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Canadian Homeschool Conference April 14 to 18 2020

We’re stuck in our homes. Homeschool conferences won’t be held in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick this spring (I was going to both of them so that makes me feel sad). Many parents are home with their kids for the first time, looking for homeschool information. Whether you’re a new or experienced homeschooler, we can all use encouragement during this difficult time. Enter my friends and fellow homeschool moms Ana Willis and Cori Dean. They’ve put together a new Canadian homeschool conference, yay!

Check out the first ever Canadian Homeschool Symposium this week! It starts Tuesday. And it’s designed to encourage, equip, and inform (and cheer up) homeschool parents in Canada and beyond.

The workshops at this new Canadian homeschool conference will be on a wide variety of subjects from the early years to high school and everything in between. And check out all the amazing speakers, including Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Donna Ward of Northwoods Press, Peter Stock of HSLDA Canada, and Diane Geerlinks of NILD Canada.

I’m speaking on Wednesday and the conference starts Tuesday, April 14th, so register now and enjoy 22 live speakers plus lifetime access to all workshop videos on demand. Oh and I almost forgot, you’ll get a virtual gift bag of freebies and there are giveaways at this Canadian homeschool conference, too. Don’t miss out!

What speaker are you looking forward to most? Let me know in the comments below (it’s okay if it’s not me LOL)!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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I Hope You Dance in Your Homeschool

During week 3 of our new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m bringing you 5 days of fun schooling ideas for your home.

I have dance on my mind. For dancers, this is usually competition season. My daughter is usually preparing for exams, recitals, and perhaps a competition or two at this time of year. I got in on a competition myself back in 2016 and competed in a big studio number on stage with my daughter. Here we are backstage at the competition:

dance in your homeschool

When did you last dance with your children? Whether you are a trained dancer or can only step side-to-side to the music, you can include dance in your homeschool day. There are many amazing benefits to dance! It’s also an easy way to add physical education inside the home, especially on rainy or snowy days when you don’t want to go for a walk.

Here are some ideas for having fun with dance in your homeschool.

Moving to the Music

Pop some orchestral music on and hand your each person in your family a scarf to move with to the music. You can throw the scarf, sway with the scarf, make circles with the scarf, or anything the music moves you to do. The William Tell Overture finale is excellent for this, as is Holst’s The Planets, or even your favourite movie soundtrack. This is especially fun with young children.

Enjoy Historical Dance in Your Homeschool

How did people dance from the historical period you’re studying? If you’re studying the 17th or 18th century, try a Minuet. If you’re studying Modern times, have some fun with the twist, the polka, or the bunny hop! Or put on some music from your youth and show your children how you used to tear up the dance floor in your day.

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Enjoying Colonial Dance at the Fortress of Louisbourg

Cultural Dance in Your Homeschool

Are you studying a different culture? Learn the Mexican Hat Dance if you’re studying Mexico (here’s a fun way to learn the Mexican hat dance with young children), or some Indian Bollywood to go along with your studies of India.

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Bollywood Dance at Disney World

Dance In Your Homeschool with Gaming Consoles

Do you have a Wii U or a Switch? Enjoy “Just Dance” or the Wii or Switch Fit. Parents can dance too, it’s a hoot and it’s great exercise! (We like to pull Just Dance out for birthday parties and often the parents will dance in the background to some of their favourites while the children play).

Learn a Specific Style of Dance in Your Homeschool

Do you or your children want to explore a specific style of dance? Here are some of our favourites and some online resources.

Breakdance

Check out BreakSpace NS on Instagram, where my daughter and other bboys and bgirls have been sharing some quick, easy beginner tutorials. And check out VincaniTV on YouTube which offers free breakdance tutorials. My daughter says BBoy Vincanity has been around for a long time and is the introduction to the art for many young breakers.

Tap Dance

dance in your homeschool - kimberly tap dancing

Check out this tap visual dictionary website. Click on the links and a video will show you how to do each step, starting with the easiest ones and progressing in difficulty. And be sure to join the amazing Debbie Allen on Instagram as she teaches free tap classes during the pandemic crisis.

Tap has always been my favourite – this photo is me at age 16.

Ballet

Here is a great ballet site, The American Ballet Theatre Ballet Dictionary which has definitions and photos for everything ballet.

Jazz

Jazz is one of my daughter’s favourite dance styles. She’s pictured at left, dancing in her Jazz Initiative classes. Check out The Building Blocks of Jazz on Bluprint. It’s absolutely free until April 16, 2020.

More Dance in Your Homeschool Resources

For a roundup of free online classes available during the pandemic crisis, check out Dancing Alone Together on Instagram.

Whatever the style of dance you’re interested in, there are videos and books available at the library (and on their website) or YouTube videos online. And Bluprint offers a number of online dance classes (which are free until April 16, 2020). Of course, nothing can compare to lessons at a terrific, local dance studio, whether it’s for your children, yourself, or both. Enjoy classes at the studio then have fun practising daily as part of your homeschool day (once the pandemic crisis is over)!

“I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens.
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…
I hope you dance,
I hope you dance.”

~ from “I Hope You Dance” – song by Lee Ann Womack


Do you dance in your homeschool? What online resources are you enjoying? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Please note: This article was originally published in April 2013 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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Fun Schooling with the Abacus

During week 3 of our new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m bringing you 5 days of fun schooling ideas for your home.

Did you know that not only can an abacus help a child with math, but it can also make learning fun? What is an abacus? Do you imagine one of these?

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That’s more of a toy and can’t be effectively used for calculations any more complex than addition and subtraction. An abacus is an ancient calculator that has been used for thousands of years. It is still in use today, especially in Asia and the Middle East. The word abacus originally comes from the Greek word abax for “counting board”. The Greeks used boards with sand on them to draw out their equations. The Romans used boards with grooves and beads or rocks. The abacus we are more familiar with originated in Asia.

Did you know the abacus, especially the soroban, can be used not only for addition and subtraction, but also multiplication, division, and also square roots? In 1946, a person using the soroban outperformed an electric calculating machine! The abacus can be a useful tool in your homeschool. It is visual and tactile, and its usage can be transferred to mental math easily. Once a child has done calculations repeatedly using the abacus, they can start to visualize them without using the abacus – math calculations can become a mental picture.

The Chinese abacus has 7 beads on each rod, with 2 on the top and 5 on the bottom, separated by one horizontal beam.

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stock image courtesy of catwoman1

The Japanese abacus is called a soroban and has 5 beads on each rod, with only one on the top and 4 on the bottom, divided by one horizontal beam (the reckoning bar). It has at least 9 rods, and the number of rods is always an odd number.

Each abacus is set to zero when all of the beads above the bar are up (not in contact with the reckoning bar) and all the beads below the bar are down (not in contact with the reckoning bar). The units rods on the Japanese abacus are the rods with the dots on them. The units rod on the Chinese abacus is the one on the far right. For either abacus, on the units rod, if you raise one bead below the bar up to the reckoning bar, that represents 1. Two raised up to the reckoning bar represents 2 and so on. A bead above the bar lowered to the reckoning bar represents 5. To the left of the units rod, you will have the tens. A bead above the bar lowered to the reckoning bar in the tens rod represents 50. Two beads below the bar raised up to the reckoning bar represent 20, three represent 30, and so on. On the soroban, you can also show decimal places, to the right of any units rod.

Your child can make an abacus out of Popsicle sticks! Here’s a great how-to make a Chinese abacus at Simple Kids Crafts.  Consider adjusting the directions to make a Japanese soroban instead, because it’s easier to use and handle.

Once you have made or bought your own abacus, you can start using it with your children to make homeschool math fun! Here is an article on How to Learn Math with an Abacus.  (Please note they are using a Chinese abacus in the article, but you can easily follow the steps with a soroban as well.) Your children will have fun clicking those beads for a change instead of the usual pencil and paper. It sure beats counting on your fingers!

Start with addition and subtraction and then give multiplication and division a try. You may find your child memorizing the patterns each number makes. Once this starts happening, they may be able to use the abacus in their mind. Here is a handy, step-by step abacus lesson plan designed for Grades 4 to 6, complete with worksheets. (Please note it’s on the wayback machine since PBS has taken it down from its website, but you can still download the worksheets).

If you would prefer your child learn about the abacus and mental math from someone else, you could try a UCMAS centre. UCMAS has locations all over the world and their programs are for ages 4 and up. Unfortunately, the only one in Canada at this time is in Mississauga.

Are you having fun schooling with the abacus and trying one out or making one in your homeschool! Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Please note: This article was originally published in April 2013 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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Spelling Fun in Your Homeschool

During week 3 of our new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m bringing you 5 days of fun schooling ideas for your home. Most of the ideas can be enjoyed now, but a few you can look forward to once things return to normal.

Spelling doesn’t have to be boring or tedious. Spelling can be fun! Toss those work sheets and spelling tests aside and give some of these resources a try for spelling fun in your homeschool. Spelling is important. Because spell check doesn’t catch everything!

SpellQuizzer

SpellQuizzer is great for any age, especially if your child loves to type and hates to print or write. Drill spelling words on the computer by recording the words (and a sample sentence or definition for your child), OR let your spouse or a special guest do the recording for even more fun. My daughter used to adore being a special guest for her big brother’s spelling words. You can also use it to drill vocabulary words, foreign language words, and more! Learn more, check out our SpellQuizzer review and get your free 30-day trial here.

The Homophone Machine

Homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently) are fun to learn about and they’re even more fun with the free online homophone lesson. Check out the free homophone machine at the bottom of the page! Your elementary age child will enjoy typing in words and phrases and seeing all the homophones appear. Try all the wonderful ideas and games suggested on the page for even more spelling fun.

Board Games for Spelling Fun

Board games play a big part in our everyday homeschool. Of course, Scrabble can be a great help to practise spelling. But there are many more games for spelling fun, such as Pick Two (which I adore) or Boggle. What’s your favourite?

Rummy Roots for Spelling Fun

Card games can add fun to your homeschool day, too! We’ve owned and used the Rummy Roots card game for many years. It is recommended in The Well-Trained Mind. We find it a terrific help for spelling words with Latin roots, studying Latin, and expanding vocabulary.

At first, when our kids were younger, we used it as a matching card game – simply matching Latin/Greek roots to their English definitions. Then we began playing the game properly – making compound words out of the various Latin and Greek roots, at first with two roots, and then with two or more. Recommended for ages eight to adult, I find anyone who reads well can play it.

Spelling Bees and Spelling Bee Resources

I wish I could have participated in more spelling bees when I was a child – I only had the chance to enjoy one spelling bee in my Grade 4 classroom. My son enjoyed competing in spelling bees when he was elementary school age, although I don’t think he ever quite enjoyed spelling as much as I did.

Spelling bees aren’t as proliferous as they once were, but they are still around. Check out your nearest spelling bee and use their resources to study! Start studying now and consider entering the Spelling Bee of Canada in future. Even if your child doesn’t want to compete in a spelling bee, you can join the Scripps Spelling Bee Word Club for free spelling bee materials!

To practise, let the child who just can’t stop moving jump rope, bounce on an exercise ball, or jump on a mini trampoline for some extra fun while they spell. The spelling words will even stick in their brain better with the exercise!

Learning to Spell for Little Ones

There are many enjoyable resources available for your little ones who are learning to read and spell. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed The Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading. Spelling rules are so easy to remember when sung to the well-known tunes included in the program as “Rule Tunes.” And there are many more spelling games, including Bingo.

And check out the JingleSpells spelling songs CD by Talking Fingers. It includes 20 incredibly well done tunes. They’re catchy and fun to sing along with, including everything from country to rock.

Are you making spelling fun in your homeschool? What resource makes it fun for you? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Please note: This article was originally published in April 2017 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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Fun Schooling History

During week 3 of our new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m bringing you 5 days of fun schooling ideas for your home. Most of the ideas can be enjoyed now, but a few you can look forward to once things return to normal.

History is often the dry, dreaded class in a public school setting, but it doesn’t have to be in your homeschool! Here are some tips for fun schooling history in your homeschool.

Eat Through History

What did the Vikings eat? How about the Ancient Romans? What were popular dishes in the Medieval period? Many of these dishes are still eaten today in different parts of the world.

Have some fun in the kitchen with recipes from a book such as the Usborne Children’s World Cookbook, or look for recipes online. You may even find some of your historical dishes become family favourites! One of our favourites is a Viking fish dish we found on the Parks Canada site.

Include Primary Source Material

There is nothing like reading first-hand, personal accounts of wars and different times in history – using primary sources. These first-hand accounts can be so exciting, or at the very least eye-opening! Here is a great collection of primary source material from different periods in world history.

Read Historical Fiction

Historical fiction can bring history alive! While historical fiction isn’t all true, generally the setting and way of life will paint a good picture of the time period in a compelling way. The Book of Negroes is an excellent example (for older teens). I thoroughly enjoyed reading it myself and learned so much about slavery in the U.S. and Canada that I hadn’t known about before! Once you read the book, watch the miniseries. It was filmed here in Nova Scotia!

Enjoy Historical Arts, Crafts & Trades

There are so many arts, crafts, and trades that have been enjoyed over the centuries by different cultures around the world. Many of them are simple and can be done with items you already have around your home, such as the fibre arts. You may even be able to find local tradesman and artisans that will let your child try a historical art, such as glass blowing or working at the forge, like my son is doing here:

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History Through Song and Music Videos

It is so much fun to learn history through music! There are many terrific audios available to learn from and sing along to, such as the History Songs from Audio Memory and the Presidents’ Rap and the Prime Ministers of Canada from Sara Jordan. Bring them with you in the car for some “car schooling” fun. I learned more about our Canadian Prime Ministers  by listening to that one CD than in all my years of public school!

You can find a great example of fun music videos that teach all about history on the “historyteachers” channel on Youtube – for example, learn all about Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia set to Lady Gaga’s Pokerface!

History Dress Up Time!

Have your children dress up like a famous figure you have been studying. They can memorize and recite a speech or piece of writing that the famous person is most noted for. You can make it simple and use clothes or sheets you already have around the house, or teach sewing and make more elabourate costumes (check out Bluprint for some sewing help). Some heritage sites offer a chance to dress up, such as the Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton:

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Integrated Learning

Another way to keep history interesting, is to study it in context. It doesn’t have to be a separate subject. Learn the relevant geography along with the history. Look at old historical maps and compare with present day maps. These black line maps to print out and label are a great resource. You may even want to use a unit study or an integrated curriculum such as Tapestry of Grace.

History doesn’t have to be boring! How do you make history fun in your homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Please note: This article was originally published in May 2016 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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Finding the Fun in Your Homeschool Day

As we head into week 3 of our new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m bringing you 5 days of fun schooling ideas for your home. Enjoy!

Homeschool fun, for me, isn’t only the subjects or activities you and your children find fun (such as fibre arts for art class), it’s also finding the fun in your homeschool day. This can be particularly important as you’re winding down your homeschool year and everyone wants to be done!

Finding the Fun in Your Homeschool Day

How do you find the fun? Part of it is having the right state of mind. Wake up determined that you’ll have fun today! The fun may happen between bouts of sibling bickering or whining about math – finding the fun doesn’t mean it will be a perfect day, but try to find some moments to enjoy!

Easy, Fun Ideas

  • Are you working on spelling today? Incorporate some phys. ed. with your child’s spelling and have them jump rope or jump on a mini trampoline while spelling out “e-x-e-r-c-i-s-e, exercise”!
  • Is it read aloud time? Do you usually read aloud to your children yourself? How about taking turns instead? Whoever isn’t reading can work on some of those fibre arts projects or other handiwork.
  • Are your children studying their multiplication tables? Sing them or rap them today instead! If you don’t feel comfortable making up your own song or rap, let the children try (you might be surprised to find out how easily coming up with lyrics can be), or use Audio Memories if you like.
  • Is it time for penmanship? How about posting big pieces of newsprint on the wall and letting the children paint their copywork with paint and a paintbrush. Or if you have a writing tablet for your computer or gaming console, let them write it on the tablet (it may not be nearly as legible, but it is fun)!
  • Are you reading the Bible today? Don’t just read it – act it out! Act out Moses’ confrontation with Pharaoh, or create a skit depicting the love passage from Corinthians (Love is Patient, Love is Kind).
  • Get outside for science!
    • Studying plants? Go look at some!
    • The sky? Study at night – lay outside on a blanket and look up.
    • Simple machines in physics? Build some using things in your yard.
  • Are you doing some art today? Turn on some beautiful music while you do your lesson, maybe some Mozart or Beethoven, or even something to sing along to while you draw.
  • Are your children studying logic/critical thinking? Watch some commercials and point out the logical fallacies to each other – commercials by political candidates are extremely entertaining for this exercise!
  • How about a theme for the day?
    • Backwards Day: Have breakfast for supper, walk backwards, dress backwards, start with what you usually end your homeschooling day with.
    • Pyjama Day: No getting dressed today!
    • Silly Hat Day: Start the day by making silly hats and then wear them the rest of the day.

The possibilities are endless! I challenge you to find the fun with your children this week! What did you do? Please let me know in the comments below.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Please note: This article was originally published in May 2018 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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A Positive Homeschool News Story

It’s a positive homeschool news story, and it’s about my family homeschooling our daughter through high school especially! Yay! A big thank you to CTV News Atlantic, especially Maria Panopalis and Cory McGraw for doing a beautiful job on our homeschool story.

A Big Day

I got the call on Wednesday requesting an interview. Then on Thursday, we met them at the Conservatory School of Dance since my daughter had “Dance History” class that morning (part of her Professional Training Program). Cory filmed my daughter dancing part of her self-choreographed dance for Taking Steps to Fly (happening this Sunday at the Dalhousie Student Union building). And Maria interviewed us both. It was a terrific experience, especially for my daughter, who plans to train in dance post-secondary and pursue a professional dance career.

You can watch the video story, A Teenage Perspective on Homeschooling here:

Be sure to check out our positive homeschool news story in print as well. Maria covered some different aspects of the interview entirely in the print version, which is terrific as the two together give a better picture of how we homeschool high school. Check it out here, A Lesson in Homeschooling: a Smart Move for a Halifax Family.

What’s Next?

It’s been a busy time for my daughter. Last weekend she appeared as Drizella in the Cinderella ballet at the Spatz Theatre. For Taking Steps to Fly this weekend, she has prepared two pieces of choreography for adjudication – one the solo you see above and the other a trio. Next month, as mentioned in the news story, she will be starting rehearsals for Billy Elliot at the Neptune Theatre. She is a ballet girl. It’s so exciting as it’s been a while since she’s been in a musical and this is her first gig in a professional theatre.

What did you think of the story? Please let me know in the comments below!


Photo credit: Cory McGraw, CTV News Atlantic

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2020 Canadian Homeschool Conference Feb 5-11

The 2020 Canadian Homeschool Conference starts this Wednesday! It is a 7-day online event featuring knowledgeable speakers, a vendor hall, opportunities to interact with other attendees, fun, and giveaways! The best part is that you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own home (or pay for gas or travel ). It is free to attend live. Plus you can grab a lifetime pass for only $17 (available at this price until Feb 11) so you don’t miss a thing.

Speakers and Sessions

The 2020 Canadian Homeschool Conference features speakers who are homeschooling moms, business owners, and from homeschool and educational organizations. Learn from speakers such as Lisa Marie Fletcher (The Canadian Homeschooler), Cori Dean (Maple Tree Publications), Laurie Beesting (Bridge the Gap Math), Lisa Knight (HSLDA Canada), and more! There are sessions for parents, youth, and kids, so it’s for the whole family! Some sessions are even in French. Topics include homeschooling as a single parent, planning your curriculum, starting your own business (for youth), learning the time tables, learning a second language, stars and constellations (for kids), and more.

Vendor Hall

Visit some of your favourite homeschool vendors and learn about fantastic new ones in the vendor hall! Check out Oak Meadow, The Learning House, Usborne Books, HSLDA, Classical Education Books, Crayola Teachers and more! You’ll get a goodie bag from the vendors full of coupons and special offers!

Don’t Miss Out

Don’t miss this amazing conference. Register for the 2020 Canadian Homeschool Conference now! Choose free Live Conference Access for access until February 11th. OR banish the 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! I’m looking forward to it!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Cape Breton March Break Camps 2020

What’s going on in Cape Breton for children and families during March Break, March 16-20? Check out these Cape Breton March Break Camps 2020.

Bras D’or Lakes Camps
Kidston Landing, 490 Chebucto, Baddeck
9am-4pm, ages 5-12. $125/wk (march 18-22) or $35/day drop in (includes one healthy snack, campers must bring own lunch.)
Includes silk-screening, yoga, arm knitting, kickboxing, curling, scavenger hunts, table tennis, crafts, and more. Register by emailing [email protected]

Cape Breton Regional Libraries
Fun March Break activities typically take place at the McConnell Library in Sydney for children in grade Primary and up. For more information please call the library at 562-3161

Gaelic College March Break Fun Camp
St. Ann’s
March 13-16 and 18-21, Ages 5-18
Gaelic language, fiddle, piano, piping, guitar, step & highland dance. Call 902-295-3411 for more information.

Ski/Snowboard Day Camp at Ski Ben Eoin
Ben Eoin
March Break Day Camps for ages 5-12
March 16-20, 9:30am – 3:30pm
1 day=$60, 2 days=$109, 3 days=$145, 4 days=$185, 5 days=$225
Includes crafts and activities. Click on the link above to register.

YMCA Cape Breton
Sydney
March 14-22
Family open gym, family swims daily

Do you know of any Cape Breton March Break Camps 2020 I’ve missed? Let me know and I’ll add them to the list. Thanks!

Click here for mainland Nova Scotia March Break camps 2020.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Nova Scotia March Break Camps 2020

Looking for Nova Scotia March Break Camps 2020? Here’s what’s going on for children and families during March Break on the mainland, March 16-20.

ART

CANCELLED: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Halifax
Dynamic Dimensions Art Camp
March 16-20. $230/week for full-day classes. Family Memberships receive a 10% discount. Pre-registration required online at the link above.
For ages 5 to 7 and 8-12. 2D and 3D art.

Creative Kids Education Centre March Break Camps
Hammonds Plains
March 16-20, 8:45am-3:45pm.
For ages 3-4: Full week $195, Single day $39
For ages 5-12: Full week $160, Single day $33
Choose from: Early Years Explores: Transportation, Construction Building Extravaganza, Friendship Bracelet Club, Head to Head Sports, and Roblox Challenge themes.

Ross Creek March Break Art Camps
Canning
For ages 4-16. March 16-20 from 9am-5pm. $70 per day or $325 for all 5 days Lunch and snacks provided at no extra cost. Bus service is an additional $15 per day or $70 per week.
Many programs to choose from, including clay, comics, space, photography, singer-songwriter, jewellery, and more.

CODING

Artech Studios MARCH BREAK CAMPS!
Halifax – NSCC Institute of Technology
March 16-20, 9am-4pm. $299 for ages 7-14 and $324 for ages 15-20. $25 off all camps until the end of January. Register at the link above.
Pacman to Pokemon for Ages 7-12 (video game design)
Camera – Action – Animate for Ages 10-14 (animation)
Create New Realities for Ages 11-14 (3D game design)
Leaders in Training for Ages 15-20
Artech Camps are all about getting creative with technology! All programs tap into campers’ creativity and incorporate the use of new media.

MISCELLANEOUS

CEED Juniorpreneur Camp
Halifax – Bayers Road
Run by the Centre of Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED)
Ages 8-14, March 16-20, 8:30am-4pm. $180 snacks & Friday lunch included.
Campers will learn about entrepreneurship and work together to create their own business for a day all while developing teamwork and leadership skills!

CANCELLED-Dalhousie Junior Leadership Camp
Halifax
March 16-20, 8am-4:30 pm, Ages 13-16, $295 non member; $265 member
Register at the link above or call 902-494-3372.

Experience Waldorf March Break Camp
South Shore Waldorf School, Blockhouse
March 16-20, 8:30am-4pm, for ages 5 and up. Week: $150 first child, $135 additional; Daily: $35 first child, $31.50 additional.
Arts and crafts, stories and games, outdoor play.

CANCELLED-March Break at the Ross Farm Museum
New Ross
March 14-22. Admission: Adult $10, Child (6-17 years) $4, 5 & Under Free, Family (max. 2 adults) $25
Each day of March Break will have a theme relating to the farm. As always there will be lots of hands on activities for everyone to enjoy and crafts that everyone can participate in throughout the day. Hot chocolate will be served. Weather permitting, there will be sleigh rides.
Saturday 14th ~ Tasty Treats
Sunday 15th ~ Traditional Skills
Monday 16th ~ For the Birds
Tuesday 17th ~ St. Patrick’s Day
Wednesday 18th ~ Springtime on the Farm
Thursday 19th ~ Tasty Treats
Friday 20th ~ Explore the Outdoors
Saturday 21st ~ Fun on the Farm
Sunday 22nd – Happy Easter
For more information, contact Joan Lenihan at 1-902-689-2210 or
1-877-689-2210 or [email protected]

CANCELLED-Myths & Legends: Pirate Adventures
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax
March 14 to 22, Daily: 10 am-noon, 1-4 pm, Sunday only: 1–4 pm
Yo, ho, ho, all aboard to raise the Jolly Roger, grab your cutlass and set sail to Canada’s largest and oldest maritime museum! Exciting adventures await, so come dressed in your finest pirate, privateer or buccaneer attire! Enjoy your adventure of themed and historical activities, games and crafts…and if you dare, exciting discoveries in virtual reality! All activities are included with regular museum admission.

CANCELLED-Spring Break Camp
Seaport Farmers Market, Halifax
March 17-20, 10:15am-2pm
Ages 7-12; $30 for the week, $10 drop-in per day
Register at [email protected] or at the market Customer Service.

CANCELLED-Wheels on the Bus
Museum of Industry, Stellarton
March 14-22, Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-5
Hop on and hop off our play bus for a day of adventure and fun! Climb aboard and imagine your destination. Where will you go today? Maybe you will work laying bricks or fitting pipe. Perhaps a visit to the post office is next on your list. Don’t forget to stop at the grocery store before you shoot some hoops in the park or play a round of golf. There’s much to do around town and the Wheels On the Bus will take you there!

YMCA Day Camps
All Across Nova Scotia – contact the YMCA near you, or click on the link above to find yours.

CANCELLED-March Break Activities at Your Local Library
See your local library branch for what’s happening in your area or click on the link above to find yours.

SCIENCE

CANCELLED-Discovery Centre March Break Camps
Halifax
March 16-20
Loco-Locomotion
Get up and show off your own wacky locomotion, discover how objects in motion stay in motion, and build, balance and race zipliners across the room. Make and take home a variety of moving contraptions in a workshop designed to get things spinning, rolling, and zooming.
Ages 5-7 & 8-12. Registration: $250 non members; $230 members
Digital Discovery
This week-long camp explores a variety of ICT topics including video game development, coding, robotics and hardware. Enjoy special guest visits and work one-on-one with current professional mentors in ICT fields.
Ages 9-14. Registration: $275 non members; $250 members

SPORTS & RECREATION

CANCELLED-Dalhousie University Day Camps
Halifax
March 16-20, ages 6-15
Climbing Camp: Ages 6-15, $295 non member; $265 member
Dal Tigers Basketball Camp: Ages 7-15, co-ed, $234 member; $260 nonmember
Click the link above to register or call 902-494-3372

Hockey Camps – Halifax
March 19 & 20 $75 per day. Separate camps for goalies and players.

Horseback Riding Camp
Todd Hill Farm, Oakfield
March 16-20, $400 plus HST
Daily riding lessons, trail rides, horse care, mounted and unmounted games, horse safety, hands-on practice, pool time.

Sea School March Break Camping Expedition
Black River Lake
March 16-20
Ages 14-18
PRICE: $600 – Includes all food, group equipment, sleeping bags and other group gear apart from personal clothing items.
Shelter making, fire building, tracking, cooking and exploring with map and compass. Learn how to stay toasty in the winter and also have the opportunity to test your survival skills in a culminating solo experience. Call 902-423-7284 or email admin at [email protected]

Try Taekwondo Camp
Ummah Mosque and Community Centre, Halifax
March 16-20, 4-5pm daily. $50

THEATRE

Neptune Theatre School March Break Camps
Halifax
March 16-20
Camps for Ages 4-12 at the Shambhala School, 5450 Russell Street in Halifax, 9am-4pm, $240:
4-6yrs (Drama) Squish! Squack! Scoot!
4-6yrs (Musical) The Royal Treatment
7-9yrs (Drama) Theatre Wizard
7-9yrs (Musical) Musical Misfits
10-12yrs (Drama) Around the Campfire
10-12yrs (Musical) Time to Shine
Teen Intensives for Ages 12-18 at Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street in Halifax $175 for 1/2 day classes, $280 for full day classes (save 20%):
12-18 yrs Monologues & Cold Reads, 9am-noon
12-18 yrs Musical Theatre Rep, 1-4pm
Leader in Training Program for Ages 15-18 at the Shambhala School. Offered to successful applicants free of charge. It is aimed at teens hoping to build skills and confidence working with children in theatre education. L.I.T. participants will work with specialized instructors on lesson planning, problem solving, breaking down and instructing games and activities for different age groups, building up a professional resumé, etc. To apply, fill out the online form.

**Do you know of an activity or camp I have missed? Let me know and I will add it to the list of Nova Scotia March Break camps 2020. Thanks!**

Love, Luck &
Laughter,