• history,  lesson in a post

    Guy Fawkes Day Resources

    Tomorrow, November 5th, is Guy Fawkes Day (also known as Bonfire Night and Gunpowder Treason Day). It is a remembrance of when Guy Fawkes was caught with 36 barrels of gunpowder under parliament in London. He was a part of a group of men who intended to blow up the king and other members of parliament. I was introduced to Guy Fawkes and the day when I was an au pair in England back when I was 18 (a lifetime ago) and I spent that evening watching fireworks and bonfires. Today I thought I would give my kids a little history of the day and tomorrow (the actual day) we…

  • Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day
    history,  unit studies

    Pirate Mini Unit Study Resources

    One of the units I had on my list to study this year was pirates. And since September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day I thought we would learn about them leading up to that day. We’ve only done a few unit studies so far this year but this one was our favorite one yet. Pirates are a fun topic to study but it does involve a fair amount of weeding through fact and fiction. The kids totally got into pirate mode and dressed up in some old Halloween costumes.     There are so many great books, videos and resources for a pirate study, we could have studied the…

  • Famous Canadians Free Notebooking Pages - great for learning Canadian history
    free printables,  geography,  history,  notebooking,  relaxed notebooking,  resources

    Free Notebooking Pages – Famous Canadians

    One of the things I love about homeschooling is following the interests of my kids. I am really looking forward to the day when they “know what they want to be when they grow up” (or you know, at least an idea. I’m not even sure if I know what I want to be when I grow up) and we can take those interests and run with them. Raeca has been wanting to create some printables/books with me and so the other evening we sat on the couch and did some brainstorming. We both came up with ten ideas and she narrowed it down to her favorite. The next day…

  • Middle grade books set during World War II
    book lists,  history,  middle grades

    16 Gripping World War II Books for the Middle Years (Grades 4-8)

    I have been on a big World War II reading kick in my own life lately. History never interested me when I was younger but these days it seems like I can’t get enough! I’ve found that I really enjoy reading about history through historical fiction books (and some really good non-fiction ones too). While am also reading some grown up books about WWII, a number of the books I’m reading have been in the middle years range. Some of the WWII books I’ve been reading lately (mid-grade and otherwise):   The following list includes about 50% of books I have read and the other 50% is on my to-read…

  • book lists,  elementary,  history,  picture books

    Elementary Medieval Times Book List

    At the beginning of the year I decided we would try to do a brief overview of the history of the world this year. We started out with ancient history (focusing mainly on Ancient Rome) and now we are in the middle of our study on the medieval times. We’ve been enjoying reading about knights and castles and even a bit about the bubonic plague. My kids always love all kind of potty jokes so they were the most tickled to find that some of the “toilets” in castles drained into the moats. (They would probably love a study on the history of toilets.) I wanted to share our medieval book…

  • Our curriculum plans for homeschooling grade one and preschool.
    art,  curriculum,  geography,  history,  language arts,  math,  music,  preschool,  science,  spanish

    An Overview of Our Homemade Grade 1 & Preschool Curriculums

    Today is our official start to our first year homeschooling! I have been waiting for this day for about 3 years and I’m kind of nervous that it will all blow up in our faces, I don’t think it will but that fear is definitely there. When I started thinking about what I all wanted the kids to learn this year part of me got overwhelmed and just wanted to buy a full pre-made curriculum. BUT one of the reasons we are homeschooling is to have more flexibility in our days and our learning and I knew that wouldn’t be the best way for us. So, I decided to hack together…