The Children's Hour
The Children's Hour
The Children's Hour
The Children's Hour
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The Children's Hour

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The Children's Hour collections transport us back in time to the simplicity of evenings gathered around the fire with family for reading, stories, songs, games, and handicrafts.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow recounts:

Between the dark and the daylight,

      When the night is beginning to lower,

Comes a pause in the day's occupations,

      That is known as the Children's Hour.

Before the distractions of smart phones, television, or even radio, this communal gathering was the heartbeat of the family. It was a time to share news, engage in conversations, build traditions, and rest after a long day's work.

The Children's Hour is a seasonal collection of ideas and inspiration for modern families to reclaim the beauty and goodness of what has been lost with the advent of technology. It inspires families to engage in meaningful conversations about the arts, culture, and current events through folktales, folk song, seasonal poetry selections, and the study of a diverse set of poets, composers, and artists. 

The Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer Collections are available as an instant download. 

If you order the PRINTED Children's Hour, you will receive 4 separate bound books with each seasonal issue. 

Who is it for? 

This product is designed for families with at least one child in the range of about 6-12 years old. Many families use Rooted Childhood as a supplement to their homeschool curriculum.

What's included? 

Each season of The Children's Hour includes: 

    • inspiration and guidelines on how to create opportunities for connection in your home
    • suggested chapter books to read aloud as a family
    • stories to tell aloud
    • seasonal poetry
    • songs for family singing
    • composer study with classical music suggestions and ideas for further exploration
    • artist study with timeless art pieces and ideas for further exploration
    • games, puzzles, and more old-fashioned entertainment
    • handicrafts for children and adults along with collaborative family projects


Rooted Childhood is a secular resource with an emphasis on celebrating nature. You are encouraged to use the monthly collections in a way that supports and honors your family values. 

The elements included in Rooted Childhood are grounded in a variety of educational and early childhood methods with a strong emphasis on the Charlotte Mason and Waldorf philosophies. 

Books that have influenced this program: 

Home Education Vol. 1 by Charlotte Mason 

For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne 

All Year Round by Ann Druitt 

Seven Times the Sun by Shea Darian 

Have more questions? 

Visit the detailed Frequently Asked Questions page or email Meghann at

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Ashley DeGraaf
FINALLY - My Favorite Resource

I am in LOVE! For the crafty nature loving story-telling mama (or dad) these magazines she created for family time is just...utterly beautiful on so many levels. And then she has her main site that has TONS of unit studies that are just engaging and beautifully crafted. I think I have found someone who has captured my teaching style (and aesthetic). For me the all too common bubble letters and primary colored worksheets designed to look fun for kids don't get me all that excited. THESE resources get me excited to get out of bed, pour a cup of tea, and jump into learning. I just *chef's kiss*. I am convinced if these were in a bookstore they would sell like hot cakes. We are definitely going to order printed copies to keep forever.

Pamela Allison
A Good Resource

The Children's Hour (Spring) is a well selected and organized poetry and activities resource for teachers and parents.


I didn’t know what to expect when I bought the winter edition. I thought it might be something I would look at, take a couple ideas, and disregard. I was absolutely amazed at the beauty and care that went into this. I love that it raises black voices and voices of other non-white artists (used broadly—poetry, music, painting). We have loved learning about the Harlem Renaissance. Even though I’m a fan of jazz and a fan of Langston Hughes, I learned so much about the Harlem Renaissance. Really well-done.

Natalie kenny
The Children's Hour: Winter

Hi Meghann,

I never recieved my download for the Children's Hour Winter Collection.

Please let me know how I can recieve it!

Thank you,