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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

Posted in Blog Hops/Walks, Homeschool Information

Having FUN in Our Homeschool AND Giveaway!

Yes, homeschooling CAN be fun! Our homeschool often resembles a musical – at any time, one or more of us will burst into song! Here’s a roundup of just some of the ways my 16 year old son, my 11 year old daughter, and I enjoy having fun in our homeschool.

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Having FUN in our Homeschool


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Fun with Fibre
From needle-felting to sewing, and knitting to weaving, we love the fibre arts in our homeschool! Do a quick search in the right sidebar for Fibre Friday to check out all our adventures with fibre in our homeschool.

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Fun with Art
While my son is not into the visual arts, my daughter is! She doesn’t let a day go by without drawing, experimenting with nail art, or painting!

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Fun with English
I was an English and Drama major, so you can bet we have fun with it in our homeschool. We especially enjoy reading Science Fiction and Fantasy in our homeschool. Sometimes we read independently, but at times we enjoy reading aloud to each other or listening to ebooks (often while engaging in fibre arts). We also enjoy bringing books to life with drama. Shakespeare just isn’t the same sitting on the page!

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Fun in the Kitchen
We are a family who enjoys cooking and baking from scratch. Just yesterday, my daughter and I made biscuits and cinnamon rolls together. Cake decorating is one of her favourite things to do – we make a lot of fondant! My children each cook supper twice during the week. They often make breakfast as well. Their favourites are pancakes and waffles. My son is considering attending college to become a chef – something to lean back on when things are lean in the film industry.

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Fun with Games
We are a family of gamers. We love learning through board games. We even believe video games are fantastic, beneficial, educational tools! My daughter is thoroughly enjoying learning to code while exploring Minecraft thanks to Learn to Mod Minecraft.

How do you have fun in your homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below! Check out this blog post if you’re looking for even more ways to add fun to your homeschool day. Check out how other Canadian bloggers have fun in their homeschools here.

And now for the giveaway! This month, 5 winners will each receive 1 Picaboo Yearbook – softcover, 20 pages, 8½x11 size. CAN only. 18+ ends May 13th @11:59pm EST. Follow the giveaway tool instructions below to enter. Good luck!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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FunBites – Review AND Giveaway!

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Bobbie Rhoads is the mother of two. She created
FunBites when her second child was born a picky eater and Bobbie found herself laboriously cutting everything into small shapes so she would eat.  Now families everywhere can quickly and easily cut their children’s food into fun squares and hearts.  I received a FunBites “Luv It!” in exchange for an honest review.

The LuvIt! makes a big heart from geometric shapes along with two little hearts, and it’s BPA free.  I tested it out with my two “big kids” and the toddlers that I care for from time to time.  Here’s how it works (with a yummy pancake):

Step 1: Place funbites® cutter on top of food.  Remove popper top and set to the side.

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Step 2: Grab cutter handles on both sides, press down firmly and rock 5-6 times to cut through the food (the cutters really aren’t sharp, it’s the rocking back and forth that cuts through the food).
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Step 3: Lift the cutter up, insert popper top and pop out the bite-sized pieces! (And Mom can munch on the leftovers).
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FunBites makes food fun!  The toddlers LOVED these grilled cheese sandwich shapes:

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Once you’re done using your FunBites, it can be hand-washed or popped in the top rack of the dishwasher.  I found it washed up very easily. You can also make “Fun Bites” out of sliced cheese, brownies, fruit, deli meats, etc.  For more ideas on what you can do with FunBites, check out their FunBites Facebook page or do a search for “FunBites” on Pinterest to see all the creative things other mothers are coming up with.

Being a homeschooler, I’ll be continuing to mostly use these for fun at home.  But FunBites would be fantastic for making fun foods for the lunchbox or if you want to get really fancy, to make a bento box for your child’s lunch.

FunBites cost $12.99 US each and you can choose between the Luv It! or the Cube It! OR buy one of each as a set for just $22.00 US!  Shipping to Canada is $6.40 US for one or $8.10 US for the set.

Good news!  Bobbie has offered to giveaway one FunBites of your choice (Luv It! or Cube It!) to one of my readers in Canada or the U.S.!  You have until midnight on Sunday, August 19th to get in your entries:

  • MANDATORY entry – leave a blog post comment below
  • EXTRA entry – Like Homeschooling in Nova Scotia on Facebook and leave a blog post below letting me know
  • EXTRA entry – Like FunBites on Facebook and leave a blog post comment below letting me know
  • EXTRA entry – Follow @HomeschoolingNS on Twitter and leave a blog post comment below letting me know
  • EXTRA entry – Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter and leave a blog post comment below letting me know
  • EXTRA entry – Like this post, below, on Facebook and leave a blog post comment letting me know

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Posted in Homeschool Information, Uncategorized

Adding FUN to your homeschool day

We have FUN in our homeschool!  Here are just some of the ways…

  • Boardgames! In my opinion, all boardgames are educational, and there’s a boardgame out there to teach everything (I have an article in the current issue of Homeschool Horizons Magazine about this)
  • Hand-crafts – usually we knit, weave, etc. while we read to each other
  • Field trips – almost anything can be a field trip – local fire stations etc. often don’t mind a drop-in from your family.  We often have museums all to ourselves during the day.
  • Video games/websites – there are so many educational games available – a few of our favourites are MathRider, Star Wars Math, and Always Icecream (this one’s for girls and Clever Dragons is for boys)
  • Apps – we use my iPod touch (These Are a Few of my Favourite Apps)
  • Movies – there are so many educational movies, including historically-based ones, dramatizations of Shakespeare, and documentaries.  We often take advantage of programs on NetflixAnd Z-Guides are great tools to turn movies into unit studies.
  • The Arts – we have been known to act, sing, dance, and draw our way through history.

How do you add fun to your homeschool day?

Love, Luck &

Laughter,

Posted in Reviews

North Star Games: Say Anything Family – Review

PhotobucketThe TOS Crew had the pleasure of reviewing boardgames from North Star Games last year, and now again this year!  I received Say Anything Family in exchange for an honest review 🙂

PhotobucketSay Anything Family is a brand new game (the family edition of the original Say Anything), designed for 3-6 players, age 8 and up.  We’ve been enjoying playing together as a family, including my 7 year old daughter and 12 year old son.  This is another of North Star Games’ very well constructed, sturdy games.  It is also a quick game, perfect to play as a family, between my hubby’s two jobs.  As the box indicates, it takes about 2 minutes to teach how to play the game, and about 20 minutes to play it.

When it’s your turn, you read the card.  It may say something like “What city do you most want to visit?”  All the other players write their answers on their individual whiteboards with dry erase markers – what they think would be YOUR most likely answer – and display them on the table.  You secretly choose your favourite answer and indicate it on the “SELECT-O-MATIC 6000 (which looks like a spinner). The other players choose which of the answers they think YOU will choose, by placing tokens on them.  You reveal your answer, and points are awarded to the players whose tokens are on your choice, as well as to the player who wrote the answer you chose.  It’s a lot of fun – sometimes everyone seems to know what you’ll choose, and sometimes everyone’s surprised by your answer.  It generates quite a bit of discussion, sharing, reminiscing, and laughter.  We’ll be having fun playing this with our friends at our next Boardgame Day – an entire day when we invite everyone over to do nothing but play boardgames, all day.

Say Anything Family retails Photobucketfor $19.99 US.  Look for it at your local gaming or retail store.  Visit the North Star Games website to learn more about their collection of games.  And don’t forget to visit North Star Games’ Facebook page for information on entering their free monthly draw!

Last year, I reviewed Wits ‘n Wagers Family HERE, and it ended up on my Top 10 List for the year.  To read what TOS Crewmates’ families thought of both games this year, click below:
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Laughter,