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Black Friday Deals for Homeschoolers 2020

Check out these terrific Black Friday Deals for homeschoolers this 2020 year (as well as Cyber Monday)! I’ll be adding to this page as more deals crop up over the weekend, so be sure to check back.

My Homeschool Coaching Black Friday Deals

Free Digital Homeschool Organization Pack with Coaching Call till Dec 4

3 Homeschool Coaching Calls for the Price of 2! Plus bonus till Dec 4

My Favourite Black Friday Deals for Homeschoolers

Compass Classroom: Up to 40% off Nov 27-30



ProWritingAid grammar checker: Up to 50% off til Nov 30

Maestro Classics Sale: CDs and activity booklets

Kids Cook Solo Program for ages 8+ Half Price until Dec 2

The Well-Trained Mind: 40% on all PDF and MP3 products Nov 30-Dec 1 only

Erin Condren Lesson Planners & more: 30% off Nov 27 & 30

Mondly Languages Lifetime Subscription (all languages): only $60 US with code BFSAVE40

Applied Math & Statistics Toolkit: Pay between $1.32-$19.94

Homeschool in the Woods: Hands-on history bundles on sale Nov 27-30

Make Over Your Mornings Course: Only $8.50

Make Over Your Evenings Course: Only $8.50

Mathletics: 40% off with code FRIDAY40

Craftsy Courses: 60% off with code BLKFRIDAY60

The Great Courses: Free trial + 20% off til Nov 30

See the Light Art: all video courses & workshops are 35-40% off

Rocketbook

Rocketbook: 25% off these reusable, uploadable notebooks etc.

Amanda Bennett Unit Studies: 50% off with code THANKFUL 2020

classical academic press

Classical Academic Press: Nov 23-Dec 4

More Black Friday Deals for Homeschoolers





Bookoutlet.ca: 25% off sitewide

Funschooling: BOGO with code BlackFridayFunSchool til Nov 30

The Waldock Way Unit Studies (e.g. Harry Potter): 30% off

KiwiCo Crates: Up to 4 months free with code MERRY

veritas

Veritas Press: 20% off with code BlackFriday til Nov 30th

Music in our Homeschool: 20% off courses & printables

Mel Science: up to 3 months free on subscriptions

Jus’ Classical: 50% off all courses, ebooks, patterns with code BLACKFRIDAY2020

The Crafty Classroom: 25% off with code BLACK25 til Nov 30

Oak Meadow: Digital curricula 50% off

True North Homeschool Academy: 10% off single-semester classes with code THKFL10 Nov 27-29

Generations Christian Discipleship Curriculum: 20-50% off Nov 30 only

Know of any other Black Friday deals for homeschoolers I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add them!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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

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Yes You Can Homeschool and This Can Help!

The fact you’re here, reading this article tells me that you care about your child’s education. I know it can feel overwhelming for a parent considering homeschooling. There are so many things to consider, so many things to do, and what seems like so little time until school starts. So, where do you start?

Just start with what matters most to you. Make one small change at a time. Take one step at a time. You don’t have to get everything right to make a meaningful impact on your child. The fact is, homeschooling doesn’t have to take up a lot of time and it doesn’t need to cost a lot, either.

You are your child’s first and best teacher. You are smart, capable, and the best person to determine your family’s most important homeschool goals and create a path for your child’s success. I know you can do this! And I’m here to help if you get stuck or need more encouragement.

**PLEASE NOTE: The following sale is over – these resources are no longer available at 97% off although they are available individually if you’d like to look them up. Click here for some of the curriculum options out there to choose from**

Looking at all the resources out there and the cost and not sure where to start? I have great news! Right now, you can get homeschool inspiration and resources in one place with The Ultimate Homeschooling Bundle. Get 51 eBooks, eCourses, and printables to help you homeschool – from preschool through high school! It’s all 97% off for 5 days only.

Honestly, it’s a no-brainer. Even if you only homeschool this year and only use a few resources, you’ll get your money’s worth. The cost is just $29.50 US and most resources are worth more than that when you purchase them separately. Many of these resources are for you, the parent, such as the “Techie Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Digital Student Projects” eCourse (reg $24.00) that helps you learn to create digital projects that fit for any lesson plan. And “5 Days to Your Best Homeschool YearseCourse from my friend Ana Willis (reg $77.00) that shows you how to experience a more peaceful, joyful, organized, and smooth homeschool journey!

When you grab the bundle by Tuesday at midnight, you get this amazing bonus:

But wait, there’s more! (Haha, that’s so cliché). If you purchase via my link, simply forward me your receipt from the folks at Ultimate Bundles and I’ll gift you a copy of my Digital Homeschool Organization Pack. It’ll even help you organize your bundle resources so you don’t forget about them. It currently sells for $15 but it’s yours free with purchase. Simply send that receipt to [email protected]

And if you try the Ultimate Homeschooling Bundle and don’t find anything you like (which I don’t think will happen!) you do have a 30 day money back guarantee.

Click below to learn more about the Ultimate Homeschooling Bundle!

Countdown Timer

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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

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Learn about Delight Directed Learning and Geek Schooling

In case you didn’t know, in addition to this website, I also run another website, Geek Schooling. I started it after having posted a lot about geek schooling here on Homeschooling in Nova Scotia and wanting to branch out and reach a wider audience beyond our province.

This week, I appeared on Shout Your Cause with Sally Hendrick. I had a such a great time chatting about my favourite topics. We discussed delight directed learning and geek schooling, including homeschooling during the pandemic, and more. Here it is! Just click the play button to watch below.

Do you incorporate delight directed learning in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments below!

And if you’re interested in the free mini-course I mentioned, grab the Geek Schooling mini-course here. Enjoy!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Spelling Fun in Your Homeschool

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

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

SpellQuizzer

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

The Homophone Machine

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

Board Games for Spelling Fun

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

Rummy Roots for Spelling Fun

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

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

Spelling Bees and Spelling Bee Resources

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

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

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

Learning to Spell for Little Ones

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

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

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

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Please note: This article was originally published in April 2017 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
This post may contain 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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Finding the Fun in Your Homeschool Day

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

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

Finding the Fun in Your Homeschool Day

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

Easy, Fun Ideas

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

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

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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

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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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Canadian Homeschool Resource Sale!

One of the questions I get asked about homeschooling is, “Where can I get Canadian homeschool curricula?” Well, here is a whole bunch in one convenient Canadian homeschool resource sale!

canadian homeschool resource sale

Canadian Homeschool Resource Sale!

Canadian resources for geography, history, French, and more! Yay! You’ll find curriculum from providers such as The Canadian Homeschooler, Unlock Math, and Hip Homeschooling in the Canadian Learning Bundle. Here it all is, broken down so you can see which resources will fit you and your kids.

For Preschool

  • 8 weeks of fall lessons from Artsy Startsy. $96 value.

For Elementary

For Middle School

For High School

For All Ages

For YOU!

And that’s not all – there are bonuses, too! Altogether it adds up to $450 in resources for only $27 CDN. That’s over twice as much bang for your buck as last year and all new resources too – but only until August 8th! You don’t have to figure out any US exchange rate, and no shipping charges because it’s all digital! Tap here to learn more about this Canadian homeschool resource sale!

canadian homeschool resource sale

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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

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Work at Home While You Homeschool: 5 Legitimate Work at Home Jobs!

You see those spammy ads about working at home all the time, I’m sure. The ones that promise work at home jobs – easy work for big money. So you wonder, are there truly companies out there that will hire you to work at home?

I am here to tell you that there are!

Are you ready?

Here are five companies that you can apply to today for work at home jobs:

– The Chat Shop (customer support): http://www.thechatshop.com/jobs/live-chat-agent

– TranscribeMe! (transcription): http://transcribeme.com/transcription-jobs

– Leapforce (Search Engine Evaluation): https://www.leapforceathome.com/qrp/public/home

– Wonder (research): https://askwonder.com/researcher

– Proofreading Services (proofreading): https://www.proofreadingservices.com/pages/careers

If you have more legitimate work from home jobs to suggest, let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Getting Organized: Time to Conquer Your Clutter!

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Getting Organized: Time to Conquer Your Clutter

Are you tired of wasting precious time shuffling papers and looking for your missing shoe, or your vanishing purse? You dream of short-cuts to make your life more organized and conquer your clutter, but is it possible?

I’ve been on a getting organized kick for the past year. I know you have the same great reasons for wanting to be more organized as I do. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calm, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you simply want to sa our the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter. But sometimes it feels too overwhelming.

Maybe you’ve tried to get more organized before, and failed. Or thought you found the perfect system, only to have it not work for you at all. You’re not alone.

I know what it’s like to feel that getting organized shouldn’t be so hard, and the answer definitely isn’t to keep wasting money on more storage containers or pricey planners, either!

What if you could learn from a group of organizing gurus all at once — regular people who’ve found practical solutions to their everyday struggles, and want to share their best tips and tactics with you in all the areas you find most challenging?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident to say no to activities on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to those that do). You start learning the difference between what you need and what will only add to the clutter in your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle for the very first time. Their customers have been begging for help with streamlining their lives. The answer was this super opportunity to get a complete collection of organizational resources for a crazy low price.

This package includes 38 digital products to help you declutter every aspect of your life, including how to organize your photos, family systems, meal planning, time management, and much more. Altogether, it’s worth over $650!

Plus, it comes with two brilliant bonus offers worth over $40:

    • SaneBox – To help you clean up your inbox in minutes and save you 12 hours per month ($20 value)
    • YNAB – A FREE four month trial to the popular budgeting software ($20 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about this bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $650 worth of amazing products for a whopping 95% off!

Here’s how it works:

      1. Visit the website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this Super Bundle, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
      2. You’ll receive an email with a login to the online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, printing out planners, and redeeming your free bonus products.
      3. Use the Getting Started Guide so you don’t get overwhelmed and can pick which area you want to tackle first and start getting organized!

The most important detail, is that this bundle is available for only 6 days! After Monday night, January 30th, the sale ends and all of these wonderful resource will have to be bought individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or to buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you. And it’s all digital, so no pricey shipping costs!

No one should have to feel overwhelmed because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. By finding systems and strategies that work for us as moms and homeschoolers, our homes and daily lives can be much calmer than in the past. Getting organized is making all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family. Now is the perfect time – when the weather is frightful and you’re cooped up inside!

conquer your clutter

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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

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Homeschool Resources Under $30

Are you struggling through the winter doldrums? Do you need to mix things up with some fun activities and curricula for your kids? Check out these homeschool resources under $30.

Here’s a list of the best affordable homeschool resources – all available for $30 or less on Educents.

Helpful Resources

Homeschool Music Journeys – Twelve activities and eight colouring pages introduce kids to a world of music-related fun, from Australian clapsticks to Indian ankle bells and Egyptian rattles. These projects fit perfectly into any homeschool curriculum where music is a part of the learning and discovery!

Photography Lessons for Kids – Add some fun to your homeschool! Whether your kids have a point and shoot or a DSLR camera, the fundamental rules of photography can still be taught.

Math Resources

Times Tales DVD – Kids can learn their times tables in a snap! We have used the paper version of Times Tales and it really works! Most homeschoolers say the DVD only takes about an hour to teach kids the upper times tables. There’s also a downloadable version available.

Life of Fred Math Stories – After reading the Fred books, kids will never say “math is boring” ever again. My daughter was getting into a slump and needed to take a break from our regular math curriculum. These books are really helping her understand the concepts. Fictional stories weave in math concepts with real world examples. Start with the Apples book for early math, and follow Fred all the way to calculus lessons!

Science Activities

Early Access Tyto Online – Learn, create, and play with your student. These polymers can help teach measurements, chemical reactions, and following directions.

One Minute Science Mysteries – Each story, just one minute long, challenges students’ knowledge in earth, space, life, physical, chemical, and general science.

Language Arts Games & Lessons

Silly Stories Cursive Handwriting Practice – This copybook uses wacky classic tales to provide a fun platform for cursive handwriting practice lessons. It’s fun for everyone!

The Best of StoryClub – Video Picture Books – Video Picture Books Featuring Real, On-Screen Storytellers mixed with amazing Picture Book Illustrations. Great for bedtime, Naptime…Anytime!

uKloo Early Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game – Disguised as a treasure hunt, this literacy game gets kids physically active as they strengthen reading comprehension skills while solving clues to find a surprise.

Have you used any of these homeschool resources with your kids? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly