April 7, 2020

“You take care of the things you love.”

This is a foundational belief in our family in regards to stewarding. How we steward our relationships, our resources, and our planet. 

I’m at times disheartened to see how environmentalism is taught to our young kids. Picket lines, heated discussions, catastrophic scenarios, etc. I read an idea recently that said “No tragedy before grade 4.” and depending on the kid I may even push it further. It can lead to such a sen...

April 4, 2020

One of the things I love about educating at home is that our days do not need to be broken up into individual subjects. In fact, if you ask my children what is their favourite subject they might look at you like a deer in headlights. They've likely heard me mention subject names from time to time but they're not common vernacular in our home. Instead, when we study something we do our best to study it from every angle. We immerse ourselves in the content an...

April 2, 2020

A primary way that we like to represent our learning is by keeping notebooking learning journals. The name is still up for debate but that's probably the best way to describe them. They're not just nature journals (though we journal nature in them), they're not primarily writing journals (though I want to start including more of their writing in them) they're kind of like a smash book of visuals and notes about what we've studied. 

Over the years I have trie...

March 19, 2020

What a year this week has been! (author unknown)

Let's cut to the chase, these are circumstances that would cause anyone anxiety. It is a very natural human response to events like these. If you've already been struggling with anxiety our current season could very well trigger and escalate it. But there is HOPE! You can learn to overcome and diffuse anxiety. 

I want to share a resource that has proved to be an absolute game changer. It is simple and practical...

March 18, 2020

Does it get more magical than Narwhals? I mean they're the unicorns of the sea!

My 35 year old friend just recently learned that Narwhals are real and I got to witness the moment. There were tears of joy. This day is dedicated to you Dani! ;)

My favourite Narwhal books are the Narwhal and Jelly series. I've had a hard time finding a decent read aloud of the first book but we'll make use of what we can! (Ahem - Ryan and Craig please read a Narwhal and Jelly bo...

March 18, 2020

This may seem like an odd choice for a themed day but trust me... it's going to be a good one! In the river we most often paddle board there is an area that we've named Snapperland (because we were studying Vikings at the time and they name everything something-land - like Vineland, Iceland, Greenland, etc)... anyways. This area of the river as a TON of Snapping Turtles - thus Snapperland. 

And if you've ever seen a snapping turtle, well they look pre-histor...

March 17, 2020

Disney+ is releasing Frozen 2 early and it arrives in Canada on March 17 (I think the U.S. may have it already?) I thought it'd make for a fun homeschooling day. Disclaimer - I haven't seen the movie yet (my kids went without me) so I'll be watching it on the 17th!

Just like the "Ish" day plan I'm just going to leave an assortment of activities here that you can choose to work through if you wish. They're just suggestions - leave some out, rearrange, add you...

March 16, 2020

Alright... I know having a ton of resources thrown at you may also feel overwhelming in that you have to sort through them all and come up with a plan. I figured I'd go ahead and make up a simple day plan that all revolves around one theme and that is super simple to put together and move through. 

I want it to me usable for a broad age range but just go through and adjust anything you think you'll have to for younger or older kids. What I've found in my yea...

March 13, 2020

Geez Louise! It's hard not to feel like all of this escalated quickly. I'm glad that we are taking necessary precautions to flatten the curve and protect the vulnerable. I acknowledge that these precautions are going to be a challenge for many. One major challenge that many are facing is school closures. 

If that's you, if you've found yourself suddenly a homeschooler and not by your choice I hope that we can help. There are so many in the home education wor...

February 14, 2020

They way we typically school is to do a deep dive on a subject of interest and to explore that in a multi-disciplinary fashion. During our days we rarely mention subject names and instead prefer to learn and extend that learning a variety of ways. 

I've spoken on this type of Deep Dive planning at the SHBE Conference and love equipping other parents and educators. If you're looking for a speaker you can check out the BOOK MONIQUEpage on this website. I also...

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