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2017 Cape Breton Summer Camps

Posted by Kimberly on June 21, 2017 in Homeschool Events |

Looking for 2017 Cape Breton Summer camps and activities to enrich your child’s summer? Check out what’s happening across the island!

2017 cape Breton summer camps

2017 Cape Breton Summer Camps

ARTS & CULTURE

Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design Creativity and Craft Camps
Sydney
These camps will be based on creativity and how important it is to express yourself and let your own true colour shine through. They will also include lessons on the importance of the arts, learning, positive attitudes and the environment.
July 10 – July 14, ages 6-8
July 17 – July 21, ages 9-10
July 24 – July 28, ages 6-8
August 8 – August 11, ages 11-13
Half day weekly fee $75 – morning (9am-12pm) or afternoon (1-4pm); $65 for additional siblings
Full day weekly fee $120 (9am-4pm);$110 for additional sibling
*Week of August 8 is $56 half day or $96 full day
Pre-registration is required. Register in person or by phone with credit card payment by calling Amy at 902 539 7491 ext 116.

Class Acts Drama School Summer Day Camps
Sydney
Registration: June 17, 10:00am – 2:00pm
New Dawn CSI (former Holy Angels School, 37 Nepean St.)
July 3-7, 10am – 3pm, ages 9 – 12: Theme Play
Students will collectively create a play on a chosen theme. The class will be guided by Brian Gallivan through the process of selecting a theme, writing a script, casting players, staging rehearsals, and performing on the last day.
Acting Adventures (July 24-28, 10am – 3pm)
ages 9 and under
Instructor: Maggie Musgrave (maggie@classactsdrama.com)
A week of games, crafts, and story-telling. Fun-filled and good for both new and returning students.
Scenes with Dialect (July 10-14, 10am – 3pm)
ages 13 – 15
Instructor: Brian Gallivan (brian@classactsdrama.com)
Explore the fun of playing a character with a foreign dialect. This class experience will dramatically improve each student’s ability to enhance a role. Various short scenes will be performed on last day of camp. (students will be required to do some memory work)
Super Fun Drama Time Yeah (July 17 – 21, 10am – 3pm)
age 15+
Instructor: James FW Thompson (james@classactsdrama.com)
Fun theatre that spans the ages and generations but now for teens! Games, activities, improv, scene creation, everything! For experienced and new students! Super fun time, yeah!
Fee for each camp is $150 (with family discounts available!) and must be fully paid prior to starting class. For more information, or for early registration, please email the specific instructor for the camp.

Fortress of Louisbourg
Louisbourg
The Fortress holds three camp-style programs for youth every summer. Must be a member – family membership is only $15 and you can buy a membership and register for programs online.
Children’s Program for ages 5-12. 5 days. Approx. $75
Dress up in 18th century clothing, eat period snacks, play period games, and more.
Youth Apprenticeship for ages 13-16. 5 days. Approx. $75
Must have completed one year in the Children’s Program. Dress in 18th century clothing and choose from a Servant’s Life (includes 2 or more activities: cooking, laundry, garden work, cleaning, domestic crafts and serving, a Labour’s Life (includes 2 or more activities: forge, boat building, garden work, military, stacking/chopping wood and bakery), a Lady’s Life includes 1 activity: bobbin lace making (take away book mark), sewing a lingerie cap (take away cap), or embroidering (take away handkerchief), or a Drummer’s Life (drumming).
Youth Fife and Drum Program for ages 12-16 with some experience playing the drum, fife, or flute. Audition required. Please note: must have attended the winter drumming sessions.

Savoy “Got Glee?” Summer Musical Theatre Program
Glace Bay
Canadian Kids Rock! Ages 9-18; $350
July 4 – 14 9am-4pm, with Friday the 14th only 12 pm to Show Time
Directed by Gayle Lahey & Todd Marsh. Exposes students to modern music, movement, and acting! Students will also be rehearsing and preparing for a live musical theatre performance which will take place on the main stage of the Savoy Theatre on July 14th! Call 902-842-1577 to register.

SCIENCE

ACAP Cape Breton
Sydney
Holds Eco Kids Day Camps every summer. Watch the website above for more info. or email education@acapcb.ns.ca

IslandWise Science Camp for Girls
Sydney – CBU
Ages 7-12; July 10-14, 9am-4pm
Free full day camp with a focus on applied sciences.
Only 30 spaces available – first come first served. Contact Stephanie_Macquarrie@cbu.ca or brittneymelnick@gmail.com, 902-549-3110.

SPORTS

Capers Basketball Camps
Sydney
Coaches will utilize personal demonstration, individual instruction, half court and full court games and drills to allow the campers to get the best possible basketball experience.
GIRLS (grade 6+): July 10-14, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, $250
BOYS (grade 6+): July 17-21, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, $250
BOYS & GIRLS MINI (grade 5 and below): July 24-28, 9:00 am-1:00pm, $150
Call CBU Athletics at 563-1277 or 563-1143.

Dream Stables Horse Camp
49 Oyster Cove Road, Main-A-Dieu
Details TBA

Redwood Stables
1806 Coxheath Road
Horseback riding – for more information contact Mona
redwood@ns.sympatico.ca
539-5529

ZombieProof Martial Arts
Sydney
Ages 5-14, $25 per day
Fun, games, education, martial arts.
Call (or text Summer Camp): 902-371-3969

OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Camp Bretondean
965 Hillside Road, Albert Bridge
An ecumanical overnight camp for children aged 6 – 14.
July 17 – 21, 2017; $200 with sibling and bring a friend discounts available.
See Facebook page link above, call camp registrar Betty Mansfield 902-794-3198, or register online.

Camp MacLeod
2731 Trout Brook Road, Albert Bridge
Camp Registrar: 733-2560 (after June 24: 562-1085)
All camps are $135, and for additional children $110, $70 for Novice Camp
Junior Co-Ed (ages 9-11) July 3-9
Intermediate Co-Ed (ages 12-14) July 10-16
Junior Girls (ages 9-11) July 17-23
Senior Co-Ed (ages 14-16) July 24-30
Novice Co-Ed (ages 7-8) July 31-August 3
Intermediate Co-Ed #2 (ages 12-14) August 7-13
Junior Co-Ed #2 (ages 9-11) August 14-20
Intermediate Co-Ed #3 (ages 12-14) August 21-27

Cape Breton Bible Camp
July 2-7 – Adventure Camp (10-12 yrs) – $250
July 9-13 – Discovery Camp (8-9 yrs) – $200
July 16-21 – Junior Teen (13-14 yrs) – $250
July 23-28 – Skills Camp (10-12 yrs) – $250
July 30-Aug 3 – Explorer Camp (8-9 yrs) – $200
Aug 6-11 – Senior Teen (15-18 yrs) – $250
Sep 30-Oct 2 – Teen Retreat (13-18 yrs) – $75
*check the website above for multiple child discounts

French Language Camp
June 23-29, ages 11-14 Canadian Parents for French
Sydney Camp at Camp MacLeod, Albert Bridge
Tap the link above for more information and to register.

Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts
Stay overnight, or choose a day camp instead – everything from the Gaelic language to Highland dance, music, and weaving offered.
Ages 5 – adult

MISCELLANEOUS CAMPS & ACTIVITIES

CBU Camps
Sydney
Various Camps throughout the summer for ages 4-12. Click on image to see full poster or click the link above for more information.
2017 cape Breton summer camps

Edventure Cape Breton Camp
A fun, educational day camp at Cape Breton University. Early bird prices available until end of day (midnight) June 30th for $135.
Aug 14- 18 Learning through Nature: Earth & Fire
Aug 21 – 25 Learning through Art: Air
Aug 28 – Sept 1 Learning through Drama: Water
Contact at the Facebook page link above or email edventurecb@gmail.com for more information.

Highland Village Programs
Wednesdays: Laithean Sona/Happy Days Chidren’s Living History Program
Take part in this special living-history program for children and get a sense of what life was like for Gaels in those days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language, and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. No refunds or discounts. 13% HST included.
Thursdays – Na Deugairean/ The Teenagers Living History Program for Youth
Partake in this special living-history program for teens and get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 13-17. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. No refunds or discounts. 13% HST included.
Fridays – Spors/Fun Gaelic Games for Kids
Join us for a morning of interactive games that focus on language, song, dance and other aspects of Scottish heritage. Gaelic games such as Tunnag Tunnag Geadh, Duck Duck Goose, center on basic Gaelic vocabulary and phrases which are incorporated into fun and engaging games for children. Spors is for children aged 5-10. 10 am to 12 pm. Free admission.

Super Summer Day Camp
Sydney Curling Club
Ages 5-10, July 4 – September 1, $140 per week

Youth Entrepreneurship Summer Camp
Sydney
New Dawn Innovation Centre (former Holy Angels)
July 31-August 4th; Register before July 24th – click poster below for more information.

**Do you know about a Cape Breton summer camp or activity? Let me know and I’ll post it here!**

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Work at Home While You Homeschool: 5 Legitimate Work at Home Jobs!

Posted by Kimberly on June 11, 2017 in Resources |

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Work at Home While You Homeschool:
5 Legitimate Work at Home Jobs!

You see those spammy ads about working at home all the time, I’m sure. The ones that promise work at home jobs – easy work for big money. So you wonder, are there truly companies out there that will hire you to work at home?

I am here to tell you that there are!

Are you ready?

Here are five companies that you can apply to today for work at home jobs:

– The Chat Shop (customer support): http://www.thechatshop.com/jobs/live-chat-agent

– TranscribeMe! (transcription): http://transcribeme.com/transcription-jobs

– Leapforce (Search Engine Evaluation): https://www.leapforceathome.com/qrp/public/home

– Wonder (research): https://askwonder.com/researcher

– Proofreading Services (proofreading): https://www.proofreadingservices.com/pages/careers

These five websites are included in the book, How to Find Real Work From Home Jobs by Anna Thurman. In this book, Anna lists *145* more companies who hire remote workers. Plus tons of detailed tips on how to search for jobs, how to avoid scams, and answers to all of your burning questions. Wow!

But that’s not even all of it …

This book is part of the Ultimate Work at Home Bundle. For only $47 US, you also get 49 other resources!

If you’re looking for a work at home job … if you need to identify your marketable skills … if you need to learn how to fit your work in between your other responsibilities at home … if you want to be more productive … if you want to avoid scams and opportunities that are really just a waste of your time …

You will LOVE this bundle.

It even includes a training course worth $250 to help you become a Virtual Assistant (VA), which is something I do from home, myself.

Pick it up here before the sale ends on Monday:

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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P.S. Don’t forget the 30-day happiness guarantee! You’ve got nothing to lose. Get yours here!

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Culinary Arts in the Homeschool: Enjoy Cake Decorating

Posted by Kimberly on May 31, 2017 in Home Economics, Homeschool Information |

Are you enjoying home economics in your homeschool? One of the benefits of homeschooling is having the time to teach your kids all the skills they will need to use after they leave the nest, and being able to make it a fun part of your homeschool day! Another great benefit is that your kids can focus on a home economics subject if it’s one of their passions, such as the culinary arts – including cake decorating.

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Culinary Arts in the Homeschool:

Enjoy Cake Decorating

The culinary arts are a big hit with both my 18 year old son and my 13 year old daughter. My son has even been working in a kitchen for two years now. They each started helping me in the kitchen when they were toddlers and could cook simple meals by the time they were 6 years old. Many days, you can find my kids both singing and dancing to music in the kitchen while they cook homemade chicken nuggets and fries or beef stroganoff, or bake chocolate chip cookies or homemade brownies. I love moments like that – especially when I get to enjoy the fruits of their labour!

My daughter developed a particular interest in cake decorating, years ago. I’m no expert, but I love making fancy cakes for birthdays. Kids love piping frosting on cakes so we often allow guests to decorate their own cupcakes or collaboratively decorate a cake at her birthday parties.

At first, my daughter enjoyed simply baking cakes from scratch with me. Then she started to experiment with decorating them. A lot of her inspiration and information at first came from videos she watched through Always Icecream.

She started to get interested in making and decorating with fondant. I knew absolutely nothing about it, so we turned to Craftsy. There’s a great, free, step-by-step mini-course called Basic Fondant Techniques that has taught my daughter how to make fondant and use it to great effect! She has watched it countless times, and each time she wants to use one of the techniques, she watches the video while she works. My daughter has insisted on making her own birthday cakes for years now!

She made this dragon egg (nesting in the sand) cake for her dragon themed birthday party a few years ago:

Cake decorating

This cake is a masterpiece from a few years ago:

cake decorating

She also enjoys making fondant flowers:

cake decorating

And my daughter still loves having fun decorating with buttercream frosting as well. Here is a Pinky Pie (from My Little Pony) cake that she created freehand:

cake decorating

Craftsy offers a bunch of great, free mini-courses, many of them in the culinary arts, so be sure to check them out! And then, if your child loves them, they can move on to classes such as Advanced Fondant Techniques and The Art of Painted Cakes.

Does your child have an interest in the culinary arts? Do you have any fun ideas to share? Please let me know in the comments below!

If you’d like to see how other homeschoolers cover home economics and life skills in their homeschools, check out Add Life Skills to Your Homeschool at The Canadian Homeschooler.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

This post contains affiliate links, if you click through and buy I may make a few pennies to keep up Homeschooling in Nova Scotia.

Please note: This article was originally published in October, 2014 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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Spelling Fun in Your Homeschool

Posted by Kimberly on April 26, 2017 in Homeschool Information, Resources |

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Spelling Fun in Your Homeschool

Spelling doesn’t have to be boring or tedious. Spelling can be fun! Toss those work sheets and spelling tests and give some of these resources a try for spelling fun in your homeschool. Spelling is important. Because spell check doesn’t catch everything!

SpellQuizzer

SpellQuizzer is great for any age, especially if your child loves to type and hates to print or write. Drill spelling words on the computer by recording the words (and a sample sentence or definition for your child), OR let your spouse or a special guest do the recording for even more fun. My daughter used to adore being a special guest for her big brother’s spelling words. You can also use it to drill vocabulary words, foreign language words, and more! Learn more, check out our SpellQuizzer review and get your free trial here.

The Homophone Machine

Homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently) are fun to learn about and they’re even more fun with the free online homophone machine. Your elementary age child will enjoy typing in words and phrases and see all the homophones appear. Try all the wonderful ideas and games suggested on the page for even more spelling fun.

Board Games

Board games play a big part in our everyday homeschool. Of course, Scrabble can be a great help for practising spelling. But there are many more games for spelling fun, such as Pick Two (which I adore) or Boggle. What’s your favourite?

Rummy Roots

Card games can add fun to your homeschool day, too! We’ve owned and used the Rummy Roots card game for many years. It is recommended in The Well-Trained Mind. We find it a terrific help for spelling words with Latin roots, studying Latin, and expanding vocabulary.

At first, when our kids were younger, we used it as a matching card game – simply matching Latin/Greek roots to their English definitions. Then we began playing the game properly – making compound words out of the various Latin and Greek roots, at first with two roots, and then with two or more. Recommended for ages eight to adult, I find anyone who reads well can play it.

Spelling Bees

I wish I could have participated in more spelling bees when I was a child – I only had the chance to enjoy one spelling bee in my Grade 4 classroom. My son enjoyed competing in spelling bees when he was elementary school age, although I don’t think he ever quite enjoyed spelling as much as I did.

Spelling bees aren’t as proliferous as they once were, but they are still around. Check out your nearest spelling bee and use their resources to study! If you’re in Nova Scotia, enter your child in the Halifax spelling bee. Even if your child doesn’t want to compete in a spelling bee, you can join the Scripps Spelling Bee Word Club for free spelling bee materials!

To practise, let the child who just can’t stop moving jump rope, bounce on an exercise ball, or jump on a mini trampoline for some extra fun. The spelling words will even stick in their brain better with the exercise!

Learning to Spell for Little Ones

There are many enjoyable resources available for your little ones who are learning to read and spell. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed The Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading. Spelling rules are so easy to remember when sung to the well-known tunes included in the program, “Rule Tunes.” And there are many more spelling games, including Bingo.

You may not have heard of Wordy Qwerty, as it isn’t well known, but it sure can be a fun addition for your little one. The JingleSpells spelling songs are a fantastic part of this spelling program. There are 20 incredibly well done tunes. They’re catchy and fun to sing along with, including everything from country to rock.

Are you making spelling fun in your homeschool? What resource makes it fun for you? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

 

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Cape Breton March Break Camps 2017

Posted by Kimberly on February 9, 2017 in Things to Do, Places to Go |

What’s going on in Cape Breton for children and families during the March Break, March 13-17?

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Cape Breton March Break Camps 2017

Art Camp at Black Spoon Espresso Bar
North Sydney
Free your child’s creativity in a relaxing creative environment with award winning visual artist Nancy Chiasson. Use recycled box board into fabulous bookmarks and cards; gel pens, acrylics and glues on vintage pager to creating unique collages; painting with metallics and glitter (the kid’s love glitter) on recycled goose feathers; having fun creating ‘talking sticks’ with washi tape and driftwood. You can enroll your child for the week in either morning or afternoon program; 9am-noon OR 1pm-4pm. $99.00. Register: 902-322-0731.

Basketball at CBU
CBU Sullivan Field House, Sydney
March 13-17, 9am-1pm
Ages 6-17
CBU Capers Men’s and Women’s basketball teams share their skills. Call Coach Fabian at 902-563-1874.

Cape Breton Centre For Craft & Design March Break Camps
Sydney
Kids ‘N’ Comics
Kids ‘N’ Clay – Morning
Kids ‘N’ Jewellery
Kids ‘N’ Clay – Afternoon
Kids ‘N’ Printmaking
Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register in person or by phone with credit card payment at 902 539 7491 ext 111. Space is limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. Deadline to Register is March 10, 2017.

Cape Breton Regional Libraries
Fun March Break activities typically take place at the McConnell Library in Sydney for children in grade Primary and up. For more information please call the library at 562-3161.

Dream Stables
Usually holds a March Break Camp every year. No info. available at this time, please contact at the link above to inquire.

Gaelic College March Break Fun Camp
St. Ann’s
March 10-13 and 15-18, Ages 5-18
Gaelic language, fiddle, piano, piping, guitar, step & highland dance.

Hockey Camp
Emera Centre, North Sydney
March 17, 8am-4:10pm
$75 + HST
Group A: 2009-2007, Group B: 2006-2004, Skill Level: All levels
Each player will receive 2 X 90 minute ice times that feature 2 of our most popular programs, Modern Techniques of Hockey Skating and The Art of Scoring Goals. Perfect your skating and and learn to use your brain to score goals! Supervision will be provided between sessions as well. Players will partake in off-ice and classroom sessions.

Reaching Strides Equestrian Centre Horseback Riding Camp
Port Hood
March 13-15 (Snow Date Mar 15-17)
Camp sessions can be overnight sessions or day camp sessions. Campers enjoy a fun, safe experience that they will never forget. Camps combine horsemanship (working with and around the horses), theory, games and riding time with an emphasis on safety and lots and lots of fun. We provide a safe, friendly learning environment with a 1:3 ratio of camp counselors to students. Participants must be 4 years of age or older. We also welcome adults to attend our camps and clinics.
$260.00 / day campers (bring their own lunch)
$300.00 / overnighters (includes all meals)
$100.00 / single day

March Music Madness: A Vocal Performance Workshop
New Dawn CSI (formerly Holy Angels), Sydney
March 16-18, 10am-3pm, Ages 12 and up
$150 per person (due by March 3rd)
Give the gift of music and enroll yourself or someone special for a 3-day workshop dedicated to perfecting the art of optimal speaking and singing. The workshop will be comprised of body work, yoga, theatre sports, extensive masterclasses, and visualization.

March Break Daze at Ski Ben Eoin
Ben Eoin
March Break Day Camps for ages 6+
March 10-29th, 9:30am – 2:30pm
1 day=$55, 2 days=$100, 3 days=$135
call: 902-828-2804

Soccer at the CBU Dome
Sydney
March 14-17, 9am-noon
Ages 9 and up
Play soccer games, work on drills, and enjoy the Soccer Nova Scotia skills challenge. Click on the link above or call 902-564-1222.

Time Machine Camp
Harbourview Montessori, Sydney
March 13-17, 9am-3pm
$150 for 5 days or $35 per day.
150 Years of time travel with Edventure Cape Breton and the Old Sydney Society. Outdoor games, songs, stories, and skills.
Contact edventurecb@gmail.com to register.

Town House March Break Activities
Glace Bay
March 13-17, 9:00am-3:30pm
$20 per day; $90 per week. Family rates available.
Call 902-849-2449 for more info and drop by Town House to pay by March 9th.

ZombieProof March Break Camp

Ages 5-14
Fun, games, education, martial arts.
$25 per day (discounts for current students)
Call or text March Break to 902-371-3969

Do you know of any Cape Breton March Break Camps 2017 I’ve missed? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks!

Click here for mainland Nova Scotia March Break camps.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Nova Scotia March Break Camps 2017

Posted by Kimberly on February 7, 2017 in Things to Do, Places to Go |

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Nova Scotia March Break Camps 2017

What’s going on for children and families during March Break on the mainland, March 13-17th?

ART

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Halifax
March Break Art Classes
March 13-17. Non-members $130/week for half-days; $260/week for full-day classes (+HST). Family Memberships receive a 10% discount. Pre-registration required: 902-424-5280
For ages 5 to 12.

Creative Kids Education Centre March Break Artastic Camps
Hammonds Plains
8:45am-3:45pm. Themed portion of camps is 9am-noon. Optional childcare from 7am until 6pm at no extra charge. Full week $150; Half day $100; Single day $32
March 13-17.
Choose from:
Digital Puppeteering, Jungle Fever for Young Campers, and Pokemon/Minecraft themes.

Ross Creek March Break Art Camps
Canning
For ages 5-16. Camps run March 13-17 from 9am-5pm and are $65 per day or $295 for all 5 days of fun. Lunch and snacks provided at no extra cost. Bus service is an additional $15 per day or $60 per week.

CODING

Artech Studios MARCH BREAK CAMPS!
Halifax – Shambhala School AND Maritime Muslim Academy
March 13-17, 9am-4pm. $349 + HST
Dig, Mine, Build & Battle for Ages 7-12
Game On! Take it to the next level for Ages 11-14
Mario Minecraft Remix for Ages 8-14

Artech Camps are all about getting creative with technology! All programs tap into campers’ creativity and incorporate the use of new media. It’s this blend of creativity and technology that makes Artech Camps so unique.

MISCELLANEOUS

March Break at the Ross Farm Museum
New Ross
March 11-19
Each day of March Break will have a theme relating to the farm. As always there will be lots of hands on activities for everyone to enjoy and crafts that everyone can participate in throughout the day. Hot chocolate will be served. Weather permitting, there will be sleigh rides.
Saturday 11th ~ Tasty Treats
Sunday 12th ~ Traditional Skills
Monday 13th ~ Spring Time on the Farm
Tuesday 14th ~ For the Birds
Wednesday 15th ~New Babies
Thursday 16th ~ Tasty Treats
Friday 17th ~ St. Patrick’s Day
Saturday 18th ~ Easter
For more information, contact Joan Lenihan at 1-902-689-2210 or
1-877-689-2210 or rossfarm@novascotia.ca

YMCA Day Camps
All Across Nova Scotia – contact the YMCA near you, or click on the link above

March Break Activities at Your Local Library
See your local library branch for what’s happening in your area or click on the link above.

SCIENCE

Discovery Centre March Break Camps
Halifax March 13-17
Destination Discovery
From assembling robots, crafting a simple circuit, a spin on spin art and launching rockets. This March Break camp week is completed with interactive, educational activities and experiences that will inspire your child.
Ages 5-8 & 9-12. Registration: $230 non members; $215 members

Digital Discovery March Break Camp
Explore the ever-changing world of digital technology, from robotics, video game development, to drone technology. This industry led camp, in partnership with Digital Nova Scotia, aims to build the next generation of technology leaders!
Ages 9-14. Registration: $275 non members; $250 members

SPORTS & RECREATION

Dalhousie University Day Camps
Halifax
March 13-17 for kids and teens, ages 6-14
Climbing Camp
Ages 6-12. Members: $265; Non-members $295

Tigers Basketball Camp
Ages 8-15. Members: $265; Non-members $295

Mount Saint Vincent University March Break Camp
Bedford
March Madness For Primary through Grade 6
March 13-17, 8am-5:30pm
$37 per day or $155 per week per child

Soccer Nova Scotia Annual March Break Camp at SNSTC
Halifax
March 14-18, 9am-noon. Ages 9-12. $160
This year they will be running two camps, Soccer Nova Scotia Traditional Camp & Vancouver Whitecaps U11A Pre-Prospects Camp. The camps will be split between the week but will include two full days for each respective camp.

**Do you know of an activity that I have missed? Let me know and I will add it to the list of 2017 Nova Scotia March Break camps. Thanks!**

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Canadian Online Homeschool Conference AND Giveaway!

Posted by Kimberly on February 2, 2017 in Contests, Free Homeschooling Resources, Homeschool Events, Homeschool Information |

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The Canadian Online Homeschool Conference

**This event is over. Did you miss it? No worries, you can get an All Access Pass with lifetime access to all the recordings HERE. And be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter to WIN an All Access Pass. Good luck!**

The Canadian Online Homeschool Conference starts Friday! It is a five-day virtual event featuring knowledgeable speakers, a vendor hall, opportunities to interact with other attendees, fun, and giveaways! All without leaving the comfort of your own home (or paying for gas or other travel expenses). It is free to attend live (with the option to buy a complete access pass after it ends). I am excited to be a part of it!

Speakers and Sessions

This conference features a variety of speakers, from homeschooling moms to owners of businesses you’ll want to hear from. Speakers include Lisa Marie Fletcher (the host of the conference), Donna Ward, Louise House, Bev Rempel and me! Sessions include topics such as getting started, homeschool methods, all ages and stages including high school, subjects such as math and reading, and more.

Homeschool Community

Chats. Parties. Prizes. Used Book Buy & Sell. Connect with other homeschoolers and help create an environment of community and fun during this conference.

Vendor Hall

Visit with some of your favourite homeschooling vendors and learn about some fantastic new ones in the vendor hall!

Don’t miss this amazing event. Register now, free!

Giveaway!

And now for the giveaway! One of my lucky readers will win an all access pass, which means lifetime access to ALL the recordings from this event! A $97 value!

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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends at midnight Atlantic Time on Friday, February 10th. Winner will be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Getting Organized: Time to Conquer Your Clutter!

Posted by Kimberly on January 25, 2017 in Resources |

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Getting Organized: Time to Conquer Your Clutter

Are you tired of wasting precious time shuffling papers and looking for your missing shoe, or your vanishing purse? You dream of short-cuts to make your life more organized and conquer your clutter, but is it possible?

I’ve been on a getting organized kick for the past year. I know you have the same great reasons for wanting to be more organized as I do. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calm, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you simply want to sa our the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter. But sometimes it feels too overwhelming.

Maybe you’ve tried to get more organized before, and failed. Or thought you found the perfect system, only to have it not work for you at all. You’re not alone.

I know what it’s like to feel that getting organized shouldn’t be so hard, and the answer definitely isn’t to keep wasting money on more storage containers or pricey planners, either!

What if you could learn from a group of organizing gurus all at once — regular people who’ve found practical solutions to their everyday struggles, and want to share their best tips and tactics with you in all the areas you find most challenging?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident to say no to activities on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to those that do). You start learning the difference between what you need and what will only add to the clutter in your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle for the very first time. Their customers have been begging for help with streamlining their lives. The answer was this super opportunity to get a complete collection of organizational resources for a crazy low price.

This package includes 38 digital products to help you declutter every aspect of your life, including how to organize your photos, family systems, meal planning, time management, and much more. Altogether, it’s worth over $650!

Plus, it comes with two brilliant bonus offers worth over $40:

    • SaneBox – To help you clean up your inbox in minutes and save you 12 hours per month ($20 value)
    • YNAB – A FREE four month trial to the popular budgeting software ($20 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about this bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $650 worth of amazing products for a whopping 95% off!

Here’s how it works:

      1. Visit the website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this Super Bundle, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
      2. You’ll receive an email with a login to the online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, printing out planners, and redeeming your free bonus products.
      3. Use the Getting Started Guide so you don’t get overwhelmed and can pick which area you want to tackle first and start getting organized!

The most important detail, is that this bundle is available for only 6 days! After Monday night, January 30th, the sale ends and all of these wonderful resource will have to be bought individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or to buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you. And it’s all digital, so no pricey shipping costs!

No one should have to feel overwhelmed because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. By finding systems and strategies that work for us as moms and homeschoolers, our homes and daily lives can be much calmer than in the past. Getting organized is making all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family. Now is the perfect time – when the weather is frightful and you’re cooped up inside!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Homeschool Resources Under $30

Posted by Kimberly on January 24, 2017 in Resources |

Are you struggling through the winter doldrums? Do you need to mix things up with some fun activities and curricula for your kids? Check out these homeschool resources under $30.

Here’s a list of the best affordable homeschool resources – all available for $30 or less on Educents.

Helpful Resources

Homeschool Music Journeys – Twelve activities and eight colouring pages introduce kids to a world of music-related fun, from Australian clapsticks to Indian ankle bells and Egyptian rattles. These projects fit perfectly into any homeschool curriculum where music is a part of the learning and discovery!

Photography Lessons for Kids – Add some fun to your homeschool! Whether your kids have a point and shoot or a DSLR camera, the fundamental rules of photography can still be taught.

Math Resources

Times Tales DVD – Kids can learn their times tables in a snap! We have used the paper version of Times Tales and it really works! Most homeschoolers say the DVD only takes about an hour to teach kids the upper times tables. There’s also a downloadable version available.

Life of Fred Math Stories – After reading the Fred books, kids will never say “math is boring” ever again. My daughter was getting into a slump and needed to take a break from our regular math curriculum. These books are really helping her understand the concepts. Fictional stories weave in math concepts with real world examples. Start with the Apples book for early math, and follow Fred all the way to calculus lessons!

Science Activities

Early Access Tyto Online – Learn, create, and play with your student. These polymers can help teach measurements, chemical reactions, and following directions.

One Minute Science Mysteries – Each story, just one minute long, challenges students’ knowledge in earth, space, life, physical, chemical, and general science.

Language Arts Games & Lessons

Silly Stories Cursive Handwriting Practice – This copybook uses wacky classic tales to provide a fun platform for cursive handwriting practice lessons. It’s fun for everyone!

The Best of StoryClub – Video Picture Books – Video Picture Books Featuring Real, On-Screen Storytellers mixed with amazing Picture Book Illustrations. Great for bedtime, Naptime…Anytime!

uKloo Early Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game – Disguised as a treasure hunt, this literacy game gets kids physically active as they strengthen reading comprehension skills while solving clues to find a surprise.

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Have you used any of these homeschool resources with your kids? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Free 2017 Parks Canada Pass!

Posted by Kimberly on January 1, 2017 in Free Homeschooling Resources |

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Free 2017 Parks Canada Pass!

Did you grab your free 2017 Parks Canada Pass yet? To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the government is giving away free passes. Hooray!

And that doesn’t mean only access to parks! National historic sites and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada are all included!

Here in Nova Scotia, you can visit all the following free:

  • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada, Baddeck
  • Beaubassin National Historic Site of Canada, Fort Lawrence
  • Bloody Creek National Historic Site of Canada, Bridgetown
  • Canso Islands National Historic Site of Canada, Canso
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada, Cape Breton
  • Charles Fort National Historic Site of Canada, Annapolis Royal
  • D’Anville’s Encampment National Historic Site of Canada, Halifax
  • Fort Anne National Historic Site of Canada, Annapolis Royal
  • Fort Edward National Historic Site of Canada, Windsor
  • Fort Lawrence National Historic Site of Canada, Fort Lawrence
  • Fort McNab National Historic Site of Canada, Halifax
  • Fort Sainte Marie de Grace National Historic Site of Canada, LaHave
  • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada, Louisbourg
  • Georges Island National Historic Site of Canada, Halifax
  • Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada, Grand Pré
  • Grassy Island Fort National Historic Site of Canada, Canso
  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, Halifax
  • Kejimkujik National Historic Site of Canada, Kejimkujik
  • Kejimkujik National Park of Canada, Kejimkujik
  • Marconi National Historic Site of Canada, Table Head
  • Melanson Settlement National Historic Site of Canada, Lower Granville
  • Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada, Port Royal
  • Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site of Canada, Halifax
  • Royal Battery National Historic Site of Canada, Louisbourg
  • Sable Island National Park Reserve of Canada, Sable Island
  • St. Peters National Historic Site of Canada, St. Peter’s
  • St. Peters Canal National Historic Site of Canada, St. Peter’s
  • The Bank Fishery – The Age of Sail Exhibit, Lunenburg
  • Wolfe’s Landing National Historic Site of Canada, Kennington Cove
  • York Redoubt National Historic Site of Canada, Halifax

Grab your free 2017 Parks Canada pass now and enjoy unlimited field trips this year!

I see many field trips to the Fortress of Louisbourg in our future this year. How about you? Which sites will you visit? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &

Laughter,

Kimberly

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