"Let's play store!" kit

Here’s a wonderful little printable store kit for kids that I found online.  There’s a cover, receipts, coupons, price tags and more.  Neat!  I’m printing it out now for Jack and Anna, who have been making money and selling things all morning.  I also printed out this money from Donna Young.  The million dollar bills are especially fun.  😉


Victoria’s Garden Lapbook

Here are pictures of Victoria’s first fully completed lapbook.

I think she did such a wonderful job. 🙂


p1010001.JPGFirst pages inside:

p1010002.JPGCloser view (flower poem, flower quote):

p1010003.JPGRight side, parts of a flower, leaf, plant:

p1010004.JPGFlip of front page (worm poem written by Victoria, flower quote, poetry stickers that say sweet sentences, mini book of pictures of all of the flowers/plants she has or plans to have–I forgot to photograph that!):


Plant vs. animal cells:

p1010009.JPGRose photo and pocket of her seeds:

p1010011.JPGThere are little extra touches, quotes, stickers and notes all over. We’re going to finish her Amelia Earhart lapbook and the Freedom Quilt lapbook today and then she’s super excited about getting to do one on cells next. We accidentally found some pics of cancer cells and immune cells and she thinks they’re the coolest things ever.

Pioneer Grammar

Daryl bought Victoria a packet of Pirate Grammar on ebay and she’s been zipping through it.  Anna tried it and announced that she wanted “No more 4th grade pirate grammar!”.  🙂

After further discussion, it was determined that she’d appreciate either pioneer girl grammar or princess grammar.

Daryl, being a sweet man, made up a whole slew of Pioneer Girl grammar pages for her.  She’s still asleep but we’ll see how they fare.   I think she’s still probably doing 4th grade level because that’s what Daryl has fresh in his mind, but she’s up for the challenge!  <G>

I’m still sick but lots has been going on that I want to share soon.  I’ll try to post pics of Victoria’s final version of her garden lapbook (fabulous!), maple syrup tapping yesterday and more.  Right now I’m going to rest with a baby.

Back among the living

I’m finally over my killer virus. The good news is that Victoria was only sick for about an hour (literally!), Annalee was sick for a day but only threw up once and had a headache for a short time, Alex barely registered an illness at all and Jack avoided it completely.

I am a huge believer in boosting kids’ immune systems with wholesome food and healthy living, and it seems to pay off. When the kids do get sick they bounce back so fast you generally can’t even tell they’ve been sick. Now me, on the other hand…. I guess that says a lot about how much healthy living mama has going on! 🙂

While I was sick Daryl did Pirate Grammar pages he bought from a lady online. The kids enjoyed it, although Victoria pointed out that it was just weird talking “pirate” with correct grammar! Daryl found some small errors in the pages and discussed those with the kids, so they inadvertently learned a little extra. Daryl also gave Anna a newspaper and a pen and asked her to circle examples of the punctuation rules they’d been talking about (like where to put commas in dates). She enjoyed that a lot.

We had planned to go maple syrup tapping this morning and then take part in a pancake breakfast feast with real maple syrup at a nearby nature center. We’ll have to see how everybody is feeling. I think Daryl is exhausted from taking care of me and the kids but hopefully he won’t get sick too.

Next post– homeschooling, I promise!  🙂

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Off for the day

We’re supposed to get 6-10″ of snow tonight and tomorrow so we’re off to civilization to stock up on supplies before we get buried.

Isn’t this supposed to be spring?  Harumph.

Anyway, we’ll be off galavanting.  The kids are bringing books and workbooks for the car so it’ll be a carschool day.  Everybody is out cleaning up the yard, bringing recycling to the car and otherwise being useful so I’d best go be productive.  Have a great day!

Jack, for better or worse

Last night I told Daryl that I was so impressed with Jack.  I said…

Jack came up to me while I was cooking dinner and said “Mom, 6 + 6 + 6 is 18.”  I told him that was right and asked how he knew and he said “Because on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ they added 6 + 6 + 5 and that was 17, so 6 + 6 + 6 must equal 18!”. 

He’s such a smart little guy.  I was really impressed because it wasn’t just adding, it was extrapolating!  Isn’t that cool?

Then Daryl said….

Yeah, and he also peed all over the outlet strip by the computer because he was watching Victoria play a game and didn’t want to take a break to go potty.  He was standing right over it and peed his pants.

Hmmm.  LOL  Okay, so sometimes he’s bright!  😉