Sunny Weekend

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Another sunny weekend full of BBQs and festivals.  We are ready for summer! READ MORE

Planting a Tree

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When we cleared our property to build, we had to remove most of the trees because they were in the way of construction or turned out to be dead. This spring and early... READ MORE

Nature Craft

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I have a passion for observing children.  I am especially interested in their play, explorations and interactions.  One time I was teaching a unit to my class on soil.  I brought the children... READ MORE

How to Raise Tadpoles

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Something very exciting has been happening around our home. Yes, the tadpoles are growing! The kids have been watching the tadpoles closely everyday. First they grew hind legs, then one front leg, then... READ MORE

Is it May or July? May Long Weekend

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We had a fantastic long weekend at our beach house and the weather was twenty-five degrees!   It felt just like summer! We got the grass mowed, spent some time at the Community Hall,... READ MORE

How to Build Inukshuks

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As a part of our Canada and Rocks unit, the students in my class have been doing some rock collecting and greatly enjoyed creating inukshuks out of plasticine and stone. Before starting we... READ MORE

Releasing a Salmon Fry

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Yesterday our local hatchery, just a bike ride away, had a celebration and an opportunity for the community to help release the salmon back into the creek. We got to see salmon fry... READ MORE

Rice Bin for Kids-Sensory Play

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  Whether at home or in the classroom, the Spring is a wonderful time to set up a rice bin for your toddlers and preschoolers.  All it takes is a plastic bin and some... READ MORE

Planting a Tree

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When we cleared our property to build, we had to remove most of the trees because they were in the way of construction or turned out to be dead.

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This spring and early summer, we did a lot of tree shopping.  We picked out an ornamental cherry, apple, oak and spruce tree to plant in our newly-landscaped yard.

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Each of the kids helped to dig the hole and plant his or her special tree,

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in it’s specially chosen location.

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Now a month or so later,

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we are greatly enjoying watching these little trees continue to grow!

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Nature Craft

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I have a passion for observing children.  I am especially interested in their play, explorations and interactions.  One time I was teaching a unit to my class on soil.  I brought the children outside to collect “soil samples”.  They all had little plastic shovels and dug to their hearts’ content.  What I noticed was the quiet and the focus.  There were no dirt fights and none wandering.  They loved the feel of the earth and talked excitedly about what they were finding.
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My own children take pleasure in the riches of the earth.  I notice the art that they create from sand, shells, flowers and stones.
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They flourish in open fields, lane ways with wildflowers and with a walk in the woods behind our house, collecting, admiring and arranging as they go.
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God’s power displayed in quiet ways.

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.” Psalm 24:1-2

How to Raise Tadpoles

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Something very exciting has been happening around our home.

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Yes, the tadpoles are growing!

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The kids have been watching the tadpoles closely everyday.

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First they grew hind legs, then one front leg, then another front leg and then the tail started to shrink very slowly.

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Now the frog sits out on a rock and then hops back into the water for a swim.  Unfortunately one of our frogs died while we were away camping.  We weren’t sure if he was hungry or if our cat was somehow involved.  He is now lovingly buried in the backyard garden (we had a short ceremony for him).  We did more research for the second frog.  The “frog guy” at the pet store said he is too small to eat crickets yet, and suggested that we head back to the pond for some pond water filled with insects, larvae, and now we have a collection of small fish as well, along with a new tadpole!

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So far froggie number two seems content and froggie number three will join him soon, I’m sure then perhaps even more…

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Happy Frogging!

Is it May or July? May Long Weekend

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We had a fantastic long weekend at our beach house and the weather was twenty-five degrees!   It felt just like summer!

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We got the grass mowed, spent some time at the Community Hall,

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Now I’m really looking forward to July!

How to Build Inukshuks

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As a part of our Canada and Rocks unit, the students in my class have been doing some rock collecting and greatly enjoyed creating inukshuks out of plasticine and stone.

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Before starting we read:

 

Two intriguing stories about inukshuks, the first written by a class of students.  We also watched this video on our class projector which inspired the students and gave them building ideas.

Then we did some more rock collecting and went to work creating the inukshuks.  I was impressed with their designs!IMG_1232 IMG_1226We used white and grey clay to secure the stones together and  to cement them to the cardstock base.  Quite a bit of plasticine was needed to make the rocks stick.IMG_1221_MG_4442 _MG_4443IMG_1209_MG_4422 _MG_4421 _MG_4420IMG_1208_MG_4417

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Releasing a Salmon Fry

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Yesterday our local hatchery, just a bike ride away, had a celebration and an opportunity for the community to help release the salmon back into the creek.IMG_1160

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We got to see salmon fry that have been raised in the hatchery,

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we observed dissected salmon,

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and most excitingly, a real fry to take to the creek and release.

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The fry swam so fast, we couldn’t catch a photo of it.

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The beautiful creek and the beginning of a new journey for our salmon fry.

 

Rice Bin for Kids-Sensory Play

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IMG_9099  Whether at home or in the classroom, the Spring is a wonderful time to set up a rice bin for your toddlers and preschoolers. IMG_9095 All it takes is a plastic bin and some measuring instruments, funnels etc. from the dollar store, for hours of fun and exploration.  I recommend doing it outside for less mess and clean-up. IMG_9094 I know my children enjoyed this immensely when they were young and I hope yours will too!

Pink and Yellow

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Spring seems to have come early to Vancouver, and it’s exciting to see some colour starting to appear.

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I’ve especially been enjoying the forsythia bushes, including the one in our front garden, as well as the cherry blossoms popping up here and there, and of course the cheerful daffodils.

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I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more green, but for now I’m delighted with yellow and pink.

Easter Chick Craft

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Every year the kids love to decorate our Easter tree.

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Each year we seem to make and collect more and more ornaments.  One of our favourites is the Easter Chick ornaments that we made ourselves.  Here’s how we did it:

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We painted those little styrofoam eggs from the dollar store with satiny yellow paint.  We also covered some with ripped yellow tissue paper applied with glue (an idea from Usborne).  This gives a textured, feathery look.

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Then we added an orange paper beak, googly eyes and feathers to make the wings.  We attatched ribbon at the top with a pin and then hung the cuties on our tree.
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Easter chick bliss.

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