Monday, September 28, 2009
To Mummify a Chicken:
1. Unwrap supermarket chicken
4. Wash with wine
8. Double Ziploc bag, and let him rest for a while!
Now you keep an eye on him, and when you notice his salt solution around him is wet (it's sucking the moisture out of him!) then you get to open him up and change his salt for new, dry stuff. It should take about 6 weeks all together, we'll keep you posted.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Isn't it just like a Van Gough? Pip drew this! The others did pretty well too. The gallery is up on our dining room wall right now, four versions of "Sunflowers". We went outside, and the children sat on the grass to observe and draw. Here they are, (sorry for the thumb!):
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The big change for us this year is that Emmi is moving into the logic stage! (Grade 5!!) She is becoming a much more independent student, able to do a lot of her schoolwork by herself. My role is changing with her from direct teaching, to coaching, and marking. She is also able to help me by teaching the younger boys some of their lessons. And she seems to have taken over lunch duty of late, which lets me get in "just one more" lesson with someone else, or small household job.
Tim is in Grade 3, and is moving towards greater independence. But for him, Grade 3 looks a lot like Grade 2, just a little more of it and a little deeper. Ben has started into the grammar stage, he's in Grade 1, so he is starting to study in a more serious way than in Kindergarten, and he needs a lot of one-on-one help. Pip does not want to be left behind! He is asking for phonics worksheets, and loves his math lessons! The great thing about a younger sibling is that they learn so much from the older ones. Pip works on a phonics question beside Ben, and Ben shows him the right answer. I don't know how much Pip really understands about what Ben is telling him, but it gives Ben a chance to use his knowledge, and it can't hurt Pip's ability to learn to read! Emmi loves to play school with the younger boys, and she teaches them all sorts of basic math and reading concepts!
Our history studies follow a 4 year cycle (you do one cycle with each stage), and last year we finished off history (aren't you glad to know there's an end? Just kidding!) with the Persian Gulf War. This year we are back to ancient history, to great rejoicing from all the children! Our very first history lesson was about archeologists, and how we can know what happened so long ago. Acting on the suggestion in our activity book, I staged an archeological dig in the sandbox!
The archeologists are examining the site:
The archeologists examine their findings, and try to draw some conclusions about the civilization that left the artifacts.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Only six quarts (plus the equivalent of another we ate right away) but what wonderful flavour! I look forward to having some pasta with bottled sunshine in "the bleak midwinter"!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
We spent the day recently at the cottage of a distant family relative (we're talking great-grandparents being aunts and nieces....) of David's. The cottage was built in 1887, (by a great-uncle type person) and has remained in the family ever since. It has a wonderful, peaceful, atmosphere, and a lovely old smell (not the musty-yucky old smell!). It is on the shore of Lake Erie, and we met up there with David's mother and aunt (and her daughter) to visit Aunt Eleanor.
Here are the children on a large rock on the shore. I know the exposure is off, but I liked the dreamy quality to the picture!
The children really enjoyed playing on the shore. They did a lot of "exploring", and jumping!
Here is the amazing Tim!
A lovely summer day!