Can Learning be Fun too?

Due to a new stat holiday and a public school holiday this was a short week for school attenders but our home-learning journey continues along it’s regular ambling path! We drove home from our trip to see family on Monday so filled our car ride with ipad apps, audio books and sleep.

Tuesday we repacked our suitcases and jumped in the car for a spontaneous get-away by ourselves. We drove to a beautiful lake with a natural hot spring and spent 48 glorious hours floating in the steaming pools outdoors in the rain and sunshine! We met a family from Zimbabwe who told us wonderful stories about Africa and it’s incredible environment!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We spent a much needed day at home doing the everyday chores of life. We had a great time finding our family Valentine’s surprises and E was such a caring sister she read her brothers’ cards to them before she even cracked her own!

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For some added Valentine’s fun, E helped me make some special V-day pancakes! Pink pancake anyone? 🙂 We put blended strawberries and bananas in the batter than added pink food colouring for some real pop and chocolate chips because these were sweet treats for our sweeties after all! 🙂

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E and her brother worked on Canadian maps together following a colour key to identify the provinces and labelling them.

Friday was clean up day and chores routines to accomplish, however, after a week away it was pretty light duty so we collected our middle one from pre-school along with a friend and headed off to enjoy a sunny afternoon at the zoo! The day was a perfect spring day with sun-soaked earth warming our tired-of-winter feet! I know in this part of the country there is no real winter to complain of, but the often grey skies do wear us down sometimes, and as we emerge from our dens blinking into that dazzling orb in the sky, we are overwhelmed with the blessing of sunlight!

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The weather held for the weekend and we enjoyed it immensely. Somehow, I feel refreshed and ready for another week of adventurous learning. Tonight we have a family member arriving for a visit so home learning will be full of twists and turns as we enjoy our time with him, but that is the wonderful thing about this learning exploration from home – it’s a wonderful journey and we know to enjoy the path as much as the destination!

Sunshine and smiles to you!

Madly off in All/ New Directions

After a hiatius that took us almost through the end of July, here I am on July 30th and expanding the scope of this blog. This started as a way to track our weekly homeschool activities and report to our teacher, however, as our learning journey is so much broader than school I want to cast our blog net a bit wider. It is a time of plenty in our temperate coastal region. We’re in the midst of summer and my garden is producing all kinds of bounty. Having lived in the urban core of a couple of major Canadian cities for the past decade, this life in the burbs is GOOD! I have a garden, I have fruit trees and I have a kitchen I can bake in! This week our neighbour’s plum tree is loaded with beautiful golden plums and luckily for us, there are several branches that extend waaaay over the fence 🙂 I don’t know what variety they are but they are almost like small soft and very juicy nectarines but more tart in flavour.

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After eating rather embarrassing numbers of plums fresh off the tree, the pertinent question has been “What shall we do with all these plums?” An on-line search revealed a few recipes and many recommendations for drying or canning them. Alas, we have no dehydrater or canning pot so I have decided to freeze some and bake like crazy. The first item on the list: Plum Upside Down Cake. I found the recipe here: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/plum_upside_down_cake/

Step 1: Take pictures of the gorgeous plums!Image

Step 2: Cut up said gorgeous plumsImage

Step 3: Make a caramel sauce to put in the bottom of the cake panImage

Step 4: Lay plums artistically in sauce.Image

Step 5: Make cake batter and pour in on top of plums

Step 6: bake at 350F for 35-40 mins until cooked throughImage

Step 7: admire handiwork and enjoy!Image