Monday: Why are you taking the Flats and Handwashing Challenge?

Today is the first day of the flats and handwashing diaper challenge hosted by Cloth Diaper Revival. 

I think most of you know by now that I love cloth diapers. Last year we did the flats and handwashing challenge while doing a thousand mile road trip. It was REALLY a challenge. This year I’m hoping to see what a normal daily routine might look like when handwashing.


We use flats and covers on a regular basis, so that bit isn’t much of a challenge. They’re easy, especially since I usually pad fold these days, they’re effective, and they’re a system I can use and only use natural fibers. (Last year we used bamboo flats, this year we’re mostly using hemp). 


I’ve also voluntarily handwashed last year and while camping before, so that part isn’t new either, but this is the first time I’ll be handwashing at home where the lure of the washer is ever present. Let the challenge begin!

Rowan Forge Year 1.5 Fall Term Homeschool Plan

If you missed the Year 1.5 Summer Term post, check it out for some background on how we homeschool.

Fall will be the beginning of our academic subjects. I decided to keep a slower pace this first year, and wait for a foreign language or any other additional subjects until next year. History, Geography, Math and English will be the only subjects we do every day. Everything else in on a weekly or ad hoc looping basis.

A lot of these resources are available online for free. I linked to hard copies because I dislike digital books, especially when reading Charlotte Mason style.

Fall Term (September, October, November)

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Rowan Forge Nursery School Summer Term

We’ve got a whole lot of things going on, and some big changes on the way. During this time, it’s especially important to keep on rhythm with Kai. She doesn’t understand exactly what is happening or why and she doesn’t have enough words to express her discontent at all this change. I hate change, too, kiddo, so I know how you feel (even if I don’t hate this change. I’m challenged by it, and maybe even overwhelmed a bit, but I’m also looking forward to having Kit with us for the year).


I’m also trying to expand our outside time. I recently started reading Charlotte Mason’s own works, instead of what others have written about her method and even with all the encouragement Waldorf has given us to go outside, CM has inspired me to do more. Right now we spend 2-3 hours outside a day, and apparently everyone is getting into the outside game, even WHO declared kids should be outside for at least 3 hours a day this week. Continue reading

Rowan Forge Summer Term Plan for Year 1.5

We’ve been a little crazy around here as of late. Lots of changes, lots of rebalancing and rethinking, lots of preparation.

I handle that with excessive planning, back up planning and excel sheets. Thus, I planned out our homeschooling year while sitting around waiting in offices and cars.


This our summer plan crafted around Kit, a six going on seven year old who is a weak reader and Kai, a hyper almost two year old. I’m going to post the rest of the year as well. It’s an eclectic plan, mostly based around Charlotte Mason style short lessons. Our history cycle is a hybrid CM/Classical style, there is some Waldorf influence in the areas of pre-writing, handwork, and art, a lot of Reggio play based ideas, and probably some stuff that’s just me. I pulled from lots of programs, curriculum, and Instagram ideas, all listed at the end of the spring term post. Continue reading