Wanted: Creative Writers for Canadian Space Agency!

For an out of this world writing contest!

Write an out-of-this-world space-themed story for children aged 3 to 8.

All stories must be original and must not have been previously published. Stories can be written by one author or a team of authors, at home or in the classroom. Each author or team is allowed one entry.

Here are some key words to inspire you: space, planets, astronauts, International Space Station, rockets, Moon, Sun, stars, galaxies, solar system.

Contest period

The period for submitting a story is from to . All stories must be received by the Canadian Space Agency, on its website, no later than .


The contest is open to all Canadians aged 9 and up.

The contest is divided into three (3) age categories.

  • 9 to 12 years old;
  • 13 to 15 years old;
  • 16 years old and over.

Approval of parents or legal guardian is required for all participants under the age of majority (18 years old in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan; and 19 years old in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Yukon).

Enter here!

Free Parent Webinar: Senior Thesis

Senior Thesis

Monday, November 12th,

8:00 – 9:00 PM EST

Why a Senior Thesis?

 The primary skill practiced in Challenge I-IV is rhetoric. We practice through speeches, debates, essays, research papers, and presentations. In Challenge IV, students participate in the capstone event of the Challenge program: the Senior Thesis. Students choose a research topic and develop it in a longer paper before presenting it and defending it before a thesis panel. Many former students note this as the highlight of their Challenge years. Join us for this webinar to discuss the Why, What and How of the senior thesis. Even if your students are years away from this experience, come and be inspired by what these Challenge students can do.

Senior Thesis Webinar Register Here

Creating a Great Timeline

Free Parent Webinar!

Timelines from Elementary to High School – building a timeless tool.


Cycle 1 – No need to re-invent the Cycle!

There are loads of wonderful resources available.  BUT!  Keep it stick in the sand.  Simple is more.  More memory, more longevity and more fun for everyone.  The simple approach is truly beautiful and timeless.

As a Mom with a Senior Masters class this year, we are going to do some digging!

The CC Connected area of the website has loads of free parent learning resources.  Scroll to the base of the page, choose the compass, third bar over is CC Connected.

A yearly subscription to the Learning Forum is a wonderful way to acess many learning tools for your family.  You can always pay for one month and try it, downloading favorites and then only purchasing it again as needed.

One of my favorite on-line resources is a wonderful CC Mama at Half-a-Hundred Acre Woods:


There are many more, but these two are some of the best!


Turning our Hearts to Summer

The depths of our academic ambitions for this year are coming to a close.  Memory Master, Blue Books and Classes are over and my heart is longing for rest.  That in-be-tween time where what I have striven to accomplish is absorbed into the depths of my being.  It is the beauty of classical learning, the challenge of doing hard things well and then the quiet that allows those hard things to become just another part of who we are.

Summer is the time to absorb.  Letting the new things sink into being old, known, parts of our lives.  Suddenly, at summers end, I have expanded my capacity to attempt new hard things, as the ones conquered last year have become part of the foundation of my knowledge.  After genuine rest I am ready to run hard again.  But for now, my heart is turning toward summer: to hear the humming of the bee, to watch the water slipping by, to squeeze my toes in the sand and reflect.