This past weekend we had the opportunity to visit the H.R. MacMillan Space Center with Matt's parents and the Bear, of course. The building itself is a great example of mid century architecture, opening its doors in 1968.
I was worried about the Bear, and rushed us out after the Planetarium show and so we didn't spend as much time as we should have in the Cosmic Courtyard. We'd like to go again, when Bear doesn't have the beginnings of a sinus cold, to properly explore the Cosmic Courtyard.
Our show inside the Planetarium was definitely a highlight for the Bear. He's been quite fascinated with the solar system lately and his knowledge is somewhat shocking. Go ahead - ask him about the planets order from the sun, either numerically or by name (including the dwarf planets, Makemake being his favorite because he likes the name).
The show we took in was Harold's Solar System. Meet Harold:
Harold, the Star Projector, takes you on a journey around the Solar System through narration and imagery. I found that the age suggestion (6+) is pretty accurate; although Bear's knowledge is impressive, he is still just five years old and a more interactive, dare I say flashy, presentation may have been more exciting for him. Despite that, he really enjoyed seeing the planets, large and in charge, on the big screen.
Home schooling is going well. Bear is taught mainly by his grandma, a retired schoolteacher, and has been learning in leaps and bounds. He's able to count to at least 100, has pretty much nailed it by fives, and he's working on counting backwards. He is progressing quickly in reading, and enjoys books. Bear doesn't care too much for arts and crafts although he really likes to use the scissors. I'm hoping we can get our hands dirty more often, in an effort to develop an appreciation for arts. He's writing his name and numbers, drawing shapes and lines, and racetracks of course.
It seems we've entered the 'choosy' stage with Bear - this does end, right? He'll start to eat other things...other than the blue box of safety orange pasta, hot dogs, and cream of wheat? Seriously, it's ridiculous. I can't decide which is worse: forcing him to eat a proper portion of food, letting him sit there and not eat, or preparing him a separate meal. If you've dealt with this - help! What did you do?
Turns out this granola is something all three of us will eat. It's crunchy and it tastes good - yes, the Bear likes it too! I used a steel-cut porridge oats mix with wheat bran, oat bran, and flax. We'll add the granola to our breakfast yogurt along with dried cranberries, unsweetened coconut, fresh peaches, that sort of thing. And the Bear will eat it! Did I mention that?
vegetable oil or cooking spray
4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons white sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 300F. Lightly coat or spray 2 baking sheets with oil.
Mix oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Bring to a simmer oil, honey and white sugar over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour immediately over oat mixture and mix well until combined. Spread evenly on baking sheets and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
Allow granola to cool completely before storing.