At Home Learning: March 31st

So, we’ve taken a few days off to just play as a family, go for bike rides, and enjoy time together. Then on Monday my eldest daughter and I spent some time brainstorming things we want to learn, and how we want to spend our days. We realized that if we are going to be self-isolating at home for the foreseeable future, and we have no idea if/when schools will re-open … we might benefit from a bit of structure.

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At Home Learning: Day 1

It’s been quite some time since I last posted. Life with two little ones has kept me busy! But with the recent COVID-19 events, we find ourselves at home … with a lot more time on our hands!

There are lots of Facebook posts going around, with amazing lists of free resources that are available to families during the school closures around the world. It’s incredible to have these huge lists of websites … but I almost found it a bit overwhelming! So last night once the girls were asleep, I sorted through a bunch of the resources. I made a few categories: Music & Language, Art/Crafts & Cooking, Science & Animals, Exercise & the Outdoors, Math, and Reading & Writing. I browsed through a bunch of the websites that have been shared recently, and added my favourites to my category lists!

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Pigs, Dragons & a Superhero Princess: Chapter Books we love for our 6-year old

I love books. Especially children’s books. I’m always on the hunt for new stories to read at bedtime with my eldest daughter. She just turned 6, and has become interested in chapter books lately. I’m so excited that we have started reading chapter books together: a chance to delve into a longer story, build an attachment to the characters, and look forward to picking up where you left off the night before!

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Stuffing my Pockets with Gluten Free Treats: What it means to support your Celiac child

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May is Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac Disease is defined by the Canadian Celiac Association as:

a common disorder that is estimated to affect about one percent of the population. It is a condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. Gluten is a group of proteins present in wheat, rye and barley and their cross bred grains. The damage to the intestine can lead to a variety of symptoms and result in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health.

Our 6 year old daughter was diagnosed 2 years ago and although they say it’s the only disease that is treated by diet alone, it’s not always easy. The diet is very strict, and it’s lifelong: even a crumb of gluten can affect someone with Celiac disease. Sometimes it can feel very stressful and overwhelming.

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