Cookies for Breakfast

Cookies for Breakfast

Day light savings sucks. As someone who works from home on Beijing time with VIPKID , eating when I first wake up feels gross. 330am is not a meal time to me. So, I down my two cups of coffee and get to work. By 6am I feel faint. I run upstairs and realize that we have no bread, no milk. (Which also means no means for my kids to feed themselves) I do see the gingerbread cookies iced on the table and realize that will be our breakfast today. While mornings like this really want me to put myself

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Stocking Stuffers that aren’t Junk

Stocking Stuffers that aren’t Junk

I have never understood the excitement of stockings. Usually, they contain things that break, that aren’t of any use, or candy. This year, I am determined to give stocking stuffers that aren’t junk.  I am going to make two lists here of what I am including this year and what we have that would work well. This year we are on a Harry Potter tear, so we have tiny Hedwig, Snitch and Sorting hat.  You can find them on Amazon, I also see them at chapters and any sort of pop up game store we see around at Christmas time. Rubix cubes

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Fitness Goals

Setting goals are not something I am good at. I usually can come up with lofty ideas, but putting pen to paper to break it down into smaller chunks it far more difficult for me. The plan is to do a half marathon in the spring. Since I have yet to attend a VIPKID meet up, and there is one happening at the Ottawa Marathon in May, that will be the half  I do. from there, I hope to do one trail run over the summer and a full marathon next fall. Here is where I get really ambitious, I

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Homeschool-What we are using this year

I have not prepared because we have been doing school allllll year. So here is a quick list of what I am using for my grade 1, and JK daughters.   Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons Explode the Code 1 and 2 Canadian Daily Math K5 online Life of Fred bedtime math Squilt Building a foundation of scientific understanding Super smart science series by April Chloe Outside Lab, kitchen lab, art lab, map lab The big book of nature activities The story of Canada. Fluent forever word list-French Memorise app-French The resources I am using from a

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Meal Planning and Homeschool Tracking with RocketBook

I love planners. I love buying them, starting to fill them out then forgetting about them until 3 months later when everything is crazy. One thing I love when I do it, but can’t find a method to stick with is meal planning. This not only removes the hassle of dinner time, but it cuts my grocery spending since I only buy what I need. So, I got a rocketbook originally planned for my daughters, but once I saw how it works I ‘borrowed’ it to meal plan. For me, grocery lists, meal plans are still easiest to hand write BUT, I

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Chinese Parenting

I have been reading a lot about Chinese parenting lately. Working for VIPKID I see it in action in class, and the results with my higher level student.  Although in many homeschool circles this probably isn’t a popular teaching method I believe that in some ways there is great value in the way they treat education and monitor a child’s free time. First of all, I have noticed Chinese kids don’t dabble. They don’t do several different activities just to try and have fun. There is time for them to explore their own interests, but only AFTER they have completed

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Summer Reading for Moms and Read Alouds

I love nonfiction. I binge read memoirs like it’s going out of style. So I am sorry if this list is nonfiction heavy. When I do read fiction is fluffy and wonderful like just eating the icing off a cupcake. Right now I am reading Life on the Ground  Floor by James Maskalyk. This was up for some awards and I believe it won. It’s about an emergency room doctor. His perception of medicine and those practicing it. Not gory, even someone who is not involved in health care will appreciate this book. On audible I am FINALLY listening to

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The Hesitant Reader

I invest a big portion of our homeschool time to reading aloud. My girls are young, and while we do cover phonetics, time wise it is not even close to what I spend reading aloud. My oldest daughter (6) has the tools to read, and when asked can do it. She just doesn’t have the desire or patience to sit and decode.  This has been a struggle for me. I want her to pick up a book and have the magic of reading it quietly and finding out a story on her own. She just isn’t there yet. If you

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Ingredient for Egg lovers

This is a quick post, but I just had to share. My girls have been complaining about missing two things. Bacon and Eggs. While the bacon flavor is easy to replicate the crispy greasiness is harder to achieve.  Lucky for me I was never the biggest bacon fan, and my girls have made due with rice paper bacon for now. Eggs have been a bit trickier. While the tufo scrambles are fine for me, the girls are not feeling them. Enter this salt. It was very strange opening this grinder. It smelled like egg, and tasted like a very salty

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Tips and Tricks from a Mock Class Mentor #5

Create a professional environment. Although this should be self-explanatory I will explain in more detail. I am a work at home mom. My kids are here when I teach. That doesn’t mean my kids are coming in and asking for more cereal. I’ll be honest this took practice for them and a locked door for the first month. As much as your mock class mentor will be kind and polite. We do still expect you to uphold a certain standard ESPECIALLY during the initial mock phase.  Here are tips to create a professional environment. The background cannot include any furniture

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