I appreciated reading the first hand reports of the men involved.
Oh how I enjoyed this field trip. We all did. The cannons, the stories, the walking around. This was a great field trip that I would happily do again. Fort York is a great story about the people at the start of Canada as a country.
I have to admit, I took so many pictures here it's hard to choose which pictures to share with you all. :) When we arrived we were greeted by a friendly lady who gave the boys an activity/remembrance token for coming, she directed us to an information area and told us about a movie that they played.
We first took in the museum information area. There we saw the first stamps of Canada, the coins, learned about First Nation involvement, learned how both sides of the War of 1812 declared they were winners because neither side lost.
After this we took in the movie. It was played over three screens and was quite interesting, giving us lots of information. This led us to part three of the museum, a walk through history. I thought this section really well done.
This walk through history led us to the pathway that led to the restored Fort York. Some buildings were erected from stones found, others were built according to original specs. Almost all held artifacts, and each building had an introductory plaque at the entrance.
Isn't this tree magnificent?
The boys thought it would be fun to pose in the guard house.
Hmm.. let's see what else can I share with you?
We saw the stark difference between the enlisted men and the officers quarters. I found it quite amazing in fact...
Officers room and eating area.
Different buildings were dedicated to different pieces of information, from seeing how the officers and soldiers lived, to observing the placement of cannons, learning about the different weapons and uniforms, and bugle calls all had meaning as well.
One of the things that happened in the battle at Fort York was when they blew up the magazine, it killed so many of the attacking Americans, the devastation was so sudden. One of the last areas we visited walked us through the attack and blow up of the magazine. They couldn't let all that gunshot end up in enemy hands.
I appreciated reading the first hand reports of the men involved.
One of the last places we visited was the well. My son was so disappointed as the well didn't work. It was sealed off.
And check out this beautiful tree!!! Yes, the colours were changing and this tree was just so very lovely I couldn't pass it up
I hope you enjoyed this brief look at Fort York. There is so much yet I could show you but why would you have a reason to go visit it yourself? We did a self-guided tour and it was interesting and great exercise transversing the yards.
One day I had to run up to Guelph. I had two or three rabbits to sell, and the folks could meet me there, so the lad and I decided to make a day of it. Do you know that Guelph has very little in the way of museums to visit? Oh my. BUT we did make it to two museums, I talked about the McCrae House already, so today I will talk about the Guelph Civic Museum.
The Guelph Civic Museum is given over to telling the stories of Guelph. It has a variety of exhibits, from static information, to wildlife displays and more. It is a somewhat larger museum...with I think three floors. If you pay entrance to the one museum, you gain entrance on the same day to the other. It did take us a while to figure out where it was... but obviously we managed.
So if you go, this is the building and location for you. :)
One of the first things we saw upon entering the museum was this neat piece of art work. The lad and I both said "WOW" when we saw it. Isn't it neat? All the swirling motion that gets you all caught up.
One section of the building was given over to clothes designed by a person I can't remember. AH See.. this is why I take pictures... clothes for a wedding back in 1905.
Guelph is a town built on an agricultural background, much in it's current production still reflects that...housing one of Canada's vet colleges, having a research station and what not.
They had this lovely set for a garter snake that my son was quite taken with.
They had this interactive area which my son and I spent a lot of time in. Levers to pull, cranks to turn, dials to spin and they all did something. They didn't all work exactly the way they were meant to due to abuse by other visitors, but it was fun none-the-less.
Guelph Civic Museum. Filled with agricultural tidbits and lots of information about the founders and First Nation relations and interactive elements.
Go on, have fun, learn some local history.
Today I would like to introduce you to a neat little art books, "Get Into Art Places", this book is written by Susie Brooks.
At 32 pages it is not a big book by any means, but it's a fun little book.
Each artist is introduced over a two page spread with a lift the flap option. So here we have the artist and a sample of their work.
And under the flap we have a "do it yourself" option.
I'm actually planning to use this book and the next book I am reviewing in a co-op art class. I think it will be fun to let the children experiment with following what the masters have done.
But isn't the set up neat?
Learn something about the painting and artist and then handy dandy you have a art project to do that goes along with it. You get to explore 12 different works, but artists such as Van Gogh, Canaletto, Hokusai and more.
One of the things I really appreciated was at the back of the book a Project Checklist was provided, easily letting me know what supplies I would need to complete each project.
Generations Upon Generations
Across the oceans did roam
A Family of Ten
Farmed the land.
Cattle, Pigs, Horses too.
Grain, corn, hay.
All worked hard.
In Home and out.
Across the oceans did roam
Family of six.
Only one left the nest.
Met one of the ten.
A family created.
A Family of eight.
Six youngsters who
On a land well-farmed.
Dairy Cows roamed,
The crops were planted.
The children had goats,
and rabbits and horses.
The delight of a daughter.
A daughter she roamed.
A pastor she met.
A home they did make.
A family did take.
Rabbits and mice,
are the crops of this home.
Preaching and teaching
are the ways of the life.
Generations upon Generations.
This is the way that we live.
Ingredients and Directions
Preheat oven 350
2 lbs ground beef
1 cup milk
1 cup panko
1 onion diced finely
salt and pepper to taste
other seasonings if desired. I often add a good couple shakes of montreal spice
Place in a 9 x 5 loaf pan lined with parchment paper
On top to the meatloaf place
About 3 tbsp spaghetti sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar and
lace the top with honey mustard. (maybe a tbsp worth)
Place in oven for 1 hour.
I served ours with baked potatoes. They can go right into the oven with the meatloaf, depending on size they cook the same length of time, or might need to go an additional 10 minutes.
Do you remember these lyrics?
One day at a time sweet Jesus that's all I'm asking from you
Give me the strength to do everyday what I have to do
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus and tomorrow may never be mine
So for my sake teach me to take one day at a time
When I think of this word Time, this verse pops into my head.
I don't sing it, I used to belt it out, but my poor hubby would cringe. When he worked in prison ministry it was one of the favourite songs of the guys and... well let's just say that overuse does not make friends. :)
But the fact remains... we aren't asked to take on the rest of our lives. We aren't. We are asked to trust God for the grace to day by day live out the lives that he has given us. To love those around us, to share who he is within our sphere of influence, to live our lives in obedience to his will.
Just one day.
No more, no less.
Not living in our yesterdays and tomorrows.
Just one day.
Look what I received this week:
I'd like to invite you to continue on with the Homeschool Review Crew in 2017!
Isn't that great? Last year I did 23 reviews for the crew most of which I liked, but not all that I continued to use.
I thought you might like to know which reviews we are continuing to use.
You will find my review for Middlebury Interactive Languages here. My son continues to be interested in learning German. He is also using Duolingo, both programs teach German but have a different method of teaching it.
I am not convinced that we will finish the course before our time runs out and we've had vacation and some health issues, meaning we've missed a few weeks and therefore will need to do some back tracking.
We have a science program that we like, but my lad has this interest in astronomy, enough so that he was looking information up on youtube. :) Therefore it's a natural thing that Apologia Astronomy is a favourite in this household. Experiments and information, is there anything more a boy could ask for in a science program?
For bible we had two reviews that we did, Grapevine which exercises my son's creative talents, and Veritas Press. Although we LOVE both products, the one my son ASKS to do is Veritas Press. this make it the winner in this category. I will often come in from chores and find him already hard at work.
We reviewed two games this year.
Sunya (a math game) and Flipstir (a logic game).
Of the two my son loved Sunya and often plays it with his gramma. He finds it an easy game to play, and likes the gramma enjoys playing it with him. Between Sunya and Chess, math is covered when he goes and visits (and needs to do some school too).
I, on the other hand, had a distinct fondness for Flipstir. I remember getting frustrated by it and having my international student come along and sort it out and even give a hint about solving it. It was an excellent smile for us.
We reviewed a number of programs that are great supplementary programs, from doing copywork, to notebooking, to online multi-subject programs. It's hard to make a choice, but I have to go with the one the we continue to use. Homeschool Copywork. A nice program, that is non-complicated to use, has elements that delight my boy, scripture and quotes, all round a good product.
I am not going to comment on the various math programs we tried out. There were elements to each that my lad liked, but until this fall math really wasn't his thing. We have a math program that he likes and at this point he's unwilling to even think about a different math program. :)
I do have a couple of notable mentions Carole Roman books. History books written in a story format. HUGE hit with my lad and CrossTimber, who name meaning gifts are so well done and the service so excellent I'd be lax if I didn't mention them.
I hope you have enjoyed this look through the year, and we check out our favourites. Good products and programs that we like in our home.
It's been a while since I've done up a post on the books the lad and I read together at night before he settles to bed. Ergo... this post. :)
My son and I happen to just LOVE reading together. Most of the time I do the reading, but occasionally he'll read to me. Currently we are working through these five books.
Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach
My lad and I are part way into this book and already we are hooked. It was sent to us by Raincoast books to review.
I strongly suspect that it will also intrigue a fair number of girls as well as one boy and one girl make up the main characters. They are at the zoo, wolves are dying, people are around when they are not supposed to be. I have to admit... we're intrigued. "Why would someone want to hurt a wolf mom?" "Wouldn't it be neat if they could find that treehouse mom?" So we are kinda wondering if the two things are linked... Time will tell eh?
Ancient Greece, this is actually part of the group of books we received for the Carole Roman review. My son thoroughly enjoys these books and likes that we are reading at night together. He asked questions, we looked up information on line, though with this Greece book he's not real keen on learning about the Greek gods.
Well written book that draws you into what it would be like to live in Ancient Greece.
My lad and I like history. :) We read a fair number of history related books. Many of them are living books, but this encyclopedia has us fascinated at it takes us through historical events. Every history book includes different details about historical events.
For instance... Napolean Bonaparte... was he a villain or hero? History books talk about him in different ways.
This variety means that reading different histories provides for a more well-rounded education and gets my little thinker, thinking all the more.
Reading through the Story of the World, and how it jumps around, has really been showing us how actions in one part of the world can influence what happens elsewhere.
Reading it alongside the encyclopedia is giving us some interesting insights, which of course, leads to conversation between mother and son.
I am hoping at some point to find inexpensive copies for the mystery of history series, as I think it will give us yet another perspective.
Anyways, enjoy these books should you pick them up... good reads one and all.
Given that I am recovering from pneumonia this week and I am part of a household filled with guys.
When I saw the topic enjoy I thought I would talk about some of the ways my guys have let me know I am loved and cared for.
1. My son coming down and giving me his own cuddle blanket off the bed when I was going through the chills.
2. My son making me tea in an effort to help me get warm.
3. My husband running errands, and taking the boys to their events.
4. My international student helping my son get the garbage out to the curb for pick up in the morning.
5. That same student making himself his own supper.
6. My hubby doing the dishes.
7. A lad caring for my critters...even that over-protective mamma doe who is a tad scary.
8. A quiet house when hubby grabs up the boy and takes him out pokemon going so I can have a nap.
9. MEDICATION!!! God is good in providing help before I needed it.
10. TV, internet, computers, books...all these things that distract me and help me not feel like a resting lump of nothingness.
11. Community, family that prays, coworkers in the review world who pray, people who call offering support.
These are things that I am grateful for. Things that I have "enjoyed" while recuperating.
Why don't you help me to continue enjoy the community that surrounds us. Take part in this five minute Friday post. Let me know. let me see what this word enjoy means to you.
You can find the linky over at Kate's blog.
Cities are huge places, busy and so full of everything. Government workers, hospitals, emergency vehicles, transportation of all sorts. Families living, people working, running about their daily lives.
It can be a jumble of noise and confusion.
Now imagine that you have NEVER lived in a city and you have just moved there? Wouldn't you like to know more? Wouldn't you want to understand just what you have gotten yourself into? These books reviewed, should help.
I’m currently reading a book about a lad facing that exact scenario. He’s moved off a military base, a sheltered environment, with a smaller scope of people to interact with. He’s now living in New York city and he’s stunned by everything going around him. Would have been nice if he could have had The Cities Book (Lonely Planet Kids) and How Cities Work (Lonely Planet Kids). These two books, work together, to show how cities work and the beauty that can be found with them.
Embark on a journey from the start of a city, a small gathering of buildings in the country with farms and wildlife all around. Through construction and work and organization gradually a city develops. Led through the building of roads and industry, superhighways, trains and parking lots.
We get to see people at work, people with families, shopping, moving, living. Tunnels being dug with large machines. Skyscrapers, parks, subways and more. If it's in a city, you'll find it in this book.
Every page with flaps to lift and/or pages to fold out
Each page delineates clearly where it is located in the world, and gives the highlights of each city. For instance, Hong Kong is the Hollywood of the East, Montreal hosts the biggest bell in North America, in Addis Ababa Easter is celebrated with a meat feast and Seoul has taxis specially marked for those who don't speak Korean. Interesting facts from around the world.
Now don't you agree with me?
Wouldn't these be great books to introduce children (and others) to the wonders that make up cities... both in operation and what makes each one special. 86 Cities explored, countries from around this entire world.
This later book, the Cities Book, will be staying as part of our resource collection. As we travel around the world in our studies it will add a great dimension don't you agree?
Raincoast books has generously provided me with these books.
The Cities book is published by Lonely Planet Kids, is 212 pages long and is approximately 10 x 12. Good images and graphics, great text, good overview of 86 cities from around our planet.
How Cities Work is written by James Gulliver Hancock and also published by Lonely Planet Kids. 24 pages (feels like more) and 11 x 10 inches approximately. Lift the flap or open the page and discover all about how cities work.
Social Media Links for Raincoast Books are as follows.
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Bible Study Guide for all ages
Bird Cage Press
Homeschool in the woods
Wet, Dry, Try App
Essentials in Writing
In the Hands of a Child
A journey through learning
2014 TOS Reviews
Philippians in 28 weeks.
The Brinkman Adventures.
Logic of English.
Go Science DVD's
Happy Kids Songs
Wizzy Gizmo: In his image
Essential Skills Advantage:
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Don't Miss the Boat
Tokens of Promise
Biff and Becka's ....
A Child's Geography
Homeless at Harvard
30 Days of Bible Study...
Topaz and the Evil Wizard
Alone yet not alone
Lead me Home
I am Second
Can't wait Willow
This is Our Time
What I wish I knew at 18
Raising boys by design.
The Ruby Ring.
Knowing God By name.
The Jesus Bible, NIV.
One Realm Beyond.