Cloudy summer day? Bake a pie.

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 We’ve had plenty of days like this lately, but in my opinion, it’s the best weather for berry-picking.   We have farms like these a few blocks from our house, which makes it convenient.  And... READ MORE

First Days of Summer…

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  We’ve been starting our summer out right with all of our favourite beginning of summer activities.  This is the Point Roberts Marina.  I’ve been getting more time to run.  Here’s my favourite route... READ MORE

Explorer Art: Northwest Passage

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          My students have been beyond excited to learn about the first Canadian Explorers, especially the stories, the risk and the adventure.  I came upon this book, called Northwest... READ MORE

A Few of My Favourite Things…

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Over the holidays, I get time to enjoy the things I love the most: To name a few; running and hiking in nature, trips to the library to take out many books, time spent... READ MORE

Fort Langley

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Our family enjoyed an excursion to the historical site at Fort Langley.  They had many hands-on activities to teach about the past, such as barrel-making and blacksmith work.The kids loved the gold-panning too, because... READ MORE

3-D Biomes

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Our grade 4/5 class has been studying biomes and we used this 3-D diorama idea to create mini biomes.   The students used a variety of materials, including beads, Plasticine and lots of... READ MORE

Winter Leaf Print Christmas Cards

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I was so disappointed to run out of time for autumn leaf prints this year, that I had the idea to do a winter version. We have been studying coniferous trees, so we... READ MORE

Salmon Festival

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It was so nice to have another day with zero obligations. We had beautiful weather to bike over to the annual Salmon Festival near our house.   Can you spot the cookie under all... READ MORE

Cloudy summer day? Bake a pie.

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IMG_5475 We’ve had plenty of days like this lately, but in my opinion, it’s the best weather for berry-picking.  IMG_5479 We have farms like these a few blocks from our house, which makes it convenient.IMG_5483 IMG_5487 IMG_5488 And the best part is the baking with the berries!  We used this recipe from loveandoliveoil which turned out pretty well!IMG_5493I think there’s more sun just around the corner!

First Days of Summer…

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IMG_5260  We’ve been starting our summer out right with all of our favourite beginning of summer activities.  This is the Point Roberts Marina.

IMG_5333 I’ve been getting more time to run.  Here’s my favourite route at Point Roberts.

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Berry-picking at Emma Lea Farms on Westham Island.  We got the very last of the raspberries.  It was quite an adventure finding them tucked in the center and bottom of the bushes.IMG_5353 IMG_5360 IMG_5374 Forth of July Parade at Point Roberts.IMG_5387 IMG_5389 IMG_5396 Forth of July cook-out.IMG_5402 IMG_5405 IMG_5408Heading to the fireworks! IMG_5413IMG_5327Here’s to a summer of celebration and adventure!

Explorer Art: Northwest Passage

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My students have been beyond excited to learn about the first Canadian Explorers, especially the stories, the risk and the adventure.  I came upon this book, called Northwest Passage, written and illustrated by Stan Rogers.  The students were so intrigued by the voyages of John Franklin, including the extreme conditions and mysterious disappearances.  The book has such powerfully painted illustrations which inspired us to paint as well.

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The project took a total of three lessons.  The students started by painting the background with cool colours, after observing the colours and brush strokes in the artwork of the book.

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Next lesson, after the paint had dried, the students did practice ships and sea animals, by looking closely at examples from the book.  When they had a picture that they liked best, they drew it with pencil on their paintings, then outlined with sharpie.

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When finished, they used brown and white paint mostly to add colour to their ships.

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To finish it off, if they wished, the students used glue to add blue sparkles to their oceans.

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They look fantastic on display and the students are proud of their work!

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A great lesson that I would recommend trying!

A Few of My Favourite Things…

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Over the holidays, I get time to enjoy the things I love the most:

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To name a few; running and hiking in nature,

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trips to the library to take out many books,

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time spent with family,

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goofing off with friends,

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and time to enjoy peacefulness, thankfulness,

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and contentment.

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Also, time to meditate on the mystery of God’s unconditional love for us: “…I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.  Today in the town of David a Savoir has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:10-12.   

Hope you find time to do the things you love the most this holiday season.

Fort Langley

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Our family enjoyed an excursion to the historical site at Fort Langley.  They had many hands-on activities to teach about the past, such as barrel-making and blacksmith work.IMG_3376IMG_3386IMG_3400The kids loved the gold-panning too, because they actually found some “nuggets” of gold.IMG_3401

The village makes a rather Christmasy jaunt, including a craft fair, candy shop, bookstore (with built-in coffee shop),IMG_3403IMG_3402 and a bit of antique window shopping.

IMG_3404I highly recommend Fort Langley as a fun, old-fashioned trip.

3-D Biomes

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Our grade 4/5 class has been studying biomes and we used this 3-D diorama idea to create mini biomes.  IMG_3336 The students used a variety of materials, including beads, Plasticine and lots of paper to create their biomes.  Before we started this project, we did a lot of research on the features and inhabitants of each biome.  Some of the biomes included:IMG_3335

 

Marine,IMG_3333

Rainforest, IMG_3331and Arctic.

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The students were thrilled with their work and enjoyed the project.

Winter Leaf Print Christmas Cards

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I was so disappointed to run out of time for autumn leaf prints this year, that I had the idea to do a winter version.

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We have been studying coniferous trees, so we practised using a cedar branch to make beautiful prints on white paper.

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After the print was finished, we added pinches of glitter on top of the paint.
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The children added silver and blue borders to bring out the colours in the sparkles.
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They attached the tags to their gifts, and now the gifts are waiting proudly
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to be taken home in the next day or two.
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Hope you are enjoying your Christmas crafting!!

Salmon Festival

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It was so nice to have another day with zero obligations.

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We had beautiful weather to bike over to the annual Salmon Festival near our house.

IMG_3302 IMG_3300IMG_3277IMG_3297   IMG_3271IMG_3270Can you spot the cookie under all the toppings and icing?  We learned new information and bumped into lots of friends from our community.  Happy weekend!

Corn Husk Dolls

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The kids were so excited to eat from our meager corn harvest.
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Miranda collected the husks and ran to get her I Can Make That book.  Within a few minutes she had created this adorable corn-husk doll by bending a husk around some “corn silk” for the hair.  Then she tied wool around the neck, waist and you could separate the bottom to make legs (our husk was a bit short for that).  The arms were made by sliding in a second husk and tying wool around the arms.

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Miranda painted on a face, and enjoyed her cute little corn husk doll.  I think if she had a blog, she would have posted this herself!

Hope you are enjoying the last few days of September!

A Run and a Hike

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IMG_3234 IMG_3243 We spent Remembrance Day doing my two favourite things.  A run, and a fall hike on our favourite trail, Admiralty Point.  This time we went all the way to Burns Point.  A tremendous day.

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