• homeschooling

    Day 10: Thanksgiving and Thrift Store Finds

    It was Thanksgiving Monday and I was thankful to have an extra day off work to get a few things done around home and to take the girls to pick out their Halloween costumes. While Kai was waiting for Chloe to wake up, she practiced her number tracing. Having learning tools accessible in the areas of the house that they frequent most means their curiosity can be encouraged and they learn on their schedule.  After lunch we went out for costumes. I like going to the local thrift store where they have new costumes and second hand outfits great for dress up all year long. After deciding on their costumes, we…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Worldschooling From Home

    We are homeschoolers, we learn at home instead of in a brick and mortar school. I would also classify us as unschoolers, our lifestyle facilitates child led learning and exploration. Those two terms are becoming more mainstream, but there’s a new group of learners taking the world by storm (quite literally!). Worldschoolers are people that learn from the world around them, and this can be accomplished in many different way.  Some families prefer slow travel and spend many months or years in their new home away from home, some do short trips abroad and return to a home base, or some spend a short amount of time in a new area…

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    DIY Slime! A Kid Favorite on a Rainy Day

    My girls are kinesthetic learners and especially love squishing things through their fingers!  Kaiana came across this video a few weeks ago and came running to me, excited to show me a cool science experiment she wanted to try.  I though it looked neat and told her I would get the ingredients to make slime!   There’s been a few rainy days this week and this afternoon was the perfect time to try to make some slime.  I set them each up with a bowl and gathered everything together.  It took less than 10 minutes to make the slime but they played with it for almost an hour, till we had…

  • homeschooling,  Uncategorized

    A Day in the Life: Learning Through Unschooling

    If you follow my blog, you already know we homeschool.  But you might of wondered why I never talk about curriculum or share pictures of us doing workbooks. The answer is, we don’t follow curriculum and workbooks are few and far between! We are registered as traditional (parent led homeschooling), but we would fall more into the relaxed homeschooler / unschooler (child led) category.  I even came across recently a new to me learning style that we unknowingly incorporate into our homeschool due to our love of the outdoors and nature hikes – forest school. So if we’re not sitting down at a desk or table each day to learn,…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling,  kids

    Screen-Free Week – Planning + Keeping Busy

    If you’re like us, you have a difficult time managing screen usage.  Deciding how much is too much or if there are better things they could be doing with their time are always on my mind.  We’re a pretty relaxed homeschooling family and we have a bit more free time on our hands than most, so there is more time for screen use to slip in.  I also work from home and there are times I need quiet to get things done to make deadlines or talk on the phone, and a little bit of tablet time is usually the best way to achieve this.   May 2-8 2016 is…

  • homeschooling,  kids

    Make a Salt Crystal Geode with Easter Leftovers

    When we decorate Easter eggs, I poke holes in the ends of the egg and drain it out and then rinse the shell out.  This is the way I did it as a child so this is how I do it with my girls.  It allows the decorated shells to stick around a bit longer and makes for a decorative center piece. This year I remembered a fun science experiment you can do with the shells – make a salt crystal geode!  All you need is egg shells, salt, boiling water and a small cup or bowl.  Food dye is optional but it makes for a pretty geode. Full instructions…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Community Clean Up & Earth Day Events

    The snow has melted early this year in Edmonton and surrounding areas, and with a blustery April upon us, the uncovered garbage of winter is swirling around the school yards, recreation areas and roadways.    A great activity that you can start when children are young is cleaning up your neighborhood and the places you visit. Grab a garbage bag and some gloves, visit a green space close by and clean up flyers, take out containers and plastics that are blown around. If you come across any bigger items like shopping carts, electronics and appliances or unsafe items, contact your city or municipality for removal (311 in YEG). There are…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Activities + Giveaway

    March 2 is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. I grew up reading the rhyming tongue twisters and I love sharing my favorites with the girls. Here are some Dr. Seuss inspired activities, sales and a giveaway to celebrate one of our favorite children’s authors.  “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss The girls love it when we make green eggs and ham.  We blend eggs, spinach, salt and pepper in a magic bullet and scramble, adding diced ham. The whole family loved these nutrient rich eggs and the girls never question…

  • homeschooling,  Recipes

    Mixing Shopkins and Social Studies

    My girls have become obsessed with Shopkins in the past few months and I now have all these character names floating around in my head.  Chloe introduced me to Lammy Lamington a little while ago, but I didn’t quite know what it was suppose to represent.  Then this recipe for lamington crossed my path yesterday and with January 26 being Australia Day, it led to a fun, tasty lesson! An afternoon homemade treat, an animals of Australia coloring page and a Google image search of Australian beaches, Great Barrier Reef and Ayres Rock completed this lesson. I do very little homeschool planning (my Pinterest boards are where most of my inspiration…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Painted Fireworks & Fireworks in a Cup

    New Year’s Eve is tomorrow night and our plans include sledding and taking in the early fireworks in St. Albert. Once we return home to get the kids to bed at a decent hour, perhaps some Chinese food as we ring in the New Year relaxing at home. I have assisted on many LEGO builds this past week, so to change it up today we brought out paint and made fireworks at home. My friend shared this craft with me a few days ago and with only a few supplies needed it’s a quick and easy craft with the kids on these cold winter days. You can find the link here. Another…