Thursday, 8 September 2016

First Day of Home Learning - Grade 4

September 7, 2016
Yesterday was my first day of home schooling. This is what we did:

We made a smoothie with blueberries, apple, banana, chia, flax seed and kale from our garden. I made up the recipe, and wrote it down. It got five stars, but the colour was a little bad.

We have a little store to learn about money. Somebody bought our flowers, but they took our Mexican vase! I made a new sign that says, "Please don't take our vase!"

We learned about recycling plastic. Rigid plastic, like milk containers, goes in the blue bin. Soft plastic, like plastic bags, goes to the transfer station.
We went to the transfer station to take our styrofoam and extra plastic bags. The transfer station is where the garbage trucks take our garbage, before it goes on huge trucks to the landfill. It is near the Lush factory, so it smells kind of good and kind of bad.
You can take metal things to the transfer station to be recycled, too.
Paolo gave me a gift from his museum of things he found in the garbage.
It is an old fashioned doll's stove. He said, "Cherish it." Cherish means take good care of it, and remember that it is special. My mom is going to clean it. We shouldn't plug it in.
Then we went to buy some compost for our veggie garden project. The compost was steaming.
We put the compost in our garden and mixed it with soil and horse manure. Then we watered it. We are getting it ready for the Spring. We are going to grow corn, watermelon, catnip and sunflowers. We are going to make pickled watermelon.
Then I played with new home schooling friends at the beach. They were friendly.
We are going to do science experiments together.
We gave our new friends a ride home, and then we went to the library.

It was a good day.

Other Home Learning Posts

Home Learning, Day 1, Grade 4 - Smoothie, Recycling Rigid or Soft Plastic, Transfer Station, Compost
Home Learning - Week 2 Chai, Fruit Fly Trap, Garden Kiosk, Albinism
Home Learning - Week 3 Apple Taste Test, Gymnastics, Back Brace, Subtraction
Home Learning - Week 4 Subject/Predicate, Squash, Mint/Calendula Face Mask
Home Learning - Week 5 Slugs, Radish, Mushrooms
Home Learning - Week 6 Thanksgiving, Earthquake Kit, Soaring Eagle
Home Learning - Week 7 BC, +/- 1, Braces, Bees, Rain Water
Home Learning - Week 8 Pizza, Alberta, Halloween
Home Learning - Week 9 Dogs, Earrings, Adding White
Home Learning - Week 10 Christmas List, Cupcake Face Mask, Green Poodle
Home Learning - Week 11 Mango Lassi, Saskatchewan, 10 Partners, Cat
Home Learning - Week 12 Bees, World Book, Lip Balm, Seeds
Home Learning - Week 13  Memory, Sewing, Back Brace Adjustment
Home Learning - Week 14 Snow,  Salad, SPCA, Manitoba, Bison
Home Learning - Week 15 Christmas, Manure, Evil Sister
Home Learning - Week 16 Gerbil, Slime, Hummingbirds, Cocoa
Home Learning - Week 17 Ontario, Apple Taste Test, Denim Purse
Home Learning - Week 18 Thank You Notes, Math Without Help, Term Two Reflection
Home Learning - Weeks 19+20 Nerd Outfit, Quebec, Birthday
Home Learning - Week 21 Emotions, Ordering Numbers, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Soaring Eagles #4
Home Learning - Week 22 Valentine's Day, Science World, New Brunswick
Home Learning - Week 23 Worried, Adding Tens, Nova Scotia, Science World #2, DIY Lip Gloss Soap
Home Learning - Week 24 Real-Life Math, Nap, Lonely, Wolfdogs, Spring, Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Home Learning - Week 25 Schedules, Yukon, Pysanky, Bank Machine, Regrouping, Loved, Term 3 Reflections, Soaring Eagles #5
Home Learning - Week 26 Rotten Food, Embarrassed, Newfoundland and Labrador, Can Opener, Skating, Teacher Screecher, Rain Water, Slugs, Word Search
Home Learning - Week 27 Cheer, Fish, Digit Sequences, Spelling "ea", Sad, Spring 2, Matching Pictures, Butterfly Books, Math Review, Private Questions 2
Home Learning - Week 28 I Spy; Subtraction of Numbers Larger than 19, without and with Regrouping; Spelling "ee"; Frustrated; Ancient Greece; Nunavit; Quinoa Veggie Salad; Cat Whiskers; Dog Biscuit; Butterfly Cage; Baby Alive Food DIY
Home Learning - Week 29 Kitchen Scraps, Northwest Territories, Butterflies, Fort Langley, Bike Riding, Estimation, Helpful, Banana Orange Smoothie
Home Learning - Week 30 Watermelon, Money, Tired, Butterflies, Handsome Warren, Catnip, Water Measurement, OT Assessment 2, Rounding, Contractions, Silly, Soaring Eagles 6
Home Learning - Week 31 Ella Enchanted, Butterflies 3, Money, Story of Life 1, Watermelon 2, Sweet Pea, Tomatillo, Disappointed, Visual Memory, Adding Tens, Garden Beds, Muffins, Thank You to Carol, Contractions 2, Butterfly Cage, Ken
Home Learning - Week 32 Encyclopedia Brown, 41st Ave., Money, Chrysalides, OT Assessment 3, 600 Million Years, Mishka, Related Tens, Round-Offs, QE Park, Mother's Day Card, Acting and Dancing
Home Learning - Week 33 Butterflies, Estimating Sum and Difference, Thailand, Money Book, 600 Million Years 2, Library Holds, Mara the Meerkat Fairy, Soaring Eagle 6
Home Learning - Week 34 Castles, Planting Veggies, Long and Short "a", Butterfly Release, Banana Smell, Estimating Sum and Difference, Drawing v Colouring, Horrid Henry, Poppy Seed Pasta Salad, Pond Water 2, Trike Planter, Lush Gift Card, Beekeeping
Home Learning - Week 35 Money, 600 Million Years 3, Long and Short "e", Cirque de la Symphonie, Farm Visit, Sharks, Appropriate Questions, Microscope, Pandora, Telling Time, Estimation, Cheer


  1. I know who gave you a lift, they are awesome friends, so glad you were welcomed well. And what you have going already is inspiring and fantastic Leah.

  2. What a beautiful day full of fun activities.

  3. So glad you're homeschooling! For you and your daughter. Wishing you many more happy, busy days like this.

  4. So pleased for both of you:) Off to a great year!

  5. Wow, what a beautiful story and day of learning for a mother & daughter! Congratulations to your daughter, I love your observation about the 'kind of good kind of bad smell'. Also so heartwarming to see you visiting Paolo again when you first met him on a Master Recycler field trip!!!
    Lastly, so happy to see the garden in your new place :)

  6. Looks like a great day that combines three of my favorite things: cooking/eating, scrounging/recycling and gardening. I look forward to seeing your cool retro doll stove!

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  8. I loved reading about your first homeschooling day! It sounds like you had some wonderful adventures. I hope you are always able to approach your learning with excitement and a sense of wonder. I can't wait to hear about more of your activities!