Happy Canada Day!

July 1st is our yearly opportunity to be very visible and very Canadian. This year was a little different… Emanuel was still away at the Scout Camp with his friend Aidan until the evening. So we did our usual photo shoot with a twist.20170701_094925

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There was a meet up with our homeschool friends for some swimming or club (kid’s choice) with Nate and Bella as well. 20170701_105006

We TRIED to head to the zoo but apparently it was the day to go. So instead we turned around and headed to our favourite beach. Since the weather was a little on the cool side and cloudy it wasn’t packed. We didn’t spend much time in the water but really enjoyed the sand.

With Maple the Leaf

With Maple the Leaf

20170701_13072020170701_13300120170701_13370520170701_131403After the beach it was home for showers and then off to collect our absent Canadian. On the way there we stopped at our 3rd Tim Hortons so far. This one is rather close to the Novak’s house. I actually meet what I assume is an owner of one of the franchise. After a lovely conversation about the new stores and my coming from Canada to Minnesota he comped us 40 Tim Bits!!! So I left that store with 80 Tim Bits, an Ice Cap and a wonderful experience.IMG_20170701_162643_194

Snoopy!

Snoopy!

After a visit with the family and delivery of their Canadian goodies it was off to McDonald’s (Echo’s request after the aborted trip to the zoo).20170701_185250

We rounded off our Canada Day with a table of Canadian sweets. Ken made traditional and mint Nanaimo Bars (we had to order the custard powder off Amazon), Maple Cookies sent by a friend, and Tim Bits. Not bad! Next year buttertarts?IMG_20170701_211904_989

We redid our group photos on the 2nd to get a full group shot.20170702_095901

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Not bad for a Canada Day that wasn’t able to be celebrated IN Canada.20170701_095149

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Brand New Baby…

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Had you going there for a second didn’t I?IMG_20170620_202849_736

So we added one more member to our family. And we are all in love. She is not exactly a cuddle bug yet, but there is potential. She is around 7 months old, a light ebony female chinchilla. We named her Neko-Chan, which in Japanese means basically my darling cat. IMG_20170613_090055_119

We purchased her from a breeder in Wisconsin since the local breeders did not have available females and suggested this woman as our best option. 

Neko-Chan is so sweet and seems to be warming to us. She is fitting into our family beautifully, though I will warn you – I am taking waaaaay too many pictures!!! 20170614_160526

So enjoy the best pictures to date! 

 

Fuzzy butt!

Fuzzy butt!

Tiny paws!

Tiny paws!

Fluffy rectangle

Fluffy rectangle

She is allowed very limited treats. One is chewing on apple tree sticks.

She is allowed very limited treats. One is chewing on apple tree sticks.

The other is rose hips. Here is one post gnaw.

The other is rose hips. Here is one post gnaw.

Snuggled in the box Ken made her.

Snuggled in the box Ken made her.

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On one of her once a week outings to the tidied up bathroom.

On one of her once a week outings to the tidied up bathroom.

The Boston Tea Party… Resources

After working our way forward from the Declaration of Independence to the abolishing of slavery we went back to the near beginning of it all with The Boston Tea Party. This was a Trinity’s choice topic. She had heard about it in passing and was very interested in finding out why “so much yummy tea was wasted.” Yup, my frugal little girl was quite put out by what she saw as an avoidable waste. “Why didn’t they just take it home, or tell them to take it back?”

So we based our unit on the DVD series Liberty’s Kids. It often goes on sale on Amazon. This 40 episode series is a great way to look at the events leading up to US independence. We actually plan to watch all the episodes over time and continue our biographies based on each featured person from history. We found a form sheet for our biographies thanks to Template.net. They have varying levels of difficulty and format to chose from. We specifically chose THIS ONE.

There was a nice selection of books to choose from at our local library.

We found a free lap book set up thanks to Homeschool Helper Online HERE. I used Liberty’s Kids worksheets as well at StarMaterials.com HERE.

For more helpful suggestions check out More Than A Homeschool Mom HERE, Teachers Pay Teachers free resource HERE and HERE. The site Mrs. Nussbaum has a reading comprehension sheet HERE

Hopefully this will help anyone else who is working on such an interesting topic, my big suggestion is GET THE DVD! The Liberty’s Kids is interesting and fun. 20170626_134110

One of our mini biographies.

One of our mini biographies.

Helpful worksheet. If I have not linked all that I use, a quick google search is awesome.

Helpful worksheet. If I have not linked all that I use, a quick google search is awesome.