# Author: Liesl - Homeschool Den

## American History Resources

Today I wanted to highlight a number of American History Resources we have used in our homeschool. In the spring, we tend to do quite a bit of review. One really good overview of all of American History is a video called America, The Story of Us. The episodes are dramatized and really keep the attention of my kids. This is not an in-depth series, just a broad overview, but...

## Simple Machines Booklet

Simple Machines Unit – Now 50+ pages! I have just added a new activity to the Simple Machines Packet! This is a booklet all about the six types of simple machines: lever, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge, pulley and screw. It also covers the three classes of levers. Kids can trace the key words and color in the pictures. The simple machines booklet is 14 half-pages. (Directions on how...

## Homeschool Life (Grades 5, 8, 10)

Life has been pretty busy since the homeschool conference, but I really wanted to leave a quick update about life in our homeschool. (If you have younger kids, scroll down to the bottom where I’ve linked to some similar posts from when the kids were in PreK, K, Grades 1, 2, 3 etc.!) History: This year for history, we have been focusing on the twentieth century. We have read a...

## Fraction Worksheets

New Fraction Worksheet Packet! This set of fraction worksheets will help your kids practice basic fraction skills.  There are 4 fraction shading sheets (color in fractions such as 7/8, 2/4, 9/10, and so forth) and 4 fraction addition (shading) worksheets (2/5 + 1/5 = ). There are also 2 fraction shape addition pages and 2 fraction shape subtraction pages. I have just added this new packet to the (growing) Addition...

## Free Homeschool Conference Hand-Outs & Homeschool Resources

Today, I’m sharing the free homeschool conference hand-outs I made for the conference I’m speaking at this weekend (Friday & Saturday). I also wanted to share some of the helpful homeschool resources we have here on the blog. Welcome to those of you from the conference and/or are stopping by for the first time!! It’s been so fun to meet and talk with so many of you!! To my long-time,...

## Natural Disasters Packet – Interactive Notebook Pages Added

Just a quick message to let you know that I added a few new pages to the Natural Disasters Packet. You can find out more about this packet here at this post: Natural Disasters Worksheets and Hands-On Activity Ideas. By the way, my kids all loved Raging Planet episodes (affiliate link) They watched the entire series when we did the natural disasters unit! Here’s the description on Amazon: revealing the...

## Don’t Miss These Spring Printables!

With spring right around the corner, I wanted to highlight some spring printables we have available on the blog and a few others from around the web! 🙂 Free Spring Skip Counting Mazes for practicing the 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s:   Here is our Free Egg-Speriment Packet! Egg-Experiment-Packet-Hands-On-Science Learn about the Parts of the Seed/Parts of a Flower with our Botany Packet: FREE Spring Animals Packet: I made...

## St. Patrick’s Day Addition and Subtraction Worksheets

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. I added a new set of addition and subtraction worksheets to the (growing) Addition and Subtraction Bundle! Enjoy and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ~Liesl Our growing Addition and Subtraction BUNDLE  includes 15 pdfs. I’ve been adding seasonal math packets periodically! It actually includes much more than just addition and subtraction worksheets and activities. It also includes basic fractions, shapes, time/clocks and more!...

## Free Homeschool Planning Guide

Free Homeschool Planner! (Newly Updated!) I have updated our (free) yearly homeschool planner to include a step-by-step guide on the homeschool planning process. This 50+ page packet is not as much a traditional Homeschool Planner as a tool for planning out the coming year.  It includes some of the questions to ask yourself (and your kids!) as you start planning out the coming year. It has you consider how the school...

## Creative Thinking Activities

I just created a new page with a couple of really fun free printables that challenge kids to think critically.  You’ll find this page here: Creative Thinking for Kids! There is a free printable with fun questions like: List as many words as you can that contain the word “ant.”  Example: plant The other printable has some fun Math Riddles. Again, click here to visit that page. 🙂  ~Liesl If...

## Don’t forget to Subscribe!

I was busy last night and didn’t get the Newsletter out, but I should have it out tonight or tomorrow morning. Today’s theme is MOTIVATION. If you’re interested in being on the Homeschool Den email list here’s the link.  Why do you want to be on the Homeschool Den email list? With Facebook’s reach going down and down, it’s a great way to hear about our materials.  We have hundreds...

## Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

When I was in high school, I started making these *amazing* peanut butter bars!!  This has been one of my favorite desserts for years!  Just for fun, I’m going to share this with you all today! 🙂 Peanut Butter Bars In a metal mixing bowl or sauce pan, melt on low heat 1 cup crunchy peanut butter 2/3 cup butter Remove from heat when it is soft and add 1...

## Animal Classification Activity

This week I created a new Animal Classification Activity. This covers the 5 animal groups as well as some of the better-known invertebrate groups such as flatworms, annelids, arachnids, cnidarians (critters that sting) and echinoderms (spiny critters like starfish). I check in with the kids pretty regularly to see if they remember various topics we’ve covered. My youngest said she could use some review of some of animal classification (which...

## Herbivore, Carnivore and Omnivore Worksheets and Activities

Herbivore Carnivore or Omnivore? I have added a new 20-page section on herbivores, carnivores and omnivores to the Animal Unit.  This new section includes notebook pages, sorting cards and a herbivore, carnivore and omnivore sorting mat, as well as  identification worksheets. Kids will not only learn the basics: Herbivores eat plants. Carnivores eat meat. Omnivores eat both plants and meat. but will also learn about some of the adaptations that...