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Summer Books: Sense and Sensibility Mad Libs [Free Printables]

Bea has a friend over this week, and so we thought we’d continue our Summer of Ability Film Fest by showing her the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility.  Afterwards, I decided to get them into the text itself by creating some Mad Libs -style word games out of three key scenes: Marianne’s twisted ankle and […]

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The Kids Enjoy Two Evenings of Shakespeare in the Park

Following up on last summer’s fantastic viewing of the Canadian Stage performance of Macbeth in Toronto’s High Park, we knew that returning for more Shakespeare in the Park would be a high priority on this summer’s Love-to-do-List!  So, on Wednesday night, we took in a performance of Titus Andronicus. We had such a great time, and […]

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Summer Peach Buttermilk Clafoutis [low-sugar, grain & gluten free]

Clafoutis is one of my favourite brunch treats and tea-party desserts! Lately, I’ve been experimenting with cutting out the grain and lowering the amount of sugar in my go-to recipe. Seeing as it’s peach season [what’s better than a fresh freestone Ontario peach?], and I’ve never yet made a peach version, I thought I’d better try […]

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Pirate Anatomy Posters

Yesterday, the kids listened to the second half of their Treasure Island audiobook while thumbing through and colouring the Dover Human Anatomy Colouring Books I picked up for them at the start of the summer.     As the story was coming to its close, I asked them to use ink pens to draw a Pirate Anatomy poster, […]

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Summer 2014: Love-to-Do List

It’s Summer of Funner 2014! The Summer of Ability: Invention, Imagination, and Independence.  Originally, we thought that our theme for the summer was going to be “Summer of Funner Nights.” However, when I broke my hand and had corrective surgery a few weeks ago, the kids and I decided that we wanted our summer to […]

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Summer of Funner Film Festival 2013: Dystopian and Urban Films

Last year, we had quite a formal Summer Film festival. We made tickets and produced a “Film Review” worksheet for the kids.  This year, our Film Festival was fairly casual, but we still managed to produce quite a dialogue about each movie. There was a nice mix between new, popular releases and older classics. Many […]

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Summer Books: Mapping Gulliver’s Travels

This week, we read portions of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, and we watched two film versions: a somewhat-faithful 3-hour television movie from 1996 starring Ted Danson; and the first non-Disney animated movie from the late 1930s.  The kids had certain favourite moments from the tale. They absolutely loved the final two sections of the travels, particularly […]

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Pickle Day 2013: Make It Spicy!

The first man I saw… had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers. He told me, he did not doubt, that, in eight years more, he should be able to […]

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Backyard Campout Weekend!

What began as a desire to have a backyard campout became a Backyard Campout Weekend!! In the hopes of finding a sleeping bag for Bea’s school camping trip in the early fall, the kids and I ran over to Canadian Tire on Friday morning to do a little back-to-school research. We came home with a sleeping […]

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Summer Books: Comparing Performances of Macbeth

It’s Shakespeare week. And, really, It couldn’t have come at a better time…for any of us. As you may know, we tackled the lovely Winter’s Tale last Christmas by illustrating our favourite scenes and creating cover designs! [Check out our Winter’s Tale posts here!] Well, grab your kilts and your broomsticks, people, because, this summer, […]

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