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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make a wish

I love dandelions …

spread the love …

spread the seeds 🙂

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~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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mother’s day

Happy mother’s day to all you wonderful moms out there 🙂

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This day has been  bittersweet for me for the last 7 years … a special message to my mom …
I miss you and I wish I could hear your voice and chat with you especially today… even though I talk to you all the time … I wish I could hear you answer me.

~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


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our new bird friends

We are beyond excited as we have house finch who decided to make their nest in our front yard tree 🙂  here is a shot of the little guy … his whistle is just so lovely to listen to 🙂

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Since we learn from what is around us; we are doing a unit study on them and have learned that apparently unlike other birds, Finches are vegetarians; So we think it is very ironic that they chose our tree since we are vegetarian / vegan  LOL  🙂

Oh and they love picking up our dogs fur to build their nest  (although apparently only the female actually builds the nest) … I bet they will have the softest nest ever!

~Lisa


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fun

how we have fun in our homeschool ?

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although I do feel like everything we do is fun 🙂 otherwise why bother doing it ?
I figured the best way for me to answer this; is to make a random list of “fun” things we do; some daily … some weekly … and some seasonal 🙂

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library visits 

museums 

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park days

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chalk fun 

bike rides

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scooter rides

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board games 

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card games

hide and seek 

play tag 

nature hunt 

hikes

city adventures

making smoothies

swimming 

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blowing bubbles 

reading books

drawing 

painting

dancing 

singing

play basketball

play street hockey 

play mini put 

roller blading 

skateboarding

hopscotch

playing with our dog

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making desserts 

water fight

shadow play

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friendship bracelet making

origami 

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free creative play

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cardboard box playing

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lego play time 

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I am certain I forgot a lot more things… but this is a good starting point 🙂

Whatever we are doing … I love taking pictures (as most of you know) 🙂 I just had the chance to review Picaboo yearbook … go check it out here 

We are having a contest for a chance to win a Picaboo yearbook photo book of your own … so don’t forget to go enter here 

Now GO and HAVE SOME FUN!!!!

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Take some pictures 

And then come back and tell me know what you did 🙂

Also go check out my fellow Canadian bloggers on how they add fun to their homeschool here 🙂

Lisa