Our No School Adventure

Homeschooling our children in Ontario

Our summer no-school plans have begun

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We have begun our summer learning projects already. Mostly the plan is to have fun, play, go on vacation, spend time with family, read some books and grow a garden.

This post will mostly be made up of pictures with captions to save me some time. I’m hoping doing things this way will make it quicker and easier to post more often.

She wanted to taste the baking powder. It did not taste good! Ha Ha Ha

She wanted to taste the baking powder. It did not taste good! Ha Ha Ha

stir it up good!

stir it up good!

Mixing the wet ingredients

Mixing the wet ingredients

setting the timer

setting the timer

Now we have to melt the butter.

Now we have to melt the butter.

Baking Strawberry Banana Muffins. Tessa was in charge of measuring the butter

Baking Strawberry Banana Muffins. Tessa was in charge of measuring the butter

Ok so all those pictures did not go in the correct order. They are backwards. Hmmm. Lets see if it works doing it this way…..

We did some gardening last year but this year we decided to try to grow more of our own food. We bought lots of dirt and organic compost. We got our  lettuces from the farmers market. Our tomatoes and basil are organic from a little shop in town. All our seeds are organic seeds from degroots nursery. The seeding plants, onion bulbs, and seed potatoes we bought at degroots nursery and are not organic. We still have to plant our carrot seeds (organic) and seed potatoes and we want to get a strawberry plant but didn’t find them when we went shopping so we will be looking this weekend.

We atarted early and the temperature did drop quite low this past week so we brought our garden inside overnight. Thankfully we are container growing htis year so we were able to bring it all inside. But I think the garden can stay outside for the rest of the season now.

 

We used our blue boxes for recycling to mix our soil and organic compost together before filling our containers

We used our blue boxes for recycling to mix our soil and organic compost together before filling our containers

Quinn wanted to hep

Quinn wanted to hep

He loved it!

He loved it!

We put coffee filter in the bottom of the pots to help keep the dirt from falling out and then put stones to help with drainage

We put coffee filter in the bottom of the pots to help keep the dirt from falling out and then put stones to help with drainage

Scooping in the dirt for her sunflowers

Scooping in the dirt for her sunflowers

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Our garden part 1

Our garden part 1

from left to right: 4 Cukes- cucumbers (back), 4 LETS- mixed lettuces (front), 2 containers with 1 S.F- sunflowers (back), 4 ROM- romaine lettuce (front), 4 G.P.- green peppers

from left to right: 4 Cukes- cucumbers (back), 4 LETS- mixed lettuces (front), 2 containers with 1 S.F- sunflowers (back), 4 ROM- romaine lettuce (front), 4 G.P.- green peppers

from left to right: 4 R.P-red peppers, 4 BROC- broccoli

from left to right: 4 R.P-red peppers, 4 BROC- broccoli

Our garden part 2. What a yummy sight!  2 containers on left are yellow and green beans. 5 seeds per container and the green rectangle planter is spinach.

Our garden part 2. What a yummy sight! 2 containers on left are yellow and green beans. 5 seeds per container and the green rectangle planter is spinach.

Quinn was sooo sad when I told him we were done and it was time to go inside.

Quinn was sooo sad when I told him we were done and it was time to go inside.

 

Tessa has been getting upset the last few days because her 9 year old best friend wants to go riding her bike around the complex instead of playing with her. Tessa doesn’t like to ride her bike for long so we are practicing so she might be able to join her friend sometime this summer

 

Practicing riding her bike in the parking lot

Practicing riding her bike in the parking lot

She was having fun

She was having fun

she has trouble keeping her feet on the pedles and this is why she has not been riding her bike much at all and why we are practicing in the parking lot while Quinn naps.

she has trouble keeping her feet on the pedles and this is why she has not been riding her bike much at all and why we are practicing in the parking lot while Quinn naps.

She says her legs get tired after about 7 minutes of riding around but the more she does it the easier it will get!

She says her legs get tired after about 7 minutes of riding around but the more she does it the easier it will get!

With all the veggies we got for our garden I had done a lot of research about growing them in containers, how often to water them, when to fertilize (with organic fertiizer ofcourse) and when and how to harvest them….I thought I would find something fun, quick and easy to grow with kids. I decided sunflowers would be perfect. Not only do they grow quickly and large, we can also enjoy seeds from them! This was great but I didnt think it would be enough fun for Tessa. I also dont know if it will keep her interested in gardening for the rest of the growing season so I had to think up something super fun. And along came Pinterest! Dont you just LOVE pinterest? I sure as heck do!!!!!

Our new project is a Fairy Garden. Tessa is obsessed with Fairies. She tells me almost daily that she is a real fairy and she is giong to fairy land. LOL

So here is the begining of our Fairy Garden…

 

Tessa wrote up the plan for all the things we need to make for her fairies. I helped her to sound out the letters for each word. She is soo excited to start this project!

Tessa wrote up the plan for all the things we need to make for her fairies. I helped her to sound out the letters for each word. She is soo excited to start this project!

incase you cant read it: Fairy Garden, Couch, Chairs, House, Table, Bridge (my mom gave us some blue shiny stones to make a river), swing.

Quinn was playing his matching game on my iPhone while Tessa and I were hard at work. It was fun for him and kept him busy so he wasnt mad that I wouldn't let him help us

Quinn was playing his matching game on my iPhone while Tessa and I were hard at work. It was fun for him and kept him busy so he wasnt mad that I wouldn’t let him help us

We decided the most important thing we need in the fairy garden is a house for the fairies incase it rains. They cant fly if their wings get wet.

We decided the most important thing we need in the fairy garden is a house for the fairies incase it rains. They cant fly if their wings get wet.

We copied a picture of a popsickle house I found on pinterest so Tessa was laying out the correct number of sticks we needed to make the wall

We copied a picture of a popsickle house I found on pinterest so Tessa was laying out the correct number of sticks we needed to make the wall

she used another popsickle stick to help line them up straight

she used another popsickle stick to help line them up straight

Then we glued the support stick on to hold the wall together

Then we glued the support stick on to hold the wall together

All our wall pieces are glued together and left to dry. Tessa then make a windmill but did not want to glue it and keep it for the fairy garden

All our wall pieces are glued together and left to dry. Tessa then make a windmill but did not want to glue it and keep it for the fairy garden

Day 2 of building the fairy house. I decided to use a hot glue gun to hold the house together. it would have been impossible to use white glue and get the corners to stick. I put the glue on and Tessa stuck the pieces together with a little help

Day 2 of building the fairy house. I decided to use a hot glue gun to hold the house together. it would have been impossible to use white glue and get the corners to stick. I put the glue on and Tessa stuck the pieces together with a little help

Here is the basic frame of the house all complete. Now to add the roof. There were no pictures or instructions for making the roof so I just winged it.

Here is the basic frame of the house all complete. Now to add the roof. There were no pictures or instructions for making the roof so I just winged it.

 

 

Before adding the roof Tessa decided she wanted to glue 3 popsickle sticks together to make a magic wand.

Before adding the roof Tessa decided she wanted to glue 3 popsickle sticks together to make a magic wand.

The roof is on. Now to fill in the front of the house and add the door

The roof is on. Now to fill in the front of the house and add the door

All done!!!! We decided to add posts to the bottom so we can stick it into the dirt and it wont blow away on windy days! Great idea Tessa!

All done!!!! We decided to add posts to the bottom so we can stick it into the dirt and it wont blow away on windy days! Great idea Tessa!

Due to the temperature outside at night dropping down to 5*C or lower we had to bring the garden inside for about 4 nights in a row. When i was bringing it back outside I noticed this..

Tessas first sunflower seed has sprouted. Its only been 9 days! I am going to have her measure its height daily adn keep track of it. Whoo....here comes some education in math.

Tessas first sunflower seed has sprouted. Its only been 9 days! I am going to have her measure its height daily adn keep track of it. Whoo….here comes some education in math.

Our spinach is starting to grow too.

Our spinach is starting to grow too.

Here are the tomato plants and the basil

Here are our 2 tomato plants and basil as well as the spinach. The tomatoes have not been re-potted yet due to the cold nights. I thought it would be easier to keep them in the smaller pots until this coming weekend. The tomatoes were left out the one night until almost midnight and have suffered. I sure hope they make it!

Here are our 2 tomato plants and basil as well as the spinach. The tomatoes have not been re-potted yet due to the cold nights. I thought it would be easier to keep them in the smaller pots until this coming weekend. The tomatoes were left out the one night until almost midnight and have suffered. I sure hope they make it!

 

And today, again while returning our garden outside, I noticed this…

Here is the 1 out of 7 bean seeds in the container that has sprouted overnight. Tessa was so excited to see that it pushed a clump of dirt over to make its way out to the sunlight. I couldnt remember whether this was green or yellow beans so i ran outside just now to check and it turns out this was the green beans. But since being outside all day today 3 of the yellow beans have now sprouted up. Yippie. But sadly I think the sunflower died. The stem is shriveled up laying on the dirt and brown and the head that was growing is still green. Oops!!!!!

Here is the 1 out of 7 bean seeds in the container that has sprouted overnight. Tessa was so excited to see that it pushed a clump of dirt over to make its way out to the sunlight. I couldnt remember whether this was green or yellow beans so i ran outside just now to check and it turns out this was the green beans. But since being outside all day today 3 of the yellow beans have now sprouted up. Yippie. But sadly I think the sunflower died. The stem is shriveled up laying on the dirt and brown and the head that was growing is still green. Oops!!!!!

 

 

 

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