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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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2018 Nova Scotia Summer Camps and Activities

Looking for 2018 Nova Scotia summer camps? Check out these camps and activities for your kids to enjoy across the mainland!

2018 Nova Scotia Summer Camps and Activities

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HALIFAX/DARTMOUTH AREA

Alderney Landing Art Camps
Dartmouth
$200; Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Camps for Ages 6-10:
July 2nd to 6th – FROG DAYS OF SUMMER (Art Camp)
Join us for a week of exploring Pond Life! We’ll start the week off with a trip to Shubie Park to inspire tadpole, frog, lily pad and duck and goose themed art projects all week!
July 9th to 13th – TRANSFORMERS (Art Camp)
This Camp will jam packed full of not only ROBOTS! But all sorts of cool art projects that start as one thing and transform into something else!
July 16th to 20th – PETER PAN (Theatre Camp)
This classic favourite will be reworked by this group and presented in a special performance for the parents in our very own Alderney Landing Theatre at the end of the week!
July 23rd to 27th – THE WIZARD OF OZ (Theatre Camp)
We’re off to see WIZARD! This week the children will be performing a play rewritten specifically for them by our teen camp scriptwriters and wearing special costumes designed in house by our teen designers!
Camps for Ages 11-15:
July 2nd to 6th – IMPROV FOR STAGE
Instructor David Zinck will bring his phenomenal Improv class to Alderney this Summer for one week where students’ minds will be blown away by the improvisational talents that emerge from them on our stage.
July 9th to 13th – SCRIPTWRITING FOR STAGE
Back by popular demand, renowned playwright Juanita Peters will take our scriptwriters on a journey to rewrite, rethink and recreate the Wizard of Oz! We’ll take this classic and rework it until it’s virtually unrecognizable and SO MUCH BETTER… Wizard of Oz: 2.0. This new script will be read for the parents on the final Camp Friday and performed by the Theatre Camp students in the final week of July, the Summer’s participants will be invited back for the Finale!
July 16th to 20th – COSTUME DESIGN
In this final Teen Camp we will study modern costume design for stage and transform the costume ideas for the classic Wizard of Oz.
Registration includes supplies, daily snack, and lunch on Friday. Please call the Alderney Landing Box Office to make payments (902)461-8401.

Artech Summer Camps
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Institute of Technology, 5685 Leeds St, Halifax
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Click on link above to register.
July 3-6 – a 4 day camp week
Dig, Mine & Craft – Minecraft – ages 5 – 7 years – $119
Adventures in Minecraft – ages 7-10 – $279
Girl Gamers! – ages 10-14 – $279
Discover Open Toons – ages 11+ – $299
July 9-13
Make it Move! – ages 5-7 – $149
Get Animated! – ages 7-10 – $349
3D Minecraft World Design – ages 10-14 – $349
Advance with Open Toons – ages 11+ – $369
July 16-20
It’s a Mario Party! – ages 7-10 – $349
Epic Animations! – ages 10-12 – $349
Programming Minecraft – Python – ages 11+ – $369
July 23-27
Adventures in Minecraft – ages 7-10- $349
Mining into Minecraft – ages 10-12 – $349
Mobile Movie Making – ages 11+ – $349
July 30-Aug 3
Make it Move – ages 5-7 – $149
Movie Premiere – All Star Cast – ages 10-12 – $349
Games 4 Change – ages 11+– $349
Aug 7-10 – 4 day camp week
Dig, Mine & Craft – Minecraft – ages 5 – 7 years – $119
Adventures in Minecraft – ages 7-10 – $279
3D Character Modelling – ages 10-12 – $299
August 13-17
It’s a Mario Space  Party – ages 7-10 – $349
3D Minecraft World Design – ages 10-12 – $349
Virtual Reality Unity – ages 11+ $369
2017 nova scotia summer camps

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Summer School of the Arts
July 3 – August 31
Week-long half-day classes: Non-members $130.00 per week; Gallery Members $117 per week. Fees include all art materials.
For ages 5-7 and 8-12
Register in person at the AGNS Gallery South Information Desk or by phone with credit card payment (Visa or MasterCard only) at 424-5280 during regular Gallery hours.

Athletics & Recreation Camps at Dalhousie University
Halifax
All summer long, July 3 to August 31 for ages 5-17
Choose from Active Kids, Badminton, Climbing Camps, Lacrosse, Lifeguard, Leadership, Fencing, Shakespeare by the Sea, and more!
Click the link above for more info.

Atlantic Cirque – School of Circus Arts
Dartmouth
Summer Camps – for ages 7-12, and 13-17
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm $275
July 2 through August 24
Trampoline, juggling, stilts, human pyramids, trapeze, and more!
Classes and Workshops also available. See link above for details.

Basketball Camp
Halifax, course behind Springvale School
July 9-11, 6:30-8pm
Learn new skills, improve, have fun!
Contact Joy and Ian MacFarlane at [email protected] or 902-830-5669.

Coding Camp at the NSCC
Halifax
July 9-13 – Discover Magic, ages 8-12, $249
July 9-13 – Intro to Programming, ages 8-14, $249
July 16-20 – Discover Roblox Gamemaking ages 8-12, $249
July 16-20 – Game Design with Roblox Studio, ages 10-14, $249
July 23-27 – Game Design and Development, ages 8-12, $249
July 23-27 – YouTube Camp, ages 9-15, $249
July 30-Aug 3 – Discover Roblox Gamemaking, ages 8-12, $249
Aug 7-10 – Discover Minecraft Modding, ages 7-10 $209
Aug 7-10 – Video Game Maker, ages 11-14, $209
Aug 13-17 – Robotics, ages 10-15, $249
Aug 13-17 – YouTube Camp, ages 9-15, $249
Tap on the link above for more info and to register.

Dance at the Maritime Conservatory
Early Childhood Movement
July 23-27, ages 3-5.
The children in this camp will enjoy a delightful mixture of dance classes and appropriate crafts.
Children’s Dance Camps
July 3-6, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, ages 6-9.
Dance camps run from 9:00am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday
Designed to promote a love of dance through a full day of varied dance classes and dance-related activities.
Teen/Adult Beginner Ballet
June 12-July 5, Tuesday evenings, ages 12 and up.
A 1 hour class excellent for beginners as well as more experienced dancers wanting to work on personal placement or technical issues.
Summer Dance Intensive
August 13-24
Designed to give serious dance students the opportunity to explore a full time program incorporating complimentary dance forms and the nest teachers in those forms.

Discovery Centre Camps
Halifax
5-7 and 8-12 year olds; 9am-4pm; $230/week; MEMBERS: $215/week
Nine weeks of Summer Science Camps to choose from July 2 through August 31, Destination Discovery, Digital Discovery, and Ocean Technology Camps.
To register online, tap the link above.

French Language Camps
July 3-6 – Camp Chocolat – St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Halifax, ages 6-10
July 9-13 – Camp Chocolat Session 2
July 16-20 – Camp du Soleil – Dartmouth, ages 6-10
July 23-27 – Camp du Soleil Session 2

JA-AMP!
Dartmouth
August 20-24, $75
A week-long day camp, for students ages 12-14 & 15-19 hosted in partnership with Junior Achievement and the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning.

Juniorpreneur Camp
Halifax
Ages 8-14, $180
July 16-20 and August 20-24
8:30am-4pm

Kids’ Bible Camp
Halifax, 114 Downs Ave.
August 13-16, 6:15-8pm
Learn life lessons through Biblical characters, sing awesome songs, make crazy cool crafts, and enjoy fun games.
Contact Joy and Ian MacFarlane at [email protected] or 902-830-5669.

Mad Science Summer Camp
Halifax/Dartmouth
Ages 5-12
Hours (9am-3:30pm): $210/week, Half Days (9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm): $130/week; 4-day week camps $170/week or $105/week for half days
July 3-6 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School, Halifax)
July 9-13 – Secret Agent Lab (Shambhala School)
July 16-20 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School)
July 23-27 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School)
Aug 7-10 – Secret Agent Lab (Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth)
Please email transfer to [email protected] or mail a cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6.

Music and Musical Theatre at the Maritime Conservatory
Halifax
Clarineo Cats – ages 6-8, $160 + $15 registration
July 3rd, 5, 10, 12, 17, or 19th at 5:00-5:45 pm
Musical Theatre Workshops:
Elementary Company Players – Grades 4-6
Junior Company Players – Grades 7-9
Brass Band Camp
A week-long introduction in brass instrumental performance for students aged 8-18 with at least one year of experience on their preferred instrument (trumpet/cornet,horn, baritone/euphonium, trombone, tuba/bass).
Youth Ensemble Camp
Ages 5-7: Activities include recorder, percussion, and Kindermusik classes, singing in a choir, active listening, and arts and crafts
Ages 8 & Up: Activities include percussion and improvisation classes, singing in a choir, private lessons on a primary instrument or voice, semi-private lessons on a secondary instrument or voice, and playing in an ensemble. Primary instruments may include flute, clarinet (clarineo), oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, piano or voice. If a student doesn’t have a secondary instrument, they will be able to borrow one of a number of different instruments or study piano or voice.

North Woodside Summer Day Camps
Dartmouth
8 weeks of camps to choose from, July 3-August 24
Camps run daily 9am-4pm for ages 5-10; $88-110 per week
For more information regarding the Summer Day Camps, please contact us at [email protected] or 902-463-9276.

The Nova Scotia Sea School
Halifax
Register for a 7-day Coastal Expedition, Sea of Islands Base Camp, or 8-Day Take it Outside Girls Expedition – Ages 14-18. No sailing experience is necessary. Tap the link above for more info.

NSCAD Summer Art Camps
Various Art camps available throughout the summer from June 25-August 30.
For ages 5 through 18, 8:30am-5pm.
Tuition ranges from $240-315 per week. Includes free NSCAD t-shirt.
Visit the Summer Camp Exhibition, Port Loggia Gallery, and NSCAD University, to see work created by the campers throughout the summer.
For more info, tap the link above.

2017 nova scotia summer camps

SuperNOVA Camps at Dalhousie University
Camps for ages 3-18
Cost from: $210-230 per week, 9am-4pm
Choose from: Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Oceans Combo, I.T.S. for Girls, and more
Contact: 902.494.6220 or [email protected]

Super Summer Music Camp
Mount St. Vincent University, Rosaria Hall
June 26-28, 6:30-8pm
Back by popular demand with Virginia Voices International.
Contact Joy and Ian MacFarlane at [email protected] or 902-830-5669.

Tiny Empire Writing Workshop Summer Camp
Halifax
July 23-27, 9am-noon for ages 8-13; $200 per child
Young writers will have the opportunity to explore and deepen their writing practice in concentrated sessions each day. With a focus on character, plot, setting, theme, and descriptive language, this five-day camp offers space, time, and tools for eager young writers to make a lot of progress on a fiction project—and meet other young writers along the way!

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY

Brigadoon Camps
on Aylesford Lake
Camp See-Ya (blind and visual impairment): July 1-6
Neurosergery Camp (neurosurgery conditions): July 1-6
Camp Carpe Diem (epilepsy): July 8-13
Camp Braveheart (congenital heart issues): July 8-13
Camp JoinTogether (arthritis): July 15-20
Camp Kedooopse (bereavement): July 22-27
Camp Believe (parental mental illness): July 22-27
Camp Treasure Chest (asthma/anaphylaxis/respiratory): July 29-August 3
Camp Trailblazers (craniofacial/facial differences): August 5-10
Camp Lots-a-Wata (kidney disease): August 5-10
Camp Guts & Glory (Crohn’s and Colitis/IBD): August 12-17
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtime (cancer): August 19-24
Camp Silly Yak (celiac disease): August 26-31
Canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, outdoor education
Contact registrar Sandy Morrow, [email protected] or phone 1-888-471-5666. Or tap here to set up registration online.

BERWICK

Sing Summer Choir Camps
Junior Choir Camp
August 12-18, for ages 8.5-13 (unchanged voices)
For singers of NSCF member choirs: $455; For singers of non-member choirs: $480
Youth Choir Camp
August 12-18, for ages 13-18
For singers of NSCF member choirs: $480; For singers of non-member choirs: $505

CANNING

Blomidon Bible Camp
July 18-21: Family camp $80 adults, $50 ages 11-18, $40 ages 5-10, free for ages 4 and under
July 22-27: Teen Camp $160 for ages 12-18
July 29-August 3: Intermediate Camp $160 for ages 10-12
August 5-10: Junior Camp $160 for ages 8-10
August 15-18: Everyone Camp $80 age 11-adult, $40 age 5-10, free for ages 4 and under

Summer Arts 2017 Camps & Programs
Ross Creek Centre for the Arts
July 3-August 31 for Ages 5-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-16, Teen, plus Dance Summer Dance Camp for Ages 12-18.
Tap the link above for a PDF full of information and to register for one of these amazing camps or programs!

CEDAR LAKE

Camp Peniel
Aug 5-10: Wilderness Camp – Ages 11-14, $380
Aug 5-10: Activate! – Ages 9-13, $390
Aug 12-17: Scramble C&D – Ages 7-12, $375
Aug 19-24: Teen Camp – Ages 13-17, $375

DIGBY COUNTY

French Language Camp
August 6-10 – Camp Artistique – Barton, Digby County, ages 10-14

FALL RIVER

Joyful Sounds Summer Sizzle Series
Broadway Kids Camp
Ages 6-13, 9am-4pm
$220 per week, including costumes, scores, choreography and set materials. Attend one week or as many as you like.
July 9-13 – Annie Kids
July 16-20 – Aladdin Kids
Aug 13-17 – Aladdin Kids
Aug 20-24 – Annie Kids
Cover Band Camp
Ages: 10-16  (must have 2 yrs experience on their instrument/voice or by audition)
July 9-13 and/or Aug 20-24, 9am-4pm
$220 per week, including sound gear and materials
Dreamers, Dancers & Drummers
Half day camps for our 3-6 yr olds, 9-11:30am
July 3-6 and/or August 7-10
Music, Crafts, Moving & so much more!

FOREST GLEN

Forest Glen Bible Camp
July 11-14 Family Camp 1 – All Ages, cost varies by age
July 16-21 Teen Camp – Ages 13-18 $180
July 23-28 Junior Camp – Ages 8-12 $180
August 1-4 Family Camp 2 – All Ages, cost varies by age
Tap on the link above for more information.

HAMMONDS PLAINS

Mad Science Summer Camp
Hammonds Plains Community Centre at 2041 Hammonds Plains Rd
July 30-August 3 – Flight Academy
Email transfer to [email protected] or send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6.

HEAD OF ST. MARGARET’S BAY

Unicorn Theatre Drama Camps
Grades 2, 3 and 4 only
$110 a week or $105 a week for more than one child in the same family.
Camps runs from 9 am – 3 pm. Before and after Childcare is available for $25 a week per child.
Week 1 (July 9-13)
Week 2 (July 16-20)
Week 3 (July 23-27)
Week 4 (July 30-August 3)
Week 5 (August 6-10). The cost is
Download the Camp Flyer and registration form by tapping the link above. To hold a spot, email [email protected] then mail in the registration form and payment. If you have questions, contact [email protected] or 902-857-2121.

HERRING COVE

Childspace Early Learning Camps
Magic in the Forest July 3-5 & July 17-19
$135.00 Ages 3-7 9:00-2:30
Exploring fairies, wishing rocks, hidden treasures, and everyday miracles through creative provocations, nature play, and child-directed discussions
The Wonder of the Woods, July 9-13
$225.00 Ages 5-10 9:00-2:30
Supporting each child in building a personal relationship with nature by providing time & space to explore and connect on their terms, as well as opportunities for meditation, reflection,creating with natural materials, survival skills and foraging
To register email [email protected]com

KENTVILLE

Juniorpreneur Camp
Ages 8-14, $180
July 9-13, 8:30am-4pm

Youth Theatre Camps
Centre Stage Theatre
$150 per week, Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Participants will learn stage skills such as voice, movement, character development and technical aspects. All camps are waiting list only.
July 2-6: Ages 5-8, In the Garden (Musical)
July 9-13: Ages 7-11, Thumbelina
July 16-20: Ages 8-12, Beehive (Musical)
July 23-27: Ages 5-8, The Little Red Hen/ The Selfish Giant
July 30-Aug 3: Ages 8-12, Campfire Tales: The Night of the Living Dolls
Aug. 6-10: Oh Rats!
Aug. 13-17: Ages 9-15, Gunpowder Gertie: Pirate Queen
For more information, call 678-3502.

LOWER WEST PUBNICO

The Historic Acadian Village of Nova Scotia Youth Summer Camp Program
This summer camp is designed for the youths from the Municipality of Argyle who are currently in 3rd to 6th grade.
10am-3pm.
The day will consist of learning games, doing a little work that youths did back then, music, skits and more. On Friday of each week, the children will present a short play around 2:30PM in the amphitheater of the Village.
Contact Kathy Nickerson for more information at 902-762-2530 or [email protected]

LOWER SACKVILLE

Sackawa Canoe Club
Sackawa offers weekly camps July 3-August 24, Mon-Fri, $175 for 1 week or $325 for 2 weeks.
Introduces the sport of canoe/kayak racing . Water activities such as an introduction to kayaking/canoeing and swimming, and learn teamwork in the war canoe. Dry land activities include soccer, volleyball, and various co-operative games.
Contact [email protected] for more information.

2017 Nova Scotia Summer Camps

LUNENBURG

Recreation Camps
The MARC Retreat – July 3-4
Outdoors Camp – July 9-11
Creative Crafters – July 16-18
Kids Fishing Camp – July 16-18
Sports Camp – July 30-August 1
Wacky and Wild Science Camp – August 14-15

Go to https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/modl/Home to register online.

MAGDALEN ISLANDS

French Language Camps
July 8-13 – Nautical Camp, Magdalen Islands, ages 12-16
July 8-13 – Sea Kayak Adventure Camp, Magdalen Islands, ages 15-17

MAHONE BAY

Youth Theatre Camp
Trinity United Church
July 16-20: Ages 7-12, Heidi
August 4-6: Ages teen-adult, Gunpowder Gertie: Pirate Queen
August 20-24: Ages 9-15, Fairy Tale Mahem
Learn theatre skills including voice, movement, character development and auditioning skills; theatre games, team building activities and rehearsals for the final production.
Visit the link above to register.

MOUNT UNIACKE

Junior Zoo Keeper Camp
July 9-August 31, $240 + tax per week ($195 for returning campers)
Ages 6-14
For more information, or to register, contact us by phone at (902) 253-2097 or email [email protected] A 50% deposit is due at the time of registration (remaining balance due by the first day of camp).

NEW GLASGOW

Juniorpreneur Camp
Ages 8-14, $180
July 30 – August 3
8:30am-4pm

POINTE-DE-L’EGLISE

French Immersion Camp at Universite Saint Anne
5 week camp for ages 15 and up, July 8-August 11
1 week camp for ages 10 and up, August 5-11
Tap the link above for more information and to register.

SACKVILLE

Treasure Seekers Bible Camp
Kinsmen Community Centre
July 23-27, 10:30am-12:30pm
Free lunch. Parents welcome.

SAMBRO HEAD

Bayside Camp
Camps run all summer long, and are available for various ages, from
Grades 1 through 12
Tap the above link for more info.

French Language Camp
August 19-25 – Camp de la Baie – Sambro Head, ages 10-14

THORBURN

Music & Gospel Arts Camp
Scotia Glen Camp
For ages 7-12, $230/person
For more information, contact the nearest Salvation Army office or Majors Carson and Teresa Decker,  [email protected] or [email protected] or 902-455-1201 x 229.

TRURO

Juniorpreneur Camp
Ages 8-14, $180
August 13-17
8:30am-4pm

WEST CHEZZETCOOK

Rainbow’s End Equestrian Day Camps
Click the link above for more information or contact [email protected]@.com.

YARMOUTH COUNTY
Yarmouth Recreation Day Camps
Ages 4-16 years
Choose from Summer Fun Camp, Sports Camp, Yarmouth South Playground Program, Lake Milo Aquatic Club Program, or Youth Outdoor Active Leadership Program.
Tap on the link above for more info.

***Do you know of any other 2018 Nova Scotia summer camps on the mainland? Let me know and I’ll post them here***

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Finding the Fun in Your Homeschool Day

Homeschool fun, for me, isn’t only the different subjects or activities that you 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 CDs 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 the Wii, let them write it on the tablet (it won’t 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 Pharoah, 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 month! What did you do? Please let me know in the comments below.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Cape Breton March Break Camps 2018

What’s going on in Cape Breton for children and families during the March Break, March 12-16? Check out these Cape Breton March Break Camps 2018.

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Cape Breton March Break Camps 2018

Basketball at CBU
CBU Sullivan Field House, Sydney
March 12-15, 9am-1pm
Ages 6-17
CBU Capers Men’s and Women’s basketball teams share their skills. Call Coach Fabian at 902-563-1874.

Cape Breton Centre For Craft & Design March Break Camps
Sydney
March 12-16, 9am-noon or 1-4pm. Fees range from $70-100 per camp
Kids & Craft – Morning only, ages 7-13
Kids & Play – ages 7-13
Kids Fibre & Indigo Natural Dyeing – Afternoon only, ages 7-13
Jewellery for Teenagers – Afternoon only, age 14+
Kids & Printmaking – Morning only, ages 8-12
Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register in person or by phone with credit card payment at 902 539 7491 ext 111. Space is limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

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.

Dream Stables
Usually holds a March Break Camp every year. No info. available at this time, please contact at the link above to inquire.

Gaelic College March Break Fun Camp
St. Ann’s
March 9-12 and 14-17, Ages 5-18
Gaelic language, fiddle, piano, piping, guitar, step & highland dance.

Hockey Camp
Emera Centre, North Sydney
March 13, 8am-2:45pm
$75 + HST
Group A: 2010-2008, Group B: 2007-2005, Skill Level: All levels
Each player will receive 2 X 90 minute ice times that feature 2 of our most popular programs, Modern Techniques of Hockey Skating and The Art of Scoring Goals. Perfect your skating and and learn to use your brain to score goals! Supervision will be provided between sessions as well. Players will partake in off-ice and classroom sessions.

Reaching Strides Equestrian Centre Horseback Riding Camp
Port Hood
March 12-14 (Snow Date Mar 14-16)
Camp sessions can be overnight sessions or day camp sessions. Campers enjoy a fun, safe experience that they will never forget. Camps combine horsemanship (working with and around the horses), theory, games and riding time with an emphasis on safety and lots and lots of fun. We provide a safe, friendly learning environment with a 1:3 ratio of camp counselors to students. Participants must be 4 years of age or older. We also welcome adults to attend our camps and clinics.
$260.00 / day campers (bring their own lunch)
$300.00 / overnighters (includes all meals)
$100.00 / single day

March Break Vocal Lessons
New Dawn CSI (formerly Holy Angels), Sydney
March 12-16
Turn March Break into Music Break and enroll in a mini vocal intensive where you learn to explore the full potential of your own unique instrument: your voice!
Individual Private Lessons: 3 x 30 min lessons: $60, 3 x 45 min lessons: :$90, 3 x 60 min lessons: :$120
Questions & Info: Phone Robyn @ (902) 217-2409 ~Limited Availability – Book Today~

March Break Winter Carnival at Ski Ben Eoin
Ben Eoin
March Break Day Camps for ages 6-14
March 12-16, 9:30am – 2:30pm
1 day=$55, 2 days=$100, 3 days=$135
call: 902-828-2804

ZombieProof March Break Camp

Ages 5-14
Fun, games, education, martial arts.
$25 per day (discounts for current students)
Call or text March Break to 902-371-3969

Do you know of any Cape Breton March Break Camps 2018 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 2018

Nova Scotia March Break Camps 2018

Looking for Nova Scotia March Break Camps 2018? Here’s what’s going on for children and families during March Break on the mainland, March 12-16th.

ART

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Halifax
March Break Art Classes
March 12-16. 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: Shifting Ground, Paintorama, Clay, and Fashion Flash.

Creative Kids Education Centre March Break Artastic Camps
Hammonds Plains
8:45am-3:45pm. Themed portion of camps is 9am-noon. Optional childcare from 7am until 6pm at no extra charge. Full week $150; Half day $100; Single day $32
March 12-16, Ages 4 and up
Choose from: Roblox Challenges, Yarn-Tastic, Cool Music!, Gymnastics to Foodtastics themes.

March Break Sewing Series at Atlantic Fabric
Dartmouth
It’s in the bag…
Monday thru Friday 9:00-12:00, Non-member $120, Member $100
March 12-16
Learn basic machine sewing techniques creating these fun & useful projects. Ask for a supply list when registering.
Monday & Tuesday: Travel bag
Wednesday: pillow case & circular “stuff” bag
Thursday: hipster purse
Friday: drawstring backsack

Ross Creek March Break Art Camps
Canning
For ages 5-16. Camps run March 12-16 from 9am-5pm and are $65 per day or $295 for all 5 days of fun. Lunch and snacks provided at no extra cost. Bus service is an additional $15 per day or $60 per week.

CODING

Artech Studios MARCH BREAK CAMPS!
Halifax – NSCC Institute of Technology
March 12-16, 9am-4pm. $349 + HST. Register at the link above, call 902-579-3317 for more info
Getting Started with Unity 3D for Ages 11 and up
Mario Minecraft Remix for Ages 7-10 and 10-12

Artech Camps are all about getting creative with technology! All programs tap into campers’ creativity and incorporate the use of new media. It’s this blend of creativity and technology that makes Artech Camps so unique.

MISCELLANEOUS

CEED Juniorpreneur Camp
Halifax
Centre of Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) is proud to be holding their third Juniorpreneur March Break Camp! Campers will learn about entrepreneurship and work together to create their own business for a day all while developing their teamwork and leadership skills!
For Grades 4-7, March 12th to 16th, 8:30am-4:30pm. $225

March Break at the Market: Exciting Noodles
Halifax
March 13th at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market
Ages 3+; $17 per workshop
Participants will learn how to make nutritious snacks from scratch, using whole ingredients and hands-on techniques. We’re having a pasta party and you’re invited! Learn how to make fresh pasta noodles with kale pesto, rice noodles a nutty dressing, and rice paper rolls with simple vegetable filling.
Please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your spot today. Space is limited.

March Break at the Ross Farm Museum
New Ross
March 10-17. Admission: Adult $8.00, Child (6-17 years) $3.00, 5 & Under Free, Family (max. 2 adults) $20.00
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 10th ~ Tasty Treats
Sunday 11th ~ Traditional Skills
Monday 12th ~ Spring Time on the Farm
Tuesday 13th ~ For the Birds
Wednesday 14th ~Explore the Outdoors
Thursday 15th ~ Tasty Treats
Friday 16th ~ Fun on the Farm
Saturday 17th ~ St. Patrick’s Day
For more information, contact Joan Lenihan at 1-902-689-2210 or
1-877-689-2210 or [email protected]

Nova Scotia Sea School Camp
Beaver Bank
March 11-15, 5 days (4 overnights) at Fun Forest Camp
Ages: 14-18; Price: $350 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 Sophia at (902) 449-2254 or email [email protected]

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

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.

MUSIC

March Break Musical Madness
Joyful Sounds Music Studio, Halifax
Ages 7-12, $35 per day
March 16-18
9:00-10:00am Drop off any time
10:00-11:00am Sing & Move
11:00-Noon Ukelele lesson!
1:00-3:00pm Big Beats Party – Drumming Circle!
3:00-3:30pm Pick Up
Bring your own Uke or rent for only $5 per day – drums for the camp are included.
To Register: https://secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn3371/register.aspx

SCIENCE

Discovery Centre March Break Camps
Halifax March 12-16
Steam Olympics
Campers will take part in STEAM challenges throughout the week testing strength of materials, building homemade rockets and measuring distance of flight! We’ll also discover the difference between gold, silver and bronze alloy! It’ll certainly be a week they won’t forget and inspire continuous learning throughout the year.
Ages 5-7 & 8-12. Registration: $230 non members; $215 members

Digital Discovery
Explore the ever-changing world of digital technology, from robotics, video game development, to drone technology. 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

Brain Awareness Week
March 12th:
Hands-on Brains at the Discovery Centre 10:00am-2:00pm
Crafts, demonstrations, and even a chance to explore the exciting world of ‘neuroprosthetics’ (brain-machine interactions). Regular admission fees apply.
Location: Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water Street
Public Film Screening 6:00pm-8:45pm
FREE public screening of the film “Smile Back”, which explores mental health and addiction. The film will be followed by a moderated, expert-led discussion about mental health issues.
Location: Halifax Public Library, Lindsay Room, 5440 Spring Garden
March 13th
Breakfast on the Brain 8:00am-11:00am
Join us for a breakfast snack and learn about how foods impact your cognition and affect your brain.
Location: Dalhousie Student Union Building (SUB)
March 15th
Breakfast on the Brain 8:00am-11:00am
Join us for a breakfast snack and learn about how foods impact your cognition and affect your brain.
Location: Dalhousie Student Union Building (SUB)
Brain Fair 10:00am-2:00pm
Have you ever wondered what the inside of an eyeball looks like? How we taste foods? What brain waves look like? Or what it might be like to take control of someone else’s mind?! This FREE kid- and family-friendly March Break event will provide hands-on, neuroscience-based activities for all ages! We’ll have a number of stations set up, each with a hands-on activity designed to teach visitors all about the brain, neuroscience, and some exciting current research happening right here in Halifax! This is a drop-in event, no registration necessary.
Location: Atrium, Life Sciences Research Institute (LSRI), 1344 Summer Street

Genius Camp
Bedford
Ages 7-11. All week for $290 or per day ranging from $30-80
Ages 12-16. All week for $340 or per day ranging from $30-80
March 12-16, 9am-4pm.
A typical day at Genius Camp includes introductory lectures and discussion periods to challenge learners to think, generate ideas and be creative. They’ll take home a sample and the thrill of their creation!

SPORTS & RECREATION

Dalhousie University Day Camps
Halifax
March 12-16 for kids and teens
Climbing Camp
Ages 7-14. Members: $265; Non-members $295

Tigers Basketball Camp
Ages 8-15. Members: $265; Non-members $295

Mount Saint Vincent University March Break Camp
Bedford
March Madness For Primary through Grade 6
March 12-16, 8am-5:30pm
$39 per day or $175 per week per child

Soccer Nova Scotia Annual March Break Camp at SNSTC
Halifax
March 14-16, 9am-4:30pm. Ages 9-12. $175

THEATRE

Neptune Theatre School March Break Camps
Halifax
Youth in the Booth 101 Introduction to Voice Acting at Village Sound
Ages 7-17. $250
Saturday, March 10th, 1-4pm
Includes: 3-hour Commercial Voiceover class, Youth in the Booth 101 lesson booklet, 50%-off coupon for one 60-second professional voiceover demo
**Register by Friday, March 2!**
Theatrical Leadership Training at Shambhala School
March 12 – 16; 9am – 4pm
Ages 13-18, Fee: $235
Each day will begin and end with group sessions focusing on: working with different age groups and learning abilities, building a library of theatre games, lesson planning, conflict resolution, designing camp activities, and basic resume and interview skills. Each day Leaders will also have the opportunity to shadow different classes. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their existing talents and skills while building and gaining new ones. Successful completion of the program will result in a certification as well as being considered to be an LIT (Leader in Training) at Neptune’s Summer Camps in 2018.
Teen Intensive LA Technique at Scotiabank Stage Entrance
March 13 – 15; 10am – 1pm
Ages 13-18; Fee: $115 (+HST for those students 14 and up, students aged 13 do not pay HST)
Learn to: Rock an audition, Build a character, Read the sacred ‘code’ in any given sides, Take the guess work out of audition prep, Look at the part, Actually enjoy auditioning!
Will focus on Film/TV acting technique but is certainly applicable to Theatre or other types of acting.

**Do you know of an activity that I have missed? Let me know and I will add it to the list of 2018 Nova Scotia March Break camps. Thanks!**

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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5 Free Advent Studies and Resources

Advent begins this Sunday! Until one day when homeschoolers were chatting online about Advent with me years ago, I hadn’t ever celebrated it. We tried a free Advent study that year as a family and have celebrated yearly ever since. I love how it gets us into the spirit of Christmas and its true meaning as we lead up to the big night! We light the candles then snuggle up on the couch and read scriptures and great Christmas themed literature such as A Christmas Carol together. Sometimes we sing Christmas carols as well. Here is a list of free advent studies and resources to help celebrate Advent in your home.

5 Free Advent Studies and Resources

advent studies

Free Printable Advent Reading Plan
If all you would like is a scripture reading plan, here is a great printable one.

Free Advent Study with Kids’ Resources
Includes two free advent studies. The Advent Study for Kids includes memory verses, lessons, activities, and a prayer of the day.  The one for families, Advent Study: Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus, includes scripture reading, devotions, daily family activities, recipes, and journal pages. We’re going to give this one a try this year, it looks like fun!

Free Professor Carol’s Advent Calendar
Sign up free and it will pop up in your email daily. Includes a description of the candles and their setup, as well as scriptures to read, etc.

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent
Download this free PDF ebook with daily readings.

25 Days of Free Christmas Devotions
Free daily Christmas devotions that you can use as part of your Advent celebrations. When you sign up you will also receive the ebook, The Hope of Christmas.

And something just for fun . . .

Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar
Even though this online calendar doesn’t have a focus on Jesus, and isn’t free, I had to include it. A friend of ours sends one to my daughter every year as a gift – it only costs a few dollars – and she LOVES it! Jacquie Lawson animations are so adorable, and there are activities such as creating snowflakes that she enjoys.

Do you celebrate Advent? How do you celebrate or what resources do you use for advent studies? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

 

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Write a Novel This Month! For ALL Ages

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Write a Novel This Month! For ALL Ages

It’s November 1st already! Where did the year go? The good news is, with November comes National Novel Writing Month – it’s NaNoWriMo time again! My husband and my daughter (13 years old now) will each be working on a novel this month. Me, I’m a nonfiction writer, so I’ll be continuing to work on a series of books about Geek Schooling.

What is NaNoWriMo?

In case you’ve never heard of it, National Novel Writing Month happens every year in November. The challenge is to write a novel this month – yes an entire novel in only 30 days. Start November 1st and finish by midnight on November 30th. Adults must write a full 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program allows writers who are 17 years old and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals.

People of all ages are participating in NanoWriMo all around the world! The best part is, everyone wins. Meet your word count and get a certificate of participation at the end of the 30 days.

If your child is 13 or older, they can opt to sign up on the main site at www.nanowrimo.org. Just remember that they will have to meet the goal of 50,000 words since the adult site doesn’t allow you to set your own word-count goal.

You and your child can have fun and encourage each other by writing a novel alongside each other all month long. There are many free tools available on the sites to help you write your novel, that homeschoolers will especially enjoy. If your child is under 13, send them to the How NaNoWriMo Works for Young Writers page! If you are an educator, visit the How NaNoWriMo Works for Educators page. Happy writing everyone!

Who will write a novel this month and take the NaNoWriMo challenge in your family? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Car Seat Safety

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It’s Car Seat Safety Week! Time to learn all about those often annoying life saving car seats. I remember the car seat time in my kids’ lives vividly. My daughter absolutely hated her car seat and screamed every time we put her in the car seat. Her big brother made up a song that he sang every time to try and calm her down, which was so sweet. I know it’s also such a pain to keep up with car seat laws and how they fit your growing child. Even worse is trying to install your car seat properly! But car seat safety is so important.

Car Seat Safety

When car seats are installed and used correctly, they reduce the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for children one to four years of age. Proper car seat use also reduces the risk of hospitalization in children ages four and under by 67 percent. Wow! Car seats in Canada are sadly only used properly 20 percent of the time – a whopping 80 percent of car seats aren’t used properly.

Here in Nova Scotia, your child may be in a car seat or booster seat until as late as nine years old. Here’s a booster seat lesson plan to help out if your older child is resistant to still using that booster seat. If you’re looking for an overview of car seat safety laws in Nova Scotia, here they are:

Rear-Facing Car Seat: Infants must be in a rear-facing seat until at least one year and 10 kg (22 lb).

Forward-Facing Car Seat: Child must be at least one year and 10 kg (22 lb) before using forward-facing seat and must remain in a forward-facing seat until a at least 18 kg (40 lb).

Booster Seat: Child must be  at least 18 kg (40 lb) before moving to a booster seat and must stay in a booster seat until they are 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) OR 9 years old.

Of course, you take time to research car seats to choose the right one for your child. But did you know that not all cars are car seat friendly? This is something I never thought about before! Luckily, the cars we used when our kids were little were family cars that fit car seats beautifully, but not all do. When you’re looking for a new or new-to-you car, bring your car seats with you so you don’t get a shock when you try to install them. You can also check out Cars.com for some tips on what a car needs to fit car seats in the back seat well. Cars.com also has a list of the 10 best 2017 and 2018 cars for car seat safety they’ve tested.

car seat safety

More kids die due to automotive collisions than any other cause every year. So, despite the fact that car seats aren’t easy to deal with and sometimes kids (like mine) simply hate them, it’s so important to take the time to learn about them and install and use them properly.

Do you have a car seat or car seat friendly car recommendation? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Homeschooling

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Homeschooling

Don’t believe everything you read about homeschooling. This recent article, Home-schooled Students May Not Be Getting Best Education in the Vancouver Sun, is full of egregious errors. I will attempt to set at least some of it straight (without writing a book).

  1. BC does not have “among the laxest home-schooling rules in North America.” If the writer did her homework, she would see that, in almost every province across Canada (and much of the U.S.), parents homeschool their children without being supervised or evaluated by certified teachers and with no “government certificate” upon graduation. If she checked out the homeschool research, she would see that not only do homeschooled kids perform better than public schooled kids regardless, they are also sought out by colleges even with their homemade diplomas. Indeed, in most provinces “there is no requirement that home-schoolers follow the provincial curriculum, use any specific textbooks or teach any particular subjects and concepts.” Yes, she is right that BC dictates that “Parents seeking to home-school their children … exercise complete independence and control over their children’s education,” as do most jurisdictions across North America. And this is as it should be – education is a parent’s responsibility after all and parent involvement in a child’s education is the primary indicator of success.
  2. She states “Those kids are not eligible to get a high-school diploma.” This is incorrect as homeschooled kids (in the traditional option in BC) don’t get a public school diploma, but they do earn a homeschool diploma, which as I said is good enough for most institutions of higher learning. True, admission to university is often “done on an individual basis” but many universities across Canada have homeschool policies and actively seek out homeschoolers. If you’ve been to the homeschool conference here in Nova Scotia, you’ve seen colleges and universities present to recruit homeschoolers every year.
  3. After criticizing conservative homeschoolers, the writer ends her piece with these inflammatory sentences.

But the Supreme Court also affirmed that governments have the right to ensure that home-schooling parents provide sufficient instruction. British Columbia isn’t doing that. And, by not exercising its right, the government has for years failed in its duty to children, who all have the right to reach their full potential.

She is assuming here, incorrectly, that homeschoolers are guilty of not properly educating their children. Without proof. In fact, as I have already mentioned, studies show quite the opposite. Assuming all parents are neglecting their duties on the educational front is the same as assuming all parents are abusing their children. It would be just as ridiculous to suggest every family needs regular state visits to ensure they are not abusing their kids as to suggest homeschoolers need regular educational checkups.

Always look to the research on homeschooling! Parents are their children’s first and best teachers, hands down.

Have you read anything recently that made you realize you can’t believe everything you read about homeschooling? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Thinking of homeschooling or want to get started? Get more information and check out the free Getting Started Checklist here.

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It’s Homeschool Registration Time in Nova Scotia

It’s Homeschool Registration Time in Nova Scotia!

If you have already decided to homeschool your child this year, it’s homeschool registration time. September 20th is the deadline to register your child in Nova Scotia. It’s easy to register! Just follow these steps:

1) Click HERE to download the Nova Scotia Department of Education registration form.

All children ages 5 to 16 (re Amendment to Education Act Regulations, Section 3(1)) must be registered by September 20th of the coming school year (although if you’re starting mid-year this doesn’t apply). Registration must include:

in the case of previous public school experience, the last grade level attained; in the case of previous home education experience, the program level of achievement and estimated equivalent public school grade level; and identification of the proposed home education program” (Regulations Section 39 (2))

2) Fill out (online or on paper) your registration form, or you may choose to send in a letter of intent with the required information (if you are an HSLDA member, they provide a template). If you are registering your child for the first time (they have never been in a Nova Scotia school before), the Ministry will demand a copy of your child’s birth certificate, so you may want to include one with your registration.

In the Regulations, reference is only made to providing your children with an “educational program”. There are no stipulations as to what the “educational program” must be and can be whatever you feel is appropriate to give your child a well-rounded education. So, don’t agonize over filling out the registration form because this gives you complete freedom to choose whatever materials (religious or secular) you want and to design your own program that meets your child’s needs.

If you are using a curriculum that you purchased, you can say yes, your curriculum is commercially available, fill out the name and level of the curriculum and then your registration ends there – no need to fill out all the little subject boxes. But don’t forget to sign it (they will send it back for a signature – ask me how I know)!

3) Mail or send your registration digitally.

All done! Homeschool registration time doesn’t have to be stressful.

Can you decide to homeschool in the middle of the school year?

Yes! Simply fill out the registration form and send it in whenever you decide to start. The September 20th deadline is just for those who have decided at the beginning of the school year.

For more information on starting to homeschool, check out the Getting Started Page. And if you’re in the Halifax area, come to the Homeschool Informational Tea this Saturday!

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If you have any questions about homeschool registration time in Nova Scotia, or homeschooling in general, please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly