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Moundville Archaeological Park, near Tuscaloosa, AL…

January 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Moundville Archaeological Park, near Tuscaloosa, AL…

We recently spent 2 weeks near Tuscaloosa, AL, volunteering with a Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief build. While we were there, we stayed at the Moundville Archaeological Park, in Moundville, AR; about 20 minutes south of Tuscaloosa. The MAP is a small park, about 26 acres, that consists of a museum, ancient Indian mounds, replica Indian huts, beautiful walking paths, and a small campground. At the entrance to the park is a Orientation building, where you can speak with a park ranger, find park information, and watch a well-done, informative film on the park and surrounding area’s history. We really appreciated the film as we knew nothing about the area before we watched it.  We found the staff here to be very informative and education oriented - when they found out that we homeschool, they gave us some information on the park, including some activity sheets for the kids, that made our stay much more interesting! The grounds contain over a dozen Indian mounds, built around... [Read more...]

Vicksburg National Military Park, MS…

January 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Vicksburg National Military Park, MS…

We recently had the opportunity to visit Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, and while the cold, wet weather did dampen our visit a bit, we still thought the park was intriguing and beautiful.      Vicksburg was an important location in the Civil War; the army that controlled Vicksburg pretty much controlled the Mississippi River and it’s important role as a vital supply route for the Confederacy. Located high on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi, Vicksburg had a commanding control over the ships passing beneath, all in gun range from the bluffs. Both the North and the South desperately wanted/needed to control Vicksburg, and the result was one of the bloodiest campaigns, and one of the most decisive turning points in the Civil War.  Vicksburg was not an easy quest – it took her being under attack and then seige, from April of 1862 to July 4th, of 1863, before the Union could claim her as under Union control.       While we were at VNMP, we chose... [Read more...]

Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi, TX…

December 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi, TX…

One of the other things that we did during our visit to Padre Island National Park, was to drive in to Corpus Christi and spend an afternoon at the Texas State Aquarium. The aquarium is part of the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums), so if you have a membership to your local zoo or aquarium, you would get in to the Texas State Aquarium for half price (like we did). One of the things that I loved the most about this aquarium, was that all the talks and shows were included in the entrance fee.      The aquariums has educational talks, and animal shows every half hour, throughout the day. Our favorite stop of the day was at StingRay Alley (which is a large touch tank). During the talks that are given here (one in the morn, one in the afternoon), you can purchase a small tray of fish for $3 and feed the rays. This exhibit brought us back 3 times! LOL! The rays were docile, and friendly. They would swim right in front of the kids, and practically beg for attention! There were a couple... [Read more...]

National Parks – A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks

December 7, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

National Parks – A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks

National Parks – A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks By Erin McHugh Published at Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers About the book “During National Parks Week, we reaffirm our need to maintain connections to the natural world.” —President Barack Obama President Obama has shared his views that it’s important for all of our country’s citizens to acknowledge the value of the natural world around us. National Parks helps families explore that world—the diversity, beauty, and history found in our national park system. Arranged alphabetically by state, this fun-filled book tours more than 75 U.S. parks, monuments, and landmarks, from the rocky shores of Maine’s Acadia National Park to the ancient redwood groves of Northern California. Also included is a removable, fold-out collector map to house the 56 America the Beautiful commemorative quarters! Through fascinating text and hundreds of vintage-style illustrations and photographs, ranging from digitally... [Read more...]

Canadian Museum of Nature

August 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Canadian Museum of Nature

Back on July 1st, we decided to take advantage of the fact that museums in our former hometown were open for free.   To celebrate Canada Day we decided to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature which has been revamped in recent years. I hadn’t set foot in that museum for over 15 years – not even it got reopened after the major renovations a couple of years ago.  Knowing that we would be moving in a near future, we thought it would be a great time to discover the new and improved Canadian Museum of Nature. Though the entrance brought back memories of when I was younger, you can see that many things have changed.   I was disappointed to learn that the famous bee hive was gone but quickly got over it when I discovered that the museum has done a great work with the presentation of its animal collection.   We decided to start at the top of the museum and slowly go down as we explored the levels. The first exposition we went to was the birds.   Via interaction and observation, we discovered... [Read more...]

Summer 2012 – A New Life For Our Family

July 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer 2012 – A New Life For Our Family

Okay I will admit it – I am a bit quiet this year.  But when I tell you why this is the case, I think that you will understand that I have quite a bit on my shoulders since May. The situation In May my husband had a contract with a company in the area of Whitchurch-Stouffville in Ontario.  Being homeschoolers, we packed the RV and drove as a family for a full month in that area.   What we didn’t know then – though we knew it was a possibility – it that my husband would get a full time employment offer. It happened! At the end of the contract, we knew that with a couple of weeks he would get an offer.   Within two weeks of being back home, we got it and seeing that the contracting world hasn’t been quite the same in the past three years we decided to take a step of faith and follow this opening. The results So back in June, we did some painting/repairs in our home and packed like crazy.   I had a trip schedule in early July to attend a Leadership Training for a ministry... [Read more...]

Field Trip in the 11th Century and Experience the Middle Ages

June 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Field Trip in the 11th Century and Experience the Middle Ages

Medieval Times has been part of our lives the last few years. Back in 2009, my husband and I went to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in Toronto and attended their evening show. We had so much fun that we immediately thought that the kids would enjoy it. So the next year, when we were visiting Toronto with the family, my husband brought the boys as a surprise. Our daughter was too young back then and we knew that one day we would bring her too! In May, we had to go to Toronto since my husband had a contract there. A whole month rving and homeschooling outside. It was different and we had a good time (apart for one cold rainy week!). But while there, I decided to approach various attractions and offer them to review it in exchange of free entrance for my family. One of these attractions was Medieval Times in Toronto. Sending such an email was new to me and I was excited when I got positive answers – including from the Medieval Times.  The kids didn’t know I was doing this so... [Read more...]

Doors Open Ontario

May 31, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Doors Open Ontario

Last year, out of the blue, we have decided to participate to the Doors Open Ottawa during the first week-end of June.   That year, we have discovered a wonderful way to learn more about the facilities in our city as we visited the Traffic Control, the Supreme Court, the parliament, the paramedic’s headquarters as well as the Ottawa Citizen on a two days adventure. This year, we will miss Doors Open Ottawa since we are away from home.   But I discovered that this event is not limited to Ottawa only.   Last Saturday, we had the opportunity to participate to Doors Open Toronto and discovered interesting things. Here’s the places we went to learn more about these iconic places in Toronto. Union Station Since the opening in 1927, Union Station has been one of the most significant hubs in Canada’s transportation network. In the last 35 years, the station has taken on added importance in the Toronto area as the terminal for commuter rail services and as a vital link in the Toronto... [Read more...]

Royal Botanical Gardens

May 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Royal Botanical Gardens

Since my husband has a contract outside of town, we have decided to bring the whole family with the RV and homeschool on the road.   Though we do a bit of school work during the weekdays, I also wanted to discover new places in the Toronto area.   Since I review books and products, I figure that I could try to get free admission to different attractions in or near Toronto in exchange of a blog post. One of the first attractions I contacted was the Royal Botanical Gardens which is located about 1 hour and 30 minutes from our campsite.    This activity would definitively be a day outing and it would require us to be rested.  Imagine my delight when I got a positive response from them.    We were set to visit the RBG over the long week-end in May. So on May 19th, we drove to Burlington to explore and discover a garden that I have been wanting to see for many years now.   I grew up in Montreal and I went many times to the botanical gardens there.   I also had the privilege of... [Read more...]

Homeschooling away from home

May 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Homeschooling away from home

As I am writing this, we have arrived in Toronto for an extended period of time while my husband works on a contract in the area.    We were fortunate to find a campsite close to the workplace where he would be (about 10 minutes of drive) and that was open before the long week-end in Ontario.  It isn’t our first time rving and homeschooling while my husband is working on a contract as we did it two years ago while being in Northern Ontario for a couple of days.   However, this time it is for a longer period of time and I am unsure about how the homeschool will go. When packing for such events – i.e. homeschooling/contracting – we had to be wise for the quantities of things to bring.   I am pleased to say that the math and English curriculum were finished before our departure.  The only books I needed to bring were French as well as science. I had two plastic containers of things to bring for our school time.   This got reduced to one container strategically placed so it... [Read more...]

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