June Holidays and Fun Days

June Holidays and Fun Days at The Happy Housewife

by contributing writer Stef

Whether you’re throwing end-of-the-year homeschool parties, hitting the pool, or pressing through the summer on schedule, set aside some quality time to enjoy a few fun days.

June happens to be one of the lighter months without many holidays, so carve out some memory making opportunities! Turn on the sprinklers, make homemade ice-cream, picnic outside, watch the sun set, and catch some fireflies!

June Holidays and Fun Days

June 4 – Applesauce Cake Day

June 12 – National Doughnut Day (2nd Friday)

Try a few recipes from The Happy Housewife:

June 14 – Flag Day

How is flag day different than July 4th?  Flag Day is the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official US flag in 1777.

June 18 – International Picnic Day

Go for a picnic and remember to pack some kid essentials like sun block, bug jar, zip lock bags (for treasures), binoculars (bird watching), and wipes. You might also like these ideas:

June 21 – Father’s Day (3rd Sunday)

Nothing says “Happy Father’s Day” in our home quite like barbecue brisket. The dad in your home  might not be a fan of brisket, so get with your kids and plan some of dad’s favorite meals.  Forget the tie and have fun cooking together for the special dad in your home.  Don’t forget to call a father-in-law or another special dad who made an impact on your life!

June 21 – Summer Begins

Here are some great ideas for you and your family this summer:

Enjoy summer crafts from The Happy Housewife Pinterest Boards!

June 25 – Eric Carle’s Birthday

Whatever you’re doing this June, enjoy the moments to the fullest!

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Lessons Learned from Gardening

By contributing writer Tabitha

Spring is in the air! The world warms up, and everyone starts thinking about…gardening! Well, actually, allergies, but gardening is a close second.

Lessons Learned from Gardening at The Happy Housewife

It’s worth doing

Recently, I was with a group of women learning about sprouts for nutritional purposes. One thing the expert said really stuck with me. She said, “I know you’ve heard it said that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. I’m here to say, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing.” She went on to explain how it’s great to do something often to learn what’s best for you and how to make it work, and even the effort is teaching you something.

What went through my mind was,

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth making mistakes, making messes, and starting over.”

This totally applies to gardening. We’ve planted gardens in Ohio, Texas, and now Missouri. Before that we were still thinking, well, if it’s worth doing, we probably should do it right. This led to us not doing it at all in many places we’ve lived.

The years we have had a garden, we’ve learned tremendously from them. We’ve learned what to grow and what not to grow, how to prevent pests, and what we really like. We’ve learned things NOT to do again. We’ve learned what the kids can help with, and what’s better to do ourselves. We’ve learned that sometimes it’s good to get anything at all from a garden!

We’ve tried buying plants and growing from seeds. We’ve even started seeds indoors, and those turned out both good and bad!

Just like homeschooling

Overall, we agree that gardening is worth doing. We’ve made messes and mistakes, and we are thankful we can start over every year!

Just like homeschooling and parenting and life!

I know homeschooling is worth doing for my family. We’ve learned so much. Some years, though, I’m thankful it’s time to drop everything, take a break, and start fresh with a new school year.

We make mistakes and  try something new. We make messes daily and learn from cleaning them up! We learn together.

While I know we’re improving every year, we’re definitely not at anything near perfection. Of course, doing it “right” could be different for every family. But every year we do more things right!

Lessons Learned from Gardening at The Happy Housewife

Our oldest son, and one of the jars of pickle relish we made last summer.

This past year was the first year we had enough produce from our garden that we needed to preserve some of it! We made pickles, relish, canned tomatoes and salsa… so happy!

This is also the first year that we have a graduate! We declare that we have finished this portion of our homeschooling journey and that our oldest son has gone as far with us as his primary teachers as he possibly can.

Both of them are results of hard work, lots of experimentation, lots of mistakes and mess making, and I’m so proud.

Here’s to many more years of gardening. Here’s to many more years of homeschooling (the youngest is 1 year old!). Here’s to many more years of learning!

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Composting with Kids

By contributing writer Colleen

It finally feels like spring is here, and I love getting outside to work with my kids in our yard. I want them to feel connected to their world, and gardening, planting, pruning, and playing outside all help them relate to nature, and in turn, want to protect the environment.

It becomes more about being good stewards of the world they’ve been given, rather than something they should do just because people say they should.

A few years ago, we started a compost pile to show them ways we could reduce and recycle waste. Composting with the kids was great fun and super easy to do with little ones.

Composting with Kids at The Happy Housewife

What is composting?

Compost is a nutrient-rich soil that is created when organic materials like leaves, grass clippings, and food scraps are allowed to decompose naturally.

By creating a composting bin in your yard, you’re trapping beneficial microorganisms within the pile of organic materials, and speeding up the process of decomposition. You’re left with a dark brown, crumbly soil that smells like a forest floor. It’s amazingly nutritious for your garden and house plants.

Why compost?

There are many reasons to compost with your kids. Here are a few:

  • Organic waste (fruit peels, egg shells, grass clippings, vegetable scraps, etc.) makes up more than 30% of the trash that ends up in our landfill.
  • Plants are healthier and hardier when you grow them from soil rich in composted nutrients.
  • When you add moisture to compost-rich soil, it is retained better, making plants healthier.
  • Compost can make sandy soil usable.
  • Home composting is a great opportunity to teach kids about recycling and about the natural cycle of life.
  • It’s fun.

Composting with Kids at The Happy Housewife

How to compost

So, how do you do it? How do you and your kids build a compost pile in the yard?

  1. Choose a location: Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t really matter if your pile is in a sunny or shady spot. It’s the microorganisms at work that heat your pile up. It should, however, be at least two-feet away from any structures and in a well-drained spot.
  2. Decide on a pile or bin: Composting doesn’t require any special equipment. You can start a simple pile in your backyard or purchase a special bin for it. A bin keeps it contained and might make the decomposition process go faster, but either works.
  3. Load it up with materials: Fill your compost bin or pile with about 60% chopped up brown leaves and 40% grass clippings and food scraps. You don’t really need to chop everything up, but it will speed the process.
  4. Add water: As you build your pile, water from time to time. The microbes need moisture to survive – but not too much. Tell your child that you need to keep it as damp as a wrung-out sponge.
  5. Turn your pile: Once a day, use a shovel or pitchfork to turn your pile, breaking up clumps and infusing oxygen into the material so your microorganisms thrive. You’ll keep your compost healthier and it will work faster.

Are you ready to start your own compost pile? You and your kids will learn a lot and your garden will thank you.

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Garden Worksheets: Free Printables

By contributing writer Lauren

It’s my favorite time of year – time to plant the garden! Enjoy these garden-themed worksheets with your kiddos this Spring season.

Free printable garden-themed worksheets for 2nd graders from The Happy Housewife

Each of the worksheets in this 4-page set are written for second graders.

In this Garden Worksheet Set:

  • Garden Products – Solve the simple multiplication equations
  • Flower Fractions – Color the correct number of flowers using the given fractions
  • Parts of a Sentence: Subject – Identify whether the subject describes ‘who’ or ‘what'; complete the subject of each sentence
  • Find the Opposite! – Replace the word in each garden-themed sentence with its opposite
Garden Worksheets
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