Revisiting “Little House” and dress-up

During this global pandemic and our current nation-wide Covid-19 lockdown, we have enjoyed having our son, his wife and our gorgeous two little granddaughters come live with us on the farm.

Emma (5) and Kara (3)  have enjoyed spending time playing with me and I have found myself reliving my early homeschool and parenting days as we played with my daughter’s old toys and dress-up clothes that we took out of storage.

Currently, we are also enjoying watching the “Little House on the Prairies”  DVD series.  These stories are beautifully portrayed and moms and dads are also encouraged by the wonderful values and skills taught by Charles and Caroline Wilder to their children.

My daughter Lara when she was 6 years old

My little grandies, Emma and Kara love wearing their bonnets and calico aprons that I sewed for my three daughters over 15 years ago.  These simple dress-up clothes have served my children for years and they were adapted to suit many themes and eras in the stories I read aloud.

All my girls needed to act out scenes from stories in our living books were a long skirt, an apron and a bonnet.  They have happily played and re-enacted scenes from the Little House books as well as Anne of Green Gables, Little Princess, What Katie Did,  The Secret GardenPollyannaand Jane Austen stories!  I even made my younger daughter boned corsets for their dressing up.

I have shared several posts on encouraging your children’s freedom to play ~

Here are some of my Little House blog posts ~

Give your children something innocent and inspiring to focus on and act out.  They need the freedom to play and be creative.  Read aloud to them and then give them the time to be free to play.

Here’s wishing you and your family safe and happy moments in this unprecedented time.

Blessings, Nadene

Beautiful Girlhood Ideals

I read Beautiful Girlhood by Karen Andreola to my pre-teen daughter every night.  (Read my review of this wonderful book in my Book List Pages.)

We are discussing the chapter on Ideals and I was touched and challenged by the picture of this “beautiful woman” described here.

During my quiet time I drew this picture for the girls ~

In this modern age there are sadly very few virtuous role models for our daughters, (especially not among the youth!)

As I read the qualities of these “ideals”, I realized that we need contemporary Christian women who are an inspiration and an ideal for young women.

I am grateful for those beautiful Christian women who stand apart for the Lord and by their quiet, unobtrusive humility and grace, and call us to a Godly standard.

I have prayerfully sought the Lord for His grace and strength to upgrade my life before my young daughters.

I want to be their inspiration and their role model.

You may download this picture to encourage others ~ Beautiful Ideals


What I admire most in homeschool families

Over the years of homeschooling,

we have met many wonderful Christian homeschooling families and

these are the qualities that inspire me,

that confirm our own deep convictions,

that affirm our choices,

that strengthen our vision,

that uphold our decision that homeschooling is what the Lord wants for us as a family …

I jotted these ideas down without rank or importance …

… just as they came to mind …

… each idea could be a post in its own right (maybe I should write a series?) …

… ideas that are ideals … which form the basis of an ongoing vision in our home …

… and, no,

this is not all happening in our family …

… yet …

  1. Family unity – time praying, worshiping and learning together, reading, working, relaxing together
  2. Christian character – children who know the Word and have devotions as a daily lifestyle, who express the love of God to the lost
  3. Sing hymns, spiritual songs and psalms – children who love to sing at home
  4. Many play musical instruments
  5. Ministry and spiritual gifting – expressed in local fellowships and churches
  6. Common vision – families often can describe their vision and purpose
  7. Good habits – trained consistently and diligently
  8. Polite – trained to speak and keep quiet when appropriate
  9. Respectful – addressing others with dignity and self-respect
  10. Submissive – children who repent and apologize when disciplined
  11. Work at maintaining and growing relationships – no getting away with poor relationships – it has to work here at home
  12. Work from home – apprenticeship with parents, mentors disciplining their adolescents into occupations at home
  13. Entrepeneur skills developed – from young children can make and sell products, develop creative/ artistic and practical skills, learn to work for money/ trade
  14. Homesteading and home-making skills, capable and responsible workers, young women who are growing as keepers of home and hearth
  15. Young men with vision and purpose – growing up to take responsiblity and accountability in the home, as heads of families
  16. Boys valued for their skills – in DIY, repairs, inventions
  17. Adolescents growing up with parents as role models and not being impressed with peers/ the teen scene
  18. Simplicity – often financially ‘poor’ families have a wealthy lifestyle, yet they are not materialistic
  19. Sibling affection – older children playing with younger siblings, assisting in them with chores and dressing or bathing etc.
  20. Grace towards others – speaking respectfully, forgiving each other, apologizing quickly
  21. Compassion for  others – especially for people who are weaker, physically challenged, handicapped, the elderly
  22. Families that enjoy 3 generations – often including grandparents and family members in homeschooling moments
  23. Sympathy and empathy for each other – families that show feelings for the other person
  24. Affection – hugs, kisses, family endearments, giving love in all the various love languages (gifts of service/ time/ physical affection/ words of affirmation/ love gifts)
  25. Good general knowledge – have wide and diverse interests
  26. Wide range of interests – enjoying diverse subjects and topics of interest
  27. Involved in hobbies – creative, inventive, passionate hobbyists
  28. Enjoyment of classics in music, stories, films
  29. Love books and reading – often found cuddled together listening to or reading books
  30. Excellent vocabulary – from young, listening to excellent literature generates amazing vocabulary
  31. Well-spoken and articulate children – who express themselves with clarity and confidence
  32. Own opinions – well-thought out ideas, perceptions and convictions gathered through extensive reading, listening and discussions with adults and siblings
  33. Individuals – children that dress differently and act according to their own convictions
  34. Conservative – families that respect God’s authority and the authorities He mandates on earth
  35. Modest – young women who dress demurely, feminine, without sexual attraction
  36. Chaste – modest in dress, conduct, and behaviour
  37. Not dating – families that protect their young adults from heartbreak and superficial soul-ties
  38. Appropriate relationships with opposite sexes, behaving with maturity and sensitivity in dress, language and behaviour
  39. Children that play creative innocent games
  40. Children who play games inspired by classic literature
  41. Children who can play with NOTHING – inventors and creators with words, ideas, imagination
  42. Lovers of nature – inquisitive, making detailed observations, interested, passionate about life around them
  43. Young conservationists – record, petition and persuade others to care for the environment
  44. Fun times – play family games
  45. Celebrate family occasions – festive times, family traditions
  46. Enjoy picnics – simple outdoor meals,
  47. Special meals – birthdays, graduations, celebrations where everyone contributes to the evening meal
  48. Make moments matter – notice and celebrate every day as a gift, every achievement as a joy
  49. Hospitable – serving and enjoying visitors
  50. Sharing the learning journey with public schooled friends – who love the freedom and fulfilling aspects of homeschool
  51. Adventures and the unusual spontaneous intruding and yet complementing the days
  52. Travelling and learning –  everywhere, everyone and everything is part of the curriculum
  53. … more coming …

Every time I come back to this draft, I add some more values and ideas to this growing list.  If I wait till I think of everything, I will never publish this post!

So, I acknowledge this list is a work in progress … in writing and in applying …

…  we are focusing on some of these today, and other values will need periodic review …

What can you add to this list?

  • Good habits – trained consistently and diligently
  • Polite – trained to speak and keep quiet when appropriate
  • Respectful – addressing others with dignity and self-respect
  • Submissive – children who repent and appologize when disciplined