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Halifax: New Homeschool Gym/Sports Class starts Oct. 1

New gym/sports class for homeschoolers, ages 6-10, Mondays 9:30-10:30am at St Andrew’s Rec Centre on Bayers Road in Halifax (plenty of free parking, on various bus routes, close to Halifax Shopping Centre).  It starts Oct 1 and runs for 10 sessions ending Dec 17 (no class Oct 8 or Nov 12 due to Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day) on Mondays. Hopefully a great way to start the week! 🙂

The class is not run by HRM Rec. The teacher’s name is Andrew, a qualified physiotherapist who also works running rec programs for people of various ages and abilities (and as a lovely coincidence, his sister was homeschooled and while he was in high school he ran a sports class for homeschoolers).

The class will give kids a chance to try out various sports and learn new skills in a fun environment – most likely badminton, volleyball, soccer, basketball – as well as playing other various fun active games, playing with the big parachute, etc. We are hoping that Halifax City Soccer Club will run two of the sessions for soccer. The plan is flexible and will depend on what seems to work best with the group of kids that take the class and also the equipment available.

Cost is $60 for the 10 sessions per child. 16 kids is the maximum. If the class fills it will just be $45 per child.  Each parent is needed to volunteer to help out at one session.  When registering please note any dates when you cannot volunteer (or if you cannot volunteer at all).

There is a stage in the gym that could be a good place for siblings not participating to play (and parents to hang out if you stay).

To register and arrange payment please email cmdymond @ gmail.com (just take out the spaces before and after the @ to email) Please register as soon as you can if your child would like to participate as space is limited.

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Fall River: Homeschool Concert Band for Ages 8+ begins Sept 12th

Joyful Sounds Music Studio is now accepting registrations for beginner and intermediate band. The band meets at 3108, Hwy#2 in Fall River on Wednesday afternoons beginning September 12th. Instruments include: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, baritone, trombone and percussion. To register, or for more information, please visit the Joyful Sounds Music Studio website.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Scotts Bay: Community Play Group August 29

This Wednesday, August 29th at 10am, the Community Play Group (a homeschooling friendly group that meets weekly throughout the valley to learn and have fun) is meeting for a “Day of Two Scotts”. The meet-up will be at Scotts Bay (North of Canning) on the beach (main beach access, Wharf Road on your left hand side, park near the bridge or near the out houses). Plus, local MP, Scott Brison will meet up on the beach, field any of the kids’ questions about government and take his dog for a walk.  Everyone is welcome!  Bring a snack/lunch, and a change of clothes (FYI – the weather forecast is for 20+ and is sometimes cooler, sometimes hotter on the shore).

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Free Webinar: How to Use the Curriculum You Already Have to Inspire a Love of Learning

How to Use the Curriculum You Already Have to Inspire a Love of Learning
Wednesday August 22nd 9pm Atlantic Time (7:00 p.m. CST)

And you thought you were just buying high school curriculum for your homeschooler! Join homeschool veteran and curriculum expert Kelly Negvesky as she explains how to instill a love of learning in your children with the curriculum you already planned to use this fall.

What a great topic – I’m looking forward to this webinar especially!



How Combining High School & College will Pave the Way for Success in College and Life Beyond
Wednesday August 29th 9pm Atlantic Time (7:00 p.m. CST)

Join Dual Credit Expert Kelly Negvesky as she discusses the “how to’s” of dual credit—from high school transcripts to the methods of acquiring credit—-in 60 minutes Kelly will help you become an expert in dual credit, and give you the tools and information you need to make the right dual credit decision for your child.

To register and for more information: http://www.collegeplus.org/prep/webinarseries

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Homeschool Recital in Port Hawkesbury June 16th

On Saturday, the 16th of June at 2pm at the Causeway Pentecostal Church in Port Hawkesbury, a Homeschool Recital will be held.
It will include fiddling, piano, singing, poetry and step dancing done by a handful of kids.  There is room for more if you would like to participate – you may also display your art or perform drama or musical theatre as well.  Performers are 4 and up and it is requested that anything performed be age appropriate.
Just drop on by if you’d like to participate or be part of the audience!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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June 15: Board Games Fun at Alderney Gate Library, Halifax

Homeschool Board Games Fun at the Alderney Gate Library, Halifax on Friday, June 15th from 2-4pm.  Come and play, chat, giggle and generally have fun. Bring a favourite board game, try one from the library’s stash or make one up when you get there!  All ages and stages welcome. Baby toys available too.

This will be the last one before a summer break…so let’s make it a winner!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Free Online Unschooling Summit – May 21-June 1

The Unschooling Summit!  Listen in free online – live or to the replays.  Many fantastic speakers including Diane Flynn Keith, Sandra Dodd, and Barb Lundgren.

Sign up now – the first speaker, Patrick Farenga on the Origins of Unschooling, is available as a replay right now.  The second speaker, Tamala Takahashi on Deschooling, Socialization & Friends, is coming up at 8pm Atlantic Time (7pm ET) tonight.

Sign up for free right now at The Unschooling Summit.  Enjoy!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Kids in the Forest Day – May 10th

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is holding its “Kids in the Forest” day once again this year on Thursday, May 10th. This program is designed for children in Grades 5 and 6.  Learning stations are set up in the woods of Beaver Bank, to talk about conservation enforcement, wildlife adaptation, forest harvesting and regeneration, aquatic life in brooks and streams, fire fighting (with the wild fire suppression truck and helicopter on site), water quality/wetlands, rocks and minerals, insects, etc.  There is also a  fishing station with the lake stocked the day before. Those managing the learning stations are professionals in their various fields.  DNR has been pleased to welcome home educated students for the past few years.  They recognize that age range will be a little broader than that of a school class and have no problems with that, as long as the children are interested and can keep up with the group. The learning stations open at 9 AM and wrap up at about 2:30 p.m.

Things to consider: the weather is unpredictable in terms of temperatures,  there may be black flies biting so come prepared for that with bug hats/jackets.  Children and any accompanying parents need to dress for a day in the woods and being in potentially damp, muddy areas, and possibly unexpected rain showers.  This is designed for older children, so if younger children come along they would be, of course, the responsibility of the parent with them and you would need to be alert for possible safety issues in terms of the equipment you would be around.  There is a lot of walking involved, some of it in areas with rough walking conditions and this can be quite a long day for younger children.  Access to the learning stations requires travel on woods roads and it is not possible to take too many cars really close to the site.  This means that some cars will need to be parked farther away and families will need to carpool in closer to the activity area with other families. In past years homeschoolers have gathered at the site of the Beaver Bank fire department and left any extra cars in the parking lot there.  Any food and drinks you feel you may need for the day are your own responsibility, and will need to be carried with you for the day.

If you have children in the appropriate age/grade range and would like to register for this, or if you need more information before you make a decision, please email: audreyrbarrett @ eastlink .ca (take out the spaces) with your name and contact information, and the names and ages of your children.  Please include a cell number if you have one.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,