The Quest for Healthy Family Meals on a Budget

I want to feed my family real food that is healthy and wholesome. There certainty is no shortage of cookbooks available to us. A person could spend a lifetime browsing the cookbook section of the local bookstore. I can imagine myself leaving the bookstore looking a little bit like Rip Van Winkle- having lost a … Continue reading The Quest for Healthy Family Meals on a Budget

Because We Are Makers In All Cities

MakerFaire boy driving robot

Thanks to Barnes & Noble, Maker Faires are appearing this weekend in cities all across the US.  Gavin has been excitedly awaiting the Mini Maker Faire for over two months. Promotional flyers have been decorating his room. He took enough postcards to invite his Cub Scout Pack. He has even considered the red robot for the theme of … Continue reading Because We Are Makers In All Cities

The Future Has Arrived!: Back To The Future Day

Back To The Future 4

Since today is "Back To The Future Day", the kids have been having some fun with costumes and reenacting scenes. Today was the very day that Marty McFly and Emmett Brown go to in the future in the movie "Back To The Future II".

In Which We Are Watched Like Hawks

Boy in Giant Bird Nest

The Cascades Raptor Center is offering free admission this week last week, in celebration of their 25th anniversary. "Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the … Continue reading In Which We Are Watched Like Hawks

Watching September Drift Away

Kids Rafting

We took our Nature Study out to Perkin's Peninsula on Fern Ridge Reservoir and drifted around in the raft a while to do a little birdwatching.  It's awesome to watch the sunset while on the water.  As the sun went down, I realized that September was following the sun away over the horizon.  Where did it go? … Continue reading Watching September Drift Away

Mix It Up!

Homemade Trail Mix

Trail mix is another versatile food to pack with you when hiking.  It comes pre-made in grocery stores, in brightly colored packages, with little bits of melty chocolate or yogurt covered somethings.  It's kind of spendy, too!  Even though nuts and dried fruit aren't exactly cheap, I can mix up my own blend for... maybe … Continue reading Mix It Up!

Logan Bread

logan bread

The kids and I have been preparing food to pack with us on an upcoming hiking/camping trip we hope to be taking the next few days.  Tonight we made a variation of Logan Bread, from "The Well-Fed Backpacker" by June Flemming.  My dad used to make this when I was a kid. Now my kids … Continue reading Logan Bread

Skunk Cabbage at McGowan Creek

Lysichiton americanus along McGowan Creek, near where the McKenzie river meets the Willamette River.

Planning with Homeschool Skedtrack: Inserting HTML Images

Computer with Michelangelo's David head on screen with art work

Today, I'm talking about inserting images into Homeschool Skedtrack with HTML. We all know that images add richness to things we are learning. Sometimes they are crucial to the idea being learned. Some of us are visual learners and seeing pictures and graphics help us learn a concept more quickly and more fully. Examples of … Continue reading Planning with Homeschool Skedtrack: Inserting HTML Images

Planning with Homeschool Skedtrack: HTML in the Daily Schedule

Netbook and Pink Ear Buds

One of my favorite features of Homeschool Skedtrack is the ability to write HTML code into a student's daily schedule. The most obvious way this benefits the schedule is to write in HTML links. You can do more than that though. You can format text, include tables, list items vertically, post images, and even embed … Continue reading Planning with Homeschool Skedtrack: HTML in the Daily Schedule