Christmas Plants Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Christmas Plants Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Happy exploring!

Our Phenology Wheels: November

Here are our phenology wheels for November. I can’t quite believe that they are almost complete! This has been such a delightful project.

Rose sketched a fallen leaf, I sketched dried Ragwort that is plentiful in the meadow right now. We both chose to represent Stir up Sunday in the liturgical sections of our wheels.

Stir up Sunday is a much-loved day in our year. It’s the day that we make our Christmas cake and pudding.  It falls on the Sunday before Advent, and its name comes from the the collect for the day which begins “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people”



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Weather Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Weather Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Happy exploring!

My Calendar of Firsts: Week 47


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There is still lots of beautiful colour around this week, though it is beginning to fade, as so many of the trees have now lost their leaves. I found a huge hall of Oak Galls, which I collected in anticipation of dyeing some wool. I have no idea what I will knit with the wool, yet, but do let me know if you have any ideas. I did think perhaps some colour work mittens.

Happy exploring!

Never Be Within Doors…

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Never be within doors when you can rightly be without

~ Charlotte Mason

Vol 1: Home Education Part II Out of Door Life For The Children

Raising Funds To Support The Charlotte Mason Archives


Dear readers, I recently shared with you of my visits to the Armitt Library in Ambleside, the English Lake District, so that I could make available to you a PDF of the Nature Notebook of Monica Watson; a student at Miss Mason’s House of Education.

The library is responsible for the conservation of the archives from both Miss Mason herself, and the House of Education, and, as a charity, relies solely on donations to keep it open and functioning.

It is with this in mind that I share with you this rather unusual post for the Raising Little Shoots blog: I have been busy knitting some wee bonnets, which I am offering up for sale, the proceeds of which will go entirely to the Armitt Library and Museum.

I do hope that this would be pleasing to Miss Mason. She was a believer in the art of creating meaningful items with our own hands, and taught us to dress our children appropriately for the weather, so we could spend as much time out of doors as possible, so I do believe that she would somewhat approve!

Details are for each bonnet are below. Please do share this post with anyone who may be interested in supporting the Armitt Library and its work.


Meadow Orchid Bonnet ~ 0-3 Months, possibly up to 6 months. Dusky pink. 


Forget Me-Not Bonnet ~ 0-3 Months, possibly up to 6 months. Sky Blue.


Wild Angelica Bonnet ~ 1-2 years. Sea foam green/blue. *Sold*


Lichen Bonnet ~ 2-3 years, possibly up to 5 years. Deep forest green. *Sold*

A huge thank you to Martina for allowing me to use her lovely Maude Bonnet pattern to knit this lace beauty.

The bonnets are £24 each, payable via PayPal. Each one is hand-knit from soft, pure wool. Hand wash only. I have done my very best to represent the colours accurately. Please be aware that the colour may appear slightly different on your device.

Postage will cost £2:40 for 1st Class Signed For within the UK

£4.75 for International Standard (Approx 5-7 working days) to the US

Please contact me for rates to other countries.

If you are interested, please email me directly at:

Thank you for taking the time to read this post! The Armitt is very dear to my heart.

The Armitt Library and Museum Centre is a registered charity, number 1054762

You may donate here at the Armitt website: Armitt Donations


Lichen Week: Exploring Nature With Children

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This week in Exploring Nature With Children is ‘Lichen Week’.

Here are some helpful links to get you going:

Please note that lichens are a very delicate structures so should be collected responsibly.

Happy exploring!