This month we are travelling! We managed to squeeze in one more co-op session on Oct. 1st with a great presentation on global poverty from a Food for the Hungry representative and then had fine art where we made clay sculptures.
We also rounded off the day with a fantastic field trip to a local apple farm where we had a hay ride and learned about the history of the farm and were asked to speculate about it’s future. The kids enjoyed finding out that the first owners actually used dynamite to blow up the stumps when they cleared the land to begin farming! They also learned about the local government protection given to this area called the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and that a large portion of Canada’s domestic produce is grown here.
The next few days were a blur as we finished packing and closed down the house for our departure. We left on Oct. 3rd and flew to Ontario to spend a month with family and friends while E’s dad goes on a missions trip in West Africa. Continuing with our geography focus we spent time during our flight reviewing the map of Canada and the flight path from BC to Ontario. After arriving and settling in, we carried this lesson on to mapping out Dad’s flights to Guinea via Paris. We will be talking about time zones, global climate differences, and cultural/ linguistic diversity. We also hope to fully enjoy the amenities of the area and plan to take field trips to the local museums, art galleries and zoos!
This week we’ve had a drama of a cut toe resulting in stitches and a decline in our activity level. Nonetheless, we were able to get to the park and toss a football around for some post Thanksgiving exercise.
To add more low impact activity E did yoga in the morning with Mom and then helped rake leaves and enjoyed falling into the pile after each of her cousins!
Since we seem to be a bit behind I’m just going to summarize our learning last month and extra-curricular highlights. We started with our new HCOS co-op group on September 17th. This is E and a friend just outside the door on our first day!
We are finally settling into routine and E has been working on math and geography as we review addition and subtraction facts and some skip counting. We are also focussing on the Canadian map and learning to identify all the provinces. E has been labelling maps and playing with map puzzles, and looking up facts in our Symbols of Canada book and the internet.
Kids doing devotion circle at co-op!
Making art mats and printing guides:
In Bible we are continuing with our gratitude list, and have been memorizing Hebrews 4:12 and Colossians 3:15 with our co-op group. E is also in piano lessons full-time and is very keen to practise everyday. She has learned several new songs and is working on increasing co-ordination in her left hand. This month has been full of bike-riding and trampoline time for PE. E is reading regularly to her brothers but needs to start challenging herself more to transition into reading to herself for recreation.
Tag with Mrs. Sara at recess:
We also have a geography focus at our co-op with our Little Passports program. Here the kids are listening to Mrs. Sara read the postcard from Brazil while they examine photos and artefacts and locate Brazil on the map.
We had our country fair at Sunday school the last Sunday in September and E thoroughly enjoyed the bouncy castle with lots of jumping time!
September has been a fun month with lots of warm weather and excitement to be in our new co-op group with many of our closest friends. Looking forward now to October!