Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Nice name, right?  Hubby said that Mommy Camp didn’t sound interesting enough and R keeps saying it’s not a camp because we aren’t camping.  So we amended the name.  This definitely sounds more interesting.

I think I’ve narrowed down some of the themes we’ll be doing.  A weekly theme seems to be just about right.  This gives us, at minimum, three activities for each theme.  I haven’t narrowed down the activities yet but now that the themes are in place, I think the activities will be easier.  I have the first four weeks set as a start.

Week 1:  Glut Program
I found my old workbook about Gluts from when I was in school.  This will be the first week in July which is Environmental week in our community.  I thought this would be a good fit.

Week 2:  Science Week
This is pretty broad but I found a few experiments that I wanted to try with R and they are different enough that I couldn’t put them into a more specific category.  This one may change yet.

Week 3: Economics
R is very motivated by money and he has been planning his lemonade stand all winter.  I thought I might expand this to cover a little more work on money and entrepreneurship.

Week 4: Pirate Week
This one is all me.  R loves pirates and I thought this might be a fun one to do.  I was thinking imagination play would be huge this week with various “hunts” and maybe some basic mapping skills.

As I’ve said before, this is all very flexible and I plan to do a full evaluation at the end of week 2.  It may work wonderfully, it may get blown out of the water.  We’ll see.  What kinds of themes are you exploring with your kids this summer?

Take Care, D

PS:  If you want to see some of the other posts referring to the Super Duper, Epic-ly Awesome Summer School, click on these links.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

This past week has been nuts… wait, what week isn’t nuts?  Anyway, I didn’t get my whole summer camp planned in a week.  Surprised?  Not me.  I do have a pretty good start though with the schedule made up but the hardest part seems to be narrowing down the themes.  There’s so much fun stuff out there and thanks to all of you who messaged me to give me your ideas, they were fantastic!
Here’s a peek at my rough daily schedule – this is quite likely to change as I tweak it and make it more specific each week.  I’ll get you all an update when I have it available. (times are very flexible)

0900 - Breakfast

0930 - Morning Meeting (weather, calendar, word of the week, today’s schedule)

0945 - Exercise (bike ride, walk, kids yoga, Just Dance, etc.)

1015 - Bookwork (Problem of the Day, Math Mad Minute, math centre, journal prompt and Literacy Centre)

1100 - Snack

1115 - Chores

1145 - French

1200 - Free Play

1230 - Lunch

1300 - DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)

1330 - Swimming Lessons

1430 - Snack

1445 - Themed Activities

1630 – Free Play (so I can make supper)

There is so much we could do but I’m trying to keep it light, it is R’s summer break.  Any feedback on scheduling would be appreciated.  As I’ve said before, I’m not a teacher nor am I a homeschooler so this between-schooling thing is quite the learning curve.

Take Care, D

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The weather is finally starting to cooperate and I’m hoping the white fluffy stuff (don’t say the “s” word!) won’t be back for a few months.  I have probably just jinxed us all by putting away the winter gear but my focus is now on getting ready for summer.
Caterpillar Craft
Our RV is now out of storage so the cleaning and stocking has begun.  We are hoping for good weather this weekend for the first camping trip of the year.  The kids are now on their bikes and walking in the trails around the neighborhood and the sun stays bright until about 9:30pm which is much better than the 4pm of a few months ago.  C is studying fervently for her final exams next month and R’s class is experiencing more fun days and field trips.  The end of the school year is near.  Wait…no school?  Crap, what the heck am I going to do with these two all summer so they don’t drive me crazy?
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach
Actually, this isn’t such a big deal.  I really enjoy spending the time with the kids and although neither one can entertain themselves for long periods… I have a plan.

Old School Hangman
Unfortunately C will be spending a month with her mother.  I mean, it’s really just unfortunate for us who will be missing C so much, but we know C will enjoy that time.  When C returns we will be heading out on our family vacation for a couple weeks then it’ll be time to prepare for school again, so I really only have to plan one month’s worth of activities for one child going to grade two.  Easy, right?

Pirate Day and Map Skills
I have planned "mommy school" in years before with some success and there are some great resources from homeschoolers and teachers on the websites and blogs that I lurk.  Have I also mentioned how much I LOVE Pinterest?  Fantastic resource.Now I’m not a teacher, nor a homeschooler but I LOVE a great plan.  If any of you have any advice, tips, ideas, resources, or plans – please comment or message me.  Hopefully I’ll have a plan to share with all of you next week.  Wish me luck!

Take Care, D

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Sunday is Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day is such a special day to celebrate both our own mothers as well as the amazing blessings in our lives who give us the prestigious title of Mom.  In the last few months of my pregnancy, being "Mom" vs. "Bump Mom" became real and overwhelming.  I was so unsure of what I needed to do to prepare myself for baby’s arrival. 
Katie from Moore From Katie showed me this article she wrote for Pregnancy Awareness Month and I was so excited to show it to our "Bump Moms" for Mother’s Day.  In this article, Katie has some fantastic tips on preparing for baby's arrival and these tips may help your transition from "Bump Mom" to "Mom".  After reading Katie's tips, head on over to her blog where she’s celebrating Pregnancy Awareness Month with some other fantastic articles on pregnancy and your new addition to the family.

Take Care, D

Don't Forget These Tips Before Baby Gets Here!

Preparing for the birth of your baby can be an exciting, but stressful time. It is natural to want everything perfect for the arrival of your child. Here are some tips to help you get ready for the debut of your little one.

1. Get organized. Set up the nursery at least three months prior to your scheduled delivery date so you can take your time adding items to the space. As you receive baby gifts, take the time to unpack them from gift boxes and put them away. Repurpose some old or scratched CDs to create your own size dividers for the closet similar to the ones in department store. Stock the changing station with plenty of diapers and wipes. If you plan to make your own baby food, you can get started early and preserve.

2. Shop smart. Baby food, formula and diapers are expensive and you will be purchasing these items for quite awhile. Plan ahead by clipping any coupons you find throughout your pregnancy. Watch for sales on baby items, then combine with your coupons to stock up. Instead of buying just newborn diapers, plan ahead and purchase larger sizes when you find them on sale.

3. Plan your hospital stay. Pack a bag a month prior to your due date. Include toiletry items, an outfit for you to wear home and a homecoming outfit for the baby. Tour the hospital maternity ward and ask questions about what to expect, such as how many family members are allowed in the labor and delivery room. If you have elected to have your baby’s cord blood collected, make your preparations for the procedure with the hospital, as well as your obstetrician. Cord blood banking allows families to preserve the stem cell rich umbilical cord blood at a private facility for potential use in a future medical treatment.

4. Install the car seat. Correct installation is critical to a baby seat properly protecting your infant. Install the car seat three weeks prior to the anticipated delivery date. This will prevent a rush job that could occur if you wait until after the baby is born. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers inspection stations to teach you how to properly install a car seat and verify your infant's seat is ready for use.

5. Take some alone time. Enjoy togetherness with your partner, family and friends as you prepare for the arrival of your baby. The coming months will be hectic, exhausting and stressful. Take advantage of the quiet times in the weeks before the birth to enjoy some date nights. Make plans to set aside some alone time on a regular basis after the baby is born.

With a little planning and preparation, you will be able to relax in the days prior to the birth, as well as in the weeks following your newborn's arrival.


This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26."

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Ah, May.  I love May.  May is the month when the sun seems a little warmer.  When the RVs come out and camping season begins.  On a good year, we can even plant our gardens in May.  Well, the end of May anyway.  May is the month when winter seems to have given up and spring triumphs over the cold.  Yay May!

This May, there are some really good reads coming out too.  I’m eager to pop in my headphones and get into yard work.  Or even the deck…ooooh the deck.  Just the thought of sitting on the deck with just my favorite sweater with my morning coffee and a great book makes my energy peak and I must break out in a dance of joy.
Here are some of the friends who will be joining me…
Insurgent | May 1, 2012 Divergent Trilogy (Book 2)
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

May 1, 2012 Sookie Stackhouse (Book 12)
It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.
There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.
Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

Bitterblue | May 1, 2012 Graceling
The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.
Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.
May 8, 2012 Mortal Instruments (Book 5)
The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.
Can the lost be reclaimed?
What price is too high to pay for love?
Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
Goodreads has a list of 200 popular book releases for May. There are a few new series kicking off as well, so maybe a new book may find it's way to me. Here’s to May and sun and decks and great books.
Take Care, D

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