Rainy Day Bakers

It has been raining for most of the past two weeks and I had been hanging on to summer, but then I realized I could hang on to rainy days and make the most of them instead! So we chucked together a crock pot soup and got to work on bread!

I decided to experiment with my Bread recipe from Dosi (an extra Grandma…we seem to collect them!)!

I added Dark Rye flour.  30% ish. Probably pretty heavy on the “ish”.

Then we went to work stirring and mixing and measuring and forgetting the oil…still worked!

I love homeschool practical things like teaching math with measuring cups. We still did our regular Math today too, but this way is so much more yummy!

I love making my kids help me with things that I know are a great part of a sensory diet and they just think are fun things.

I am sooo proud of my big girl. Both hands in the icky gooey dough and no freaking out at all! She has come so far from the girl who wouldn’t put a finger in playdough. If you haven’t read them yet, the “Out of Sync Child” and the “Out of Sync Child Has Fun” are super awesome for helping you figure out what sensory issues are the biggest problem and what to do about it! Read them and set up sensory diets! (special thanks to Leah for lending me those! and to her sister Jilly for the box of sensory sand!)

And the finished product was a very nice rainy day soup with bread and buns!



and the Canadian Kids can now enjoy their picnics…

Happy Spring!

Phys Ed

Today for Phys Ed, we learned to rollerskate! Months ago, Emily got rollerskate, but for some reason we never pulled them out before. So we geared up and learned to skate. I made a huge observation about my girls. I need to say “Be careful!” to Avery and ” Way to go!” to Emily. My girls both learned to skate on the same day. one at almost 6(can you believe it!) and one at almost 3. Emily cautiously walked around on her skates and Avery let loose and let roll! After a while Emily got more and more comfortable with them, but I realize she needs to feel in control before she will try something. That’s something her adrenaline-crazed-mommy doesn’t exactly understand. We’ll get there!




All day long Emily talked about this bake sale she wanted to have and she even made a sign. After the 40th time she said something about it, I clued in and thought we’d better set up a bake sale and add some silent /e/’s to the words BAK SAL. Then we dug out some pennies and sent daddy for tim bits.

This bake sale included reading, writing and math…all unknown learning goals for two tiny tots who devoured 4 cent tim bits and 2 cent glasses of pink lemonade. Gotta love teaching practical things. I was even brave enough to let emily pour juice in the living room…what a day!

Also, you cant see it there, but Avery has been accident free for 2 days! Potty training is significantly easier with non-sensory kids…just saying…


African Violet Pointillism – by Emily

Homeschooling Lesson of the week…patience! For the both of us, or should I say for ALL of us because this included Avery and Daddy too.

We had a regular week of school followed by a completely irregular weekend. Normally, I dont use words like irregular unless Im talking about the potty, but Ive been studying my spanish way too much and Im all about verbs! regular ones and irregular ones, but I got of track there.

We have been doing progressive phonics for reading. Emily is pretty much good to go with short /e/ words! We just finished the “Secret World of Og”, which was definitely one of my favorite books of all time! Math U See feels a bit boring at this point, but I think she finally starting to recognize 6 and 9. I got a couple new apps on the ipad that are helping with that sooo much too. And we started a new science unit about creation from Our Fathers World.

We finally got into the groove…then morgan got appendicitis and kablooey(technical term)…the routine was gone. Mk is recovering well. Lucky guy is now less an appendix and plus three tiny scars. We will have to wait and see what next week looks like, but I’m planning on taking it easy and starting potty training…Avery, not me…


Winter Class

Homeschooling in the winter is super cozy. We spend as much of our day as we can curled up with a good book, or sitting at the table, looking out the sliding doors at the snowy wonderland. We’ve been trying to get outside when the sun is shining, but this is the biggest problem we have…

Avery hates it outside! I usually bundle her up, which is a challenge, and take her outside even if she doesn’t like it. I keep hoping she’ll get over it. The last time we went out was better. She didn’t cry and scream for the whole time. Maybe she’s getting used to it. Or maybe she just realizes that no one is going to take her inside for at least a little while.

She’s only sort of smiling in this picture because I told her that if she smiled she could go inside. I know, bribe parenting…bad Courtenaymomma. Mr. Snowman nudist there is apparently named “Alina Melina”. I’m thinking that is one confused snowman. Or should we perhaps switch to snowperson…

Emily and I have been talking a lot about how snow works and the weather. “Why it melts”, has been the question of the week as it warmed up so much. First his teeth fell out, which left him looking a bit like a hockey player. Then his nose fell off. Then the mits. Now he kind of looks like a zombie snowman. His face is all messed up and his arms hang limp at his sides. He went from cheerful to creepy in one week.  Emily keeps saying we should fix his face, but to me, that seems just as morbid. “Excuse me Mr. He/She while I remove your head for repairs…” See what I mean.  Next year I’ll make a clown snowman that can melt and the creepyness will be complete.

Apple Stamps

One of the projects we worked on this week was for Phonics Museum. We were working on our short “A” sound and the final part of the lesson was to make a piece of art. We did “Apple Stamps”. We cut an apple in half and dipped it in acrylic paint (Mommy needs to find the cheap tempura paint for her painting monsters to use ALL of. It’s still packed somewhere I think.) Then I helped Avery stamp it on paper. Emily did her own, but I helped Avery more after she thought we were painting the apples and then eating them…gross.

Emily’s look a bit more like apples, but either way we still had fun with it.

Homeschool in the Fall

Boy are we sure enjoying fall. It’s always been my favorite season. I like all the seasons, but fall is my favorite! I wrote a paper in school based on a speech given by Carl Honore titled” In Praise of Slowness”. Basically the gist of it is that we live our lives at 100 miles an hour and we miss alot of the living to be had. So we’ve been fully pursuing slowness this fall. I love the way it makes me feel to get into a rythym and a day to day routine without so many things in the week that everyone is confused.

A day in the life of fall:

7:30-8ish get up and make breakfast. Emily is learning to do this on her own, which is one of our goals for this year.

8:30-9 – I do my devotions and spend time praying while the girls play downstairs. This is the best part of my day and without it, Im in the wrong frame of mind the rest of the day and lets just say it goes more smoothly if mommy gets some time to her self.

9-10:30- School starts. We cuddle on the couch and read Emilys bible on the iPad and go over her A-Z Memory verses. She is on “E” – “Every good and perfect gift is from above”. then we sit at the table and do some reading, writing and math. I’ve been keeping it more consistent for the last little while because emily needs the same things more than I do.  Avery takes this time to draw on a white board or play with playdough. If I have something really tough to teach Avery gets the playmobil house because it holds her attention even longer. Speaking of tough things…how dumb is English that p,b,d,q,6 and 9 are all essentially the same shape! so not fair to kiddos leaning letters and numbers!

I should clarify that all these times are “ish”, meaning that we just start when we start and when Im ready for us to start.

10:30-11 a snack and more play time. On nicer days, the girls play on the deck or outside

11- 12- Lately I’ve been throwing together crock pot meals and getting laundry done.

12 – Emily makes lunch! Just globby jam sandwiches and yogurt and carrot sticks, but its super cute that she wants to make lunch.

1- More playtime. Usually in the back yard or the playroom if its raining or windy.

2:30-3 Nap time and quiet time and mommy studies Spanish time!

4-5 reading books or playing games with the girls and then getting dinner ready.

The evenings are all over the place, but they’ve been more routine since Emily got over her issues with water on her face and started showering. Wow that makes it sound like I dont bathe my kid, but really she just prefered baths before.

All around we are enjoying the fall and the fun leaf treasure hunts that come with that. I really need to find my camera…

Sensory Day

I am super proud of my girls today.

Em has come a LOOONG way in the last two years.

When we first started suspecting she has sensory processing issues, we tried some of these kinds of things. 

They didnt go well…

She would NEVER have dug her hands in like Avery does.

But look at her now! A steady diet of sensory activities has helped her overcome her toughest aversions.
We aren’t out of the water yet. There are still melt downs in loud places and things she wont touch with a ten foot pole…And don’t even get me started on public washrooms and automatic toilets…
But we are getting there!

Homeschool make learning to write fun! 


Muffin Tin Lunches

I read about this on Pinterest and in a couple of the blogs I’ve been reading forever, but I finally gave it a try! Muffin Tin Lunches!

The idea is that you put a bit of everything in a muffin tray and its kind of novel, so the kiddos try some new things. It also cuts down on the bordom factor of the Peanut butter sandwich. This one is Avery’s Lunch, hence the sippy cup! Almonds, blueberry yogurt, banana, cantelope, carrot, strawberries, cheese cubes, grapes, black beans, and rice puffs. For dessert, a chocolate quarter. I think the economy has been rough on everything because I thought I remembered having chocolate loonies when I was little.lol. The first thing she did was take a bit of chocolate and a bit of black beans. Those apparently dont go together as well as you’d think because they came back out again and we added a new category to our muffin tin – Mushy ChocoBeans!mmmm.

Emily did much better with her lunch and she was thrilled to have so many choices and so little sandwich. I think her favorite was the black beans and garden carrots.

Will I make this again for lunch…probably, but not until I forget that Avery ended lunch by throwing her tray on the floor and making a HUGE mess everywhere…