May 2, 2012

Lessons from a Tree House - Review

One awesome tree house we saw at the Enchanted Forest in BC

A dear friend of mine keeps an eye out on the WWW for me.  She sends me links that she thinks I would enjoy and we have a great little email friendship going.

The other day she sent me a link to this page.  I was excited as I checked out this lady's two e-books that she was offering.  It seemed it was right up my alley.

I mentioned in a post a few months ago about my math/practical gardening lesson I was teaching my boys.  I also had a post about some of the catalogues I order each year.

Take these two things, add them together and you have a perfect mixture to want Carol's e-book on Lessons from the Seed Catalog. 

Then I saw that she had another called Lessons from the Hen House.  HEY, I want chickens!  So I clicked on over and checked that one out as well.

If you are anything like me and you love what you see, you go checking to see if there is more...

...so I found her blog.

Then I read an announcement that her next installment called Lessons from a Tree house was coming out soon and she needed some people to "test" it out.  Hummmm, check out something that I already think looks awesome, or not...tough decision right?!

I got my copy and sat down right away to read it.


It is simply amazing.

I am totally in love. 

In it there are three sections, the design stage, the building stage and the enjoyment stage.

Each section includes many wonderful activities to do with different suggestions for each age group.  For example: In the Design stage she suggests  to draw up your plans.  Under that there is a breakdown for older children (Using a computer aided drafting program) and younger children (drawing by hand).  This takes all the thinking out for me.  I often want to have my older two do something and am left floundering as I try to think of an easy way for my youngest to also be involved.

At the end of the e-book you will have a completed tree house.  How cool is that?!

Just in case I was totally out to lunch in the "knowing what kids like" department, I checked with my boys, reading a few things to them and asked them if it sounded like something they wanted to do.

My oldest was particularly excited about the research that she encourages in the book.  He wants to go to a garden center and check out the trees.  My second son was especially excited about the design phase.  He even went so far as to ask me if we might use some of our funding for buying a drafting program for him.

I am excited to implement a few of the ideas now, and then when we finally have a place to call our own, let them have a few months of just learning in this new hands on sort of way.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a free copy of all three e-books for my review of this new Lessons from a tree house.  No matter what my opinions were, I was able to keep all of the lessons.  All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced by the author of the e-books.

Jaime lives in a house on the ground. Often she wishes that she wasn't scared of heights because how cool would it be to live in a house like the Swiss Family Robinson?! Someday she will own a farm and will aid in the construction of a tree house for her boys, and may never venture into it, but they will have built one!  Visit her in her virtual "house" at Welcome to the Madness.

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Dana ♥ said...

Jaime I love tree houses! This is so cool! Thanks for sharing this resource, we will have to check it out!

Carol J. Alexander said...

Jaime, Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm thrilled that you are thrilled.

Cari said...

That looks like so much fun! I would love to do something like that with my boys someday, and she's practically giving the book away at that price!