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Baking with Math

Baking with Math

I decided that every week needs to have something fun in it that also relates to school because I don’t want Eli and Ava to think school is all about doing worksheets and computer programs. Being with friends is an equally crucial part of school, but since that isn’t happening right now, I decided to bring a little socialization to our homeschool room! Introducing Baking with Math…Colleen’s Cooking Classroom….Kitchen Math….something like that. Haven’t settled on the name just yet, but…

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Here we go again!

Here we go again!

I woke up this morning with an attitude of gratitude ~ thankful for cool weather moving in, our house move coming along, and the ability to snuggle in bed with my two little sidekicks tucked under each arm. Then, I remembered it was Monday. School day. Ahhhhh!!! But, today I was armed with a new schedule and worksheets that I had prepped over the weekend, and Sam had the incentive of all incentives for Eli to finish his work quickly…

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Science Experiments

Science Experiments

I am so thankful for the “mom tribe” in my life and the ladies who are in the virtual learning trenches with me right now! These are the ladies who feel my pain when Eli and Ava are spinning in their desk chairs…because their kids are doing the same thing! Well, one of these fabulous ladies hosted us for a science afternoon at her house. Woohoo! Away from the computer screens and enjoying the outdoors doing actual experiments. There were…

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Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh

Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh

Have you ever been so stressed and upset over something that all you do is laugh about it? Not like the haha this is funny type laugh, but the I’m laughing because if I don’t I will fall into a giant sinkhole and be perfectly content to not climb back out kind of laughing. I hit this stage yesterday like a marathon runner who turned around to see if anyone was behind him and Bam! there’s a giant sumo wrestler…

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Best Toy Ever!

Best Toy Ever!

The older your kids get, the harder it is to shop for birthdays and Christmas. Babies don’t care about things, so you pick what you like and think is cute; toddlers will take to anything that has music and lights and is interactive; but school-age kids definitely have a preference for how they like to spend their free time. We are big into Legos, board games, and outdoor toys at this house (and Eli of course loves any Nintendo Switch…

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Cookie Break Time!

Cookie Break Time!

After the week we had, I thought Saturday would be a great day for a new cookie recipe….and I was right! Ha! What do salted pretzels, chocolate chips, and coconut all have in common? They are excellent cookie ingredients! The crunchy texture of the pretzels is a delicious contrast to the smoothness of melted chocolate chips. But how do you ensure a soft cookie that won’t fall apart when you hold it? My secret ingredient ~ coconut cream pudding mix….

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And We’re Done!

And We’re Done!

After 3 days of virtual academy, the school district pulled the plug on it and cancelled the program. Done. Finito. No mas. Jesus take the wheel and pour me a sangria! Whew! What just happened?!?! It’s been a very rocky start to the virtual academy, and not just because Eli prefers to lay on the floor and scream he will not learn to eat rice. The Calvert curriculum our school system chose is completely bogus for what they expect out…

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The Rice Meltdown

The Rice Meltdown

I woke up this morning with a new attitude and a new plan for schooling. Yesterday taught me that the kids need a tangible motivator…something they love….something that we already had in the house and I didn’t have to run out and buy…..something that wouldn’t hype them up on sugar….BINGO! Screens! The answer to so many things with kids! Ha! They both just got new iPads (I’ll let you in on a little secret – they are NOT actually iPads…

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Homeschool Adventures 101

Homeschool Adventures 101

It has been waaaaay too long since my last post, but this whole pandemic really threw a wrench in my initial blog plans. I started this with the intention of giving accounts of our adventures exploring new parks around Columbus, new activities to do with kids, etc. Well, none of that is happening, as we continue to stay away from crowds and public places – no new parks (just sticking to our small neighborhood one), no new activities (swimming at…

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Captains Log Day 63

Captains Log Day 63

It has been a loooooong time since my last blog post, but it’s really hard to write when I’m not inspired. Every day pretty much runs into the next – wake up, school work, lunch, isolated bike ride or walk, dinner, another isolated bike ride or walk, bedtime. The end. Wake up the next day and do it all over again. Even weekends are basically like “what can we do today that doesn’t involve going anywhere or being around anyone.”…

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