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Nature, Construction, and Other Tidbits About Life

We live nestled down in the woods. We come across a lot of critters and sometimes those add a bit of excitement to our lives.   I wanted to share a couple of stories…  First – a creepy one!! The other night I had turned off the lights and was listening to music on my ipod-mini.  I leaned over to my side to take out my hearing aid (long story...

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Homeschool Planning for Next Year (Free Planning Pages)

Homeschool Vision Planner (This 30+-page pdf is currently FREE to download!) For many of us the school year is coming to a close and we’re thinking about next year.  We’re tossing around ideas and trying to determine just what subjects and units we’ll be covering next fall. I thought I would share the process I go through… and also will share the planning pages that I’ve been using the past...

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Rainforest Unit: 50+ Page Packet

Today, I’m going to share our 50+ page Amazon Rainforest Packet. It includes notebook pages, animal and insect identification pages, animal and insect Montessori 3-part cards, layers of the rainforest worksheets and other activities. The Amazon Rainforest is fascinating! It is the largest rainforest in the world and represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests.  The Amazon has the largest collection of plants and animals in the world. There...

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Free Copywork Worksheets – Famous Sayings

Today, I have a free set of copywork pages for you.  These are the types of pages my kids did when they were still in the pre-writing stages. This set has famous sayings from Benjamin Franklin and others: They early bird catches a worm. When one door shuts, another opens. A friend in need, is a friend indeed. A stitch in time saves nine. A penny saved is a penny...

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History through Literature – Book Lists for Units on China, Middle Ages, American Revolution and More!

When we are doing history units, I’ve always tried to bring in a rich selection of literature. Historical fiction is a powerful way to make readers feel more connected to that period. A book like Johnny Tremain (affiliate link) has a rich cast of memorable characters that helps the period, in this case the American Revolutionary period, come to life. We have brought in a wide selection of books for...

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Vitamins – Free Resources

We all know that vitamins are important, but do your kids know what they do and what foods they are found in? I found this free set of worksheets over at Ask a Biologist called ABC’s of Vitamins that explain what each what each vitamin does, what foods it is found in and deficiency problems that can arise when you don’t have enough. I spent a couple of days going...

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PreK-K Printables, Montessori 3-Part Cards and More!

30+ Preschool and Kindergarten Resources You Don’t Want to Miss! When my kids were younger, we did a wide range of activities.  Along the way, I made a number of Montessori 3-Part cards and other resources for them. I wanted to highlight some of those printables for you today.  Below, you’ll find more than 30+ printables.  Many of them are free.   Enjoy! ~Liesl Free Montessori Sorting Activity: Living Nonliving...

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English Reformation: Henry VIII, Edward, Mary, Elizabeth I (Notebook Pages)

Today, I have some notebook pages to share with you about the English Reformation. (They are currently free; be sure to get them now!)  In the 1500s, the Church of England broke away from the authority of the Pope. It was during the reign of Henry VIII that Protestantism took hold in England. Henry’s marital problems and desire for a male heir led to a turbulent (often bloody) time in...

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Happy Birthday, James Monroe!

The weather is so lovely this time of year, we often try to take advantage and squeeze in some educational trips. On Friday, we did a special trip out to Highland, the home of James Monroe, in Charlottesville, VA. (We love having the flexibility to do amazing trips like this! Yay for homeschooling!) James Monroe was our 5th president. He would have turned 259 yesterday!  (He was born April 28,...

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Foreign Language: Topics for Beginning Language Learners

Are you teaching your kids a foreign language in your homeschool?  I put together a free checklist of topics and units you might want to cover… no matter which language your student is learning. As I was polishing up the Curriculum Resource Guide for middle school ages (Grades 6-8), I got to the section on foreign languages.  I thought it might be useful if I put together a checklist of...

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Multiplication and Division Practice Packet: Doodle Animals

Over the past year, I have made lots of fun math packets for my daughter to learn her multiplication and division facts. My daughter is polishing up all of her multiplication and division facts at the moment.  I made this new practice packet for her to review her multiplication and division facts – 2s through 9s.  Our latest multiplication/division packet has 25 pages of worksheets. I usually let my daughter...

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Free Astronomy Worksheets – Middle School

Today, I have a few astronomy worksheets to share with you.  I made these for my older two (who are in grades 6 and 8).  Here are some of the astronomy topics we talked about: What is an AU (astronomical unit)? the layers of the Sun the Sun’s atmosphere solar flares, sunspots, flages planetary orbits, Kepler’s Laws asteroids, comets Last week, I shared a free packet about the planets of...

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Free Planets of the Solar System Worksheets

Today we have a free set of worksheets you about the planets of our solar system. These will work for a wide range of ages – PreK to Grade 5 or so. Here what is included: Solar System Poster Inner – Outer Planets fill-in-the-blank page – Fun Clipart Remembering the Planets – Mnemonics Inner – Outer Planets fill-in-the-blank answer page Our Solar System – Fun Clipart – Tracing Page Solar...