learning about butterflies

I follow an account on Instagram by the name of The Hidden Way. Emily is wife to a schoolteacher, and focuses many of her posts on homeschooling. Now I do not homeschool Remy. Being just 3 years old, she probably won’t start preschool or pre-K until she is 4, and kindergarten until she is 5. At this point, I do intend on sending her to school. Having said that, I found one of Emily’s homeschooling posts just too cute and interesting to not try out!

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Soo we’ve been doing a thing. ☺️ We just learned how to fold these origami butterflies and are currently obsessed with making them! We’ve been using our @twigandmoth cards to inspire their designs and it’s been a great way to focus in on all the little details and variations of these fluttery friends ☺️ The butterflies really look 3-D – we love how realistic they look! And they’re so fun to make 🙌🏻 ⁣ ⁣ Swipe to see @twigandmoth’s beautiful butterfly digital download collection that we have in our classroom. And KEEP swiping to see the awesome butterfly book we found at a library sale. 😉 It is chock full of images and info – a great example of a Charlotte Mason living book and a wonderful addition to our home library 😌 ⁣ ⁣ Do any of you school through the weekend? We are definitely looser but usually get up to the school room at least for a bit. Hope you have a great next few days 🥰😊⁣ ⁣ “One more thing is of vital importance; children must have books, living books; the best are not too good for them; anything less than the best is not good enough; and if it is needful to exercise economy, let go everything that belongs to soft and luxurious living before letting go the duty of supplying the books, and the frequent changes of books, which are necessary for the constant stimulation of the child's intellectual life.”⁣ ⁣ – Charlotte Mason⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #exploringnaturewithchildren #charlottemasoneducation #childrenseemagic #charlottemason #charlottemasonliving #simplycharlottemason #natureschool #natureplay #reggiokids #wildandfreechildren #wildandfreemama #homeschoolfamily #learningthroughplay #learningathome #schoolathome #homeschoollife #homeed #homeeducation #preschoolathome #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolers #homeschoolmom #homeschoolcollective #living_homeschool #welleducatedheart #aquietstyle #takeamoment#childledlearning #nothingisordinary_nature

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The above post was one that was used for a school lesson. I love origami (I used to do it more in high school, but stopped) and Remy loves butterflies, so I thought that I would try it with her. We searched butterflies online since I didn’t have a book at the time, and after picking one out, I created one for her. Then I put the picture in front of her, and she set about recreating its colours through paint.

This was such a simple and beautiful activity. I wasn’t sure how it would go, hence me not being totally prepared. Next time, I will make sure that we go to the library first to get the books, and then come home and make whatever it is that we are learning about. I think that it will be frogs next!

This homeschooling thing isn’t so bad after all. ;-)))

Emory

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remy’s birthday photography

Nearly one month ago, we celebrated Remy turning three. I decided that I wanted to throw her a big party this year, given that last year’s party didn’t go as planned. I had originally booked a room at an indoor playground for her second birthday, but my side of the family were fighting with one another and were threatening not to come in order to avoid certain relatives, so I had to cancel it all to make them happy. In the end, it was such a chaotic and depressing birthday and I didn’t want that to be the case again this year. Hence a party for my best gal at one of our favourite places- the Western Development Museum.

The museum was so quiet that morning. I think there were only a few families besides our big group. We spent almost two hours running around. The kids went in and out of buildings, played on the old cars, with trains, and everything else that you could think of. When Remy wasn’t holding hands with her cousins or friend, she was getting held or chasing someone. She loved the attention and everyone there.

I had rented the Palace Theatre for the morning of March 2nd. That included a large room on the second floor, and entire balcony, and a few other little rooms that were up there. I also paid for a catered lunch. Honestly, it was the best and easiest thing ever. It was such a beautiful setting and everyone raved about the food. We had soup, wraps, sandwiches, cheese, pickles, pie, coffee, tea, juice, and more. It was very reasonably priced as well. I can’t wait to have more events there.

This and her Moonrise Kingdom party have been two of my greatest days ever. What a way to celebrate the previous year, as well as turning another year older. I love celebrating her, and getting friends and family together to do so as well. If only people could get along for the sake of a child. Hopefully in time everyone can happily coexist with one another. That would be wonderful.

Emory

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remy is three

You guys. Remy turns three years old today. Three!!

I feel like this past year went the quickest of all since she was born. Geoff was still living in a different city at the beginning of last year. Then in February, she turned two, and little did I know that I was already two weeks pregnant. Shortly thereafter we found out, and so we filled the year with finalizing renovations on our home, cherishing the pregnancy, and relishing in our last year of having her as an only child.

Over this last year, Remy has gone from barely talking to barely staying quiet. She is now potty trained, can count to fifty (forwards and backwards), knows how to spell her name, can draw faces and recognizable shapes, gets dressed by herself, and helps out with everything related to Wilder. She is still fiercely shy around adults that she does not know, but loves all children of all ages. I would say that this was the year that she grew up.

We love our little goose more than anything. She is certainly not perfect, but she is a sweet, kind, and stubborn little girl who is turning into a beautiful soul. I am sad to let go of two, but am excited for her to turn three and all that it will bring.

Keep growing, my darling. Happy birthday. I love you!

Mama

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geoffrey’s 33rd birthday

My dear husband recently took another year around the sun. I am not sure why I tend to dedicate a blog post to his birthdays and not mine- maybe because it is more fun to celebrate the birthdays of those that you love. Regardless of the reason, this year, celebrate we did.

We chose to go to the Remai Modern art museum in Saskatoon. Even though it had opened in 2017, we had yet to visit it. After spending the morning getting ready (and trying to help Remy feel a bit healthier), we finally made it out the door. We drove a very short distance, parked, and went inside.

We unfortunately chose a day where they were working on a new exhibit, and so a few of the galleries were closed. The Learning Studio was also not open until later that day. But the museum was relatively empty, and so we explored all three levels with ease. We began with the Picasso Collection, and ended in the gift shop.

It really is such a beautiful building. Everything about it is so eye-catching. The artwork, although minimal, was really engaging as well. The only downside was that it felt like more of a great date destination for us, and not so much a welcoming place for our children. Remy’s favourite part was the play area, which consisted of foam seats, a few children that happened to be on their way out, and the gift shop. She still had fun, but we were mostly telling her “don’t touch that!”

I would love to go back with just Geoffrey if and when we actually start date nights again. Until then, here are those photos from our lovely morning.

Happy birthday, husband!

Emory

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book review: the day that a ran away

“The Day That A Ran Away” is the second book that I will be reviewing by author B.C.R. Fegan. 

The description of the book reads:

“Master Jet has forgotten to complete his homework … or has he? Jet’s teacher is surprised to find that instead of the alphabet, his page is completely blank. Jet tries to explain that it really isn’t his fault. After all, how can he help it, if none of his letters want to stay on the page!”

An adventure-themed plot makes this picture book unlike your typical alphabet story. I would almost argue that this is intended for school-age kids. While each page is dedicated to its own letter, the writing is on the smaller side than what is found in a board book intended for younger children. Every letter of the alphabet is uniquely transformed into an animal or creature often befitting of that page as well, which, at first glance, can make it confusing for small ones.

Each page discretely has a few other items surrounding the anthropomorphic letters. For instance, “K” resembles a king, and also pictured are a kitten and a kite.

During the initial read-through with Remy, I pointed out every item that would start with the letter in question. The correlations were not obvious to her at first. From the second time onward, she pointed out those objects that began with the letter on the page. She absolutely loves the book, and finding these somewhat hidden objects. But I can see why it is most likely intended for older audiences, and not 2-year-olds.

Nevertheless, if your child likes ABC stories, then I recommend this for them. No matter their age. If you are a teacher of a younger grade(s) or a library worker needing an engaging read for story time, I also suggest this book!

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This book was graciously sent to me to review on my blog. All words and opinions are mine.

Emory

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