Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Frog on a Log & Lily Pad Game

There was an old frog
On a small log

I told him 'Don't Cough'
Or you'll fall off.

You coughed! Oh no!
I TOAD you so.

Vegan Bites: Date Flapjacks

To Canadians, flapjacks are pancakes.
To a Brits, they are squares!
This recipe reminded me of our British friends from Shanghai.

I converted the measurements, for Canadians!

Brit Flapjacks
~1c dates
~splash OJ
~3/4c butter
~1/3c sugar
~3T syrup
~ 1 1/2c oats
~1.5t spices

Heat dates and juice. Mash.
Melt butter, sugar and syrup. Remove from heat and add oats and spices.
In loaf pan, pat half oat mixture, top with date paste and remaining oat mixture
 Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.

Vegan Bites: Chocolate Banana

Banana's, coconut oil and carob.
Big win!
They ate the whole recipe and came back later asking for more of "that banana stuff".

Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Having my camera constantly at hand, this was a project I could easily pull off.
I made an effort to take close-ups, to ensure there was a little challenge to the project.

I asked O & C to work together to find the collection of objects around the yard.

Once the first few were found, they got the hang of looking at objects from a closer view-point.

Kids Photography. Ever since we gave O her first camera, I've realized how much it reveals about the way she views the world; her vantage points, her interests and her sense of creativity. We have since bought her better camera https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00ZZGJH9Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and I'm noticing the technological advantages of introducing photography at an early age. This camera has numerous features that she figured out sans manual!
Our next project will be having O complete her own Photo Scavenger Hunt.


Frosty the Noman
O writes the date.
C draws the weather.
Here you see a Snowman on May 31st, courtesy of C!

We jumped into a round of Pictionary after determining the date and weather.
C continues to surprise us with her creative juices!
I kept guessing what I thought was being drawn, when O blurted out "CROCODILE!"
"That's RIGHT!" C smiled to her big sister and they exchanged chalk, again.

Then it was O's turn.
"Someone eating a watermelon?" I suggested.
"Nope," she smirked, "me in the bath with bubbles, putting soap on my face like Santa Claus!"

Needless to say, O & C always win Pictionary! 
I need to learn how to be more creative with my work!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Daily Doodle: Stairs

I love O's artwork. Particularly the part where I am upstairs sleeping!
O and her new brother are on the main floor.
C and Daddy are in the basement with the toolbox!

Three Weeks, Three Snapshots


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Garden Time!

Seed Monsters!

It's that time of year again!
On a few different days we have attempted planting, but just couldn't wing it. Usually entire bags of wee seeds ended up spread somewhere in the grass...that is currently a few feet high!
This time I came in with a new plan. 

We started by making trenches with bamboo poles.
To make the trenches easily visible, we poured a line of water into them.

From there, we took a handful of seeds and got to work, with much more success than previous attempts.
Seeds actually made it to the raised beds!
Then we labeled popsicle sticks and marked the rows.

Purslane & Rainbow Chard (Last years returning plants)

Last Fall, I uprooted the entire garden after we harvested all the veg.
The few leafy greens and herbs I cut down to the soil, popped up again weeks ago and are going strong.
NOTE TO SELF: This Fall, avoid uprooting leafy greens!

Spicy Arugula

Hundreds Board

The wooden hundred's board is the commercial version of our 100's Grid http://mamadrool.blogspot.ca/2015/10/100s-grid.html
It costs considerably more, but you can expand your game options with the removable pieces.

There are 100 pieces, so this was saved for when I had ten minutes of time with O.
I started by removing five random squares and asking her to find their spaces.
This proved to be very difficult, so we took a new route.

I removed ten horizontal or vertical rows. This was much more straight forward, as she could clearly locate the consecutive number patterns happening in the rows and columns.

She then suggested I take a turn and thought herself especially amusing when she removed horizontal and vertical rows. She was working hard to stump me and as I took my time finding the locations, she walked me through some pattern recognition!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Place Value Cards

 Place Value Cards

This manipulative is commonly seen in a Montessori classroom. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0079F1N1O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The wooden box houses one's, ten's, hundred's & thousand's cards.

We started by asking O to sort the ten's cards in order, while C worked on the one's.

We moved into 100's and 1000's, by looking at the one's row and adding 0's to the remaining categories.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Ten's Bulls Eye

 A simple sidewalk chalk game with a hint of math!
O helped me draw three consecutive circles and number them by ten's, with the center circle (bullseye) having the highest number of points.

C drew the circle for us to stand in and we took turns throwing chalk and adding points.

When C lost interest, she took to a Whack-the-dandelion game in order to spread the seeds in our yard!

Sci Fri: Nature Booklet

We've spent some of our week constructing Nature Booklets.
We started by sewing the binding.

Then we moved onto writing the proper names for the anatomy of flowers.

Now we are collecting nature treasures to document: dissecting flower parts to paste in, smearing dandelion pollen and still life sketches, tracing leaves and flowers.

The booklets are left on the table and new additions are added daily.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Vegan Bites: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Somehow I messed up these cookies.
Fortunately, it didn't matter since they were chocked with carob chips, so O & C were oblivious to their rubbery texture!

Carob Chips

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Milo, My Love

Time has both flown by and stood still, seemingly simultaneously since you were born.
You're still a lovely package of newborn and I know those days are numbered.
You have the same turtle-slow movements that I felt swimming  inside in weeks previous, anticipating your arrival.
I would feel naked without you near me, so I tuck you back, close to my heart and carry you all day.
Your little toes wiggle on my stomach and I realize you are on the other side now...

I juggle to divide my attention, but my love multiplies; the mathematical mystery of motherhood.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sci Fri: Flower Dissection

Cross Section
Miraculously, we fit Sci Fri into our week.
We dissected some Mother's Day flowers to discover their anatomy.

O was very interested in the dissection, taking it to another level by piecing the flower apart.
She made piles of petals, stamens, stems and leaves.
We also used our new jewelers loupe to get a closer look at the specimen.

We followed up with some Plant Lit!

The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle.
'And then it's Spring' by Julie Fogliano.
This is my favourite Spring read, gifted by our dear friends from Shanghai. The illustrations are superb, but the storyline is equally as sweet.

Flower Petal Math

We set up a simple math activity, that kept our flower theme.
I set out stickers with the above sheet, for O to stick the number of petals indicated.

C's activity was modified for her interests and ability. I asked her to put matching coloured petals on the flowers.