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lego quest ll ~ astronomy

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The Canadian Homeschooler has this lego quest challenge going on with a new theme every month … every one around the world is welcome to join in and show their creations …

Lego Quest II | thecanadianhomeschooler.com

the theme for March  is “ASTRONOMY

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~Lisa

 

educating the heart through nature art

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My friend Marghanita Hughes had a contest giveaway a while back and I won some of her beautiful art work.

For those of you that know me and know  how passionate I am about elephants you could imagine my excitement when I opened up my mail and found these…

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This one in particular is my favourite

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She is a very talented wonderful artist. She offers workshops and even has a shop with the cutest dolls and stories  to encourage children to interact with nature 🙂 and I absolutely love reading about her amazing nature art creations.

Go check her out here at http://www.marghanita.com/ “Educating the heart through nature art”

and here is her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marghanita.hughes

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~Lisa

Favourite Canadian Book (s)

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It is too hard to just pick one … so I have decided to name several books that we love.

My oldest who is 9 years old really enjoys the books Canadian flyer adventure series; they are great chapter books that teach some history of Canadian events.

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My 7 year old enjoys the short stories in the two books by  Canadian author Ian James Corlett; E is for ethics and E is for Environment. Great short stoies that get kids to think about ethics and how to be kinder to the environment.

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My 4 year old  currently loves all books by Canadian author Melanie Watt. The scaredy squirrel series  is particularly entertaining to her. Actually I have to be honest all three of my kids and myself included love her stories.

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Then I have to have an honourable mention which are more work book type books rather then story books.

The map books by George Quinn and Debbie Sherman; they are absolutely awesome and my kids love the worksheets in them and they have learned so much from them.

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This is a small sample of some of our favs.

Do you have one favourite in particular or many? Honestly I am not sure I could ever pick just one favourite book.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway  for the books  ‘Disaster Strikes’ by clicking right HERE 

and visit the rest of the blogging team posts for favourite books this month HERE

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~Lisa

Homeschooling through the Winter

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I am not going to fluff it or lie … I hate winter!

It has really never been my season. Even as a kid… I dreaded the cold. Yes the snow is fun and pretty; but I have always been and always will be a sun and sand kind of girl.

Now that I have got that off my chest … What does our homeschooling in the winter look like? good question !

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For those nice winter days where there is snow and it is not too cold; we build snow forts, snow men, go sledding, and this year are trying cross country skiing.

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For the other days; when the temperature hits -30 celsius  (and no sadly I am NOT kidding!!!!) We hibernate … and build forts indoors… paint… read… play legos …and get most of our practical written homeschooling work done during this time.

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As much as I would be all for complete hibernation … my kids still do their regular activities/workshops and classes … from swim (yes even in the winter time) gym, aikido, music, drama… and other fun stuff!  And we are totally excited to be participating in a brand new co-op this year 🙂

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And as much as I hate winter … I try my best not to impose my likes/dislikes on my kids. So 2/3 of my kids love playing outside and spend a good amount of time on nice winter days out paying.

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I have to say that I homeschool for so many reasons and many perks… but one of my favourite  winter time perks of homeschooling is; not getting up and waking my kids up to get them to the bus stop before the sun is even up and it is freezing outside. I love that I wake up and I find them doing all sorts of stuff; from art projects, to reading or writing, to playing with legos, or building a cool fort to hide in. 

So this is what our winter homeschooling looks like 🙂

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So far this year has been much warmer then last years’ crazy polar vortex … hopefully it will stay milder and we can keep skiing, sledding and building snowmen 🙂

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what does your winter homeschooling look like ?

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~Lisa

clay is fun and messy ;)

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We went to art studio last week
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and the kids got their hands on clay …
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there was a paint splatter room …apparently they have had about 500 + paint parties for the walls to look like this:
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I want a room like this in my house!!!
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Lisa

robins hatched

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The eggs have hatched !!!

BUT…

I can’t get a decent look  :/ and I have no idea how many there are. my guess is 3 .

I did get a peak of one of the babies poking it’s beak out crying for food while the mom was away but as soon as the mom is back and I am watching she covers the babies. she doesn’t even want to feed them if I am watching.

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both mom and dad are busy finding food pretty much all day long .

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have a great week!

Lisa

a robin story continues

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So I mentioned here that I have a robin family who decided to set up right by my window in an evergreen tree

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well it seems that the mommy robin has had her eggs sometime in the last 24 hours

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I have not had a chance to see how many exactly, but I got a glimpse and can see that there are indeed eggs in there now

this is a really bad picture but you can see the light blue egg

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A clutch consists of three to five light blue eggs, and is incubated by the female alone. The eggs hatch after 14 days,”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_robin) 

so now we wait 2 weeks 🙂

Lisa

quizzing homeschoolers

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As a homeschool mom I spent a couple of years completely freaked out that my kids had to be ahead of the average kid the same age but in school. This was mostly brought on by exterior factors, as I have encountered many people over the years questioning my kids and what they know. I find it rather funny, as one would not likely say hey kid your in grade 2 , so do you know addition ?… really, what is 4+5?

Yet it seems funny to me that people, mostly complete strangers, think it is appropriate to test a homeschool kid.

I am finally happy to say that I have thrown it all out the window in the last year or so. I think it took seeing my kids get to where they are for me to realize that I really don’t care where they ought be as they are exactly where they should be !

My oldest who is 8, thinks it is kind of amusing when people quiz him … I think it is rather amusing when he starts talking about stuff that the person has no clue about, for example animals the person has never heard of  such as a yeti crab, the environment and the major problems going on with it, or the the eruption of Krakatoa  ( just to name a few examples) … love the reaction from the people when they are amazed.

So the next time you come a across a homeschooler, don’t quiz them on what you think they should know or where you think they should be at … have a conversation with them instead, you might be surprised and actually learn a few things from them 😉

have a great weekend!

Lisa

 

 

robin

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So last year I had the cutest sparrow come visit me at my window, you can find the post here

This spring I just noticed today that I have a american robin … or rather a robin family with a nest right by my window…

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s/he keeps looking inside and right at me 🙂

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These are not the best pictures as I had the screen up … but I have removed the screen and removed the curtain and hope to catch some amazing shots of the family, and hoping they have eggs and babies soon 🙂

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I am pretty sure this is the female … she has a muddy beak and seems to be building the nest still

of course I will be taking advantage of this situation by making a homeschooling project 🙂

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I am pretty certain this is the male … he is the one always keeping an eye on me 🙂

 

Lisa

wheels poem

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poem written by my 8 year old

Wheels

Wheels and wheels
Bikes for tikes
Wheels for 1
Wheels for fun
Wheels for more
Wheels galore!

 

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🙂