As we drive through Delta lately, we notice 8-10 Eagles perched on trees, standing in fields and on fences. If you are ever out in the Ladner area, and love natural settings, I... READ MORE
The school that I teach at decided to hold a school-wide “Cardboard Challenge“, inspired by the youtube video “Caine’s Arcade“. There were many reasons why we decided to take on this challenge, but... READ MORE
It seems like an old concept, “hands-on” learning; but isn’t that what the new curriculum in British Columbia is really all about? I always feel inspired by the local “Hyde Creek Salmon Festival”.... READ MORE
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
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
We’ve been enjoying more summer days at Pt. Roberts, days full of simple pleasures:
running at Lily Point,horse fields, beach time with friends,project ideas,evening bike rides to the marina, tenting in the front yard,lunch at Brewsters while the kids are at day camp, and more beach time with cousins. Here’s wishing for more of the same!
I have a bit of a hobby collecting shells and making shell mobiles while we are staying at the beach house.
I got the idea for this mobile from a photo in House and Home magazine.
I thought I could make more of a Westcoast version of that style of mobile. I collected larger oyster shells, crab shells, sand dollars and driftwood. Starfish could be used as well and purchased from Micheals. I also used a foam, rope-covered ball that I’m pretty sure I purchased at Michaels. I used a thick cone shaped grinder bit on the drill and carefully drilled a hole in the center of each item. I had a couple of the shells crack on me and the driftwood even started to smoke, as I was drilling with the grinding bit, so I quickly switched to a regular drill bit for the wood. Apart from that I managed to finish the drilling quite quickly and easily.
We’ve had some of these days off and on.
Here’s our playdough recipe:
combine: 2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
combine: 2 cups water
4 tsp. oil (I usually add quite a bit more to give it that smooth texture.)
Add wet to dry and mix well. Cook over low-medium heat stirring frequently. Remove from heat after mixture forms a ball and knead until smooth. Place in a plastic bag to cool. We got our recipe from a playgroup leader and believe me, they know how to make the best playdough.
So no matter what the weather, indoors,
or outdoors, there’s playdough fun to be had all day long.
And here’s another recipe for my new recipe collection!
We were touring a museum of early Chinese bunkhouses at the Steveston Shipyards.
The museum had live props including a table with the well-known Chinese game, Mahjong.
My children instantly gravitated to the table and simultaneously began to touch, sort, match and pile the cube-shaped blocks according to the colours and symbols.
They asked the young volunteer how to play the game, but she explained that it was quite complicated. She did show the kids what some of the symbols meant. They could have sat there for hours, even in the thick heat, intent on discovering how to play the game.
After coaxing our kids to leave, I decided that we would have to get a game of our own (an idea which was met with much enthusiasm), and I greatly recommend the game for children in any home or classroom.
A cultural game for the hands and the mind, which perhaps one day I will actually learn to play!
We started off our summer in our favourite place, Point Roberts, Washington. It’s always fun to spot wildlife,
The lettuce was gigantic this year!
The best part is going to South Beach everyday.
A community pick-up game of soccer. Myles was in heaven!
The firework display was unreal! Shot off 15 meters in front of us and 27 mins long. A great start to the summer!
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 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.
Each of the kids helped to dig the hole and plant his or her special tree,
in it’s specially chosen location.
Now a month or so later,
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.
“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
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 another front leg and then the tail started to shrink very slowly.
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!
So far froggie number two seems content and froggie number three will join him soon, I’m sure then perhaps even more…