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Posts from the ‘Homegrown Learning’ Category

Mushroom Farmers! {Back to Roots Musrhoom Kit Review}

One thing that I want to try next is growing mushrooms. I have attended several workshops, but just haven’t gotten around to doing it. This spring I hope to purchase a few logs or maybe try to inoculate a few logs of my own.

In the meantime, I stumbled upon the Back to the Roots oyster mushroom kit, which looked pretty neat and would provide a fun project for the kids and I to do. I ordered one of Amazon, got it started, and we are about half way to harvesting our first crop of oyster mushrooms.

I was worried at first because it didn’t seem to be growing. However, around day four, they took off and I swear they are growing so fast that I notice a difference every couple of hours. The kids really dig this too, because every time they wake up in the morning or come home from school, the mushrooms are noticeably bigger!

I predict some delicious stir-fry in the near future!

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And the Homeschooling Adventure Begins…

For a while now I have been intrigued by the idea of homeschooling. With Tanner turning three this year, I have decided to give “homeschooling” a try. I have purchased the embark12 Pre-K Program from k12 and I am pretty excited to get started this Fall. While I am not sure if I will continue to homeschool once Tanner gets to school age, I think that this will be a good test to see how things might go. Read more

Duck Duck Moose: iPad App Review

This past Christmas we received an iPad as a family gift from my parents. Three-quarters of the way through the year, I am still just as smittin’ with it as when we first got it, primarily because of the entertainment value it provides for my toddler. However, one thing that I find a little challenging is locating apps that are age-appropriate and at least semi-educational. After searching and searching, I finally came across a list of recommended apps for toddlers that featured Duck Duck Moose‘s app, Itsy Bitsy Spider, an interactive musical book based on the popular children’s rhyme. Read more