Saturday, December 31, 2011


Since we are following a Charlotte Mason Education using Amblesideonline.org outside time is very important in our homeschool.
Jam and Boo don't really have a problem with this. They both have outside chores that get them outside and once they are there, honestly the problem is getting them back inside.







These were taken last year... I told him to hurry and get his chores done (It was absolutely FREEZING) - I had to actually go outside and drag him in - taking my camera along of course.

I think I am definitely going to try and get little Jam outside everyday - even it is just for 15 minutes.

They enjoy doing anything outside. We even planted some spring bulbs recently. They loved making a mess  preparing the garden for spring. (You will be glad to know my grass looks completely normal again).





Friday, December 30, 2011



I just found this excellent tutorial for making homemade bug spray!!
It looks really good. I will have to gather all the supplies ready for the spring.
Pop over to I can teach my child! to see the tutorial.

Monday, December 26, 2011


We are all together today celebrating Boxing Day.
Grandma really excelled herself with dessert!
I will blog directions later...
But here is a sample.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

We had a very special visitor at our house tonight! Little Jam said "You are my Grandpa... You must be a helper Santa!"


Thursday, December 15, 2011


I was given a copy of the PDF book 'Take 5' from  Kaye Hagler in PDF format to review from Librarything.

I was very interested in reading about her ideas for building 'Critical Thinking'.

After reading through her introduction there are 182- ready to use templates which the author calls 'prompts' that are ready to use or modify to individual needs. 


Here's a copy of the first one:



act quickly

In literature, the antagonist is often seen as the bad guy or villain.
The antagonist, however, isn’t always a human being. It can be
anything that creates conflict with the main character. If a character
gets stranded in a snowstorm, the storm can be the antagonist. The
antagonist could be a disease, a temptation, an opposing team, or even
yourself! If it causes a problem, then it’s probably an antagonist.
you are the hero in this story. As a hero, you must
battle many forces. These are your antagonists. You have
just scaled the wall of a castle. It seems empty, but there
are many surprises inside. Opening the door to the Great
Hall, you discover a line of doors on each side. Two doors
are on the left; two doors are on the right. An antagonist
lurks behind each one.

Your task is to make two columns
on your paper.

In the first column, describe the antagonist
you encounter. In the second column, describe how you
overcome your antagonist.

Example:

Fire-breathing dragon   -    Spray dragon with a fire extinguisher

Four antagonists are ready to do battle–be quick!


There are also extra links that add more than 100 extension lessons.  For example the above prompt contains this link - http://www.castlexplorer.co.uk/ which is an excellent resource in itself.

I think with some adaptations this book would be an excellent home-school resource to incorporate critical thinking skills in a quick daily activity.  

This book contains excellent ideas that I will definitely use in the future.



These views are my own. I was not paid for this review, however I did receive a free e-book download.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This Dollar Tree find was a huge hit. Jam managed to make this himself and I think is was a great craft for $1.00.
Jam even hand sewed the sails on to make it extra sturdy.
All in all a lot of fun. He is very proud of himself.
Check out Dollar Tree as they had other kits including a race car and a Helicopter.


Monday, December 5, 2011

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Saturday, December 3, 2011



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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Chore Pad

I just won a code for a free i-phone app from Chorepad

Unfortunately I have a droid phone / pad and so I can't use it. (My Sister in law will benefit)

I am looking forward to them hoping they bring out a Droid Version soon!!



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