Tuesday, September 2, 2014

beachside ||

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend!

We had a lovely weekend here relaxing and doing some more home reno projects and are ready to get the wee one ready for her first day of preschool (2nd year) tomorrow! Unfortunately though, here in BC, Canada, our teachers are still on strike (don't even get me started). My oldest, who should be starting Grade 2, will still be home with me full time. She's been off school since early June due to the strike. The poor thing is desperate to start school. It's so sad to see her so upset that school isn't starting anytime soon. It breaks my heart. If any of you have any great online resources for me I'd love to do a bit of homeschooling with her until the strike is over. Thanks in advance for any tips/resources you have to share. I so appreciate it.

rocks ||

I'm trying to stay positive about the whole thing but it's hard not to get frustrated as a parent. I'm thankful I work from home and can try to bend my already crazy schedule to fit 2 kids home into it during our busy season. So bear with me this month if here and there it's a tad quiet on the blog. We're doing the best we can :)

But on to happier news! I've got 2 winners from our last 2 giveaways to announce! These are some fabulous prizes ladies!!!

The winner of a copy of Sew a Modern Home by Melissa Lunden is....
COMMENTER #35 - Sarka

The winner of a copy of Anthology Vol. 1 by Carrie Bostick Hoge is....
COMMENTER #41  - AngelaH

Congrats! We'll be in touch with you soon in regards to your prize!

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  1. I appreciate your frustration with bungled politics! As a work-from-home mom, this IS the busy season isn't it? We don't homeschool but my favourite learning at home tool are Cuisenaire rods, great for designing shapes and pictures, base 10 and addition/multiplication concepts. My kids (preschool and early years) love them!! Miquon Math has reasonably priced curriculum books and has some helpful online resources.

  2. I noticed Walmart has workbooks by grade for sale locally - they were half purchased already so I'm assuming everyone else is hoping to not get too far behind either.

  3. I wish I could help with the homescholling, but I am afraid Czech materials won´t be any good :-/ Hopefully school will start soon, it is wonderful that she wants to go and learn stuff!

    But man, I am so excited, winning such a lovely e-book, thank you very very much!!!! I noticed my e-mail address was a bit hidden in the blogger profile, so just to make it easier, it is

  4. What a bummer!?!? Have you checked out Kahn Academy online? Its free and could be a good resource to take the edge off. Also, for non-math, I really like, "Build Your Library" - Its affordable and a literature based curriculum. It would be easy to jump right in to some of the titles to read, and she picks out vocab to work on etc. Its only $35. Might be worth it!

  5. Hi Shannon! Easy Peasy Homeschool is fun and FREE especially as a tide-over until she goes back to school. It does require a computer, but it's so fun for littles ( Khan Academy (mentioned above) is part of this. Enjoy this time...and who knows? You may love homeschooling enough to do it forever!

  6. There's also which is free.

  7. The MathSmart and EnglishSmart series are good.
    If you have a tablet there's a series of apps called "MathTappers" developed by UVic education profs.
    The GVPL and other libraries also have a series of online talking books called "Tumblebooks".

    sumdog has some good games.

    Hope this helps found these links over the summer and liked them a lot!


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