Tuesday, July 17, 2012

T is for Tim Hortons - U is for US History

T is for Tim Hortons.  If you know me at all, you might have seen that coming. The truth is, I am behind by a week in this link-up, so I decided to do something very quick and light-hearted for one of these letters and Timmy immediately came to mind!
For those unfamiliar with the name and logo, Tim Hortons is a chain of coffee and donut shops based in Canada. It was started back in the 1960s by the hockey player, Tim Horton, in case you thought the name was just a coincidence. There are franchises in parts of the US - mostly the northern states, although I have it on a very reliable authority that there is one in Virginia Beach and one in Aberdeen, Maryland.  Be that as it may, there are none anywhere local to us, and since this was the coffee shop of choice for much of our lives, we eagerly anticipate our stops for coffee whenever we venture to Canada.  We have a few friends here, so we have a sort of standing agreement to bring back tins of coffee to share with the other Canadian ex-pats and others.  (For more on the role coffee plays in our family, see my earlier post, "C is for Coffee")

This is my latest haul!

Collector mugs from Christmas 2010.

The first Tim Hortons we reach on our trek north - Batavia, New York.

On a slightly more serious note... (although truth be told, I take my coffee very seriously!),
U is for US History.  Landon and Kennady will be studying US History this year using the America the Beautiful curriculum from Notgrass.  We just started it this week, in fact, and it's going great so far!  History is my favorite subject, and I thoroughly enjoy teaching about American history, since I got very little of it myself during my school career in Canada.  Not surprisingly, our focus was more on Canadian history.  Go figure.  So now, I am often learning things right along with the kids.  We are also big fans of the Notgrass products, having had both my high school boys complete
Exploring World History and Exploring America.  This is our first time with the middle school American history from Notgrass, and I am loving it.  I'm sure I'll be posting more as the school year really gets rolling!

America the Beautiful Curriculum Package

If you're a coffee-lover, I hope you enjoyed a cup while reading this! Either way, I'd love if you would leave a comment a let me know you were here.  It's been quiet on my blog lately, because of summer schedules, but I'm looking forward to enjoying my coffee break with other homeschoolers on a regular basis soon!


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Stefanie said...

I didn't know there was a Tim Horton's here in VB. I'll have to find it for when you come visit. =o) You drink the coffee, I'll eat the donuts.

Kym said...

Stef ~ that sounds like an awesome plan and we'll be a good team. Now I just need to get down there somehow. Turns out we're headed the opposite direction for vacation this year. (But there will be Tim Hortons where we're going! Ha!)

Erika said...

I hesitate to admit this . . . I don't think I've ever had Tim Hortons. Don't hate me! :) We have them all around us, but I'm too cheap to stop. I do love coffee though. :) I never liked learning history in school, but I'm loving it now as I teach my kids.

Jennifer said...

We just started high school history which also uses Notgrass books and I like what I see so far.

Lora @ my blessed life said...

I'm not Canadian, but two of my college roommates were and they always talked about how much they missed Tim Horton's. And since I've had their donuts, I know why:) Yum-O!

Jovan said...

Visiting from Tots and Me link-up. I love love love Tim Hortons! They had one right by my house when I lived in Ohio. Miss them so much. They don't have one where I'm currently at (Omaha, Nebraska) nor do they have any where I'm moving to soon (Jacksonville, FL). I did see they have Tim Horton's Kcups on Amazon.com now so I guess I'll be able to have my Tim Hortons coffee that way. :) Have a great day!

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