You’ve got to practice what you preach, right? As part of this year’s September Unplugged piece, I vowed to spend time planning a vacation or heading out on a friends’ getaway. Promise kept! Last weekend, I met up with my high school girlfriends in Phoenix, Arizona for a weekend of R&R. I hadn’t seen some of these ladies […]
Blind Tasting Picnic? Invent a Popsicle? Shakespeare in the Park? Dino S’mores? Peach Hand Pies? Family Music Jam in the Dark? Summer of Funner 2014 is up and running. We’ve dubbed this summer our Summer of Ability! Click on our Love-to-Do List below and check out all of our big plans for the summer!
Hey folks! It’s been a while! I had a stumble and fall and broke two metacarpals in my dominant hand…Now, post-surgery, and in the early stages of recovery, I’m in the throes of planning our greatest Summer of Funner yet! Join us after the extra-long Canada Day weekend at our sister site: Summer of Funner!! […]
Today, the kids illustrate the fifth and final instalment of our March breACK! 2014 masterpiece, our transformation of Shakespeare’s Pericles. Today, the kids will not only illustrate scenes from our Play of Bearicles, they will also design a book cover or a poster advertising the production of our play. Summary, The Play of Bearicles, Prince […]
Summary, The Play of Bearicles, Prince of Tyre Act IVThe Ghost of the Turtle-Poet Gower once again rises from the sea, informing us that fourteen years have passed since we saw our Bearicles or his wee cub Marina: On Tarsus, Marina has been raised in high style by Cleon and Dionyza. She’s the talk of […]
This morning, in their first instalment of our March breACK! play, Bearicles, the kids read about a prince of a bear who encounters a couple of socially dominant “serpents in bear fur.” This afternoon, I decided to keep the snakes and ladders theme going by having them make their own Snakes & Ladders game. We’re […]
Welcome to MARCH breACK! 2014! Each weekday in March BreACK!, the kids will read a segment of a book I have written and illustrate it! Today, we’re reading the first act of our Shakespeare play, transformed: Bearicles, Prince of Tyre. I’ll encourage the kids to use simple black ink pens on paper today. The […]
We’re lucky enough to have our “California Grandparents” here with us for the Thanksgiving weekend! So, on Friday, we rented a mini-van and sped out to our favourite Apple Picking spot, Applewood Farm Winery in Stouffeville, Ontario. Little did we know, they didn’t open until noon on Fridays, so we had an adventure in the […]
Today, we created two types of Spirit Bear Silhouettes: The Spirit of the Bear Silhouettes and Kermode Collage Bear Silhouettes The Spirit of the Bear Silhouettes The is a riff on an activity from our Advent Calendar, our Silhouette Self-Portraits. After we read about Spirit Bears online and in books, the kids fill in the […]
“I swear, I have never heard any better sense from any bear under my guardianship. Mr. Yeni-Marten’s a very smart Kermode, industrious, too! He’s done quite a bit to protect our salmon and streams from the men at the fisheries and their lice-infested, farmed spawn. Not to mention his honey, which is a miracle, Ahma, […]
Ahma, the Spirit Bear, Part I: Old Married Bears & Unmarried Bears, A Precis Our story begins with a wedding. In the village of Maaya’ol (Bear-Berry), situated in a remote portion of the Great Bear Rainforest on The Princess Royal Island, the young Miss. Luup’is (To Sew or Tailor) becomes the bride of the widower-bear […]
ACK! It’s officially MARCH breACK! So here it is, a basic description and tentative schedule for this year’s MARCH breACK! Madness, 2013. Illustrate-Your-Own-Books 2013: Ahma, the Spirit Bear Each year, during MARCH breACK!, I write a little chapter book for the kids to illustrate, usually based on an existing tale or story. This year, Bea wanted […]
You may have been wondering where we’ve been the past few weeks….Preparing for MARCH breACK! 2013, of course! As you may know, we are pretty serious about our March Break festivities. Each year, I write a short chapter book for the kids to read and illustrate over the course of the week. So far, we’ve […]
It’s snowing today. It’s snowing hard. Of course, the schools in the city aren’t officially closed. But, I’ve got one kid home sick already. [Poor Bea’s recovering from pneumonia.] There’s really no point in making the GROUP effort to get the other one off to school through a boot-rise of snow, especially with more coming. […]
On Sunday, we’ll be gearing up for an impromptu performance of our December Shakespeare play, starring all of the stuffies in the house!!
The Lunchbox Season is Closed for the Summer Holidays… but that doesn’t mean we aren’t busy. Summer of Funner is back and better than ever! Check out our jam-packed summer of adventure at: https://www.summeroffunner.com. First up: And no worries… The Lunchbox Season will return in September, 2012!
It’s the Last Week of School! There’s no better way to get the kids to “clean out” their Lunchboxes than to make an absolutely amazing Lunchbox Treat that will have them searching for the very last crumb…. Chewy M&M and Oreo Brownies Here’s a riff on our Cook’s Illustrated Inspired “Block Party Brownies” from the […]
I’ve got ambitious plans for MARCH breAK! 2012. Depending upon which professional path I might choose to follow, I may not be able to run “camp mama” next March, so I’ll be making the most of it next week! I’ve completed our story for the week, The Adventures of Sir Lóchrann Holmes: A Study in Emerald. Simply put, it is a reworking […]