• Carnaval de Quebec Learning Resources about the Quebec Winter CarnivalEvery winter, Quebec City comes alive with a winter festival known as Carnaval de Quebec. It features crazy winter activities such as snow sculptures, dog sledding, tubing, tobogganing, ice buildings, ice canoe races, and more. Jolly Bonhomme Carnaval is the ambassador and host of the event, which lasts for several days.  About Carnaval Quebec Winter Carnival – official website Videos of past Carnival – videos of the activities, events, people, and Bonhomme. Quebec Winter Carnival – wiki entry with information and history about the carnival Panoramic Photos of the 2009 Carnaval – includes dog sledding and snow sculptures Quebec City Carnaval Activities – video of some of the things ... Read more
  • Why Kids Should Study Current Events Reading, writing, math, science, history, geography, languages… with so many curriculum areas to address, it’s tempting to leave current events out of your daily or weekly homeschooling routine. After all, what could the news possibly contribute to your child’s education? Actually, a lot. The study of current events rates as one of the most important areas of the curriculum to explore on a regular basis. Here are ten reasons why: 1. Current events touch on many subjects, adding relevance to all areas of the curriculum. For example, students learn how vaccinations work in science – but they can understand the importance of ... Read more
  • Teach Your Kids About … Journalism Journalism is the compilation and editing of news to present in media. Here are some resources for your students to learn more about journalism, researching and creating articles. Elementary School Lessons & Resources The 5Ws and H worksheet on Homeschooling DIY Newspaper Writing and Reporting Printable on Deceptively Educational Write a Family Newspaper on Imagination Soup Read All Over Worksheet by Small Types My Newspaper by Crayola Extra! Extra! Get the Scoop! Create a Newspaper on Simply Real Moms Who, What, Where, When, Why & How posters by Sublime Speech High School Lessons & Resources DIY Journalism Curriculum for Homeschoolers by Five Js Using Social Media for Journalism SlideShow by ... Read more
  • Little Passports Teaches You The Symbols of the Sochi Spirit in the 2014 Winter Olympics! sochiLittle Passports Teaches You The Symbols of the Sochi Spirit in the 2014 Winter Olympics! The Winter Olympic Games take place in Sochi, Russia this year! Host Countries and Cities love incorporating distinctive cultural details throughout each Olympics to share their history and spirit with the world. What are some features that make the 2014 Winter Olympics’ symbols unique? Join Sam and Sofia as they learn about three of the Sochi Games’ distinctive symbols—the torch, medals, and mascots! The Olympic Torch The countdown to the Games kicks-off with the Olympic torch relay, which delivers the Olympic flame from Olympia, Greece to the Host City through ... Read more
  • Current Events For Kids with LesPlan If you are looking for a kid-safe, study-ready way to learn and examine current events, this is a terrific resource for you. LesPlan is a Canadian-based company that offers current event study materials through both printed publications and the web for students ranging in age from Grade 3 to 10. Although intended for schools, this is a perfect fit for homeschoolers as well. Each resources does require a membership, which is $180 per year, however you can split the cost amongst the members of a homeschooling group, as a school would, if you would like to have a more cost effective ... Read more
  • Teaching about Disasters After a horrifying few days watching Japan struggle with the aftermath of their huge earthquake and resulting tsunami, dangers of a nuclear power plant, and so much more… I’ve been left wondering how exactly this can be a learning moment for our kids. I don’t want them to be scared, but we have watched bits and pieces of the news together and online videos where we can pause and talk about what is going on. But I still think it’s somewhat too unreal for them to fully understand. Fellow Canadian homeschool blogger, Alexandra, shared a great link from the New York Times ... Read more