Thanks to the Toymaker for the jack o lantern images.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Thanks to the Toymaker for the jack o lantern images.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
A few days ago I wandered the back streets of historic Philadelphia as I made my way to the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial. As I passed Saint Joseph Church, I saw this lovely statue in he historic cemetery.
It is so calming and peaceful. I just had to share it with those of you who are not following on Instagram.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
I have been back to full-time work for several months and am tired. My commute is long and I miss my kids, but I am trying to keep my focus on the good. The boys enjoy cyber school and are making friends at the learning center. (A huge relief since I wish we were still homeschooling with Oak Meadow. ) My time with the boys is purposeful. We are able to release our focus on finances. And my job is enjoyable. My thankful list is in fact much longer, but I will stop there.
It hit me this morning, however, that this blog has taken a backseat as I realized that yesterday was Michaelmas and I didn't get to commemorate it with my family or on the blog. So I've decided turn How the Sun Rose into more of a photo journal of my life, my family, my surroundings, and my thoughts. So sit back and enjoy.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Want to get started yourself? All you have to do is create a free account and explore by typing in your favorite hashtags. Some of mine include: nature, inspired, creative, travel, and museum.
FYI if you want to post photos to your instagram account, it can only be done with the app on a tablet, ipad, iphone, or smartphone.
Here are some of my favorite Instagram feeds (just click on the title):
Beneath the Rowan Tree - Living & homeschooling simply + creatively in Northern Ontario.
The New York Public Library - On a mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen communities.
Cat_in_France - Pacific NW transplant living on the Northwest coast of France on a farm called Rabbit Hill
Independence National Historical Park - Experience the site where the United States was born!
Taproot Magazine - Food. Farm. Family. Craft.
Faerie Magazine - A quarterly print magazine that celebrates the magical and extraordinary
You can follow me on Instagram as well at How the Sun Rose.
So join us and fee free to share your favorite Instagram feeds.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Yesterday was one of those days.
After a long commute home, I just wanted some down time with my kids so we went to a local farm and picked raspberries. It was so pleasant. There were just a few people out with us, the birds were singing - and eating berries- and my kids were happily helping. Sometimes it is the little things in life that recharge us the most, isn't it?
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Today, however, I just want to share a simple gathering of photos that I took while walking from the train station to work. Today I found the energy of the urban environment invigorating.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
If you want to catch an early jump on the celebration, head out to your local National Park for National Park Week (April 18-26). The parks will be free on April 18th and 19th. Do you already have a favorite National Park, be it natural or historical? Then join us at Find Your Park and share your meaningful moments at a National Park and see how other visitors connect to the parks.
Often visitors ask how I became a park ranger and my story is filled with gratitude toward two people: my dad and a park ranger I only met once. Three years after I graduated college, I came from Oregon to visit my parents who had moved to Pennsylvania a couple of years before. Knowing I enjoy history and historic structures, my parents took me to Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. I remember it as a cold December day and we visited the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Later in the afternoon, we signed up for a tour of the Dolly Todd and Bishop White houses. As it turned out, my mother, father, sister and myself were the only ones on the tour and we had the liberty to ask the ranger a barrage of questions. At the end of the tour, my dad, who was the most friendly and personable man, thanked the ranger and said, "My daughter studied history and really loves this stuff." The ranger replied, "You are welcome." and turned to me and explained that the very day was the last day the park was accepting seasonal applications for the next summer. Having memorized my resume from writing it many, many times, I went straight to the park headquarters, filled out an application, and four months later, the park hired me for my first park ranger position with the National Park Service.
By the time I returned to Philadelphia for my new job, the ranger who was so kind to mention the job opening had left for another park so I never got to meet him. I have been at Independence National Historical Park for almost two decades now and still love my job. Perhaps someday I will move on to another park and people will continue to ask me how I became a park ranger. My story will stay the same, but hopefully someday it will end with me telling Park Ranger Loren G. in person thank you for his role in helping me discover such a fulfilling career, interesting people, and amazing places. That is how I found my park.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
I have always been a nature lover. Some of my earliest memories take me back to hauling my stuffed bear 5 feet up in a tree feeling like my five year-old self had conquered great heights. Or a little later, when I was eight, we lived so far out in the country in eastern Washington, that we had an hour bus ride to school. Our trailer backed up to a creek and a mountain. There was a huge wheat field in front and mountains in the distance. It was wonderful! I had my own little island in the creek, and was freely allowed to explore for hours on end. Oh how I wish my sons had that kind of life, but, as of yet, it is not so. But that doesn't stop us. We hike, camp and geocache as a family often during which the teacher in me just can't help but pull in some observation and learning.
Charlotte Mason speaks so well to my nature-loving mama self:
“It is infinitely well worth the mother’s while to take some pains every day to secure, in the first place, that her children spend hours daily amongst rural and natural objects; and, in the second place, to infuse into them, or rather, to cherish in them, the love of investigation...Let them once get in touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight and habit through life..." (Volume 6)
"...when children are old enough to understand that science itself is in a sense sacred, and demands some sacrifice, all the common information they have been gathering until then, and the habits of observation they have acquired, will form an excellent ground work for a scientific education. In the meantime let them consider the lilies of the field and fowls of the air." (PNEU article, Dowton)
Do you also find it challenging to keep up nature studies during harsh winter weather? I found this excellent post at Simply Charlotte Mason that will help us both along: Nature Studies Ideas for Winter.
Now let's get out and brave the weather for sake of our littles.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
I am delighted to receive this particular book and cd to review. You see, when I was a child, my father shared with me stories of his time in Korea, Vietnam, and Japan as a U.S. Marine. He made these far-away people and places so real for me, telling me of the friends he made as well as the fights he fought for them. Several years ago, while I was working at the Liberty Bell Museum, I was speaking to a man with a group of children from South Korea. I mentioned that my dad had fought in Korea, and he turned to tell the children and immediately they began cheering. He explained to me that they teach their children to cherish their freedom and those who fought for it. It was such a blessing and honor to meet this group. I wonder if they learned the songs found in the book.
A special thank you to the Children’s Book Council for their contribution and support.
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Monday, January 12, 2015
For now, I want to share another aspect in my series on our foundations for home learning. Living Books. While we do not often use the term "living books" - unless you are utilizing the Charlotte Mason Method - we know what they are instinctively. They are the books that pull you in and involve more than just learning, they help you make an intellectual and emotional attachment to the subject, whether it be science, geography,history, or literature. As for children's books, they are often the ones we can read and enjoy as adults as well.
With two boys who often just want to get lessons over with so they can run outside or get their allotted video game time - *cringe* - living books often save the day. And I have found that a well-written, engaging book has the power to peak the interests of my child where I would have thought he would be bored. Case in point, for our Oak Meadow studies, my 9 year is reading Heidi, and much to my surprise, he enjoys it, although, he typically wants to read stories about boys.
For a great living books list, visit Simply Charlotte Mason, where books are listed according to grade and subject.