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Are You a Blogger? Feel Free to Blog Ahead with Me!

Are You a Blogger? Feel Free to Blog Ahead with Me!

blog ahead 2015

Today is the first day of the Blog Ahead Challenge! If you sometimes struggle to keep up with blogging in addition to your homeschool, volunteer, parenting, and other work (like me), you’ll want to check this out. Come blog ahead with me! You can join no matter what kind of blog you write. Aim to write a blog post a day over the month of October, to be scheduled November 1st and onwards. Imagine having your blog posts all taken care of through the Christmas holidays and beyond so you can relax and enjoy the season.

It’s not too late to sign up. Go to the Blog Ahead Challenge page now to add your blog to the linky list. Then create your own kick off post to share the challenge and spread the love.

I’m especially enjoying all the encouragement in the Facebook group to get things done! I hope you enjoy all the positive energy, too. Happy blogging!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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5 Days of Canadian Social Studies – Elementary History

5 Days of Canadian Social Studies

 

One of the most frequent questions Canadian homeschoolers ask is where to find Canadian resources. Join me for 5 days of Canadian social studies! I will share resources and curricula for learning all about Canadian history, geography, and government for elementary and high school students in your homeschool.

Let’s start with resources for elementary history!

Elementary History Resources

elementary history
Our Empire Story by H.E. Marshall, is a free online book that tells the story of the British Empire. The book begins with Canada, from the arrival of the vikings, to the story of Louis Riel. It makes a great read aloud for the elementary grades.

elementary history
The Story of Canada is an award winning book by Janet Lunn for ages 9-14.

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O Canada! Her Story is one of my favourite read alouds for elementary history. It is a great book full of fascinating stories about Canada, from a travelling school on a train car to the Dionne Quintuplets. Even I learned something new when we read this in our homeschool! (And I had a hand in copy editing a few of the stories, too).

 

 

elementary history
Expedition Canada is a one-week unit study/lapbook for Grades K-4. It includes history and geography study.

 

elementary history Courage and Conquest: Discovering Canadian History by Donna Ward is a great resource for the early to middle school grades. It covers the history of Canada from its early settlement to Confederation.

Check out more blog series full of Canadiana at:

5 days of Canadiana Roundup

What are your favourite resources for Canadian elementary history? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale (Not Back to School Blog Hop)

homeschool curriculum sale

Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale

I was gathering together used homeschool curriculum off my shelves so we can purchase the curriculum we need this year, when I found out that the 7th Annual Not Back to School Blog Hop added a used homeschool curriculum week! Perfect!

Below, you will find books and curricula in great condition, some still brand new! Preference will be given to those living in Nova Scotia between Cape Breton and Halifax, since we can all easily avoid the shipping hassle and I can deliver it to you on our travels in the next week or two. I will only consider shipping within Canada with PayPal payment, including exact shipping, in advance. Email me at kimberly@homeschoolinginnovascotia.com if you would like to purchase. Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below.
Phonics and Reading

homeschool curriculum saleThe Phonics Road to Spelling & Reading Level One – reg $249 US – Sale $125
Complete Package Includes: Student Binder, Teacher Binder, full set of drill cards, full set of teacher DVDs, all in as new condition. The only thing missing is some of the blank building code worksheets in the student binder which can easily be reproduced using the masters in the teacher binder as well as some of the First Readers to illustrate (17 are still present) as these were used by my daughter. We loved the program but she learned to read and write quickly and we did not need to complete the entire thing.

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Little House in the Big Woods Reading & Composition Guide – The Phonics Road Level 2 Sale: $40
Brand new, never used. Includes Teacher Training DVD, complete Teacher’s guide, and student package. Reg. 64.95 US PLUS book Reg. $6.99 = Reg. $71.94

homeschool curriculum sale*SOLD*Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling – 9th edition (Reg $42.99) Sale: $20

 

 

homeschool curriculum saleRead, Write & Type Learning System: Wordy Qwerty CDRom AND JingleSpells CD by Talking Fingers (reg $35 US) Sale: $15.
For Grades 2-4.

 

 

homeschool curriculum saleDisney Princess Reading Comprehension Workbook (Reg $4.95) US. Sale: $3.
Brand new, never used

homeschool curriculum saleStrawberry Shortcake books, $2 each or $7 for all four: All Aboard Reading Level 1, Beginning to Read (Reg. $5.99 ea): Strawberry Shortcake: The Berry Big Storm, Strawberry Shortcake: The Berry Best Friend’s Picnic, Strawberry Shortcake’s Filly Friends Strawberry Shortcake’s Snow Day (reg. $6.99)

I Can Read Level 2 (Reading with Help): Prince Caspian – This is Narnia (reg $4.99) Sale $2

Math

used homeschool curriculum saleTeaching Textbooks Math 5 (version 1.0) CD-ROM Set. These CDs are $99.95 new. Sale: $30

homeschool curriculum sale
Teaching Textbooks Math 6 (version 1.0) CD-ROM Set. These CDs are $99.95 new, Sale: $30

Bible

Homeschool curricula for saleHow Do We Know God is Really There? Apologia (Reg $16 US) Sale $8

Homeschool curricula for sale*SOLD*Colour the Bible: Book 6 – 1 Timothy-Revelation Sale: $1.
My kids had the whole set but they didn’t get to this one, except to scribble in pen on the first page to change “Christ Jesus” to “Jesus Christ” because they thought it was backwards LOL.

Homeschool Curricula for SaleA Tale of Two Kingdoms (reg $21) AND companion lesson book, God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation (reg $20) by Canadian author Heather Kendall – Sale $20 for the set

Logic

homeschool curriculum sale*SOLD*The Critical Thinking Co.: Critical Thinking Book One for Grades 7-12+ (Reg $24.99 US.) Sale: $20
Brand new, never used.

Grade 5 Workbook

*SOLD*Advantage Test Prep Grade 5: High-Interest Skill Building for Home and School by Creative Teaching Press (Reg. $9.99) Sale: $5
Brand new, never used.

Science

homeschool curriculum saleScience Quiz Whiz for Grades 1-3 by The Learning Works (Reg. $21) Sale: $10 Brand new, never used. 128 pages full of tear out quiz cards.

homeschool curriculum saleScholastic Science Readers: Human Body Level 1 – (reg $4.99) Sale: $2
Ages 5&6

Latin

homeschool curriculum salePrima Latina: Introduction to Christian Latin – Teacher Manual (Reg. $18.25) and Prima Latina CD (Reg. $8.95) Sale: $12.
For Grades 2-4. Reproducibles have been torn out but are still present. I never bought the student workbook, everything you need is in the manual.

Usborne Books

*SOLD*Usborne Little Ballerina Dancing Book with dance-along CD – (reg $19.95) sale: homeschool curriculum sale$10 Ages 3+
*SOLD*Usborne Beginners Ballet – (reg $6.95) sale $4 Ages 4+
*SOLD*Usborne Starting Ballet with Internet Links – (reg $6.95) sale $4 OR $15 for the set
Ages 4+

 

Usborne Young Puzzle Books: Puzzle School $2homeschool curriculum sale
Ages 4+

 

homeschool curriculum saleUsborne Fantasy Puzzle Books: Dragon Quest – (reg $12.95) Sale: $7
Ages 8+
homeschool curriculum sale*SOLD*Usborne Puzzle Adventures: The Pyramid Plot – (reg $5.95) Sale: $3
Ages 8+

Usborne The Great Castle Search – (reg $11.95) Sale $6
Ages 4+

Usborne 1001 Things to Spot Long Ago – (reg $11.95) Sale $6 Ages 3+homeschool curriculum sale

Are you selling your used homeschool curriculum? Feel free to post a link in the comments below, and link up with the Not Back to School Blog Hop here.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Having FUN in Our Homeschool AND Giveaway!

Yes, homeschooling CAN be fun! Our homeschool often resembles a musical – at any time, one or more of us will burst into song! Here’s a roundup of just some of the ways my 16 year old son, my 11 year old daughter, and I enjoy having fun in our homeschool.

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Having FUN in our Homeschool


fun in our homeschool
Fun with Fibre
From needle-felting to sewing, and knitting to weaving, we love the fibre arts in our homeschool! Do a quick search in the right sidebar for Fibre Friday to check out all our adventures with fibre in our homeschool.

fun in our homeschool
Fun with Art
While my son is not into the visual arts, my daughter is! She doesn’t let a day go by without drawing, experimenting with nail art, or painting!

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Fun with English
I was an English and Drama major, so you can bet we have fun with it in our homeschool. We especially enjoy reading Science Fiction and Fantasy in our homeschool. Sometimes we read independently, but at times we enjoy reading aloud to each other or listening to ebooks (often while engaging in fibre arts). We also enjoy bringing books to life with drama. Shakespeare just isn’t the same sitting on the page!

fun in our homeschool
Fun in the Kitchen
We are a family who enjoys cooking and baking from scratch. Just yesterday, my daughter and I made biscuits and cinnamon rolls together. Cake decorating is one of her favourite things to do – we make a lot of fondant! My children each cook supper twice during the week. They often make breakfast as well. Their favourites are pancakes and waffles. My son is considering attending college to become a chef – something to lean back on when things are lean in the film industry.

fun in our homeschool
Fun with Games
We are a family of gamers. We love learning through board games. We even believe video games are fantastic, beneficial, educational tools! My daughter is thoroughly enjoying learning to code while exploring Minecraft thanks to Learn to Mod Minecraft.

How do you have fun in your homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below! Check out this blog post if you’re looking for even more ways to add fun to your homeschool day. Check out how other Canadian bloggers have fun in their homeschools here.

And now for the giveaway! This month, 5 winners will each receive 1 Picaboo Yearbook – softcover, 20 pages, 8½x11 size. CAN only. 18+ ends May 13th @11:59pm EST. Follow the giveaway tool instructions below to enter. Good luck!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Wordless Wednesday: Proud of My Little Dancer

Wordless Wednesday: Proud of My Little Dancer

Wordless Wednesday

I’m so proud of my little dancer, who was one of six Most Promising Dancer Finalists in the 12 and under category at Danceabition over the weekend. She also received a judge’s choice award for “Strength” in her Acro duo.

Is your child involved in dance? Please share your proud momma moment!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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2014 “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop: Day in the Life Week

We’re enjoying the end of summer as we soak up some sun here in Nova Scotia during the last week of August! Yesterday, our international student from China arrived, and we are having great fun getting to know him.

day in the life

When we start back to homeschool, probably the week after next, my 15 year old son will be working on “Grade 11” and my 10 year old daughter will be working on “Gr. 6”. As homeschoolers, we can begin and end the homeschool year when we want, or even school year round. Every homeschool family’s schedule is different. Some homeschoolers have their children do homeschool work for 5-6 hours per day (much like public school), but many others school only in the morning, only the afternoon, or sometimes only in the evening when their working parents get home. Some homeschoolers do schoolwork four days a week, some only four days a week, and some homeschool on weekends.

In our homeschool, we generally follow a September through June schedule, much like the public school. We are flexible, however, and often take a week off around our activities. When either my children or myself, or even the whole family are involved in a stage production, we usually take the performance week off. We also take days off when both kids are involved in dance competitions.

What does a day in the life look like in our homeschool family? In a typical week, we often get most of our homeschool work done Monday through Thursday, with Friday being a time for my children to work on some of their interests or to  tie up some homeschool loose ends. It doesn’t take long for my kids to get through their homeschool work. With neither my kids nor myself being early risers, a typical homeschooling day often runs from about 10am-2pm. This leaves time for my children to explore their own interests and time to head out to extracurricular activities, which we often engage in six or seven days a week! Again, we’re flexible, so if my teen doesn’t wake up until noon some days, he can just get his work done later in the day. Both children will often decide in what order they wish to work on their subjects throughout the day.

Homeschooling really is a way of life for us. We love the flexibility, and not having to worry about the rush for the school bus. Something I also love about homeschooling is that learning becomes a 24-7 occurrence – there have been many times when my children have exclaimed excitedly about learning something in the “off” hours!

Feel free to check out other homeschoolers’ days in the life at:

day in the life

What does a day in the life in your homeschool look like?

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

It’s a “not back to school photo” hop. This time, share your students! All too often, homeschoolers forget to take that token not-back-to-school photo. So, you can wear a backpack and new shoes like the typical first-day-of-school photos, or you can wear a batman costume, goggles and barefeet – like my homeschoolers. Come as you are. First-day-of school photos shared. Linky will go up on Monday 8/19!  Join the student photo hop here.  – See more at: http://www.ihomeschoolnetwork.com/5th-annual-not-back-to-school-blog-hop/#sthash.g2Iw5kz2.dpuf
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2014 “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop: Curriculum Week

curriculum week

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again already! It seems just yesterday I was composing a post for the 2013 Curriculum Week and here it is, planning time once again. I’m still in full summer mode. Surprisingly, my children asked if we could start homeschool early this year! That’s never happened before, LOL. I’m not completely ready with everything we are going to use this year, so I will give you a rough sketch. In general, we are continuing on with our blend of following The Well-Trained Mind combined with Tapestry of Grace in our classical-eclectic way with a little bit of unschooling thrown in for good measure.

For both children:
Tapestry of Grace, Year 3 (covers History, Geography, Language Arts/Literature, Bible) combined with reading & curriculum suggestions from The Well-Trained Mind
The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book – we will be continuing to go over the table of elements together, one element at a time, as last year
Rosetta Stone French – we will be continuing on with it again this year – my youngest going at a slower pace than my eldest

For my 15 year old:
Teaching Textbooks: Geometry (need to pick this up when we can)
Henle Latin – possibly continuing with this, I need to have a discussion with my son on whether he is dropping this and just sticking with French this year
The Well-Educated Mind – we are using this as a supplement for our studies of Literature
A Rulebook for Arguments & Classic Rhetoric for the Modern Student (we didn’t find a used copy last year but are hoping to this year) – for our Rhetoric studies
Photography/filmmaking – my son started doing some promotional photography and videos over the summer and will continue to work on this over the year for credit

For my 10 year old:
Teaching Textbooks: Math 6 – we didn’t finish last year and are continuing
Prima Latina/Latina Christiana – my daughter wasn’t keen on studying Latin last year, so we are going to try again this year

And I will be keeping track of everything using The Ultimate Planning System and My Home School Grades!

What curriculum are you using this year? Are you excited about something new you found at a homeschool conference? Join in the 6th Annual “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop and check out what curricula other families are using:

curriculum week

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Fibre Friday: Learning to Sew

Fibre Friday

Learning to Sew

I’m quite new at learning to sew myself, so I only this week started teaching my 10 year old daughter how to sew! As I suspected she would, she loves it!

I started her off with sewing a simple tea towel.

Learn to sew

All it took was cutting out a rectangle, pressing the hem, and then turning it under and pressing it again. Once the hem was sewn all around, my daughter could have fun decorating it.

Then she decided to sew some handkerchiefs for her grandpa for Father’s Day.

Learn to sew

This was done the exact same way, except we cut out smaller squares instead. She very much enjoyed experimenting with all the fancy stitch patterns on the machine:

learning to sew

Handkerchiefs and tea towels make ideal first learning to sew projects. I’m glad I let my daughter experiment with all the stitch patterns. She really knows her way around the machine now.

My daughter loved sewing so much that she moved on to making her own tote bag. She decided it would make a great birthday present for a friend.

She chose some jean fabric we had on hand for the tote and we cut out the front and back and handle.

Learn to sew

Then she chose some crazy fabric for the tote bag lining and we cut out the front and back.

Learn to sew

Next time I will show you the finished tote bag. I am enjoying learning to sew with my daughter! She’s a natural! She has really caught the sewing bug and you should see the list of things she wants to see next. It’s a good thing we have a bunch of hand-me-down fabric.

What have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, or making in your home or homeschool this week? Feel free to share and link up!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly