The Time That Is Given Us

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. 

"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

If you have spent any time reading history, you know that people living during every period have had to face significant and unprecedented challenges. Right now, we are in the midst of one of the greatest collective challenges most of us have ever experienced. The world itself has seen plenty of pandemics come and go, but we have not. To us, it is novel, and it is difficult. I think most of us wish it need not have happened in our time. We wish we could have gone on living our lives without a thought to face masks, distancing, or the potential long-term effects of this virus on our bodies, our families, our communities, our nation, and our world.

But these times are ours, and we must do what we can to keep moving forward, even if we cannot physically move beyond the walls of our houses or the boundaries of our communities without risk. We are all trying to figure out how to do this, but the key lies in how we choose to spend the 24 hours that are given to each of us in equal measure each day.

15 Stay-At-Home Summer Fun Activities

With summer camps, road trips, fireworks, and so much more cancelled this summer, we are all scrambling to find ways to make this time special and fun for our kids. Below, you will find a list of 15 activities that are perfect for a stay-at-home summer. You can find complete directions (and 37 more fun activities!) in Vintage Poetry for Modern Kids. On days that are too hot or too wet to get outside, you can share a poem or two over glasses of cold lemonade.

  1. Make and fly a sled kite.
  2. Create a diorama from natural materials.
  3. Mix up some cookies for the birds.
  4. Listen to the whistling wind.
  5. Preserve the outlines of summer flowers and ferns with sun prints.
  6. Give the fairies a place to live.
  7. Make pinwheels and watch them spin.
  8. Make tin can luminaries to light up the evenings.
  9. Start seedlings in newspaper pots.
  10. Gather materials from around the house to make a wind chime.
  11. Plant grass in egg shells.
  12. Make a mosaic from seeds.
  13. Make and sail a craft stick raft.
  14. Make rock animals.
  15. Press flowers and make them into bookmarks.

Navigating the Intersection of Home and School

Welcome to the Flourish Workshop’s Blog! We are genuinely glad you are here.

We fondly recall the golden age of blogs. Once upon a time, they were full of useful information, helpful advice, fun projects, and inspiration for living a full, happy life. We miss those days, and in this space, we hope to provide the same type of substantive, practical, useful, and fun content that we valued so highly.

Our goal here is to help you navigate the intersection of home and school. By that, we mean that we are looking forward to discussing ideas related to education, to providing resources to help you educate your kids, and to sharing ideas, recipes, and tools that we have found useful in managing the day-to-day challenges of running a household.

We want this to be a friendly, helpful, open-minded space, and we are excited to see how it grows.