Parenthood
July 3, 2020
Summer school wk june 29-jul 3

This week was the official start of our "summer homeschool" so we have a new schedule.

 

Some goals this summer include a focus on math for the three older kids. Amelia will start Math-U-See Alpha more formally. Matthew will try to finish up Beta and I hope to finally finish fractions with Elizabeth. We'll see. We have plans to do some graphing with Elizabeth as well. Matthew has been avoiding actually doing math problems in Prodigy so this week he got to do stuff with pencil and paper, to his chagrin. Elizabeth is going to do some kind of presentation every two weeks.

 

Speaking french was hit and miss this week. Amelia and Michael participated in three playgroups. Amelia was particularly chatty on Thursday where they were doing a scavenger hunt show and tell.

 

The three oldest kids are keeping a daily summer journal. Amelia writes one sentence and then dictates the rest of her entry. Matthew is writing five sentences this year and Elizabeth is writing one page to give her some practice with synthesizing as she shares my tendency to prattle.

 

We started the week off with a sleepover with Erika and Maria, who joined us for Monday's music and cooking classes.

 

We introduced them to our note practice and rhythm practice apps. Maria and the three younger kids watched some videos about different kinds of instruments and the orchestra while Elizabeth practiced her piano with Erika's moral support.

 

For cooking class we continued on the curriculum we're using (Kids Cook Real Food). The lesson was all about spices and herbs - we pulled out all the spices and got the kids to smell it and classify them as savory or sweet. Then Matthew and Amelia made biscuits while the older three girls did a bonus lesson on estimating quantities. How much is a tablespoon of sugar? A teaspoon of cinnamon? Then they all got to add savory spices to their biscuits. Some learned that liking the smell of cumin doesn't mean you like the taste. Others learned that when Mom said "less is more" it applied to paprika too...

 

Elizabeth was excited to do her magic class again. She's got a new trick using a glass and a paper that is particularly fun.

 

Elizabeth made hotdogs on the bbq for supper almost entirely without supervision!

 

Tuesday is adventure day. We went canoeing.

 

There was a fair amount of art this week. JJK was talking about colours so we pulled out the watercolours as instructed and they got to play around with contrasting colours and warm vs cold colours.

 

Elizabeth is working on an advertising project and this week she was in charge of collecting ads from various sources to analyze. When we first assigned the project she was not enthused but when she realized she could milk it to watch another episode of Inspector Gadget (Ridiculously full of ads) and to go for a solo bike ride with Erika she perked up considerably.

 

Friday was science day. There was weeding and talking about how plants grow. Then a very popular lesson with fire and food. I got the kids to guess which items would burn best (and worst). Elizabeth was under the impression that greasy items don't burn well so she was quite surprised by the chips. Then we did a lesson on how to safely put out grease fires using the flaming chips as an example of a very small controlled grease fire. The kids were quite impressed.

 

In the afternoon Matthew was invited to his friend Elsie's for a play date. We biked over. They played on her trampoline and in the sprinkler (at the same time) and ate popsicles and generally had a marvelous time. Bonus: they mostly spoke french! Elizabeth also had a playdate. She went biking with her friend Olivia and apparently learned to ride her bike with no hands (eep!).

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June 28, 2020
Erika's graduation

Erika has completed grade eight and is on to high school in the fall! Assuming we have school in the fall, of course...

 

Anyway, Uncle Chris wasn't feeling well for our originally planned graduation party but he was feeling better (and had a negative Covid-19 test) so it was on with the party.

 

I made "not too sweet" cupcakes for the occasion and Auntie Yukiko arranged many other nibbles. We set up chairs and made Erika wear the silly hat and do the walk. Then we watched the graduation video and some very sweet messages from various family and teachers. Erika won the principal's award for her class!

 

It had been pouring rain but it let up enough to allow for a walk down to Erika's school for some photos and tossing of said hat.

 

Then Erika and Maria came home with us for a sleepover!

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June 21, 2020
Father's Day

Daddy got to sleep in which is a true sign of love around here.  The children made him a cute hand-print t-shirt of "daddy's wild animals".  We then went to Sunnyside for lunch of palatschinken and marillenknödel with our bubble. It was Matthew’s first time in a car since the beginning of the pandemic restrictions 90 days ago!

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June 20, 2020
Theo is 5

It was Theo's birthday! Uncle Chris was helping Brendan build a new bed for Elizabeth now that we can get together again, so he and Erika were at Clemow when it was time for the birthday zoom. I had cleverly made two cakes for Uncle Chris' birthday and set one aside so we were all ready to go!

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June 19, 2020
Spring Tea Pool Party

It's the last day of spring and the first day of summer holidays so we thought we'd better finally have our long anticipated "spring tea party" before it was too late for the second year in a row.

 

We invited Erika and Maria to come over with their bathing suits and we pumped up two of our paddling pools.

 

Then we brought out our tea. We had dolmades, cheese and regular gf buns, chopped veggies, a cheese platter, a meat platter, cake, cookies and of course tea. I made a fruity tea (cranberry orange), Earl grey and Mint.

 

It's 36.7C outside in the shade according to our garage, so the pool and shade was quite appreciated. I put all the food out on ice packs.

 

Michael splashed around, ate and then curled up and went to sleep on the porch just like a little cat. He's been pretending to be a cat rather a lot lately so I'm not sure this wasn't deliberate.

 

Auntie Yukiko and Grandma came by as well, so after a quick "swim" Brendan and I went back inside to do some actual work while the partying continued on outside.

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