be a bright addition to your summer nature table. Sewn or glued to an accessory, she makes a lovely summer gift. And if you string a thread through her body you can also use her as a prop in one of your summer stories. Materials Red wool (walnut sized) Black or [...]
A family tradition that has grown to be a favorite in our house is the family reading party. Once or twice a month the boys and I gather together on the bed, the sofa, the floor, or a comfy chair and do nothing for the entire day but read. The reading party is always a [...]More
Sourdough is a special kind of kitchen magic. You put some flour and water on your countertop and wait. While you’re waiting, naturally occurring yeast and bacteria find their way and bam! your flour and water goes sour. And while those yeast and bacteria do their thing, you can check it out with your little [...]
Celebrating the season’s festivals is one of the most beautiful aspects to early childhood education, and a favorite with children as well. Here are some of the season’s many festivals, and a few resources to help make each a cherished tradition for years to come. :::::::::::: Summer Solstice :: June 21st. The summer solstice is the [...]
It was a hot, hot day. Heat radiated from the ground as I scanned through the prickly vines for the plumpest, ripest blackberries. The air was thick and still, my blackberry bucket was heavy on my arm, and the bees buzzed out from the stack of hives beside me, nuzzled up to the blackberry blossoms [...]More
Here at Rhythm of the Home, we count ourselves lucky to have had so many contributors stay with us through multiple editions. Liz Sniegocki is one of those amazing women who have joined us for almost every edition we have put out, and today we get a chance to sit down with Liz and talk [...]
With each edition, Rhythm of the Home gathers together a collection of books that are perfect for the season. As summer days allow us to find a shady spot, a good book, and an afternoon of getting lost in a favorite story, we hope that you will enjoy this gathering of wonderful reading material for [...]