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Happy Back to the Future Day! #BTTF2015

Back to the Future Day
It’s Back to the Future Day! Why? Because this is the day, Wednesday, October 21, 2015, that Marty McFly arrived (from 1985) in Doc’s time machine in the movie, Back to the Future 2!

Back to the Future Day

Happy Back to the Future Day!

Are you celebrating today in your homeschool? We are getting started by watching the entire Back to the Future trilogy together, which we own on DVD because we are big fans! We are also dressing up a bit, just for fun. My daughter is donning a pink top and pink tutu much like one of the girls in the 2015 diner in Back to the Future 2. I am dressed up in cowboy style garb a la Back to the Future 3. For supper, we are having meatloaf, which is what Marty was served by his grandparents when he travelled back to 1955.

We have been having a lot of fun discussing everything Back to the Future 2 got right about 2015. We have video chat, thanks to Skype and FaceTime. We also have such a thing as phone glasses – Google Glass – although they haven’t taken off in the mainstream market. Sadly, there are no flying cars, but there are hover board prototypes!

If you don’t own the movies, check out your local Cinexplex movie theatre for the #BTTF2015 Event. In many locations, they are showing the first two movies in the trilogy today and all three movies on Sunday. Unfortunately, we have schedule conflicts, or we would be at the theatre for sure!

So, whether you dress up, bake the jailbird cake from the first movie, or just have fun discussing the 50s, 80s, and today as shown in the trilogy, have fun enjoying Back to the Future Day in your homeschool! If you’re looking for more ideas to celebrate today, check out this Back to the Future party board on Pinterest that I stumbled across.

What are you up to in celebration of Back to the Future Day? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Sock Knit-Along: Vanilla Latte Socks

Fibre Friday

Fibre Friday: Sock Knit-Along

It’s been a while since I shared anything for Fibre Arts Friday! I have been busy knitting and spinning. Today, I’ll share what I’ve been working on since the beginning of July; I’ve been taking part in a local knit-along!

Vanilla Latte Socks

sock knit-along
We’ve been meeting every week to knit these socks at our local yarn store, The Bobbin Tree. The pattern we’ve been using is a free, online pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks. It’s a simple pattern, so it’s a good one to start with if you’ve never knit socks before. I am using this yummy, 100% merino super wash yarn from The Bobbin Tree, but you can knit with any sock yarn.

I love knitting socks! They knit up rather quickly and are a great portable project. I spent some time knitting these socks while I was waiting to renew my licence at Access Nova Scotia.

Here is my first, completed sock. I used the eye of partridge style heel for the first time and I love how it turned out:
Some others in the group are working with self-striping or variegated yarn, which looks fantastic. However, the eye of partridge heel isn’t as visible as it is here, with a solid colour yarn.

If you would like to knit these socks, I have a couple of Vanilla Latte errata for you. First, after you’ve finished your ribbing and move onto the pattern, start on pattern row 2 instead of row 1. Second, when you reach the heel flap, shift your stitches around on the needles so your heel flap starts and ends with a garter stitch on either side.

What are you knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, or sewing this week? Please share!

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Canada Day Things to Do, Places to Go

O Canada! There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day! Here are some Canada Day things to do and places to go to mark this annual occasion with your kids in your home and homeschool.

Canada day things to do

Canada Day Things to Do, Places to Go

About Canada Day

Start with a brief history of Canada Day – the birth of Canada as a nation on July 1, 1867 at DLTK’s Growing Together. You’ll also find a Canadian Trivia Game to play along with songs, crafts, Printables, and recipes.

Patriotic Canada Day Snacks

Mmmm … yummy snacks for your kids to make for Canada Day! All you need are skewers and yummy red and white treats! Creative Mama on a Dime:

Things to Do on Canada Day

Canada Day Events gives us a great list of Canada Day things to do, wherever you are in Canada, from going to the beach to attending a citizenship ceremony.

Canada Day Activities & Crafts for Preschool & Kindergarten

First-School gives us this great collection of Canada Day activities, crafts, lesson plans, and colouring pages for young children.

Canadian Crafts

Kindergarten, preschool, and elementary crafts, maps, and more from Enchanted Learning.

Canada Puzzles for Kids

Canadian crosswords, word searches, quizzes, jigsaw puzzles, and more at

Canada Paper Quilt Craft

Canada paper quilt craft and preschool lesson plan printable activities for Canada Day.

Free Canada E-Book

Check out this free downloadable Canada E-Book.

Canada Day Activities Across Nova Scotia

Are you in Nova Scotia? Check out local activities and events on the Event Page!

Need more ideas? Check out the other Canada Day resources bloggers across Canada have shared at The Canadian Homeschooler!

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Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2015

Looking for Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2015? Check out these camps and activities for your kids to enjoy on the mainland! Know of a camp I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!

nova scotia summer camps 2015

Nova Scotia Summer Camps 2015

Kids Bowl Free all summer across the province! Visit Kids Bowl Free for more information.


Alderney Landing Art Camps
Ages 6-12; $200
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
July 6-10: Pop! Goes Your Art!
July 20-24: Art Goes Viral!

Artech Summer Camps
Shambhala School, 5450 Russell Street, Halifax AND in South Shore at Lahavre Fire Hall, 50 School Road, Lahavre
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. $279-$339 per week.
State-of-the-Art fun and high-Tech creativity. For kids age 6 to teens.
Choose from Animation, Manga, Robots vs. Zombies, Minecraft,  Game App Design, Movie Production, and more!
$269-337 per week – June 29 – August 7 – tap on website link above for more details

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Summer School of the Arts
Art Express for ages 3-4
Kids Art Classes for ages 5-7 and 8-12
Special Teen Workshops for ages 12 and up
Full or half-day classes. Week-long Classes: Non-members $130.00 per week for half-days; $260 for full-day classes. Gallery Members $117 per week for half-days; $235 for full-day classes. (+ HST for all classes). Fees include all art materials.
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
All summer long 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
Summer Camps – for ages 5-6, 7-12, and 13-17
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm $275; 5-6 year olds = 2 day camps only $110
June 29 through August 21
Trampoline, juggling, stilts, human pyramids, trapeze, and more!
Classes and Workshops also available. See link above for details.

Discovery Centre
6-12 year olds; 9am-4:30pm; $205/week; $185 for multiple weeks/children; MEMBERS: $190/week; $180 for multiple weeks/children
Eight weeks of Summer Science Camps to choose from June 29 through Aug 28
To register online, tap the link above.
French Language Camps
July 3-8 – FrancoForum – Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
July 12-18 – Nautical Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 12-18 – Sea Kayak Adventure Camp, Magdalen Islands
July 7-11 – Camp Chocolat I – Kaye Street United Church, Hydrostone, Halifax
July 13-17 – Camp Chocolat II – Kaye Street United Church
July 20-24 – Camp Chocolat III – Kaye Street United Church
July 27-31 – Camp Chocolat IV – Kaye Street United Church
July 13-17 – Camp du Soleil I – Dartmouth Sportsplex
July 20-24 – Camp du Soleil II – Dartmouth Sportsplex
August 3-7 – Camp Fran-tastique, Barton, Digby County
August 24-29 – Camp de la Baie – Bayside Camp, Third Pond, Sambro Head

Mad Science Summer Camp
General Hours (9am-3:30pm): $195/week, Extended Hours (8:30am-4:30pm): $35/week or $10/day extra, Half Days (9am-12pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm): $115/week, Half Day Extended Hours: (8:30am-12pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm): $15/week or $5/day extra
July 6-19 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School at 5450 Russell St, Halifax)
July 13-17 – Secret Agent Lab (Shambhala School)
July 20-24 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School)
July 27-31 – Secret Agent Lab (Bridgeway Academy at 3 Valleyford Ave, Dartmouth)
August 10-14 – Flight Academy (Shambhala School)
August 17-21 – Crazy Chemists (Shambhala School)
Please send your registration form and cheque (made payable to Mad Science) to 3537 Leaman Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 3Z6 or scan and email to [email protected]

The Nova Scotia Sea School
Register for a 6-day ($695) or 7-day ($875) sailing expedition – AGES 14-18
Youth 6 Day Adventure at Sea: August 8-13 or August 15-20
Youth 7 Day Coastal Adventure: Choose from: July 3 to 9th or August 23 to 29th
No sailing experience is necessary

NSCAD Summer Art Camps
Various Art camps available throughout the summer for various ages, 5 through 18.
For more info, click the link above.

SuperNOVA Camps at Dalhousie University
Camps for Grades 1-12
Cost from: $180-230 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]


Camp New Dawn – for Kids with Special Needs
Brigadoon Camps on Aylesford Lake
Camp See-Ya (blind and visual impairment):  June 30-July 5, 2015
Camp Carpe Diem (epilepsy): July 5-10, 2015
Camp Braveheart (congenital heart issues):  July 5-10, 2015
Camp JoinTogether (arthritis): July 12-17, 2015
Camp Kedooopse (bereavement):  July 19-24, 2015
Camp Treasure Chest (asthma/anaphylaxis/respiratory): July 26-31, 2015
Camp Trailblazers (craniofacial/facial differences):  August 2-6, 2015
Camp Lots-a-Wata (kidney disease): August 2-7, 2015
Camp Guts & Glory (Crohn’s and Colitis/IBD): August 9-14, 2015
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtime (cancer):  August 16-21, 2015
Camp Silly Yak (celiac disease): August 23-28, 2015
Canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, outdoor education
Contact Sally Banks: 902-422-3387, [email protected]


Forest Glen Bible Camp
July 8-11 Family Camp 1 – All Ages, cost varies by age
July 13-18 Teen Camp – Ages 13-18 $175
July 20-25 Junior Camp – Ages 8-12 $175
July 29-Aug 1 Family Camp 2 – All Ages, cost varies by age


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.
July 6-10: Ages 5-8, Peter Pan (Waiting list only)
July 13-17: Ages 7-10, The Worn Slippers
July 20-24: Ages 4-6, A Little Bull
July 27-31: Ages 8-12, The Battle of Burp Street
Aug. 3-7: Ages 9-15, Thumbelina
Aug. 10-14: Ages 6-9, How the Pea Came to Be
Aug. 17-21: Ages 7-11, Fleeced (Waiting list only)


Sackawa Canoe Club
Sackawa offers weekly camps, 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. Dryland activities include soccer, volleyball, and various co-operative games.
Contact [email protected] for more information.


Youth Theatre Camp
Trinity United
Ages 8-15, August 10-14, 2015
Learn theatre skills including voice, movement, character development and auditioning skills; theatre games, team building activities and rehearsals for the final production.
Visit the Facebook link above or call 902-624-0024 for more information


French Immersion Camp at Universite Saint Anne
1 week camp for ages 10 and up, August 1-8
$259 tuition, $161 room, $156 meals – includes sports, socio-cultural activities


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.


Salvation Army Scotian Glen Camp
For ages 7-12
Holiday Camps, Moms & Tots Camps and Music & Gospel Arts Camps available
$210; Late Registration (After June 1, 2015): $230/person


Learn 2 Camp
Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park, Yarmouth County
July 18-19 (Registration Deadline: July 7)
$60 for up to four individuals, $10 for each additional child/adult,
maximum of 6 per campsite
A fun and informative camping experience for 16 families!
Email [email protected] or tap the link above to register

***Do you know of any other Nova Scotia summer camps 2015 on the mainland? Let me know and I’ll post them here***

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2015 Cape Breton Summer Camps & Activities

Looking for 2015 Cape Breton Summer camps and activities to keep your child busy or enrich their Summer? Check out what’s happening across the island!

2015 cape breton summer camps

2015 Cape Breton Summer Camps & Activities


Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design Creativity and Craft Camps
July 6-10: Ages 7-9
July 13-17: Ages 10-12
July 20-24: Ages 13-15
Half Days: $70, Full Days: $120

CBU Music Camp
The Gaelic College in connection with CBU, launches a brand new, traditional music day camp experience designed for teens and adults!
August 24-28th; Fee: $300 (tuition cost only – meals not included)
Participants choose from a variety of options at a variety of levels, from beginner to advanced, including fiddle, piping, step dance, guitar, and Gaelic language and song. Following classes each day, an 80 minute interactive Career Workshop will be open to students (as well as the general public for a fee). These workshops will be facilitated by featured community members who work music-related careers and will allow attendees to gain a deeper understanding of career options available to them in the field. The week wraps up with a ceilidh social.

Class Acts Drama School Summer Day Camps 2014
Registration: Saturday, June 20, 9am – 3pm
Southend Community Centre (28 Hillview St, Sydney) upstairs in the drama room. Each camp runs 9am-3pm. Cost: $130 (family discount available)

July 6th – 10th, Drama Skills for Life
Public speaking, audition skills, focus, self-confidence, social empathy, self-acceptance, creative problem solving
ages 11-14
Instructor: Brian Gallivan
July 13th – 17th, Adventures in Drama
A week of make-believe activities, drama games, and theatre crafts that will introduce acting to new students as well as develop the skills of returning students. A small production will be performed for friends and family at the end of the week.
ages 5-10
Instructor: Erin Thompson
July 27th – 31st, Improv
For students old and new to work on the all-important theatre skill of improvisation through games, activities, and an end-of-week showcase.
ages 15-18
Instructor: James FW Thompson
Contact: [email protected]

Fortress of 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 learn baking, soldiering, blacksmithing, gardening, cooking, lace making, fishing, music, craft making, or helping to supervise child animators (choose two).
Youth Fife and Drum Program for ages 12-16 with some experience playing the drum, fife, or flute. Audition required.

Savoy “Got Glee?” Summer Musical Theatre Program
10 day camp, $350, 9am-3pm
July 6-17th, for ages 10-15
Directed by Gayle Lahey & Todd Marsh. Exposes students to modern music, movement, acting, and film! Students will also be rehearsing and preparing for a live musical theatre performance which will take place on the main stage of the Savoy Theatre!

Studio Villa Nova Art and Animation Camp
Art and Animation camps are taught by two CBVRSB Art teachers Sandy and Joey MacNeil.
Register by July 1
Space is limited to 10 in the Art camps and 6 in the Animation camp so book soon.
Contact Sandy MacNeil @ 902 849-2973 or Studio Villa Nova on Facebook or [email protected]
Investigate your Surroundings
5 days – July 27rd-31st, from 9am to 3pm
Cost: $150 a variety of art supplies provided and a healthy snack (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, drawing and sculpture.
Fun Ways to Make Art
5 days – Aug 10-14 from 9am to 3pm
Cost: $150 a variety of art supplies provided and a healthy snack (5 and up all ability levels welcome)
Learn an assortment of fun and creative ways to express your ideas. Take your images further with advanced techniques such as printmaking, mixed media, photo transfer and collage techniques.
Animation Camp
3 days – Aug. 19-21 from 9am to 3pm
Cost: $150 Age 10 plus and all ability levels welcome – All art supplies and technical equipment provided and a healthy snack
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.

ACAP Cape Breton
Holds Eco Kids Day Camps every summer. Watch the website above for more info. or email [email protected]

CBU Science Camp
Runs every year. For more information, contact [email protected]


Capers Summer Basketball Camps and Volleyball Camps
The Capers holds summer camps for boys and girls every summer. Watch their website for details or call CBU Athletics at 563-1277 or 563-1143.

Dream Stables Horse Camp
49 Oyster Cove Road, Main-A-Dieu
July 7th and 8th 9am-4pm and July 9th 9am-1pm. Cost: $250.
Must bring own meals and snacks. Must prepay to book your spot.

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


Cape Breton Bible Camp
June 12-14 – Kid’s Camp (6-7 yrs) – $75
July 5-10 – Skills 1 (10-12 yrs) – $250
July 13-16 – Junior 1 (8-9 yrs) – $180
July 19-24 – Junior Teen (13-14 yrs) – $250
July 27-Aug 1 – Skills 2 – (10-12 yrs) – $250
Aug 3-6 – Junior 2 – (8-9 yrs) – $180
Aug 9-14 – Senior Teen (15-18 yrs) – $250
Sep 25-27 – Teen Retreat (13-18 yrs) – $75
Early Bird Rate of $220 if paid by May 15th
*check the website above for multiple child discounts

Camp MacLeod
2731 Trout Brook Road, Albert Bridge
Camp Registrar: 733-2560
All camps are $135, and for additional children $110, $70 for Novice Camp
Junior Co-Ed (ages 9-11) July 6-12
Intermediate Co-Ed (ages 12-14) July 13-19
Junior Girls (ages 9-11) July 20-26
Novice Co-Ed (ages 7-8) July 27-30
Senior Co-Ed (ages 14-16) August 3-9
Junior Co-Ed #2 (ages 9-11) August 10-16
Intermediate Co-Ed #2 (ages 12-14) August 17-23
Junior Co-Ed #3 (ages 9-11) August 24-30

French Language Camp
June 21-27 – 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


[email protected] Society of Cape Breton Technology Camps
For ages 8 to 13. 9am-3pm daily
Your child will get to work with cutting-edge technology education toys and learn fundamental concepts related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Register for a full week or for specific days: $30 per day or $120 for the week. Scholarships available: [email protected]

CBU Camps
Innovative Explorers Camp: July 6-10 for ages 8-11
Fun-Damentals Multi-Sport Camp: July 13-17 and August 10-14, for ages 4-12
Discovery Camp: July 20-24 and July 27-31, for ages 8-11
Boardmore Summer Theatre Workshop: July 13-17 for ages 13-18
Little Critters Edventure Camp: July 27-30 and Aug 4-7 for ages 3-6
Traditional Music Camp: August 24-28 for ages teen-adult
Summer Basketball Camp: Aug 17-21 for Gr 7-12
Summer Super Skills Camp: Aug 24-28 for all ages
Venture Fest Entrepreneurship: Aug 9-14 for Gr 10-12
Fun-Damentals Multi-Sport Camp in Cheticamp: Aug 17-21 for ages 4-12
Fun-Damentals Multi-Sport Camp in Inverness: Aug 24-28 for ages 4-12

Bold Filly Horse Empowered Confidence Camp for Girls
Cabresto Ridge Equestrian Centre in Coxheath
3-day programs running weekly during the months of July and August, 9am-3pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
This is a non-riding program. All activities with horses are done from the ground.
Cost: $300. A $100 deposit is required with registration, with balance being paid on the first day of arrival.

Highland Village Programs
Wednesdays: Laithean Sona/Happy Days Chidren’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. $30 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. $30 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
New Dawn C.S.I. (former Holy Angels)
July 2nd to August 28th, Monday to Friday 8am to 5:30 pm.
$125 per week, $25 per day
Daily Schedule:
8:00am – Open
8:30am- Opening circle
9:00-9:30am- Free Play
9:30-10:30am – Activity 1 (Outdoor, Walking trip)
10:45-11:45am- Activity 2 (Creative Activities/Crafts)
12:00-12:30pm- Lunch
12:30-1:00pm – Free Time
1:15- 2:30pm – Activity 3 (Outdoor, walking trip)
2:30- 4:00pm – Activity 4 (Gym, Games, Sports)
4:00pm – Value Bead Ceremony/ Closing
4:30-5:30 pm– Free Time
Excursions include: Open Hearth Park, the Boardwalk, Wentworth park, nearby playgrounds, YMCA for swimming once a week, historical sites in the north end.
Weekly Themes: Lego week, Gymnastics week, Art week, Science week, Kindermusik for Big kids week, Sports week, Multicultural week, Old Sydney History week
Contact: [email protected]

**Do you know about a Cape Breton summer camp or activity? Let me know and I’ll post it here!**

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from my family to yours! I hope you’re enjoying your long weekend. We managed to sneak in a delicious supper Saturday night (around my husband’s work schedule and my kids’ dance rehearsals). Today we introduced our international student from China to Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies, and egg decorating. We like to decorate eggs Geek Schooling style:


We used a few drops of food colouring in boiled water with a teaspoon of vinegar to colour the eggs and then used markers for the finishing touches.

If you’re looking for more activities for the rest of your weekend, check out these free Easter printables & unit studies.

Have a blessed weekend!

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A Virtual Field Trip Through Nova Scotia AND Giveaway!

A Virtual Field Trip Through Nova Scotia AND Giveaway!

Nova Scotia is a beautiful province, well worth visiting! We fell in love with Cape Breton Island in particular the moment the plane landed (we moved here from Ontario eight years ago). Join me and my family for a virtual field trip, with breathtaking views and fun activities for all!

All across Nova Scotia, you will find our famous lobster. It’s even available at McDonald’s – lobster rolls are delicious! I could eat lobster every day.

virtual field trip through Nova Scotia

On the west coast of Nova Scotia is the Bay of Fundy, famous for having the world’s highest tidal range. At low tide, walk halfway out into the Bay!

From there you will find Mount Kejimkujik and Keji National Park. Every year during the first week of September, homeschoolers across the province gather for Not Back-to-School Camping!

Near Halifax, you can view Peggy’s Point Lighthouse (built in 1868) at Peggy’s Cove, a world-renowned tourist spot.

The largest city in Nova Scotia, and its capital, is Halifax, the home of the Halifax Citadel. It is the original British military installation.

Every fall, Halifax is host to an incredible event (especially if your family happen to be geeks or nerds): Hal-Con! Read all about the fun and learning that can happen at Hal-Con.

Hal-Con 2014

And no visit to Halifax is complete without a visit to the Freak Lunchbox downtown to buy your choice of any candy your heart could possibly desire!

About an hour’s drive from Halifax, you can visit Truro and check out the charming Little White Schoolhouse Museum. It’s a one-room schoolhouse built in 1868.

virtual field trip through Nova scotia

Cross the causeway and you’ll find yourself on Cape Breton Island, North America’s number one island paradise. The largest city here, Sydney, is the home of the biggest fiddle in the world! We always take our international students to the Big Fiddle for a photo op:

Virtual Field Trip Through Nova Scotia

A short drive away you will find the historic Fortress of Louisbourg. Every summer they offer week-long children’s camps and apprenticeships to experience colonial life.

Virtual field trip through Nova scotia

Virtual field trip through Nova scotia

Take a scenic drive over Kelly’s Mountain to go to the charming town of Baddeck. There you will find one of our favourite haunts, the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. It sits nearby Bell’s beautiful summer home, Ben Breagh (beautiful mountain in Gaelic). Exhibits detail all of Bell’s tinkering and innovations. Did you know that he worked with the deaf, or that he built flying machines and hydrofoils? In fact, he built the fastest boat in the world.

Cape Breton is probably most famous for the Cabot Trail.

Virtual field trip through Nova scotia

On your eight hour drive along the trail, you will find breathtaking views, especially in the fall…

virtual field trip through Nova scotia

And it’s also where you’ll find another one of Canada’s national parks, Highlands National Park.

These are just some of the amazing sights and activities to be found in Nova Scotia. If you ever have a chance to visit from away (as Nova Scotians say), let me know!

And now for the amazing giveaway! One lucky person will win:

1) Family/Group Discovery Pass from Parks Canada. Valid for 1 year from date of issue. Value $136.40.

2) Rough Guide: Canada – travel guide book. Value $29.99.

3) The Ultimate Guide to Field Trips in Canada ebook. Value: $5.99. From Sharla Kostelyk of The Chaos and the Clutter.

Rules: Open to Canada, excluding Quebec, 18+. Ends April 15th @11:59pm ET. Good luck! I wish I could enter! Click below!


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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.

Build a snow pony

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

build a snow pony

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.

Build a snow pony

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

build a snow pony

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!

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Knitting Thrummed Mittens

Fibre Friday
It’s Fibre Friday! This week I was inspired to start knitting thrummed mittens. It may be officially spring today, but it’s still very cold and we have way too much snow! After shivering while walking up and down our very steep driveway (because our vehicles copulent get up it) I decided it was time to give knitting thrummed mittens a try!

Knitting Thrummed Mittens

My daughter and I have been enjoying knitting some of the mitts from Craftsy’s Mittens and Gloves Galore class. (We love using Craftsy in our homeschool!) A pattern and step-by-step video for knitting thrummed mittens is part of this class. I chose some of my own, soft handspun yarn to knit them and some of our angora rabbit fibre to make the thrums.

We had fun making thrums together along with the easy to follow Craftsy video. First, we pulled out a tuft of fibre to make a thrum about the same thickness as the yarn.

Knitting thrummed mittens

Then we folded first one end into the middle, and then the other end, to form a bow.

knitting thrummed mittens

Then we rolled the middle of each one between our fingers to felt it and we had our first thrums.

knitting thrummed mittens

Here is what my first mitten looks like so far – I just have to finish forming the thumb.

knitting thrummed mittens

Angora rabbit fibre is so soft and warm. I am having so much fun knitting thrummed mittens! I am determined to get these done quickly so I can enjoy how delicious they are going to feel to wear them! Hopefully I can show you the finished mittens next week!

Have you ever tried knitting thrummed mittens? What are you knitting, spinning, or weaving this week? Please let me know in the comments below.

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March Break 2015 Cape Breton Camps & Activities

What’s going on in Cape Breton for children and families during the March Break, March 16-20?

March Break 2015 Cape Breton

March Break 2015 Cape Breton Camps & Activities

ACAP Cape Breton Eco-Camp
Glace Bay, Oceanview Education Centre
March 16-20, 9am-noon for Gr 1-5, Free
Spaces are limited. For more information or to register, phone 902-567-1628.

Cape Breton Centre For Craft & Design March Break Classes
March 16-20th, classes for both kids and adults will be offered.
For more information please contact Tammy at 902-539-7491 ext 111.

ATEKELAB Tech Camp 2.0
Cape Breton University, Sydney
March 17-18, 10am-4pm. Ages 14-17
Free – including lunch and prizes! Register now. Contact Kim Desveaux: [email protected] or 902-217-2092.
Code your own video game, Hackathon demo, judge a mock pitch competition, program a robot, learn how to build an app, and more!

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

Gaelic College March Break Fun Camp
St. Ann’s
March 13-16, Ages 5-18
Registration on Friday, Camp runs Saturday through Monday
Gaelic language, song & drama, guitar, step & highland dance.

IMAC March Break Camp
Sydney, Sydney River, Glace Bay
March 16-20, 8AM to 5:30PM
Family rates available.
Theme Days:
Monday – Olympic Sports – Sledding, snow soccer, etc.
Tuesday – St. Patrick’s Day – Treasure Hunt, Crown King and Queen + Dance
Wednesday – Teddy Bear Day [Dragons] Ski Hill [Juniors] (Weather permitting)
Thursday – March Break Madness Day – Movie @ Cineplex Theatres
Friday – Retro Game Day – Skating @ C200
For info: Sydney: (902)562-1494, [email protected]
Sydney River: (902)562-9863, [email protected]
Glace Bay: (902)849-3302, [email protected]

NSCAP Technology Camp
Sydney, NSCC Marconi Campus
March 16-20, 9am-4pm, Ages 8 to 13.
$30/day or $125 for the week.
Monday: Electronics and Computer Programming and Minecraft Tournament – can choose either
Tuesday: 3D Printing
Wednesday: Robotics Construction
Thursday: Robotics Programming
Friday: Design Day (kids will get to design an innovative project based on what they learned all week)
Contact: Rachael 902-539-9063 or [email protected]

Old Sydney Society March Break Day Camps – CANCELLED
Sydney, Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science
March 16-20, 8:30am-4:30pm. Ages 7+
$100 for full week or $25 a day.
Learn about a new subject and do fun crafts, games and activities each day … Monday: Dinosaurs and Fossils; Tuesday: St. Patrick’s Day and Irish; Wednesday: Crazy Science; Thursday: Mi’kmaq Legends and Natural history; Friday: Space
Call 902-539-1572 TO REGISTER.

Reaching Strides Equestrian Centre Horseback Riding Camp
Port Hood
March 17-19, 9am-5pm. Ages 4+
Three options for attendance:
$250 (all three days and nights, meals included)
$210 (3 days drop off at 9am pick up at 5pm, bring your own lunch)
$85 (individual days, bring your own lunch)
2 Riding Lessons daily, Trail Rides, Games, Stable Management Lessons. Funding is available both through the Sport NS Kid Sport Program as well as the Canadian Tire County Recreation Program, (up to $300 for those that qualify). For further info:

Ski Ben Eoin
Ben Eoin
March Break Day Camps for ages 6+
March 16-20th, 9:30am – 2:30pm
1 day=$55, 2 days=$100, 3 days=$135
call: 902-828-2804

Ski Cape Smokey Activities
Cabot Trail
March 14: Cape Smokey Race Camp
Ages 5-18, noon-2pm
March 15: Movie Night
March 16: Sliding Party 5-7pm
March 17: Face Painting 11am-2pm
March 18: Obstacle Course Ages 5-16
Grade Primary-6 Kids Dance
March 19: Scavenger Hunt Ages 0-13
March 20th: Pie in the Face Auction
March 22: Kids Race 10am for under 19

Studio Villa Nova Animation Camp
March 16-18, 10am-3pm, Ages 10+
$150 for 3 days or $50.00 per day (attending for all three days is strongly suggested as projects may take more than one day)
Structured classes offer students hands-on experience with:
Hand-drawn Animation, Cut-out Animation, Claymation/Stop-motion, Puppets, and Green Screen
Instructor Joey MacNeil’s work has been featured in the Atlantic Film Festival, Viewfinders: International Film Festival for Youth, and the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Click on the link above or contact: (902) 849-2973.

Sydney Mines March Break Day Camp
Immaculate Conception Church, Sydney Mines
March 16-20, 9am-5pm. $150
Games, themes, crafts.
Registration deadline is March 1st. Call 902-217-2137

Do you know of an event I’ve missed? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list. Thanks!