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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

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!

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.

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]

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

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

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

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 – Antigonish
Details TBA

Hockey Camps – Halifax
Details TBA

Hockey Camps – Kentville
Details TBA

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]

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,

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Save Money on Printing Costs in Your Homeschool

Printing out your digital curricula, assignments, eBooks, planners, and research for your homeschool can add up quickly. And if you’re like me, you’d rather spend more money on curricula than on printing. Here are some tricks and tips to help you save money on printing costs in your homeschool.

Change Print Settings

In your printer’s settings, choose “fast” mode, lowering the quality of the print and using less in. It’s still readable enough for your kids to complete their homeschool work.

Use Less Paper

Besides printing on both sides of the paper (which, let’s face it, can be difficult or even impossible on some printers), you can choose to print two to four “pages per sheet.” This can be an especially good choice for reading material.

Use a Different Font

Not all fonts are created equal – some use more ink than others. To use the least ink possible, download the Ecofont font.

Print a Webpage without the Ads

If you’re printing out a web page, use the Print What You Like website. It’s a free service that eliminates ads and creates a printer-friendly version of the page that saves on ink and paper.

Fool the Printer

When the printer tells you it’s empty, take out the ink cartridge and put it back in again. If it’s a laser printer, give it a good shake first. Of course, this won’t work forever, but it can often let you eke out a few more printouts.

Don’t Print

Rethink printing. Do you really need to print it? Your could fill out the answers to worksheets on a tablet with Adobe Acrobat Reader or a similar free app. And eBooks can be read on a tablet, reader, or laptop. There are many benefits of a paperless homeschool, including saving money and space and reducing clutter!

Buy Brand Compatible Ink Cartridges

The Staples store offers Staples brand ink cartridges that cost less and are designed to be used for each specific brand and style printer.

Change your Printer

Get a new printer, such as a laser printer, which use toner cartridges instead of ink. Or banish cartridges forever with an EcoTank printer. These printers have tanks that you refill instead of cartridges – the refills save you about 80 percent on the cost of ink. EcoTank printers come with enough ink to last about 2 years (5200 colour or 6500 black and white pages). We need a new printer and I’m seriously considering an EcoTank. I used to refill printer cartridges myself, by boring a hole in them and using a refill kit, but it was a real hassle and doesn’t work with some cartridge brands.

Do you have more tips to save money on printing costs in your homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below.

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  • 12 eBooks
  • 11 eCourses
  • 12 videos
  • 7 printables & workbooks (that you can use the above tricks to print out affordably!)
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The Master Your Money Super Bundle ends April 1st, 2019. Get help paying off debt, budgeting like a boss, and reaching your financial goals now! Learn more about the Master Your Money Super Bundle here.

What's inside the Master Your Money Super Bundle! Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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2019 Canadian Homeschool Conference Feb 6-11

The 2019 Canadian Homeschool Conference starts this Wednesday! It is a six-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 other travel expenses). It is free to attend live. Plus you can grab a lifetime pass so you don’t miss a thing.

Speakers and Sessions

The 2019 Canadian Homeschool Conference features a variety of speakers, from homeschooling moms to business owners and organizations in the homeschool and education realm. Speakers include Lisa Marie Fletcher (The Canadian Homeschooler), Kathleen Cotter Lawler (RightStart Math), Dr. Lisa Roman-Dwyer (Social Worker and Therapist), and more! There are sessions for parents, youth, and kids – something for the whole family! Sessions include topics such as teaching kids to cook, special needs, unschooling, Google maps (for kids), story writing (for youth), and more.

Vendor Hall

Visit with some of your favourite homeschooling vendors and learn about some fantastic new ones in the vendor hall! Check out The Learning House, Usborne Books, HSLDA, Tree of Life, 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 2019 Canadian Homeschool Conference now! Choose free Live Conference Access for access until February 12th. OR banish the fear of missing out and get Lifetime Access for only $35 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

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I may make a few bucks to keep up Homeschooling in Nova Scotia. Thanks for your support!

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Cape Breton March Break Camps 2019

What’s going on in Cape Breton for children and families during March Break, March 18-22? Check out these Cape Breton March Break Camps 2019.

Bras D’or Lakes Camps
Kidston Landing, 490 Chebucto, Baddeck
9am-4pm, age 5-12. $125/wk (march 18-22) or $35/day drop in (includes one healthy snack, campers must bring own lunch.)
Includes silk-screening, curling/skating, craft workshops by local visiting artisans, indoor/outdoor recreation. Click link above or email to register: [email protected]

Cape Breton Centre For Craft & Design Hand Building Clay Camp
Customs House, Port Hawkesbury
March 18-22, 9am-noon OR 1-4pm. $100
Ages 7-13
Sculptural hand building class. Students will create figures and animals.
Register online at the link above.

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 15-18 and 20-24, Ages 5-18
Gaelic language, fiddle, piano, piping, guitar, step & highland dance. Call 902-295-3411 for more information.

Reaching Strides Equestrian Centre Horseback Riding Camp
Port Hood
March 18-20, 9am-5pm.
Choose from overnight sessions or day camp sessions. Camps combine horsemanship (working with and around the horses), theory, games and riding time with an emphasis on safety and fun. Safe, friendly learning environment with a 1:3 ratio of camp counselors to students. Participants must be 4 years of age or older. Adults also welcome.
$260.00 / day campers (bring their own lunch)
$300.00 / overnighters (includes all meals, ages 8+ only)
$100.00 / single day (bring your own lunch)

Ski/Snowboard Day Camp at Ski Ben Eoin
Ben Eoin
March Break Day Camps for ages 5-12
March 18-22, 9:30am – 3:30pm
1 day=$55, 2 days=$100, 3 days=$135, 4 days=$170, 5 days=$205
Includes crafts and activities.

Do you know of any Cape Breton March Break Camps 2019 I’ve missed? Let me know and I’ll add them to the list. Thanks!

Click here for mainland Nova Scotia March Break camps.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Nova Scotia March Break Camps 2019

Looking for Nova Scotia March Break Camps 2019? Here’s what’s going on for children and families during March Break on the mainland, March 18-22.

ART

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Halifax
March Break Art Classes
March 18-22. Non-members $130/week for half-days; $260/week for full-day classes (+HST). Family Memberships receive a 10% discount. Pre-registration required: 902-424-5280
For ages 5 to 12. Choose from the following themes: Mix it Up, Paint it Up, Clay it Up, Print it Up.

Creative Kids Education Centre March Break Camps
Hammonds Plains
March 18-22, 8:45am-3:45pm.
For ages 3-4: Full week $185, Single day $38
For ages 5-12: Full week $150, Single day $32
Choose from: Space is the Place, Retreat Week, Multi Sport Madness, and Roblox Regatta themes.

March Break Sewing Series at Atlantic Fabric
Dartmouth
My Patchwork Quilt
March 18-22 9:30-12:00, $100
Aimed at children aged 8-14, however everyone is welcome.
A slightly more complicated quilt project for children; learn the basics in addition to basic block construction, sandwiching, very basic machine quilting and how to bind. Ask for supply list when registering.

Ross Creek March Break Art Camps
Canning
For ages 4-16. March 18-23 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 different programs to choose from, including clay, space, prehistoric, Broadway, comics, writing, drumming, and more.

CODING

Artech Studios MARCH BREAK CAMPS!
Halifax – NSCC Institute of Technology
March 18-22, 9am-4pm. $299. Register at the link above, call 902-579-3317 for more info
Reach for the Stars – Get Animated for Ages 7-12 (stop motion animation)
Encounters with Aliens for Ages 7-12 (video game design)
Outta This World with Unity3D for Ages 11+ (3D game design)

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 18th to 22nd, 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!

Dalhousie Junior Leadership Camp
Halifax
Ages 13-16 $290
Experiential learning opportunity for students interested in becoming a camp counsellor. At the end of the week, campers will receive a certificate and evaluation.

March Break at the Ross Farm Museum
New Ross
March 16-24. 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 16th ~ Tasty Treats
Sunday 17th ~ St. Patrick’s Day
Monday 18th ~ Traditional Skills
Tuesday 19th ~ For the Birds
Wednesday 20th ~ Springtime on the Farm
Thursday 21st ~ Tasty Treats
Friday 22nd ~ Explore the Outdoors
Saturday 23rd ~ Fun on the Farm
Sunday 24th – Easter
For more information, contact Joan Lenihan at 1-902-689-2210 or
1-877-689-2210 or [email protected]

Moving Trees March Break Camp
The Deanery Project, Lower Ship Harbour
March 18th, 10am-4pm, age 8-11
Cost: $28 members, $34 non-members. Discounts available for sibling & multiple March Break workshop registrations.
Explore movement and nature in fun, energizing and creative ways indoors and out with exercises and games. No experience necessary! Come with a packed lunch, snacks, appropriate clothing to move inside and outside and a sense of curiosity!
Call 902-845-1888 or email [email protected] for more information. Follow this link to register – https://goo.gl/forms/vopC5ROnCOi72UXG3.

Nova Scotia Sea School Camp
TBD
March 18-22, 5 days (4 overnights)
Ages: 14-18; Price: $500 tax incl. (The price includes all food, group equipment, – 20 sleeping bags and other sleeping gear apart from personal clothing items)
TO REGISTER or for more details, contact (902) 423-7284or email [email protected]

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

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

Girls Get WISE Science Retreat
St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish
Saturday, March 23rd
For girls Grade 7-10 to experience STEM activities and chat with women in STEM industries.
Cost: $10 and includes pizza lunch. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/girls-get-wise-science-retreat-st-fx-registration-53877379693

Discovery Centre March Break Camps
Halifax
March 18-22
Weather Wizardry
Campers will take part in the best STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) experience, with challenges and activities.
Ages 5-7 & 8-12. Registration: $230 non members; $215 members

Digital Discovery
Explore video game development, coding, robotics, and hardware. This industry led camp, in partnership with Digital Nova Scotia, aims to build the next generation of technology leaders!
Ages 9-14. Registration: $275 non members; $250 members

SPORTS & RECREATION

Dalhousie University Day Camps
Halifax
March 18-22 for kids and teens
Climbing Adventure Camp (full)
Ages 6-8 and 9-12. $295
Dal Tigers Basketball Camp
Ages 8-15, co-ed. $260
Click the link above to register or call 902-494-3372

Hockey Camps – Antigonish
8am-4pm
Players Camp: March 22 – $75/day, Age 2011-2006, all levels
Goalies Camp: March 22 – $75/day, Age 2011-2006, all levels

Hockey Camps – Halifax
8am-4pm
Players Camp: March 18 & 19 – $75/day, Age 2011-2006, all levels
Goalies Camp: March 18 & 19 – $75/day, Age 2011-2006, all levels (limited availability)

Hockey Camps – Kentville
8am-4pm
Players Camp: March 21 – $75/day, Age 2011-2006, all levels
Goalies Camp: March 21 – $75/day, Age 2011-2006, all levels

THEATRE

Neptune Theatre School March Break Camps
Halifax
March 18-22
4-6yrs (Drama) Patrol for Dramatic ‘Paws’ – $235
4-6yrs (Musical) You’ve Got a Friend In Me – $235
7-9yrs (Drama) Tell Your (Toy) Story – $235
7-9yrs (Musical) Big Time Movie Musical – $235
10-12yrs (Drama) Jedi Camp – $235
10-12yrs (Musical) This Is Me Camp – $235
15+ yrs TEEN- Leader In Training Program (FREE), 8:30am-4:30
This program is aimed at training students in arts leadership and instruction. Students will attend training sessions in the morning, and then get to shadow March Break camps in the afternoon. To apply please fill out the Application Form by February 15th.

**Do you know of an activity that I have missed? Let me know and I will add it to the list of Nova Scotia March Break camps 2019. Thanks!**

Click here for Cape Breton March Break Camps.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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The Key to Avoiding Homeschool Burnout

It’s the time of year when homeschool parents typically experience burnout. So, I’ve been thinking about the key to avoiding homeschool burnout this week. As I chatted with my husband one day, I realized that, for me, “keeping fresh” centres around one thing – one of the things that I consider to be a wonderful advantage that we have as homeschoolers – Flexibility.

I love to take advantage of our flexibility as homeschoolers!

Flexibility with …

Our Homeschool Day

I realized early on, from chatting with many homeschoolers at first and then through working with my son while my daughter was a toddler, that keeping traditional school day hours isn’t necessary when homeschooling. We can get so much done in merely a few hours, leaving time for all of us to enjoy interests and pursuits together or separately – and not feeling burnt out because we still get down-time, even though we participate in many outside activities.

I also have never worried about what time my children get up in the morning. When they were younger, my daughter slept in until 10am and my son was up by 7am at the latest. As they got older, and approached the teen years, they both started to sleep in until around 10am or even until closer to noon. They’ve always been able to go to sleep and wake as their body rhythms dictate and I am so glad that we have been able to accommodate that in our homeschool.

At age 15 and 20 now, they are still easily able to get up on their own when they need to go to an early dance class or work respectively. Not fighting my kids over sleep for all these years has definitely helped us all keep less stressed.

Field Trips

At times, we find out about an activity that would make a great field trip at the last minute. So, we simply drop everything and go! Sometimes I can tell we need a change of venue and dropping everything and going on a field trip is exactly what we need. Instead of a field trip, a good change of pace can also be as simple as a walk or relocating to finish up homeschool work outside.

Scheduling Homeschool Breaks

I can feel when I need a break from homeschool or my child needs a break, or all of us need a break! I’ve always liked making the announcement, “Guess what, no school today,” or “Guess what, no school this week.” There are so many things we are interested in doing that we are rarely bored – from fibre arts like knitting, to drawing, to writing, reading, or relaxing and playing some video games. There is plenty to do and enjoy.

Curricula

A wise homeschooler I know once said that you should never be a slave to curriculum, it should be your slave. If I want to cover a subject a different way for a time, I do. For instance, when studying the World Wars, we’re likely to play the board game, “Axis & Allies” to learn about it. We love using board games as much as possible in our homeschool (and puppet shows when my kids were younger)! I also don’t worry if we leave things out of the curriculum – with Tapestry of Grace (which we often use as our core curriculum) that is expected anyway, as you can’t possible cover everything in it; it’s like a buffet of options

You Can Be Successful at Avoiding Homeschool Burnout

Acknowledge that you and your kids all need a break sometimes. Remain flexible so you can enjoy all those unexpected moments that come up and can enjoy your children while you homeschool.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Please note: This article was originally published in January 2011 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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2018 Cape Breton Summer Camps

Check out these 2018 Cape Breton Summer camps and activities to enrich your child’s summer, happening across the island!

2018 Cape Breton Summer Camps

ARTS & CULTURE

Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design Creativity and Craft Camps
Sydney
These camps will be based on creativity and how important it is to express yourself and let your own true colour shine through. They will also include lessons on the importance of the arts, learning, positive attitudes and the environment.
July 9 – July 13, ages 6-8
July 16 – July 20, ages 9-10
July 23 – July 27, ages 11-13
August 7 – 10, ages 6-8
Half day weekly fee $70 – morning (9am-12pm) or afternoon (1-4pm); $65 for additional siblings
Full day weekly fee $120 (9am-4pm);$110 for additional sibling
*Week of August 7 is $56 half day or $96 full day
Pre-registration is required. Register in person or by phone with credit card payment by contacting Cassie at 902 539 7491 ext 114 or [email protected]

Class Acts Drama School Summer Day Camps
Sydney
Registration: June 23, 10:00am – 3:00pm
New Dawn CSI (former Holy Angels School, 37 Nepean St.)
July 9-13, 10am – 3pm – Creating a Theme Play
ages 11 – 14
Instructor: Brian Gallivan ([email protected])
July 16 – 20, 10am – 3pm – Drama IRL
age 15+
Instructor: James FW Thompson ([email protected])
August 13 – 17, 10am – 3pm – Summer Fun
ages 5 – 10
Instructor: Holly Schaller
([email protected])
Fee for each camp is $150 (with family discounts available!) and must be fully paid prior to starting class. For more information, or for early registration, please email the specific instructor for each camp.

Fortress of Louisbourg
Louisbourg
The Fortress holds three camp-style programs for youth every summer. Must be a member – family membership is only $15 and you can buy a membership and register for programs online.
Children’s Program for ages 5-12. 5 days. Approx. $75
Dress up in 18th century clothing, eat period snacks, play period games, and more.
Youth Apprenticeship for ages 13-16. 5 days. Approx. $75
Must have completed one year in the Children’s Program. Dress in 18th century clothing and choose from a Servant’s Life (includes 2 or more activities: cooking, laundry, garden work, cleaning, domestic crafts and serving, a Labour’s Life (includes 2 or more activities: forge, boat building, garden work, military, stacking/chopping wood and bakery), a Lady’s Life includes 1 activity: bobbin lace making (take away book mark), sewing a lingerie cap (take away cap), or embroidering (take away handkerchief), or a Drummer’s Life (drumming).
Youth Fife and Drum Program for ages 12-16 with some experience playing the drum, fife, or flute. Audition required. Please note: must have attended the winter drumming sessions.

Glace Bay Glee Summer Musical Theatre Program
Glace Bay
July 10-13, 10am-2pm for ages 5-8
July 23 – 27, 10am-2pm, For ages 9-15
Directed by Gayle Lahey & Todd Marsh. Exposes students to modern music, movement, and acting!
Tap the link above and message the Facebook Page to register.

The HATCH Summer Youth Program
Sydney’s Highland Arts Theatre
Auditions: June 9th and 10th
Two-week production intensive program for young performers ages 10-18, August 6-19th. If you’re interested in singing, acting, dancing, or better yet – all three – we’d love to audition you for our stage.

Studio Villa Nova Art and Animation Camp
Dominion
Art and Animation camps are taught by two CBVRSB Art teachers, Sandy and Joey MacNeil. Register: Sandy MacNeil @ 902 849-2973 or Studio Villa Nova on Facebook or [email protected]
Animation Camp, 2 days – July 9th and 10th from 10am to 2pm. Cost: $80 (Age 10 plus and all ability levels welcome – All art supplies and technical equipment provided.) Structured classes give students hands on experience with a variety of animation styles including, hand-drawn animation, cut-out animation, claymation, stop-motion, and green screen effects. Comic book and Anime Camp, 2 days July 12 – 13th from 10-2pm Cost: $80.00 (Age 10 and up all ability levels welcome- All art supplies and technical equipment provided.)
Kids explore the art of comic books, including anime. Campers will learn about sequential art, and paneling. They will use different drawing, illustration and colouring techniques, including both traditional and digital.
Painting Camp, 2 days – July 25-26th, from 10am to 2pm. Cost: $80 a variety of art supplies provided (5 and up all ability levels welcome)
Make art outdoors and explore the relationship between artistic expression and the natural world. Campers will learn to use a variety of materials and explore art forms including painting and drawing.
Photography Camp, 2 days – July 19-20th from 10am to 2pm Cost: $80 Bring your own camera or cell phone (10 and up all ability levels welcome) Learn an assortment of fun and creative ways to express your ideas through photography. Take your images further with advanced techniques in Photoshop, mixed media, photo transfer and collage techniques.

SPORTS

Camp Game On!
Sydney River
340 Keltic Drive (Game On building plus Y’s Men Keltic Drive soccer field)
Ages 6-8 and 9-11. $120 weekly
9am-5pm Monday-Friday, July 2nd to August 31st. Register for a week at a time or sign up for the whole summer.
Play lazer tag, fun team building games, arts and crafts, science days and much more!
For more information or to register please call or text 902 371 6631 or email [email protected]

Capers Basketball Camps
Sydney
Coaches will utilize personal demonstration, individual instruction, half court and full court games and drills to allow the campers to get the best possible basketball experience.
GIRLS (grade 6-8): July 23-27, 1-4pm, $125
BOYS (grade 6-12): August 20-24, 9am-4pm, $200
BOYS & GIRLS MINI (Grades 5 and under): July 23-27, 9am-noon, $100
BOYS & GIRLS MINI (Grades 5 and under): August 27-31, 9am-noon, $100
Tap the link above to register.

Dream Stables Horse Camp
49 Oyster Cove Road, Main-A-Dieu
Details TBA

Redwood Stables
1806 Coxheath Road
Horseback riding – for more information contact Mona
[email protected]
539-5529

ZombieProof Martial Arts
Sydney
Ages 5-14, $25 per day
Fun, games, education, martial arts.
Call (or text Summer Camp): 902-371-3969

OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Camp Bretondean
965 Hillside Road, Albert Bridge
Overnight camp for children aged 6 – 14.
July 16 – 20; $200, family discounts available.
Swimming in the Mira River, playing all day in the sunshine, crafting, Quest, and singing around the campfire
Register here.

Camp MacLeod
2731 Trout Brook Road, Albert Bridge
Camp Registrar: 562-1085 or email [email protected]
All camps are $160, and for additional children $140, $100 for Novice Camp
Junior Co-Ed (ages 9-11) July 2-8
Intermediate Co-Ed (ages 12-14) July 9-15
Junior Girls (ages 9-11) July 16-22
Senior Co-Ed (ages 14-16) July 23-29
Novice Co-Ed (ages 7-8) July 30-August 2
Intermediate Co-Ed #2 (ages 12-14) August 6-12
Junior Co-Ed #2 (ages 9-11) August 13-19
Intermediate Co-Ed #3 (ages 12-14) August 20-26

Cape Breton Bible Camp
June 8-10 – Little Leapers Camp (6-7 yrs) – $75
July 1-6 – Adventure Camp (10-12 yrs) – $250
July 8-12 – Discovery Camp (8-10 yrs) – $200
July 15-20 – Junior Teen (13-14 yrs) – $250
July 22-27 – Skills Camp (10-12 yrs) – $250
July 29-Aug 2 – Explorer Camp (7-9 yrs) – $200
Aug 5-10 – Senior Teen (15-18 yrs) – $250
Sep 28-30 – Teen Retreat (13-18 yrs) – $75
*check the website above for multiple child discounts

Coastal Roots Summer Camp
August 13-17 – overnight and day camp options
Cost varies from $150-450 depending on need; 10% discount for more than one child
Day camp hours: 12pm – 4pm Monday,  9am – 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9am – 1pm Friday
Celebrates the history and culture of Cape Breton while encouraging young people to find their success on the Island.

French Language Camp
June 22-27, ages 11-14 Canadian Parents for French
Sydney Camp at Camp MacLeod, Albert Bridge
Tap the link above for more information and to register.

Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts
Stay overnight, or choose a day camp instead – everything from the Gaelic language to Highland dance, music, and weaving offered.
Ages 5 – adult

MISCELLANEOUS CAMPS & ACTIVITIES

CBU Camps
Sydney
Various Camps throughout the summer for ages 4-12. Click the link above for more information.

Edventure Cape Breton Camp
A fun, educational day camp at Cape Breton University.
Camp 1: July 2-6 – Pioneers and Settlers
Camp 2: July 9-13 – Age of Empires: Ultimate Utopia
Camp 3: August 20-24 – The Industrial Age: Forces & Simple Machines
Camp 4: August 27-31 – The Space Traveller
Contact at the Facebook page link above or email [email protected] for more information.

Highland Village Programs
Wednesdays: Laithean Sona/Happy Days Children’s Living History Program
Take part in this special living-history program for children and get a sense of what life was like for Gaels in those days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language, and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. No refunds or discounts. 13% HST included.
Thursdays – Na Deugairean/ The Teenagers Living History Program for Youth
Partake in this special living-history program for teens and get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 13-17. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. No refunds or discounts. 13% HST included.
Fridays – Spors/Fun Gaelic Games for Kids
Join us for a morning of interactive games that focus on language, song, dance and other aspects of Scottish heritage. Gaelic games such as Tunnag Tunnag Geadh, Duck Duck Goose, center on basic Gaelic vocabulary and phrases which are incorporated into fun and engaging games for children. Spors is for children aged 5-10. 10 am to 12 pm. Free admission.

Super Summer Day Camp
Sydney
Saint Anthony Daniel Church
Ages 5-10, July 3 – August 31, $155 per week

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly