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2022 Canadian Homeschool Conference Feb 7 to 12

Winter is here, complete with bitter cold, all these storms lately (and another one on the way), and the dreaded winter doldrums. This is the time of year when homeschoolers often start to feel sluggish and weary (don’t we all?)- especially these past couple years. It’s easy to get discouraged and question all the decisions you’ve made. 

This is one reason that homeschool community is vital to your survival and success. It’s also one of the big reasons the annual Canadian Homeschool Conference is held in February every year. Because we all can use a hand up and over this slump.

The 6th annual Canadian Online Homeschool Conference kicks off on Monday, February 7th, 2022 and runs through the 12th. You can register right here. It is free to attend live.

It is a 6-day online event featuring knowledgeable speakers, a vendor hall, opportunities to interact with other attendees, fun, and giveaways! No need to leave the comfort of your own home (or pay for gas or travel).

Speakers and Sessions

The 2022 Canadian Homeschool Conference features nore than 50 sessions to help you with your homeschool journey – whether you are new or have been doing this for a while. There are also sessions for your kids to enjoy. And some sessions are specifically for families with neurodiverse learning challenges.

Most of these sessions are pre-recorded, meaning that you can watch them whenever they fit into your day instead of needing to be online at a specific time. Watch for my session on Friday! But there are some live sessions too – where you can interact and ask questions from live speakers and open Zoom chats where we will hang out and talk about homeschool life, and you can get answers to your questions, and enjoy being a community.

Vendor Hall

Visit some of your favourite homeschool vendors in a vendor hall full of Canadian companies and resources and learn about fantastic new ones! Check out Oak Meadow, The Learning House, Math Canada (Math U-See), Usborne Books, CHER, Donna Ward, and more! You’ll get a goodie bag from the vendors full of coupons and special offers! Plus there are giveaways and prizes.

Don’t Miss Out

Free Pass

The free pass allows you to access everything involved in this conference live. You are invited to join in all live events and chats as they happen.

Each day a set of videos will be available to watch throughout the day, whenever works for you. Videos close at midnight (Pacific time) each day and a new set will pop up for the next day.

Lifetime Access Pass

The lifetime access pass costs only $17. It gives you lifetime access to all 2022 Conference sessions at once. You don’t have to wait until the assigned day for any sessions and will still have access to them all after the conference is over. Recordings of live sessions (where possible) will be uploaded to the website for replay.

Don’t miss this amazing conference. Register for the 2022 Canadian Homeschool Conference now! Choose free Live Conference Access OR banish the FOMO (fear of missing out) and get Lifetime Access for only $17 for the whole family.

Get Live Conference Access or Lifetime Access here. See you at the conference!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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5 Free Advent Studies and Resources

Advent begins Sunday, November 28th! Until one day when homeschoolers were chatting online about Advent with me years ago, I hadn’t ever celebrated it. We tried a free Advent study that year as a family and have celebrated yearly ever since. I love how it gets us into the spirit of Christmas and its true meaning as we lead up to the big night! When our kids were little, we lit the candles then snuggled up on the couch and read scriptures and great Christmas themed literature such as A Christmas Carol together. Sometimes we sang Christmas carols as well. Here are 5 free advent studies and resources to help celebrate Advent in your home.

Free Printable Advent Reading Plan

If all you would like is a scripture reading plan, here is a great printable one.

Free Advent Study with Kids’ Resources

Includes two free advent studies. The Advent Study for Kids includes memory verses, lessons, activities, and a prayer of the day.  The one for families, Advent Study: Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus, includes scripture reading, devotions, daily family activities, recipes, and journal pages.

Free Professor Carol’s Advent Calendar

Sign up free and it will pop up in your email daily. Includes a description of the candles and their setup, as well as scriptures to read, etc.

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent

Download this free PDF ebook with daily readings.

25 Days of Free Christmas Devotions

Free daily Christmas devotions that you can use as part of your Advent celebrations. When you sign up you will also receive the ebook, The Hope of Christmas.

And something just for fun . . .

Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar

Even though this online calendar doesn’t have a focus on Jesus, and isn’t free, I had to include it. A friend of ours used to send one to my daughter every year as a gift – it only costs a few dollars – and she LOVED it! Jacquie Lawson animations are so adorable, and there are activities such as creating snowflakes that kids (and adults LOL) enjoy.

Do you celebrate Advent? How do you celebrate or what resources do you use for advent studies? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Write a Novel This Month! For ALL Ages

It’s November 1st already! Where did the year go? The good news is, with November comes National Novel Writing Month – it’s NaNoWriMo time again! Write a novel this month.

My husband and I will each be working on a book this month. Unlike my hubby, I’m a nonfiction writer, so I’ll be working on my Geek Schooling book. In the past, any number of family members would be writing a novel at this time, including our two children. (I should remind my daughter that it’s Nanowrimo time – she’s away at college but still may want to participate.)

What is NaNoWriMo?

In case you’ve never heard of it, National Novel Writing Month happens every year in November. The challenge is to write a novel this month – yes an entire novel in only 30 days. Start November 1st and finish by midnight on November 30th. People of all ages are participating in NanoWriMo all around the world! The best part is, everyone wins. Meet your word count and get a certificate of participation at the end of the 30 days.

The Young Writers Program

There are many free tools available on the sites to help write your novel, that homeschoolers will especially enjoy. If your child is under 13, send them to the How NaNoWriMo Works for Young Writers page! Visit the How NaNoWriMo Works for Educators page for for lesson plans and workbooks for all grade levels – these can be used at any time of year, too. Adults must write a full 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program allows writers who are 17 years old and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals.

If your child is 13 or older, they can opt to sign up on the main site at www.nanowrimo.org. Just remember that they will have to meet the goal of 50,000 words since the adult site doesn’t allow you to set your own word-count goal.

You and your child can have fun and encourage each other by writing a novel alongside each other all month long. Our children started writing for NaNoWriMo when they were very young. Which also reminds me, I should dig out their early writings for some nostalgic fun this month.

Who will write a novel this month and take the NaNoWriMo challenge in your family? Please let me know in the comments below! Happy writing everyone!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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It’s Homeschool Registration Time in Nova Scotia

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