Many unschoolers are familiar with translating their life experiences into “educationese”.  In order to keep records we have to show that our children are learning even without a traditional curriculum.

But recently I have been finding more and more books that work the opposite way.  They take skills and insert them into activities you already do on a daily basis.

Carol J. Alexander has produced three books in this genre in her Lessons from the Homestead collection!

In her first two books, Carol combines aspects of homesteading with real-life learning opportunities.

    • Lessons from the Hen House includes over 50 ways to integrate math, science, language arts, and more through buying and raising chickens.
    • Lessons from the Seed Catalog shows how every aspect of gardening, from seed catalog to harvest, can provide a rich learning environment.

Building a Tree House

Learning from planning, measuring, and playing!

Carol’s newest ebook is called Lessons from the Tree House.

She graciously provided me a copy of this ebook to review.

We don’t plan on building a tree house in the near future- so what is the appeal of this book to us?

We can use the lessons in this book:

  • If we want to build more raised garden beds
  • When planning to fix the fence
  • In our nature studies

Overview of the Book

The book is divided into three sections.  Each part deals with one step of the process- planning, building, and enjoying your tree house.

Lessons in each section are not organized by type or subject.  They flow in an organic nature, the way ideas and lessons would from real life.

Suggestions include topics to research, projects to complete, Scripture to study, and locations to visit in order to learn about the many facets of each part of the process.

The e-book format makes it easy to print off pages.

There is a free grid page at the end of the book, along with a list of vocabulary words that you can explore with your kids.

The book runs just 17 pages, perfect for scanning and choosing activities without having to dig through pages of pictures and lesson plans!

Thoughts about Lessons from the Tree House

Lessons from the Tree House has been a great strewing tool for Raven, who is 11 years old.  She loves reading on my Nook and so I enticed her inner desire for a tree house with this book.

Looking over the lessons has given her some ideas for mini-projects she wants to accomplish this summer.

She liked the idea of studying the different trees in our area, and researching which trees are used to make lumber.

Her plans include adding a ladder to her favorite climbing tree, to make it easier to get in and out of (and to prevent any more concussions!).

Carol has created three fun, project-inspiring books in her Lessons from the Homestead series.

Whether you have chickens and tree houses or you just dream about them, these e-books will provide curious ideas for your kids to explore!

Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this e-book in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.



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Carol has allowed me to give away a copy of Lessons from the Tree House to one of my awesome readers!

Just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below!  Winner will be drawn in one week, on May 24th.

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9 Responses to Lessons from the Tree House

  1. Thank you, so much, Aadel for such a kind review. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it and it’s sparked some ideas in the creative mind of your daughter.

  2. TB and BlueCollarWorkman says:

    Pretty good review; my kids are taught in public school, but it sounds like the things from this book could be used with them, too!

    • Yes TB! These booklets are not just for homeschoolers. Any parent wanting to involve themselves in their child’s learning opportunities will find them beneficial. Thanks for stopping by :).

  3. Vivian says:

    Well we are in the proses of geting a ouse and part of the plan is building a tree house for the boys anda litle cottage loking house for the girls .

  4. Amber says:

    Oh very cool! I like this idea, taking projects and extracting the life lessons from them!
    My kids have always wanted a tree house.. I wonder if I could convince Big Daddy that we SHOULD because it’s educational. 😉

  5. Hanksmdhc says:

    We are planning on doing more hands on experiements. Our life has been pretty busy for awhile and now we have tons of free time. I am filled with excitement at all the adventures I want the kids and I to experience. This book sounds awesome.

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  7. Julia Reffner says:

    We will be doing lots of nature studies and read alouds this summer, also re-doing our garden.

  8. Monique Burkes says:

    We’ve got a container garden with a few fruits goings. We’re planning a few one-day trips to different places around SC and my goal to to make them into semi-formal learning activities instead of just places to visit and have fun. I don’t want to make it taxing, but I do want to add a learning aspect to the trips.

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