• Family Fun,  homeschooling,  kids

    December Bucket List

    It’s December already and the next few weeks are going to fly by!  There’s so many thing we want to fit in, to create fun family memories and learning experiences. So here’s our December bucket list for this year! Watch classic and favorite Christmas shows  Letters to Santa – A yearly tradition that the girls enjoy, and a writing lesson too.  We usually receive Santa’s video a week after we mail it.  Visit Santa at the mall – if you have a sensory child like mine, be sure to check out my tips for waiting for Santa  Wagon or sleigh ride – Go on a hay rides at Callingwood Marketplace or take…

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    Neighbourhoods Around the World: A Visit to Edmonton

    I am taking part in a blog series hosted by The Piri-Piri Lexicon entitled Your Neighbourhood Around the World.  It’s a fascinating way of seeing a personal glimpse into neighbourhoods all over the globe.  As a homeschooling family, it is also a great geography lesson, and we keep coming back to visit different areas. We are located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in a north side residential neighbourhood.  As part of this series we need to include several aspects: a playground or play area, local mode of transportation, typical house or building, a street nearby, school or daycare, and an supermarket.   An interesting fact about Edmonton is that we are…

  • homeschooling,  kids

    YouTube Kids Is Here!

    YouTube Kids was released in the US back in February, but it is now available in Canada!  Also available in U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, this kid friendly version of the favorite app keeps out inappropriate content and had all the cool kids channels in one spot.  There are ads (I have seen ones for toys and other shows so far), but my three year old even knows to click on the video after the time ticks down.  In addition to loads of new to them content, I was happy to see some of their favorite channels and shows including Minecraft videos, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, CBC Kids, Cosmic Kids…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Build Your Library With Barefoot Books

    Children’s books are addicting!  From the bright colors and beautiful illustrations, to the silly stories and rhyming verses, I can never get enough.  As a homeschool family, cuddling up with the girls on the couch during the day with a pile of children’s books or a new chapter book is always a favorite activity around our house.   Barefoot books are gorgeous children’s books full of whimsical stories and tall tales that will encourage your child’s natural love of reading.  I have teamed up with homeschooling mama and Independent Barefoot Books Ambassador Courtney Barnes to review some of my favorite Barefoot Books products.  I Took the Moon for a Walk quickly…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Coming Soon: Science Garage

    I have eagerly been awaiting the opening of the newest exhibit at Telus World of Science Edmonton.  Coming this month is the Science Garage, an interactive area with hands on activities and displays.  Admission to the Science Garage will be included in the Science Centre admission.   Two cool features of the Science Garage are the popular Ball Machine and the Maker’s Space, where your can build items from random materials provided.  Upcoming science programs include flight in November and circuits in December, with programs running 11 am-5 pm Saturday, Sundays and holidays and 2:30-3:30 pm weekdays. For more information and updates visit Telus World of Science Edmonton.  Feature Photo Credit…

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    Five on Friday: October 9

    It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada so this week my Five on Friday will be Five Reasons I’m thankful for homeschooling.  I am really learning who my children are, as well as more about myself.  I’m learning about our personalities (as differing as they may be at times), learning styles, emotions and triggers. We can learn at our own pace.  If it takes them a little while to catch on to reading, that’s ok. If we want to immerse ourselves in a topic, we can do that too My girls are remaining close.  Instead of maybe growing apart if they were in separate classrooms all day, they playing dress up and…

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    Subject Spotlight on Social Studies: 15 Ways to Add it to Your Homeschool

    Social Studies was always my favorite subject in school.  I loved hearing stories of people in our community, people and places around the world, how the land was formed and maps! There are so many fun ways to incorporate Social Studies into your homeschool day. Errands and appointments in your community – Discuss the roles of doctors, police officers, firefighters, nurses, librarians – the list is endless! Grocery store –  Not only is it great for math lessons, but take note of where your foods come from and map it out.  Discuss the process of food from a farm or factory to the grocery store or discuss the role or shipping…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling,  Travel

    Road Trip Idea – New Dinosaur Museum

    If you’re looking for a family road trip idea this fall, look north to Wembley, Alberta.  It is the site of the new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, open to the public on September 3, 2015.  Being only 19km west of Grande Prairie will make it easy to find accommodations for a fun weekend getaway. You can learn about the dinosaurs found in the area before you go, by checking out Kids Zone on their website.  When you visit you can become a volunteer in the lab and clean fossils and bones. Or take part in one of the many interactive school programs. If you are feeling really adventurous, take…

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    The Preschool Dilemma

    A year and a half ago I made the decision to homeschool, while my oldest was in kindergarten.  We started at the beginning of Grade 1 and we are now entering our second year.  It was a bumpy road with a steep learning curve, but I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.  But now my youngest is three and nearing school age.  I know for sure I will start homeschooling her when she can be registered, but till then there are a few crucial learning years in there.   Many homeschool families (and non homeschooling families alike) struggle with the decision to send their children to preschool or not, and the answer is…

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    Not So Super Moods During the Supermoons

    2015 will see six supermoons, January, Febuary and March were new moons and August, September, October will be full moons. A supermoon occurs when the moon is orbiting at it’s closest point (or within 90 %) to Earth.*  Our household consists of three extra sensitive, big emotion females so it can get a bit wacky during the week leading up to a supermoon (see my post following the March supermoon It’s just a bad day, not a bad life). This week there were a few more squabbles, a few more meltdowns, a few more interrupted sleeps and early mornings.  The girls are off to the grandparents for the night, so I…