Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Things to Do, Places to Go

Geek Schooling: Build a Snow Pony

Do you have a My Little Pony fan? Why not build a snow pony?

Build a Snow Pony

Everyone in my family is a geek. We like to do a lot of activities we call part of Geek Schooling. My 11 year old daughter loves My Little Pony. You might remember that we have dressed up as ponies together for Hal-Con in the past. Since we have had packing snow this week (probably the first time this winter!) she decided to make a snow pony, Pinkie Pie, instead of a boring snowman. I helped a bit, with direction from my daughter.

She decided to have Pinkie Pie sitting on her haunches, for stability. First we made a snowball for her bottom and a snowball for her barrel and shaped her legs.

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A snowball for her head and a snowball for her snout came next and then Pinkie Pie’s crazy mane.

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Her tail was sculpted on the ground behind her and her cutie mark was carved, although it’s hard to see in the photo. If we wanted to make it pop, we could have added a bit of food colouring to it.

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The eyes and nostrils are simply leaves pressed into the snow.

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It was a lot of fun to build a snow pony! It was a terrific, artistic endeavour that included some problem solving skills. We are thinking of making Wallace and Gromit next time we have a chance. It won’t be tomorrow, because it’s pouring rain outside right now!

What fun, geeky characters have you made out of snow? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Resources

4 Steps to Rediscover Your Inner Creativity

**This free mini-course is no longer available!**

4 Steps to Rediscover Your Inner Creativity

I’ve heard so many homeschool moms say they aren’t creative. They don’t know how to teach art in their homeschool or what to do to encourage the arts; artistic endeavours just seem to slide off the to-do list!

Is this you? You’re more creative than you think! Remember back when you were a child? You loved to colour or paint, to sew in home ec class or knit in Girl Guides, to write books in class or a column for the school newspaper. What happened in between? Can you rediscover your inner creativity?

Yes you can! In just four simple steps. I have a free mini-course just for you. Take just four steps over four days and see the results, you have nothing to lose ūüôā Once you rediscover your inner creativity, start encouraging your kids in your homeschool, or have them take those four steps right along with you. Creativity is so important to prepare kids for life in the 21st century!

I loved this handy little course. It can help you get out of your own way and get kick started, enjoying the creative endeavours you used to back in your school days, or ones you put aside because of the new baby and never picked back up.

Your free mini-course is available now through March 27th only!

Is there something creative you haven’t done in a while that you would like to take back up? Please share!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources

New Year New You!

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New Year New You with Swagbucks!

Do you collect Swagbucks yet? I do! And I get FREE books on Amazon for our homeschool with mine! If you’re already a Swagbucks collector, good news …

Swagbucks’ celebration of the New Year continues with a set of exclusive “New Year New You” Collector’s Bills. They’re a set of five unique Swag Buck bills that you win exclusively through their Search feature. Starting January 12th and running through January 19th, if you win all five bills, you’ll get a bonus of 15 Swag Bucks automatically added to your account.

If you want to track which bills you’ve won, just go to the “My Swag Bucks” area of your account and click on the “Collector’s Bills” tab.

Quick tip: If you default your browser’s search engine to Swagbucks, you won’t miss any opportunities to earn those bills! Searches are how I earn the majority of my Swagbucks.

If you haven’t joined Swagbucks yet, click here to start earning free gift cards (including Amazon to choose from, like I do)!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and join, I make a few Swagbucks, too!

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Resources

Homeschool Deals and Freebies this Weekend!

There are SO many great homeschool deals and freebies in my inbox that are going on this weekend, I thought I would share! I hope you find some that will benefit your homeschool! And do check back РI will add more homeschool deals and freebies as I receive them.

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Homeschool Deals and Freebies this Weekend!

Curriculum

$150 FREE curriculum: Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies
Friday through Monday, download free ebooks, including notebooking pages, history, science, and more!

All ebooks $3 each: In the Hands of a Child
Friday and Saturday only.

50% off: Sara Jordan, Songs That Teach products
We especially LOVE the Prime Ministers of Canada CD (I learned more about our Prime Ministers listening to the CD than I learned in my entire public school career)!

30-50% off: Compass Classroom curriculum
Includes 50% off the popular Visual Latin curriculum!

Homeschool How-to

Free ebook for Kindle/Kindle app: Ten Things to Do – Ages Ten through Twelve
This ebook is an excerpt from the book, Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn

99 cent ebook for Kindle/Kindle app: Homeschooling the Holidays – Sanity Saving Strategies and Gift Giving Ideas
Great homeschooling ideas from Lee Binz for November-January.

1 cent online course: Christmas Goals and New Year’s Resolutions
Ideas for “Christmas School” and New Year’s resolutions from Lee Binz.

1 cent online course: Giving Gifts that Pay for College
Lee Binz shows you how to encourage your child’s passions with the right presents and help them get into college.

99 cent Kindle or PDF ebook: Simply Homeschool 2nd Edition
Simplify your homeschool with Karen DeBeus.

Home Economics

FREE – Sewing Made Easy for Kids & Beginners – 3 part guide includes How to Choose a Sewing Machine, Choosing Simple Sewing Projects, Getting Set Up to Start Sewing, plus bonuses – 10 Ways to Make Sewing Fun and 52 Weeks of Sewing Projects.

All Classes $19.99 or less: Craftsy extended their Black Friday Sale one more day! Through Monday, December 1st. We love to use Craftsy classes to learn sewing, knitting, the culinary arts, and more in our homeschool.

Over 50% off: Build A Menu
Teach your kids how to meal plan with this handy tool, including great recipes. Use coupon code BAMfor35 to get your 12 month membership for just $35.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

This post contains some affiliate links. If you click through and buy I may make a few pennies to keep Homeschooling in Nova Scotia.

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Open Up the Internet for Your Family with TunnelBear: Free App

TunnelBearThere are so many road blocks on the internet, especially if you live in Canada! Get past them with TunnelBear! The whole family can enjoy not only TV and movies from Canada, but also the US and UK – choose from 9 countries! Access Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, Sports Networks (NHL Centre, MLB), Spotify, and more! Imagine all the fantastic documentaries and educational programs you can watch in your homeschool.

Check out my post about TunnelBear at Our Family World to download it free for PC, Android, Mac, or Apple devices, AND enter the giveaway for a premium subscription!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Home Economics

Free Home Economics Mini-Classes

Try a Free Mini Class at Craftsy

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**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Are you looking to teach your kids a a new crafting, cooking, or baking skill, but aren’t sure where to get started? Check out the¬†Craftsy Free Classes, mini classes that allow you to sample everything from food classes (Complete Knife Skills with Brendan McDermott¬†is a definite must for your homeschool culinary course), to quilting (how fun would¬†A New Look at Longarm Quilting with Mandy Leins – FREE!¬†be?), to photography (Learn How To Take Professional Family Portraits with Craftsy for FREE!¬†–¬†great for your little shutterbug) and more! Just register for your¬†Craftsy¬†account and get started!

I hope you have as much fun with Craftsy classes as we do in our homeschool!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Resources, Reviews

Saving Memories Forever – Review

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Saving Memories Forever was created by Harvey and Jane Baker, who dreamed it up after researching their family history and completing their family tree. Saving Memories Forever is both an app (for android and Apple) and a website. Record and upload your precious memories using the app, and then you and your loved ones can access it on the website. Once it’s uploaded, you can even click to share on Facebook that you have recorded a story. Your website is private, so those who do not already have access to your website can simply ask you for access. You don’t have to be connected to the Internet to do the actual recording, which is great! You also don’t have to be in person to record, you can always use Skype for those loved ones at a distance ūüôā

You have the ability to tag your recordings – if you or your family share about your yearly trip to Florida and tag it with “Florida”, you can bring all those recordings up at once to reminisce.¬† Here are just a few ways you can use Saving Memories Forever:

  • Record precious memories and family stories, in person or using Skype
  • Record you or your loved one cooking a favourite recipe and share how you tweak it, then upload the recipe to the website to go with your recording
  • If your spouse travels or is in the military, they can record while away and you can share with your child
  • Record a daily log on your children’s homeschool progress and include documents.
  • record for a project, interviewing someone about past history ie The Great Depression or a war.

I have been using the app on my iPhone and iPad and have found it very easy to use! Here is the opening screen:

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From there, you can “Add Storyteller”, which could be your child, a relative, etc:

 

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Choose the category that best suits what you want to be recorded:

 

 

 

Then select your question (there is always an “other category” for those questions that don’t fit) and then start recording! Here are the questions under “Other Stories and Songs”:

 

My kids and I have been enjoying recording our own memories so far. We’re anticipating a visit by my parents this month and are looking forward to asking them to record some memories in person. I wish this wonderful app had been around when my own grandfather was still with us!

The Saving Memories Forever app is free for Apple or Android. There is also a Premium Subscription available for just $3.99 US per month. To see the difference between what you get for Free vs. Fee, check out the Saving Memories Forever website. Join up for a free account, download the free app, and give it a try, now!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

I received a free Premium Subscription to Saving Memories Forever as part of the Mosaics Review Team in exchange for an honest review.

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Parenting, Resources, Reviews

Teach Your Child Money Management With FamilyMint

family mintLearning to manage your money takes time and practice. The FamilyMint website and Money Management Certification Program are beautifully designed to meet these needs. Whether our children are in public school, private school, or homeschooling, it’s up to us as parents to teach our children about money so they can learn to manage it and be successful adults! FamilyMint was created out of a need that arose from the creators’ own families. “We live in a buy now, ask questions later society” says Bob Masterson. You can find out more about the creation of FamilyMint here.

The FamilyMint Certification Program consists of a 60 page workbook and a lifetime family subscription to the FamilyMint website. It was fun to go through the Money Management Certification Program with both of my children, age 9 and 14. While my daughter is a little younger than the workbook target of Grades 5 and up for this program, I found that she had very little problem understanding it – we just had to teach her some new vocabulary (although she may not have completely understood compound interest – she did seem to grasp simple interest).

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You can use the workbook by itself, using all the additional worksheets in place of the website, or you can use the workbook in conjunction with the Family Mint website. My kids have learned the basics of money management, how to write a cheque, all about simple and compound interest, and more by working through the workbook. As homeschoolers, this became very much an extension of our math program. You can check out some sample pages of the FamilyMint workbook online.

Once your child is done working through the workbook, they can still practice the habits they have been taught, while using the FamilyMint website. Just some of the features of each child’s account:

  • Transactions: Makes it simple for children and parents to see exactly where the money is going.
  • Goals: Kids can set up as many goals as they choose with guidance on how to achieve them.
  • Unlimited users: Set up any number of kids and personalize for each.
  • Save & Secure: Use SSL encryption to keep data secure.
  • Allowance automation: Just set it and forget it. No more missed payments.
  • Automated interest: Parents can set up interest payments that really motivate savings over spending.
  • Matching deposits: Parents can set up automatic matching deposits for select goals.
  • For ages 6-16

My children are perhaps a little unusual. They have each had bank accounts since about the age of three years old. Each of them have earned their own money, in addition to a modest allowance. But there are quite a few things I have been trying to teach them that went by the wayside. While I have taught them that a portion of the money they earn should be donated (ie to church and/or their favourite charities), it hasn’t really been happening. And their saving goals can so often become waylaid by something new and shiny ūüôā The FamilyMint website is going to help them become more consistent with the values we have been teaching them since they were very young. We just set up their bank account as their “General Savings” account on FamilyMint. We don’t use FamilyMint for rewards, but if you would like to set up rewards for getting homeschool work done or doing chores, you can easily set that up in a FamilyMint account.

If you’re like us and have a smart phone or other device, you’ll like the mobile-optimized version of FamilyMint that you can access anywhere, anytime. Just click on Mobile Sign In and go:

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You can visit FamilyMint on Facebook and Twitter. Try out the FamilyMint website for FREE right now! Just click this link to sign up for a free basic account, and get a free 14-day premium account trial! Afterward, if you wish to sign up for a full-featured Premium account, you can easily do so. Watch this video tour to learn more:

Right now, when you buy the Money Management Certification Program Introductory Bundle (workbook and lifetime family subscription) you will save $25 and get the whole thing for $29.99 US! And you can purchase additional workbooks for each child in your family for 50% off of the $29.99 US price Рjust $15! For more information on all these options, please visit the FamilyMint Pricing page.  Family Mint has graciously offered a coupon code just for our readers!  From now until March 31st, you can get 20% off your entire order at Family Mint. Simply enter mosaics20 at checkout to recieve this discount.

Go to the Mosaic Reviews website to see what the rest of the team thought of FamilyMint!

I received the FamilyMint Money Management Certification Program through Mosaic Reviews in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Homeschool Information

Free Planning High School Courses eBook – until Feb 26th!

Free Planning High School Courses on Kindle¬†I’ve chatted about Lee Binz, The Homescholar before. She and her website are a wealth of information on homeschooling high school and preparing for college/university! She has a free eBook right now through February 26th! It’s called Planning High School Courses and it’s for Kindle (but you can also get the free app for your PC, android, or Apple gadget).

Isn’t that great? Don’t miss it! While you’re at it, check out Lee Binz’ website for some fantastic articles, and don’t forget her books. I love Setting the Records Straight, which I bought & received in the mail last week, to help with my son’s high school transcript. Have you used some of Lee Binz’ resources?

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources

Mark Kistler FREE Virtual Christmas Art Camp!

Photobucket Receive a FREE GUEST PASS for Mark Kistler’s Virtual Christmas Art Camp! Simply go to markkistlerlive.com and click on “Contact” at the top of the page to email Mark Kistler and request a FREE GUEST PASS.¬† This is a great way for you to see how your¬† kids like the online classes, and decide if you want to spend $19.95 registering them for the¬† Vacation Holiday Art Camps and other upcoming classes.¬† Just FYI: You do not need a camera or a microphone to attend.

Love, Luck &

Laughter,