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  1. Percy Jackson definitely. The audiobook versions are very good. Also the Mysterious Benedict Society.
  2. I pill trained mine young - at 4 or 5ish. We went through a lot of Benadryl, and pills are way less expensive than liquid. They practiced with frozen peas (they used to like to eat peas frozen, weird kids) Things that helped: 1)Scrape the pill over a stick of butter. Sounds gross, but a butter coating makes the pill slippery and easier to swallow. 2) chase with water with a straw. Using the straw seems to change the shape of the back of the throat and makes the pill go down easier.
  3. It depends how much you care about how it looks after washing. I inherited a large lot of mixed silver plated utensils that weren't in mint condition to start with. I put them in the dishwasher with stainless steel all the time, and even sometimes with aluminum pots. The silver tarnishes. I have decided that I don't care. We've been doing this with the same set for at least 15 years. If I cared to polish them up, I think they would look fine.
  4. I remember the formal government apology in 1988 being a big deal. And "Canada, A People's History", TV doc which aired in 2000/2001, which was super popular and widely watched, covered Japanese internment. It's definitely one of the shameful historical things that are common knowledge, I think - like the Chinese head-tax, and residential school/First Nations history.
  5. Americans don't hear about it. I think American knowledge of Canadian history is generally poor. I don't think you will find many Canadians who don't know this. Internment of Japanese Canadians is no secret - this is standard Canadian history content. As is the Chinese Head Tax. David Suzuki has been speaking about Japanese internment for as long as I can remember. US and Canadian anti-asiatic racist history mirror each other closely, both the west coast and nation-wide. Both had Anti-Asiatic Leagues at about the same time in the early 1900's, both passed Chinese Exclusion Acts. Canada introduced its Chinese exclusion act much later (1920's in Canada, 1880's in the US.) Canada instead had a Chinese head tax from 1885-1923, before passing its exclusion act in 1923. Both countries abolished their exclusion acts in the 40's and eliminated race-based immigration policies in the 1960's
  6. My boys have an Eno style hammock in their bedroom. I drilled eye-bolts into the studs and hung it with regular tree straps. They know it's for rocking gently, and not for vigorous swinging. They've been fine with it. We've had it for 3 years now, since the youngest was 7 or so. It's very fast to take up and down, it unclips from it's straps in seconds. It mostly gets used for reading and sleeping.
  7. I do a lot of wet/soupy food over rice in a thermos. I make batches of foods that I like and the rest of the family doesn't like (lunch at work is my chance to eat the beans and legumes that they won't touch!). I cook a batch of lentil curry, or spicy black bean soup, beef and lentil stew, pea soup etc. Usually in the instant pot, sometimes in the slow-cooker. Portion into silicone muffin pans and freeze. When frozen, pop the food "pucks" out into a gallon zip lock and store in the freezer. In the morning I take out a puck of whatever I fancy that day and warm up in the microwave. Put into thermos over hot rice (there is always hot rice ready in out rice cooker). I find soupy, saucy, wet foods work well in a thermos. Foods that are dry get cold too fast. ETA - I use the puck system for pretty much any home made wet frozen food - chicken stock, apple sauce etc. I like being able to thaw just as much as I need.
  8. Mine have experienced similar. They are younger (no beards yet!). We've have had both the "passing" comment and the "what are you" question. And I've been asked where I got them from - asker assuming they must be adopted and couldn't possibly be biologically mine. Both tan quickly in the sun and their look changes with the seasons.
  9. I'd like to elaborate on the canoe/kayak example. My modern kevlar canoe, and modern fiberglass/plastic kayaks are inspired by indigenous watercraft, but no-one would really consider these modern craft as indigenous products, hence not appropriation. But, if a white-owned company manufactured and sold indigenous-style birch bark canoes and skin kayaks, that would be considered appropriation, I think.
  10. It's a slippery concept with a lot of grey areas. Questions I ask myself: 1) Is this a sacred item being used for fashion or profit? Definitely appropriation 2) Is their a power imbalance between my culture and the culture I'm borrowing from? Might be appropriation, need to think and evaluate, context matters 3) Have I been invited to use this item/participate in this cultural practice, and am I using/participating in a way that's authentic? Not appropriation 1 and 3 are usually obvious and easy to identify. It's 2 that's tricky - is adoption of a non-sacred item or practice from minority, historically oppressed culture into one's lifestyle appropriation?. I feel like what's OK and what's not OK depends a lot on local culture, and changes over time. And what's considered mainstream changes overtime. Cultures merge and evolve. Eating and cooking food from minority cultures is not generally considered appropriation. Paddling a canoe is not appropriation; manufacturing and selling canoes and kayaks for profit is not seen as appropriation, I don't think, because these things have been absorbed into mainstream culture. Wearing moccasin-style shoes is not seen as appropriation - it's mainstream. A white person running a first nations style jewelry and traditional clothing business for profit would be seen as appropriation. And as an example regarding authenticity I will share: Last week, at a kid activity while waiting for a class to end, I saw a white woman with a very elaborate braided african-style hairstyle that that made me inwardly cringe a little and set off my appropriation radar. Then her kids came out of class - mixed-race girls with tight, curly hair, and my feeling instantly changed - she's modeling non-white beauty standards for her kids. Instantly felt authentic. Now, this woman's hair is, of course, none of my business - I'm sharing my inner monologue to illustrate a point, not to criticize or condone.
  11. We have a bin. Each kid may have one "active" book that can leave the bin and be stored where convenient to the reader (usually a bedside table), but they are responsible for keeping track of it. Only one active book at a time. The bin acts as a little personal library branch with a lending limit of one book. It works well for us
  12. For something more rustic, maybe a stay in a yurt in a national park? We've done a winter yurt stay in Algonquin Park in Ontario. They are heated with bunk and mattresses, and have electricity. The central comfort station with flush toilets and showers was a short walk away. The camp ground had a skating rink, and there are oodles of trails for snowshoeing, and there is also dog sledding.
  13. Winterlude in Ottawa for a great urban snow experience. As the national capital, Ottawa is chock full of cultural stuff to do, with pretty good public transit. And when you are ready for some nature (hiking, XC-ski, snowshoe,, snow biking etc) Gatineau park is just across the river.
  14. We have a routine rather than a schedule. Seat work (skill) subjects start after breakfast. Do the hardest one first. Take a "recess" when attention starts to fade, then back at it until we're done for the day. Which at age 7 was a maximum 2 hours of table work, very often less. After 2 hours, we are done, whether or not everything that was planned is complete. The next day, start each subject where we left off. Slow and steady wins the race, and all that. I used materials that made it easy to "do the next thing" without a fixed schedule - writing with ease, first language lessons, math-u-see. Content subjects were done much more loosely and much more child directed and learning by living style- listening to science podcasts, Story of the World audio in the car or while playing legos, and reading picture books at bedtime was about as structured as history and science ever got. The kids did (and still do) a lot of spontaneous free play extension of history topics and scienc-y tinkering without any prodding from adults, which I count as a win. Long stretches of unstructured time are definitely still "educational" at this age. Mine are now 10 and 11. I still follow the same general formula with a little more rigor with respect to the seat work and a lot more confidence to go "off-script" with respect to curriculum, or make up my own assignments based on a Well Trained Mind type framework.
  15. This sounds really good. I've had my kids write modules as writing assignments, and then we played their modules as a family, with the author acting as the DM. They found this super motivating and did a great job.
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