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Short and sweet

As a continuance of our Greek Myth study, we have found these wonderful cards to prepare and use in a memorisation game!

Try and match the hidden pairs and at the same time, each card is funky and full of silly, if true, information about the God/Goddess/Demon/Demigod etc. etc.

For a lad with executive function below average, he sure is good at matching pairs games!

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It All Started Like This…

Fanny Bay

We decided we should go; our kids love salmon and festivals, Daddy loves oyster burgers, mummy just enjoys a chance to get out of the house.

Except.  It rained.  Oh, did it rain.  Heaviest rain we’ve had in ages.  Absolutely bucketed down.  But we went anyway.

Now I have to explain that Mummy has not only hurt her lower back but, whilst walking funny from that injury, has managed to mangle her right knee somewhat.  This has led to trouble moving up and down stairs, driving the car, all sorts of essential things, including just sitting in the car.  This was going to be a challenge.  But we went anyway.

Disaster?  No!  Far from it.  Mummy was going to sit in car the whole time but deciding a bathroom break was in order, hobbled over to the site from the car and caught up with the kiddies and Dad.  So, we went anyway.

There was free stuff, videos, water bugs, hawks, water tables displaying where our car oil goes, and of course, salmon.  Salmon viewing.  Salmon painting.  Salmon face painting.  Salmon releasing into the river.  It was all salmon, all ways.  Woot!  What a winner for Mr.D.

Mr.D. has totally stripped his bedroom door of  Spiderman stickers and has put up salmon and/or fisheries stickers instead.  Our salmon-boy has reawakened his passion for all things salmon.  He has been salmon colouring most of the morning – it between gymnastics and lecturing his father about why we shouldn’t recycle plastic bottles, we should fill them full of our dirty water and use them to flush the loos.  Don’t think he got that idea from the festival…….  Thus came another lesson about recycled plastic bottles can make….. toys, fleece, etc.  All in all, a lot learnt today, just not in a traditional manner.  Suits us!

Formerly the spiderman-inhabited bedroom door.

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Another Sunny Saturday

So why aren’t I outside?  Because my son is acting as if he has never had medication at all in his life.  He, his sister, and their carer are off to the playground right now, Daddy is still working on putting together the outside playground (carer helped, which was so nice of her) but it won’t be finished today, and I’m inside, weathering my various pains and aches but not in a very stoical manner.

We’ve done very little formal work over the last two weeks.  Mr.D. is caught up in two obsessions at present (that I know about):  one is everything Chinese, especially dating back quite a ways, and two is everything First Nations.  He is very disappointed he can’t be First Nations when he grows up but in serendipitous timing NIDES – our distance learning school that he attends one day/week – had their celebration of Firs t Nations culture on Thursday.  We skipped WildSpirit and attended that instead.  Lovely to see his interest in the salmons being filleted, then cooked using a wood brace.  Mr.D. liked the story telling and really enjoyed the drumming session; then, we all enjoyed seeing the mural the kids had worked on – all grades – that now decorates the school.  He was particularly proud of his work, the addition of some waves, and the whole work took its inspiration from the First Nations Group of Seven!  Look it up – you’ll be amazed at the vibrancy and variety of the works.

I’m also including some photos from Easter because I just didn’t get around to posting them.

My other big job at present is planning things for Mr.D. to work on over summer as his formal, interactive, school days are almost over for this year.  Bye bye Grade 1.  We’ve purchased Meet the Masters – an art programme  which can be done at our own pace.  Includes a little art history, highlights one particular technique that an artist may be famous for, has some paper and pencil work to develop technique, then has a larger art project.  I’m excited and I know Mr. D loves to paint so hopefully this will be a winner.

We’re completing a small unit of study now on the background of the Cheyenne of the Great Plains and their art (thank you, Cincinnati Art Museum for the good quality kids programming) and that should be finished this week.

Before laying out big money on any sort of language learning, we’re using Live Mocha to learn one phrase at a time.  As Mr.D. often has trouble with retention, we’ll go through four or five phrases but I only expect him to remember one.  We practice that one all week, then review, then move on to the next.  We have both French and Mandarin Chinese ready and have started on the Chinese, which he is determined to learn.  He also wants to learn characters, rather than pinyin, which is difficult but we’ve got some good books and a great app on the iPad to help with that.  So far we are looking at different salutations for different times of day .  It is a beginning.  So if Mr. D. runs up to you and says “Ni Hao” you’ll understand where he is coming from.

Okay – gotta leave the updates for now – I’ve left the salmon marinating and we need to get the BBQ happening.  Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

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Perfect Planet

You didn’t know we live on two different planets, did you?  No.  Thought not.

This is not an advertisement.  At least it isn’t a paid advertisement.  Not an advertorial, gladitorial, or any other sort of ‘push’.

It is a recognition of brilliant service.

Which Planet is that?  Planet Kids, of course.

Now those of you who aren’t in the Comox Valley… well… you miss out.  Your bad.  Two stores, both here.  Wonderful stores.  Exciting stores.  Kids stores that kids feel welcome in.  Aladdin’s caverns of childish wonder.  Well.  OK, it is a store  A toy store.  But why the whole blog post?

Well – apart from the wonderful toys – Planet Kids also has:  teacher resources, teacher tools, French teaching resources, Special Needs equipment and information/books, hands on stuff, imaginative stuff, science stuff (and how), dress-up stuff, and some mighty wonderful staff.  Plus the divine Ms. Pam, owner/operator/Pied Piper of Comox.

There have been several good toy stores in our area – we’re blessed that way – and I miss the ladies at the Avon boutique very much – they were nice and I could pick up a gift for a child there and know the odds were such that it would be unique.

But then there is the store that carries great goods, inflated prices, and glare sternly at you, whilst delivering a lecture, that “their toilet is not for the children to use”.  As a mother to children with special needs – children that haven’t always been good at timing their bathroom breaks – this always irked me.  I was a regular enough customer that they remembered my name but I still got the “we’d rather you didn’t” talk about the toilet for the kids.

In contrast, Ms. Pam not only says “Yes” she or one of her staff will often accompany the kid, standing nearby for reassurance, while the parents are busy.  How cool is she?  I mean, really, she understands not just kids but parents, too.

Anywhoodle, I love our Planet Kids.  My kids love our Planet Kids.  Planet Kids loves our community and always volunteers/helps wherever and whenever possible.  Long live Planet Kids and Ms. Pam (and her gorgeous family)!!

(no, no, truly, it is okay Ms. Pam, no, don’t send me a little something, truly, I accept nothing on this blog, no, no-one will think you paid me, no, no, no, this was from my heart, not my wallet).

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Even more free stuff

Hootie Patootie!

We’ve been searching the web for (more) online science resources for our voracious experimenter and this is one we love.  We always try the tele-seminars for free each month – some video content and the sound of nearly 3,000 online/live kids all cheering and enjoying science.  Yay science.

But they’ve linked us up with a few other free offerings – I’m keeping my eyes open for the best ones and when they come through I’ll post them here.

A big of background on Supercharged Science – but only a bit because you’ll see for yourself – but they are all presented by Aurora, a real life NASA rocket scientist!  Not just that but she is charming and engaging and really seems to care that the curriculum is accessible for all ages.  Have a look at the video, download the HUGE book of experiments for FREE and then tell me what you and your kiddies think – would love to know.

http://www.sciencelearningspace.com/members/go.php?r=6197&i=l22

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As well

On the same day Mr.D. managed to fit in deconstructing our old hand-held vacuum cleaner.  Perfectly good cleaner, few years old now, but we lost the recharging unit within the first week!  Not me. Someone in our house did.  Sure it wasn’t me.  Couldn’t have been me.

Anywho – he has been dying to take it apart – probably due to its marvelously futuristic shape – and he finally did.  Just to add more mess to the living area.  Like this:

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Hello world!

Well.  I wonder if anyone will be interested in the adventures of yet another home schooling mother with her wonderful/gifted/eccentric/delightful/well behaved/ angel?

Not falling for it?  OK.  How about the sometimes adventures and even some learning with a busy mother and a child with great curiosity and many challenges?

Mr. D. is six now.  He home schooled for the third term of Kindergarten and now he is in Grade One.  I know – I am surprised, too.  How did we get here?  Instead of having to sit with us each day – including the explosions, the tantrums, the crying – you can visit and just see the work and our progress.  There may even be interesting links.  For now, I’m off to take more pictures, sort out pictures, and generally get organised.  Wish me luck!

The Mad Inventor Strikes Again

Mr. D and his invention

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