Munchkin, our preschooler, loves animals of all kinds, but her favourites are definitely farm animals! (She is a true farm girl!) She is also my only child who really loves doing book work and work sheets. When the other two were preschool age, we mostly played and if they learned something, great, if not, that was okay. Also, if we did not do any school, it was not a big deal because they were not ready for it anyway. Munchkin is completely different! She wants to do school every day, all the time! She is quick to tell me when her work box is empty and ask if I can give her more school work to do! So, we started a new unit study on animals, consisting mostly of things I can find to keep her busy while I am working with her brother and sister.
I have discovered a new favourite blog :) Fran's World of Discovery is a blog after my own heart! Here is what Fran says about her educational philosophy:
In my world, education is interesting, the choices are endless and everyone learns at their own pace, in a way that works for them
While searching for strawberry recipes I read Fran's post about strawberries and saw that she has written an ebook called Strawberry Craze. When I contacted her about it she generously sent me a copy of her ebook to review.
To be honest, when I first saw this ebook I thought it was something different. I was expecting it to be more of a child-friendly strawberry recipe book. Now that I have read it I know that while there are easy strawberry recipes in it, this book is so much more than just a recipe book! It is full of fun, hands-on educational activities to learn all you can learn about strawberries!
With all the controversy (Parents of Hana Williams Found Guilty) out there about the Pearls and their book, To Train Up a Child, I was not going to touch this subject, but I just can't stop thinking about it! I know I am probably going to lose a few readers with this post, and I feel sad about that, but I feel that this is something that I have to say! In case you decide to leave a comment on this post, you should know that any nasty comments will be deleted! I don't care which side of the discussion you are on, if you are going to comment on this post, it must be done respectfully! Having said that, here is my experience with Michael and Debi Pearl's book, To Train Up a Child.
I have never done a food post on here before, (other than food like China-shaped cookies). I see lots of recipes and pictures of food on other blogs, but I am just not into that. At least not normally. Today, you will see pictures of food on my blog, and I will tell you how yummy the food was when we ate it :) Most of all, I will tell you all about how my kids made the food, not me! (Make sure you read all the way to the end to see the great giveaway we have for you too!)
For our homeschool science we have been studying the stars! I love the stars! It is not unknown for us to bundle up and go outside late at night to watch the stars, especially when there is a special show on :) God really does the best fireworks shows!
I shared in my last post that we recently attended our provincial homeschool convention. It was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and put on by the Saskatchewan Home Based Educators (SHBE).
Saskatchewan Home Based Educators (SHBE) is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan. We assist in creating a positive social network and a positive political environment for all those who choose home-based education. We also provide supportive, social and instructional resources for our members.
If you homeschool in Saskatchewan and don't already have a SHBE membership, I highly recommend you get one :) The SHBE board does a lot for us! They are our voice when there needs to be discussion with the government. They are also a great source of encouragement and wisdom!
The kids and I have been reviewing a fun book called Star Chronicles: A Bible-based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman. We are learning a lot about the constellations with this book! I am looking forward to sharing my full review with you soon, but for today I am sharing with you a really great giveaway from the Star Chronicles launch team. Enter the giveaway for a chance to win $275 worth of prizes, including a telescope to help you get a closer look at the stars you are studying :)
Well, here it is folks! I have been leaving comments all over blog-land about this wonderful book I have been reviewing - Asia: It's People and History. Now, I can finally give you my full review :)
To start off with, I have a confession. I love geography and history! I don't remember being quite so found of these subjects in school, but then again, when I was in school, I was taught very little geography. I think my love for geography began when I was in Bible college. I spent a good part of my Bible college years learning about missions and even thought for awhile that God was going to send me overseas somewhere as a missionary.