After complaining last week about how difficult of a time we were having getting back into the homeschooling groove, this week has been a dream! We're back to breezing through Beast Academy (our math curriculum), we printed out this awesome puzzle of Canada from CBC Parents, and today we took homeschool out of the house to … Continue reading Visiting Fort George
I see you guys on the Twitter. Your kids are home for the summer now and it sucks. Your kids want to eat every 5 minutes, they're bored, and you have to take them to the pool. The pool! I am really enjoying it because it's hilarious, but also, I'm crying inside because I homeschool. I … Continue reading Is it over yet?
Like most parents, I was nervous about my kid starting school. But when I visited our local kindergarten classroom, I felt reassured. The junior and senior kindergarten curriculum in our province was play based. He would be playing and learning. He could even bring his own books. Even though my husband and I knew that public school wouldn't be … Continue reading For us, right now, homeschooling works
I love movies. Whether I'm in a dark movie theatre, crammed in my car at the drive in, or sitting on my couch in my pjs, I love them. I think they teach empathy and love and freaking life skills guys. Like how many of us know not to run up the stairs if a … Continue reading Making movies and media literacy
One of my favourite things about homeschooling is how much more time my son and I have to spend together doing things we love. He only went a full day for a week, and half days for little more than two months, but even that impacted our lifestyle. Bedtime had to be on the dot … Continue reading Homeschooling outdoors
I am always surprised when I hear about how controversial it is to pull kids out of school for a family vacation. I understand the importance of good school attendance, and maybe my view of school is a little different from someone who had to work hard to succeed (a challenge I wish I had … Continue reading Learning on the road
Last night, Toronto got a nice little blizzard. It just so happened that my husband was also flying in and supposed to get an airbus home in the wee hours of the morning. I wasn't too keen on him traveling in that weather, and luckily our best friend lives in Toronto, so he stayed the … Continue reading Christmas in Germany and the Toronto Christmas Market
One of my favourite Christmas events as a kid was with Girl Scouts. Each Girl Scouts group was assigned a different country. We would learn about that country's holiday traditions, and then we'd represent that country at big meeting. You'd get a passport and go around the world, doing crafts and trying new foods and … Continue reading A Christmas trip around the world
Yesterday, Kaleb woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me that he was going back to school today. I said okay, and we fell back asleep. He then spent the morning learning about Avogadro's number and moles and exponents with his mentor, and by this morning he seemed horrified that I … Continue reading The first snow
It's not every day your 4 year old asks to get a better look at Monet's use of cadmium yellow. A few nights ago we were reading in Kaleb's trusty Basher Science: The Complete Periodic Table: All the Elements in Style! that cadmium was used in Monet's favourite yellow paint. We decided to google some of his works, and in the process discovered that the Art Gallery of Ontario has a few of Monet's works on loan at the moment in their Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more exhibit. Clearly, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it just so happened to be the perfect moment for it too!