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Sleep For Some Reason? Or Nighttime Adventures

By |June 15th, 2017|

When children just can't seem to get to sleep, take them outside for some exploring! Different bugs, skunks and racoons, night time rabbits, regular play places become new and different. No squinting or needing to wear sunglasses, and no sunbburns because you are a ginger!
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Multitasking: Trolls at the River

By |May 10th, 2017|

Do your kids love the Trolls movie? Our almost five and almost three year old do. They also enjoy running in the woods and feeding ducks. And throwing things into the water. Let's do all that stuff at the same time, a 40 minute unicycle ride away for dad :)
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[video] Introducing Young Kids to Chess

By |May 6th, 2017|

It's all about making it fun! (what isn't?) The kids are almost five and almost three. We had a chess board before, but I discovered quickly that the tiny light plastic pieces in a flimsy cardboard box that may or may not have all the pieces when it's put away...ugh... So I waited a bit before setting out on a chessboard journey that had a few required features...
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Adding Keyboard to 4yo’s Violin and Voice Lessons- Overworked? Nah…

By |April 8th, 2017|

Dad, my fingers are getting tired of playing violin. We haven't even started our [third 30 min] Skype video session yet...how about this...let's do a violin check with Michelle so she can see that you remember what she's shown us so far and maybe she'll give you a couple of tips...thennnnnnnn hhhoooowwwww about PIANO lessons! keyboard!
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A Lego Play Table

By |April 5th, 2017|

Here's our current lego table setup - actually an ongoing, ever evolving 'learning zone with lego' that we can put four chairs around or lift off and set aside :)
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Clay : Formerly Playdoh Then Homemade Playdoh Then Playdoh

By |March 31st, 2017|

Side note: Nothing turned my kids off playdoh like every single homemade playdoh batch I made :( Kids still playing with or too old for playdoh? Get modelling clay!! After a day of use, it seems every aspect of it is way better than playdoh! First off, and most importantly, I thought, it doesn't dry out :)
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[video] Children’s Spinnymajig Version 2.0

By |March 27th, 2017|

When @tomFromStThomas gave me what I am using for the baseplate he said something like 'think you can use a big heavy roundish piece of metal with holes in it?' I said, 'hmmmm, probably not....' He said, 'well, take it...who knows...' He knew :)
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Sorry, Mom, We’re Just Going To Get a Taco

By |March 22nd, 2017|

Can we order something from Amazon, dad? I looked around and said well, you already have a lot of dinosau…

Not dinosaurs, dad, something pink and special! Let’s order pink […]

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We Started Music Lessons by Skype: Violin, Voice, and Keyboard

By |March 22nd, 2017|

I have three years of musical instrument games with kids experience. I have no problem getting them to have fun with music any time I suggest it, and I will be great at guiding them through their music experience, but I'm no music teacher! (and my time learning to be one is better spent elsewhere...so I'll just be the music director I guess)
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[cute video] 12″ Surprise Pink & White Unicycle Unboxing & Assembly

By |March 20th, 2017|

Watching them having fun on the unicycle was great! Watching them wait for their turn got pretty old, pretty fast :) This unicycle is extra small due to the seat base being attached directly to the frame instead of allowing for a seat post. It will quickly be outgrown, but I have a 'unicycle modding guy'
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Springish Winter Birdseed and Goose Poop at the Big River

By |March 7th, 2017|

Don't worry about it, we can clean your boots. There's two big geese right behind you, you know... The birdseed hit the ground, we heard all the trees starting to honk, the river start to rumble, and then geese came in from every direction. People aren't lined up to feed them when it's cold out.
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[video] Atop a Spinnymajig : “Dad, that girl is something!”

By |March 7th, 2017|

Here's something we've built...well, technically we custom purposed some camera gear pieces farmer Tom made for me. We can replace the milk crate with a teeter totter, that's going to be super fun when it warms up outside! We'll bring it out to the slackline meetups too
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[video] An Unschooling Minute : 2.5yo and 4.5yo Unicycle Practice

By |February 23rd, 2017|

“You want me to fall, dad?”
“That’s the best you’ve ever done!”

You’re going to fall 100 times. (And you’re going to drop the unicycle and pick it up 2000 times)

Learning how […]

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[video] Homeschooling in Five Words

By |February 17th, 2017|

This video, in a nutshell, says homeschooling is easy if you want it to be 🙂

I was a approached by Lisa from The Canadian Homeschool Conference about how […]

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[video] Eduvacation: Ripley’s Aquarium, Toronto, (during homeschool hours)

By |February 14th, 2017|

We've been waiting to go here until the wee one was old enough to really get a great experience here (more fun at 2.5 than 2, the last time we were passing through). If you haven't been here, I can't recommend it enough. When I told my facebook friends they mentioned how busy it can be there, it was fairly empty on a Monday afternoon :)
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Airpainting : Encouraging teamwork & sharing while learning about air pressure and the cardiovascular system

By |January 23rd, 2017|

So what happens if your kids want to do different things…and both of them with you? When one wants to paint and one just wants to use the air pump […]

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Homeschool, socializing, and lego

By |January 12th, 2017|

If 'every kid' loves lego, it means that other kids love lego, and other kids play and build with lego in different ways.
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Lit Up Stroller – Snow Test

By |December 11th, 2016|

We had a lesson on circuits. He learned how to carefully thread the fragile wire through spokes. He helped me hold the tape. She put nuts and bolts in the random holes in the stroller mods. She looked over at me and said "socket wrench, dad. fixing." I thanked her. She didn't want to come with us. We went out for a test. It was successful. The trick is
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‘pre’school : Holes, Steel, Aluminum, Bolts, and Adjustable Wrenches

By |November 23rd, 2016|

The two year old spends a lot of time with the tools and equipment. She loves putting bolts in holes. She loves taking bolts out of holes, also.

Unbaby-proofing the […]

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[video] COLDESTRUCTOR : Play Drawing Mortal Kombat Before Bed.

By |October 16th, 2016|

Telling him it was Night Wolf not Micro almost makes him cry. Time for bed 🙂 (Unless he wants to create for a few more minutes!) He became a big fan of Mortal Kombat over the past week or so. A simple transition from dinosaurs. He’d been watching ‘dinosaur battles’ on youtube for a year. I look over at the Wii and knew it was time to ask him. We don’t have dinosaur battles to play for real, but what about people battles?
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[video] North Bay Ontario Field Trip : A Ride in a Corvette and a Leaf for Mom

By |October 13th, 2016|

He's watched 'Cars Movie Cars' for a long time. I let him know he was going to drive in a race car next week and he was excited it about it allll week. I know he was because I kept asking him :)
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[VIDEO] Four Year Old At A Wedding Reception : Can I Take Pictures With The Camera, Dad? : North Bay

By |October 10th, 2016|

I’ve shown him how to aim a camera. I’ve shown him how to hold a camera. I’ve shown him how to not drop a camera.

At Uncle Andy & Aunt […]

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4yo was sitting at the computer, waving his hands at the screen

By |September 28th, 2016|

He was sitting at the computer watching youtube. I saw him waving his hands at the screen and making all sorts of strange movements. I went over to […]

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“Dad”, you don’t look right. Where’s your beard?

By |September 25th, 2016|

The costume the four year old wore for (by far) the longest time, was his dad costume!

He sat and watched TV after we were done playing ‘Dad and Son’ […]

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Lovin’ the Whiteboard! Create, Erase, Learn, Play, Erase, Surprise, Dry, Rubbing Alcohol

By |September 24th, 2016|

Update on the whiteboard…it’s an instant creativity device! You can interact easily with kids of different ages doing their own things, each one getting my undivided attention (as far as […]

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Discussed vowels today using fridge letters. Levelled up to Whiteboard.

By |September 19th, 2016|

They coloured. They placed magnets. They erased with the erases on the end of their white board markers. I showed them how to erase with a paper towel, and their fingers.
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Never mind a Fire Hall. Let’s throw timbits at seagulls

By |August 8th, 2016|

I told the kids we were going on mission where we were going to do two things, go to the timbit store, and something else that was a secret.

Outside of […]

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[video] Thames River Kids’ Run & Sticks Throw

By |August 6th, 2016|

she looks like 11 from Stranger Things for a second

Took the kids out for a ride today. This time our forest adventure took us to the section of woods […]

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[video] 2 minutes and 20 seconds of homeschool ideas

By |July 27th, 2016|

Ever consider homeschooling and wondering if you can do it?

Already a homeschooler and looking for some new ideas?

This video is from an hour in the woods. What happened when […]

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Multitasking at Homeschool

By |July 20th, 2016|

Why play accordions and violins in the living room when they are still only 'weird sound makers' when you can play them outside? Today, over music theory and hand/finger placement class, we explored a new area of town, searched lily pads for frogs, and even discovered what appeared to be a deer path.