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Nova Scotia 2022 March Break Camps and Activities

Looking for Nova Scotia 2021 March Break Camps and activities? Here’s what’s going on for children and families during March Break across mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, March 14-18.

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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

If you have already decided to homeschool your child this year, it’s homeschool registration time. September 20th is the deadline to register your child in Nova Scotia. It’s easy to register! Just follow these steps,

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Nova Scotia 2021 March Break Camps and Activities

Looking for Nova Scotia 2021 March Break Camps and activities? Here’s what’s going on for children and families during March Break across mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, March 15-19.

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Yes You Can Homeschool and This Can Help!

The fact you’re here, reading this article tells me that you care about your child’s education. I know it can feel overwhelming for a parent considering homeschooling. There are so many things to consider, so many things to do, and what seems like so little time until school starts. So, where do you start?

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Can You Homeschool on a Shoestring?

Potential homeschool parents are always asking if homeschooling is expensive and how to make it more affordable. So, can you homeschool on a shoestring? Absolutely!

Entire homeschool curricula can be found online, as can books, games, worksheets, you name it. I don’t know how homeschoolers did it before the advent of the personal computer! To peruse a whole bunch of homeschool freebies I’ve found, you can click on Free Homeschooling Resources to see a list of everything I’ve shared in the past. And here is a list of some of the resources I’ve found to help you homeschool on a shoestring.

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