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Boxes - on Tumblr!

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on September 1, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (2)

This is the last time I'll post here, unless something changes with the blog. After only 2 weeks, I am already quite happy with the new site for the blog! To check out our block play this week, follow the link:


I would like to see this site aligned once again with the blog, or ideally a website of my own, but for now - this will do!

Trying Tumblr!

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on August 25, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)
After receiving some feedback on the limitations of using a private space like Storypark, our blog is switching again. Thanks for your patience as I work this out; I feel an entire new website may be in my future . . . To check out my post on this week's play, inside and out, please see https://lauraarmstrong.tumblr.com/

Storypark - New Home of this Blog!

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on August 11, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

It's official - Sunshine Dayhome is now making the switch! For the next month, head on over to Storypark to catch up with our latest adventures. Here is the link to the first post!


I will try this for the next month to see if it's the best fit for us.


Posted by sunshine-dayhome on July 28, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, hard to believe, but summer is halfway over! We have been to so many splash parks, had a ton of picnics, and endless hours of fun together. Now things are changing up, both with the children here and with this blog. After many years, I may be outgrowing this site; after vacation next week I will attempt to find a new home for the blog. Keenan has grown so big he is entering kinder, and so he and Oscar will both be gone soon! Happily, the rest of our crew will remain, with Katie and Nixon welcomed back full time in the fall and perhaps a new little one, too - we shall see! I look forward to reconnecting with you after our family camp getaway :) 

Summer is Here

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on July 14, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

And the days are just packed. So much is going on it seems impossible to just pick one highlight for this week! It started on the 11th, which is, of course, free slush day. Although normally slushes are not part of our menu, the weather was perfect so off we went! So worth it, and so delicious.

This week was very hot, so some days we went to splash parks, and other days we just stayed home. We played lumberjack this week too, and chopped all off the lower branches off the huge spruce trees in the front. This made more space, more light, and the perfect spot to set up a tent! It feels like summer is rushing by, so we need to fit in all we can. The boys are planning a fun day to the zoo or park soon, as Keenan's last two weeks are now upon us, and there is a lot of frozen treates to make and enjoy. Can't wait, this is turning out to be the best summer ever!

Summer Fun

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on July 7, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We have been spending so much time in the yard lately, enjoying this gorgeous weather. To draw the children into playing with new materials, I picked up some fun water play items - squeegees, paint rollers, and spray bottles, alongside an antigue enamel wash basin, are just the thing for hot summer days!

After the children finished washing and wiping down the outdoor easel (those are good life skills right there ;) ) they went over to the hammock and rope ladder. It's fantastic how much they share together, making up cooperative games and engaging their core muscles as well. These summer days spent in the hot back yard with simple water toys, and under the shade of the apple tree, are providing the foundation for learning that will serve them immensely in all their years to come.


Posted by sunshine-dayhome on June 30, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I am super happy to announce that, after years of searching, we have finally been able to catch some tadpoles to examine over the next few weeks! This is uncharted territory for me, so we can all learn more about these fascinating little swimmers as time goes by. The research I have done so far tells us that:

-back legs come first, then front legs

-when front legs appear, they start crawling out of the water

-at that point, they can actually drown without land

-when tadpoles they are vegetarian, but as soon as they breathe air they turn carnivorous - so fascinating!

I have magnifying glasses and pond books out to help us learn and discover, and let us take a closer look! I'm not sure how long this whole metamorphosis will take, around three weeks is my best guess - we will see!

Going to the Zoo!

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on June 23, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Kaliana and Kai are home for the summer, and with Oscar and Arlo enjoying a well-deserved family day today, we took Keenan and headed off to the zoo. It was such a fantastic way to kick off our summer days together! Though it was quite busy, we still had the chance to ride the merry-go-round, visit the petting zoo, have a delicious picnic lunch, and a lot more. They loved the zebras, owls, and capybaras, and were impressed with the meerkats, lemurs, elephant, and tortoise. We were able to visit all of the exhibits that were open, and it was a blast!

One thing about the zoo that makes me particularly happy are the signs and maps they have available. A lot of learning takes place just examining and discussing the animals, of course, but navigation and literacy skills bloomed today as they all figured out where we were, how to get to where we were going, and matched up tiny numbers and symbols with the legends on their maps. They were delighted to have the small souvenier to take home, and really liked folding and refolding those little squares.Thanks, Edmonton Valley Zoo, for a wonderful day!

Butterflies Hatching!!

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on June 16, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

After watching the caterpillars grow over the last couple weeks, then waiting patiently during the chrysalis period, our patience had been rewarded! Today most of the butterflies hatched, which is excellent because the children were here to watch them emerge. They were very interested in the process of pumping up and drying out wings, and  curious about the red stuff (no not blood, just extra tissues from the metamorphosis process).

In the picture above, you can see how close they are to hatching - their wing patterns are clearly visible. Soon after I took those shots, they emerged! We will enjoy them for the next couple days of so, then release them outside and watch them fly away.

Praying Mantises!

Posted by sunshine-dayhome on June 9, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the second year we have succesfully hatched praying mantises, and the first time they have hatched outside - where more can live and grow in our garden. The reason we do this is mostly because they are so neat, but also because they eat harmful or annoying garden pests. They only eat live bugs, though, and as I refuse to raise flightless fruit flies (who needs more fruit flies??) they have to be released as soon as they hatch. My mother recently saw them in their enclosure before the release and exclaimed, "They're not hugging!". The sooner we get them out of there and into the wide open back yard, the better!

All of the children who were here on the day they hatched got to "hold" a praying mantis. They are incredibly tiny, and incredibly delicate. You can't pick them up, but have to let them crawl onto you. When the children were done examining them, I showed them how to safely blow them off of their fingertips and into the green leafy bushes. I think that may have been their favorite part! We released these guys on Tuesday, and days later I can still see tons of mantises every time I check the area we released them. I am very hopeful that we will be able to see them grow bigger and bigger over the summer, as they help the garden stay lush and healthy.