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Birthday Gift Guide for Ages 3 to 13

Posted by Kimberly on August 21, 2016 in Resources |

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Birthday Gift Guide for Ages 3 to 13

If you’re a parent or relative of children age 3 to 13, then you have birthdays to attend. It can be almost every weekend sometimes! Finding the appropriate gift can be time-consuming and a bit stressful – whether it’s coming directly from you or from your child.

Never fear! Here is a gift guide to help you focus on enjoying time with loved ones (and getting on with your day!) rather than hemming and hawing over all the options. While summer birthdays have been top of my mind (especially my daughter’s half birthday party celebration), the gift guide is appropriate for any time of year. Feel free to bookmark this page as a gift that keeps on giving to you.

Gifts are organized by age group from preschooler to teen, and all of them are under $40 US! Happy gifting!

For giftees ages 3 to 5

Geometric Building Set
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Tegu Blocks combine fun colours, geometric shapes, and a magnetic snap to create a playtime experience that’s fitting for the living room or the classroom. Parents (and littles) love this toy because it is environmentally friendly and can be social.
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Make a Match Game
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This game helps children grow memory skills with adorable dinosaur chips! The beautiful design is a treat for parents and kids alike. Perfect for picnics, play dates, and rainy games, the Make a Match game is small enough to carry in your pocket and hip enough for the coolest of preschool birthday parties.
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For giftees ages 6 to 8

Animal Charades Game
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Get kids on their feet and brimming with ideas! This high-quality wooden game is a perfect gift for outgoing children, to create an atmosphere of fun and creativity.
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Pirate Adventure Board Game
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Kids will have so much fun playing Rainbow Math that they won’t even realize they are learning math from an award-winning program.
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Squishy Science Experiment
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The Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket is the perfect gift for budding scientists who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty in the name of … scientific learning! Let them have fun while learning the basics of chemistry.
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Garden Flowers Coloring Book
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Colouring books make great gifts. These garden flower coloring books are perfect for child and parent to enjoy.
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For giftees 9 to 10

Food Fighter 2-Player Game
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Food Fighter is a board game for two children to face off in a kitchen-themed battle. Children will have fun while developing higher-order thinking skills, mathematics, literacy, and executive functioning skills.
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Dream Catcher Kit
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Building dreamcatchers is a classic crafting activity – this colourful kit has everything kids need to make something unique and beautiful!
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Just Add Milk Experiments
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Parents love these experiments because little parental oversight is required and they’re so easy to do right at home! Girls and boys, readers and scientists alike will love this colourful kit.
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Gifts for Ages 11 to 13

Pairs in Pears
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Whether or not they love this pun as much as some of us do, this game gets kids flexing vocabulary muscles while having fun with a little challenge and competition. A Bit like Scrabble, players build pairs of connecting words in matching patterns. Best of all it’s portable – a perfect gift and activity to bring along on sleepovers or for parties. For a little more “pearity,” pair with two more pears!
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Rainforest Biome
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Budding scientists and tweens who like hands-on fun will love this all-in-one Rainforest Biome – they get to start a whole ecosystem! The biome includes cacao beans (a favourite), clay, an apple snail shell, and more to create a full-on biofeedback loop. Cool!
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Math & Science Mystery Books
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Who doesn’t love to solve a mystery?! The One Minute Mystery series takes a simple concept and turns it into an awesome book. Kids will read mysteries, then use their powers of deduction and knowledge of math and science to find the solution. Each is as satisfying as the next!
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Enjoy shopping for your birthday boy or girl!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Homeschool Clothing Sale AND Giveaway!

Posted by Kimberly on August 15, 2016 in Contests |

I love having a homeschool shirt of my own. If you’re like me, or want some homeschool clothing for your family, check out this sale!

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Homeschool Clothing Sale AND Giveaway!

All Homeschool and Christian t-shirts are $5.99 US, now until September 15th! Also, for a limited time Great Products is offering all adult and child regular tees for $5.99 US and all other clothing (v-necks, ladies/girls t-shirts, tye-dyes, hoodies, sweats, long sleeve shirts, hats, totes) will be 20% off with coupon code: SAVE20. Choose from:

  • Hundreds of designs
  • Dozens of colors and styles
  • Group ordering is available

Here I am in my Keep Calm and Homeschool On design shirt, in my favourite colour, purple (it’s even my favourite shade)! It’s a ladies fitted tee. I prefer them to the boxy tees, as I like having a shape, even as a homeschool mom :) I’m wearing a size medium here and it fits to size (although if you like yours more roomy, I’d suggest going up a size). These ladies fitted t-shirts are on for 20% off but you can get regular, adult t-shirts for $5.99 with this same design if you like.

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And it’s not only homeschool t-shirts that are available during the sale, but also Christian t-shirts. All t-shirts are $5.99 US each through September 15th. Click here to check out all the different styles and logos you have to choose from:

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Once you’ve checked out your favourite t-shirts at the link above, enter my giveaway below! One of my readers will win a FREE homeschool t-shirt, with their choice of design, size, and colour! Pick one for yourself, or choose a t-shirt for one of your family members. Contest closes at 12:00am Atlantic Time on August 30th, 2016. Open to the U.S. and Canada only. Winner will be notified via email – if winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. Good luck!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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5 Great Resources for Learning About Canada

Posted by Kimberly on August 8, 2016 in Resources |

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5 Great Resources for Learning About Canada

Seeking resources for learning about Canada? Look no further. Here are 5 fun resources for your elementary or middle school/junior high student.

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The Canadian Adventure: A Virtual Trip Across Canada

If you don’t have the time or the cash to take a trip across Canada, take a virtual trip. Chock full of websites, videos, games, crafts, maps, recipes, and more to have fun learning about our beautiful country. Only $9.99. Check it out at The Canadian Homeschooler.

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Geography of Canada Matching Game

Learn about what each province and territory looks like, along with its flower, flag, and capital city with this fun matching game. Only $2.99. Check it out at The Canadian Homeschooler.

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Canadian History Exploration Mega Bundle

Learn about Canadian explorers and Vikings in Canada. Includes posters, task cards, quiz cards, and more. Only $23.50. Check it out at Diana Bailey – Teachers Pay Teachers.

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Timeline of Canada to Confederation

Learn about the most important events of Canadian history. Print it out and place it in a binder or duo tang, or display it on the wall. Only $4.99. Check it out at The Canadian Homeschooler.

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Canadian Government Mega Bundle

This bundle of seven resources will help children learn about Canada’s three levels of Government (federal, provincial/territorial, local), using information, comprehension questions, and Internet research. Only $23.75. Check it out at Diana Bailey – Teachers Pay Teachers.

Love all of these resources? Bought separately they would cost $65.22. But until midnight today (Aug 8, 2016), you can purchase there 5 resources PLUS more resources for learning Canadian geography, history, French, and more for $27 (and that’s Canadian – no exchange or shipping costs).

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Enjoy learning about Canada and Canadiana with your kids! What’s your favourite resource for learning about Canada? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &

Laughter,

Kimberly

 

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Are You a WAHM or Blogger? Bundle Sale for Entrepreneurs!

Posted by Kimberly on August 3, 2016 in Resources |

Are You a WAHM or Blogger?

You know, most entrepreneurs feel discouraged by how they’re doing in at least one (if not more) of these areas:

1. They don’t feel like they have enough time to do everything necessary to make their business successful. (Yeah, this is me in spades)
2. The budget is tight and there’s not enough money to invest into growth. (Just had to replace our vehicle, so yep on this count as well)
3. They lack organization in their business, which leads to a lack of confidence in themselves. (I could be more organized …)
4. Amidst all that, they find it hard to take good care of themselves and their families, which can mean ruin for the business and family. (Add homeschooling into the mix and this can be downright hard!)

And that’s why I’m so incredibly excited to support The Ultimate Startup Bundle (2016 Edition) from the Ultimate Bundles team.

It’s a curated collection of 70 eBooks and eCourses to give you the resources, inspiration, and encouragement you need to help you win at startup and business.

With this bundle of resources, you’ll find solutions to the above problems and more. You’ll learn:

  • how to create a marketing plan that means real growth for your business (even if you’re starting from scratch)
  • growth hacks to help you generate traffic and leads, and turn leads into sales and happy customers
  • systems and processes for automating and scaling your business (so you can either spend more time on high-value activities … or simply relax and enjoy more time with your family)
  • plus, something special for you — FREE access to some of the best-in-class software for starting and growing your business (which means you don’t even need to spend an extra dime out of pocket to get started making money today!)
  • and tons more …

If you decide not to get this bundle (or you run out of time to grab it before it goes away), you run the risk of staying stuck and discouraged – always feeling that you should be making changes in yourself or your business, but not being aware of how easy those changes can be when you have the right resources to learn from!

And remember: it’s not even like this product is expensive! (Not like all those courses being pitched these days for hundreds or thousands of dollars!!)

For the price of a nice meal out for two (with wine of course), you get over 60 eBooks and eCourses plus a whole bunch of software bonus products that will feel like icing on the cake.

The combined value of the resources is over $3,300 – which means you get a 97% discount when you buy today! If you ask me, it’s a small price to pay. These bonuses are worth the cost of the bundle alone!

Tap here to take a look at everything that’s included in the bundle, including products from big names like Zig Ziglar and Michael Hyatt, for only $97 US!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

P.S. Act by August 4th and you get a special early bird bonus with The Ultimate Startup Bundle – the 20-week Startup Accelerator Program!

 

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All-CANADIAN Learning Sale!

Posted by Kimberly on August 3, 2016 in Resources |

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One of the biggest questions I get asked about homeschooling is, “Where can I get Canadian homeschool curriculum?” Well, here is a whole bunch in one convenient bundle!

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Canadian resources for geography, history, French, and more! Yay! You’ll find curriculum from providers such as The Canadian Homeschooler, Donna Ward, and Hip Homeschooling.

$167 in resources for only $27 CDN, but only until August 8th! You don’t have to figure out any US exchange rate, and no shipping charges because it’s all digital! Tap here to learn more about The All-Canadian Learning Sale!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I make a few pennies to keep up Homeschooling in Nova Scotia. Thanks for your support!

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Back to Homeschool Giveaway and Sale!

Posted by Kimberly on August 2, 2016 in Contests, Resources |

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Back to Homeschool Giveaway and Sale!

Enter the giveaway here for your chance to win nearly $700 worth of homeschool goodies PLUS you get freebies to download instantly when you enter! What is in the giveaway?

Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 3rd at midnight, so tap here to enter now!

And don’t miss the Brookdale House Sliding into Homeschool Sale! It starts today, August 2nd, with 40% off but don’t wait because that discount will be sliding down lower and lower as the week goes on! Get your 40% off on Brookdale House curriculum now! Use code bdhsliding at checkout!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Save on Office Supplies for School and Work with Groupon

Posted by Kimberly on August 1, 2016 in Resources |

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Please note: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Save on Office Supplies for School and Work with Groupon

It’s that time again – August – when everyone starts to face the fact that vacation is almost over and it’s time to get ready for back to school and back to work. Groupon Goods can help you save on office supplies and more!

If you’re like me, you go through a lot of printer ink as a homeschool mom. Check out these printer cartridge sets, compatible with Brother, Canon, Epson, and HP printers:

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Whether you would like labels for your child to put on their school supplies, on their things for extra curricular activities (i.e. in their dance shoes), or they have one last summer camp coming up, you have to check out these labels starting at only $5 per set!

Save on Office Supplies

And here is something for everyone, for work or school: personalized journals!

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I think I may tuck some away for my daughter for Christmas, and maybe for “the teacher” as well (meaning me).

Check out the current deals on Groupon Goods now. New Groupon customers get an additional 25% off on your first Groupon deal! Use the code “FIRST” when you sign up, now until August 15, 2016. Check out Groupon on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest deals. And remember that there are many online classes you can save on through Groupon as well!

What do you like to save on through Grpupon? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Canada’s Parks Day Celebrations in Nova Scotia!

Posted by Kimberly on July 14, 2016 in Things to Do, Places to Go |

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Canada’s Parks Day Celebrations in Nova Scotia!

This Saturday, July 16th is Canada’s Parks Day! It takes place on the 3rd Saturday of July each year.

Nova Scotia Provincial parks and historical sites as well as Parks Canada sites are participating. You will likely find fun and educational family activities at a park or museum near you. Some activities include:

Colchester County

Aboriginal Traditional and Ecological Knowledge with Gerald Gloade
Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Introduction to Geocaching
Macelmons Pond Provincial Park
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Kings County

Wildflower Walk and Forest Fighting with Smokey Bear
Blomidon Provincial Park
1:30pm

Yarmouth County

Scavenger Hunt & BBQ
Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park
11:45am to 1:00pm

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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5 Fun Math Resources

Posted by Kimberly on July 8, 2016 in Resources |

Math typically isn’t the first thing parents think of over the summer. But my daughter tends to take her time with math (and we have the flexibility to let her take her time in our homeschool), so we often end up working on math for some of the summer. This summer, we are also brushing up on some times tables that she doesn’t quite have down pat, using Times Tales.

I’ve rounded up some FUN math resources, from music videos to volcanic explosions, so you can brush up on some skills over the summer and/or make math fun starting this fall! The best part is, they’re all on sale (and if you’re Canadian, Canada Post isn’t going on strike this month after all).

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5 Fun Math Resources

1. Rock n Learn: Early Math

Try these super fun DVDs. Your kids can enjoy the sounds of rock and even hip hop to help them get excited about learning math. The Early Math DVDs cover addition and subtraction, telling time, and money and making change. Each DVD includes 12 to 18 video segments, and each video lasts about an hour.
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Cost: $36.99 US (save $23) –> Get It Now

2. Times Tales

Times Tales is a very popular tool that uses stories to help kids memorize their upper times tables. It is what I am using with my daughter to solidify some of her times tables this summer (although we don’t have the DVD). This version includes videos and games. Why? It helps kids learn the multiplication tables in an hour – with songs and visuals!

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Cost: $19.99 US (save $10) –> Get It Now

3. Math Slam

It is what it sounds like – a “Bop It” for math learning. Math Slam is a tool that uses sounds and lights – and slams – to engage kids in a fun contest of math acuity. There are 3 levels with 13 questions each. As your kids get faster they boost their score!
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Cost: $40.99 US (save $2) –> Get It Now

4. ShillerMath Fraction Set

ShillerMath is a comprehensive math program that I almost picked up for my kids when they were younger. Their Fraction Set is a comprehensive supplement to any math curriculum. Part of why it’s great is because it is hands on and incorporates visual, kinesthetic, and practical learning. It includes a fractions lesson book, answer guide, parent guide, catchy songs, and unlimited downloadable resources.
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Cost: $89.95 US (save $10) –> Get It Now

5. Magic School Bus Math Explosion

My kids loved the Magic School Bus when they were little! Mix a little hands-on science with math and you have active learners on your hands! It can be difficult to grasp math concepts if they aren’t applied in the real world and this is a delightful antidote for young learners.
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Cost: $53.99 US (Save $6) –> Get It Now

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

Posted by Kimberly on June 29, 2016 in Homeschool Information, Resources |

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Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

Are you considering homeschooling your child with special needs? Many parents choose to homeschool their children with various special needs such as autism, ADHD, Downs Syndrome, giftedness, diabetes, and deafness.

A friend of mine started homeschooling her special needs child a few years ago, because his medical issues made being in the classroom downright dangerous. A simple fall could be deadly and the public school wasn’t willing to out necessary measures into effect. We started homeschooling our son in part because he was playing chess at age three and was bored when we put him into public school for his Kindergarten/Primary year.

The article, Homeschool Best Option for More and More Families With Special Needs Children, mentions a poll of homeschoolers that found 38% were homeschooling special needs children. If you are homeschooling your child with special needs, you’re not alone! Here is another article, sharing Perspectives on Teaching Special Needs for some encouragement from fellow homeschoolers.

If you are homeschooling your child with special needs, there are resources you can take advantage of:

I hope this helps you on your journey, whether you are homeschooling a child with special needs or considering it. Check out more articles on Meeting Your Child’s Learning Needs at The Canadian Homeschooler website.

 

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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