Category: Homeschool Den

Feathers Fur Scales or Skin Worksheets and Sorting Cards 0

Animal Unit – Feather, Fur, Scales or Skin Pages (100+ page Animal Packet)

  As many of you know, we have a 75+ page animal packet that is about the different types of animals (vertebrates, invertebrates), animal characteristics, insects vs. spiders, domesticated vs. wild animals, animal tracks and much more!  I wanted to let you all know that I have added in about a dozen new pages including these activities about Feather Fur or Scales. I added in new notebook pages and sorting...

tips to get the most out of your homeschool break 0

Get the Most from Your Holiday Break!

I wanted to take a few minutes to link to a couple of posts you might enjoy while you are resting and relaxing this holiday break. I love our breaks!  I really, really need time to re-group and get refreshed for another semester. This is probably as important a part of our homeschooling life as when we are going full-tilt with reading, writing, arithmetic, science experiments, history projects, and more!...

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Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Our family wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!  We hope your holiday season is filled with love and joy! With love from all of us at the Homeschool Den — Liesl, Tony and the Kids P.S. DD and I took a special Mom-Daughter trip to NYC a few weeks ago. The picture above was taken in Macy’s in New York City.  I hope you...

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Why Our Homeschools are Always Changing!

Does your homeschool change a lot from day to day, week to week? It’s been a busy semester and the flow of our homeschool has changed quite a bit.  That’s not really surprising, though is it? We’re always adapting and changing things up in our homeschools. One of the joys and benefits of homeschooling is flexibility. We have the ability to go on tangents, dive deep, reschedule things, go faster...

Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Unit - Packet 60+pages 0

Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Packet

What is taxonomy and why do we need to study it?!  Taxonomy is the science of classification.  Our biosphere supports more than 7 million known species and probably 4 or 5 million more unknown species! Taxonomists work on organizing the vast quantity of species.  They are continually updating the classifications to keep up with new research and new discoveries. What is in the Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Packet? Scientific Classification...

Christmas - Holiday Freebies Free Printables Worksheets 0

20 Free Christmas and Holiday Printables

Can you believe December has arrived?!  Today I want to highlight some of the free Christmas and Holiday Freebies we have tucked away on the blog. There are all kinds of Christmas math worksheets from PreK games and addition/subtraction worksheets to multiplication, division, factoring and beyond!  Plus, you’ll find a spelling game (Long I sounds), free music games, and foreign language sheets to practice learning holiday words in Spanish or...

Volcano Worksheets and Notebook Pages 0

Volcanoes – Earth Science Unit

After our Science Club ended a couple of weeks ago, the kids continued studying volcanoes. I wanted to share some of our activities with you today. We went over the basic parts of a volcano – magma chamber, conduit or main vent, ash cloud, branch pipe, sill, crater, and so forth. Then we went on to spend quite a bit of time talking about the different types of volcanic explosions...

L-Sound Words - le el al il ol ile - Worksheets Activities and Games 0

Spelling Word Endings -le -el -al -il -ol -ile Word Sort, Games, and Activities

ED has been working on the /ul/ sound; word patterns and rules for words that end with le, el, al, il, ol, and ile. le words: people, struggle, little, table, available, article, terrible, etc. el words: level, model, hotel, travel, channel, fuel, novel, etc. al words: local, sandal, general, material, hospital, animal, etc. il words: until, pupil, civil, pencil, fossil, basil, etc. ol words: control, alcohol, symbol, petrol, cholesterol, etc....

Free Native American Notebook Pages 0

Free Native American Resources and Printables

This time of year, many people study Native Americans and/or the history of the colonies.  We have a lot of  free resources on the blog that I thought I would highlight again. I also thought I would include some of the books and resources we used along the way.  We’ve covered the history and culture of different Native American tribes in different years, so you’ll find that the first resources...

Science Club Week 7 0

Science Club Week 7 – Tectonic Plate Boundaries; Observation of Oysters, Clams & Crabs

This week when the kids arrived, they jumped in with our taxonomy unit. First, I challenged the kids to see if they could remember the 10 animal phyla we’ve been talking about this fall.  Most of them got at least 8 or 9 (of the 10 groups we’ve been talking about). As we waited for everyone to arrive, they took turns observing the “sea monkeys” that we had hatched a...

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Science Club Week 6 Earthquake Waves – Body Waves, Surface Waves + Annelids/Platyhelminthes

In Week 6 of our Science Club, we reviewed what we had learned about vibrations. Then we went on to talk about the different types of Body Waves (those waves within the Earth) and Surface Waves (those that move along the surface of the earth). We went over what they were and how they move.  Then did some hands-on activities to help explain why some waves move faster than others....

Do I have what it takes to homeschool? 0

Do You Have What it Takes to Homeschool?

Do you have what it takes to homeschool? Of course you do, but let me tell you a little story! There is a shadowy figure that lurks outside of our homeschools. At the beginning of the year, this figure is so distant, we don’t realize it’s there. But just about this time of year, it starts to make an appearance. Sometimes it just pokes its head around the corner. Sometimes...

Earthquake Vibrations activities 0

Science Club Week 5 – Earthquake Vibrations, Taxonomy (cont.)

This week, we talked about how tensions build deep beneath the Earth and then suddenly release creating earthquake vibrations that move out away from the focus.  Below I’ll share several of the hands-on activities we did as we talked about this build-up of tension (and release of energy).  In the second part of our science club meeting we continued talking about taxonomy and focused on the digestive systems of flatworms...

Hearlthy Snack List for Kids 0

Homeschool Snacks

I’ve been falling down on the job. Our meals and snacks have been downright boring… and often not as healthy as they could be. So, the past 10 days or so, I’ve been challenging myself to offer the kids a variety of (reasonably) healthy snacks.  That’s what this post is all about! Our meals started out well at the beginning of the semester, but lately our meals – and especially...