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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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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Valentine’s Day

I am not a fan of holidays that are commercial, but I like the love behind valentine’s day …

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the homemade notes, cards and drawings, the extra hugs, and the finding hearts in everything …

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We are getting hit with another snow storm today … so I am declaring a ‘snow day’ which means we do exactly what we do every other day … play, read, learn something new … have fun 😉

yes Homeschooling ROCKS! 🙂

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I wish you all a great Valentine’s Day filled with love … go and write a special note to someone you love 🙂

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Lisa