Sweet Bella Vita

a dash of motherhood… a sprinkle of homeschooling… and a pinch of photography ( with a side of compassion )


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5 days of Canadian field trips… day 4

We have been having a crappy summer … lots of rain and very cool with a few exceptions

A creative and indoor outing is to a ceramic art studio

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They are all over the place now … I think it is a new trend

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If you have kids that like painting or being creative this is a great afternoon outing especially on a rainy day 🙂

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~Lisa


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5 days of Canadian field trips… day 3

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Next on our stop is the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

If  your child (or even yourself) have any interest in planes … this is the place for you!

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~Lisa


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5 days of Canadian field trips… day 2

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One of our favourite museums is the Canadian Museum of Nature 

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~Lisa

 


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5 days of Canadian field trips… day 1

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Let me kick start this 5 day series with the parliament of canada !

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This is a great field trip for kids studying the government … I would suggest maybe 8 years and up …depending on the child and their interest in architecture and /or government  as they not only learn about the government but the building itself is really beautiful to visit and learn about.

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oh and  by the way it is FREE just be careful as it fills up fast during tourist season and they have limited spaces for visits and close early in the afternoon.

~Lisa


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Canada Day ideas

Canada Day is just around the corner 🙂

We like to go see the fireworks … but other then that we take advantage of the day  to just be together and enjoy what ever local activities we stumble upon. From outdoor concerts to festivals… there is always something fun to see and do on Canada Day 🙂

We tend to have a relaxing family day and try to make some fun summer cool treats such as this neat cold treat  🙂

freeze bananas for a few hours  and then toss in blender with a few raspberries … taste just like raspberry ice cream 🙂 really creamy, completely raw, vegan and delicious!

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To get other neat and fun Canada Day activities  or ideas go check out the Canadian homeschool blogging team here 🙂

and happy Canada Day!

~Lisa


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Curriculum

When I started homeschooling; I so badly wanted to just buy a box with everything I “needed” to homeschool. Sadly I never found this magic box… every boxed curriculum I found seemed to contain stuff that was pointless or stuff my kids didn’t want or stuff my kids already knew.

So I get curriculum from many places…

For math I highly  recommend Math Mammoth ; it is well organized and set up and the price is just perfect.

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As for other subjects; I have a variety of stuff  we use on and off depending if they are interested in using it or not at that moment.

For french we have Rosetta Stone as our main source; my review of rosetta stone is so/so ; I find it does’t pick up the kids voices that well and kind of goes from easy to expecting them to spell all of a sudden :/ I supplement with story books and shows in french.

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For italian I have these great books and italian cartoons are always very entertaining.

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For geography and history we use  ‘Canada map books’, they  are a really great place to start. We supplement with books from the library and shows  on history. 

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For science I have several kits I bought that have helped my kids learn hands on.

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I try to go with what they are into and find stuff to expand on for them to learn more … the internet is always a wonderful resource. 

And I find you don’t always need curriculum in the sense of a workbook with pages to write in but rather hands on learning is essential.  

Do you have any curriculum you love ?

Go check out the rest of the Canadian blogging team and what they use for curriculum also check out and download the FREE printable from the Canadian homeschooler on buying curriculum

~Lisa


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morning and male finches

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We have learned that male finches defend  their female mates rather then a nesting area  … and so we observed these 2 males fighting. These are not the best pictures as I was standing on the wrong side with the sun and they are so fast and difficult to capture; but I like the silhouette images.

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And a random morning shot from my morning walk today … I am loving this weather 🙂

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have a great weekend!

~Lisa