Buxton National Historic Site

The liberty bell. This bell rang out each time an escaped slave made it to Buxton. There are many dark parts of Canadian history, but I'm proud of this part. Buxton was the last stop on the Underground Railroad. Canadian soil. Freedom. We recently read Elijah of Buxton, a delightful yet important work of Canadian … Continue reading Buxton National Historic Site


Limehouse Conservation Area (Southern Ontario Hikes)

Lime kiln ruins Happy Canada Day! Today, we had the opportunity to visit an incredible conservation area located in the tiny hamlet of Limehouse in Halton Hills. This trail was on my summer bucket list, and it didn't disappoint. Sunshine, wildflowers, streams, crevasses and ruins made this one of my favourite hikes to date. Climbing … Continue reading Limehouse Conservation Area (Southern Ontario Hikes)

Book Review: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Tween Fiction)

Life as a 19th century African-American sharecropper in the South is tough. Food is scarce, money is scarcer, and each day is a struggle. One day, however, the boy's father comes home with a large ham. And life seems to be a little bit better. Until the sheriff and his deputies show up and haul … Continue reading Book Review: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Tween Fiction)

An (Almost) Unschooling Update

Anyone who says that homeschoolers aren't socialized has not met my children. Or most of the homeschooled children that I know. Even during a pandemic when gathering sizes are limited and social distancing rules are in place, there are plenty of opportunities to interact (safely) with others. Last week: music lessons, hikes with friends, outdoor … Continue reading An (Almost) Unschooling Update

Knotty Wood, Ukulele Lessons and Hopefulness

A friend suggested that I keep a record of our year of relaxed homeschooling, either online or on paper. I've chosen to do both. Let me begin by saying that we started school today with a discussion on hopefulness, the character trait of the week in A Year in the Hundred Acre Wood. Hopefulness. It's … Continue reading Knotty Wood, Ukulele Lessons and Hopefulness

Ancient World History: Living Books and Resources

From wrapping each other up in toilet paper when learning about mummies to building the Great Wall of China out of blocks, we've always had so much fun studying ancient times. I've mentioned in previous posts that we do a four-year history rotation (ancient, medieval, renaissance and modern). We've done two cycles of ancient history … Continue reading Ancient World History: Living Books and Resources