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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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

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Homeschooling through the Winter

I am not going to fluff it or lie … I hate winter!

It has really never been my season. Even as a kid… I dreaded the cold. Yes the snow is fun and pretty; but I have always been and always will be a sun and sand kind of girl.

Now that I have got that off my chest … What does our homeschooling in the winter look like? good question !

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For those nice winter days where there is snow and it is not too cold; we build snow forts, snow men, go sledding, and this year are trying cross country skiing.

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For the other days; when the temperature hits -30 celsius  (and no sadly I am NOT kidding!!!!) We hibernate … and build forts indoors… paint… read… play legos …and get most of our practical written homeschooling work done during this time.

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As much as I would be all for complete hibernation … my kids still do their regular activities/workshops and classes … from swim (yes even in the winter time) gym, aikido, music, drama… and other fun stuff!  And we are totally excited to be participating in a brand new co-op this year 🙂

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And as much as I hate winter … I try my best not to impose my likes/dislikes on my kids. So 2/3 of my kids love playing outside and spend a good amount of time on nice winter days out paying.

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I have to say that I homeschool for so many reasons and many perks… but one of my favourite  winter time perks of homeschooling is; not getting up and waking my kids up to get them to the bus stop before the sun is even up and it is freezing outside. I love that I wake up and I find them doing all sorts of stuff; from art projects, to reading or writing, to playing with legos, or building a cool fort to hide in. 

So this is what our winter homeschooling looks like 🙂

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So far this year has been much warmer then last years’ crazy polar vortex … hopefully it will stay milder and we can keep skiing, sledding and building snowmen 🙂

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what does your winter homeschooling look like ?

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~Lisa


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clay is fun and messy ;)

We went to art studio last week
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and the kids got their hands on clay …
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there was a paint splatter room …apparently they have had about 500 + paint parties for the walls to look like this:
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I want a room like this in my house!!!
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Lisa


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mommy day

I want to wish all you mommies a very happy mommy day!

I hope your little ones drew and wrote you sweet notes… whispered I love yous in your ears and gave you great big hugs and kisses!

and a very special happy mothers day to my mom … I miss you like crazy and I think of you every day

my mom and me

my mom and me as a baby

 

Lisa