1000 Books, 1000 Hours

Here at the Wren’s Nest, we’re prioritizing three things this month: truth, nature, knowledge 😉

Our Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge starts today, so of course Beans has joined, and if he continues reading at his current pace, he’ll finish by September. Beans consumes 5-7 books a day, not including the ones he reads on his own. If you have infants/toddlers/preschoolers, see if your Library has this program also — and soon, a Summer Reading Club — as a way to get involved with your Library and encourage the joy of reading.

I always recommend that you read nonfiction with your toddlers/preschoolers also; it’s a good way to learn about the world and encourage curiosity. Sometimes I find that caregivers are resistant to this idea, thinking that nonfiction is something best reserved for older children, but starting with books about backyard animals, construction vehicles, and emotions makes nonfiction accessible to even the smallest Bean.

We are also officially starting 1000 Hours Outside today, the goal of which is to spend 1000 house in nature over the course of a calendar year. As this is the meteorological first day of Spring, this seems a good day to start. Though this challenge is aimed at children, I think anyone can benefit from extended time spent in nature. The healing powers of the Sun, fresh air, and light to moderate exercise are crucial to my wellbeing, so this challenge is as much for me as it is for Beans.

And finally, we are prioritizing slowing down to celebrate. Spring is on its way, and I don’t want to miss its beautiful arrival. Covid time steals our days which flow into each other, we spend so much additional energy on interactions outside of the home, at work, to do basic things like grocery shopping. At home, I am seeking peace and flow.

The dining room is the centre of our home; it is where the altar is, where we honour our Ancestors, where we gather to talk. If we nourish our bodies here, so too do we nourish our souls. Coming up this week on Thursday, Brighid tends her own flame, and Friday we honour our Ancestors with the rest of Ár nDraíocht Féin. These smaller observances – along with High Days and Full Moons – will also take place here, as we begin to weave a tighter fabric of observance in our lives.

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