Category: Homeschool Den

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Homeschooling is Like Coaching an Olympic Sport

To become an expert, I’ve heard it takes 10,000 hours of hard work and practice.  But, it also takes a special teacher, coach or mentor to get to that elite level. Just as top Olympic coaches help motivate and train their athletes by keeping track of every work out and by designing plans and drills that work, we homeschoolers/educators keep track of our kids’ learning, observe their strengths and weaknesses...

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Music for Elementary: Music Symbols (Week 4)

This past week, we talked quite a bit about different music symbols such as treble clef, base clef, natural sign, flat and sharp symbols, crescendo, quarter notes, half notes, etc. etc.  (We also went over various notes as we’ve done previous weeks, though I won’t talk about those activities this week.) We played Music Bingo (the easy version). For the link to this and other free music activities, see our...

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Free Minecraft Math Worksheets: Multiplication by 7s

Today I have a freebie for you. My kids still love playing Minecraft… and ED likes the Minecraft themed math worksheet characters I made.  So, here’s yet another set of Minecraft math worksheets! I made these for practicing multiplication by 7s (for beginners). ED knows the “song” for skip-counting by 7s.  We sing the 7s to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat: 7, 14 21 28, 35 42...

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Free Online Multiplication Games

The past week or so, ED has been playing some online multiplication games to work on her math facts.  I wanted to highlight some of the ones she has been having fun with. My girls’ favorite from multiplication.com is called Fairy Fun.  The picture adds more and more detail as you answer the problems correctly. You can highlight more than one set of multiplication facts (you could select 2s, 3s and...

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Black Bean and Cilantro Wrap

Last week we tried a new recipe for lunch.  The kids absolutely loved this.  Not only did we have it for lunch twice last week, but we got more cilantro and made another batch for dinner because the kids wanted Dad to try it out as well!!  I call that a winner!! What I also loved is that it takes under 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish! Ingredients:...

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Causes of and Events Leading to the American Revolution (30-Page Packet)

Our most recent history unit was on the causes and events leading up to the American Revolution. We went into quite a bit of depth on the French and Indian War and how the colonies then became the focus of England’s attention in the post-(French and Indian)-War period as Parliament struggled to cover their expenses and tackle their massive debts. It’s been a fun unit — we’ve read a ton...

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Music Curriculum: Week 3 in Pictures – Music Note Identification Game and More

We’ve still been moving slowly, but steadily through our music curriculum. My older two are definitely understand all the material we’ve gone over, but it definitely takes ED longer to remember all the notes… which is why all the games we’ve been playing have been so wonderful! She needs a lot of repetition and it is not yet translating to what she does on the piano (she just memorizes what...

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Our Own Mrs. Frisby Mouse Story

Have you read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (affiliate link)? It’s a book we read aloud a couple of years ago (and we highly recommend it!!). It is the touching story of a field mouse who lives in a farmer’s vegetable garden. She needs help moving her young mouse family because her baby, Timothy, is very sickly. Her home is warm and cozy, but is in danger both...

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German Conversation Practice Set: Weather, Days of the Week, Months, Seasons

Today I’m going to share our German worksheets about the weather and seasons, winter words and sickness/illness. I have found it difficult to find good German materials and curriculum for kids.  Early on we used a lot of free German worksheets and materials, but then at a certain point the kids were ready for more.  Last spring I made our first set of German conversation cards. It consisted of a...

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Podcast or Video Posts? I’d love to hear your opinion

I’ve been toying with trying something a bit different and I would love to hear your opinions.  I’ve been thinking of either putting together a few podcast episodes or video episodes highlighting different hands-on activities and/or thoughts about homeschooling.  I happen to listen to a TON of podcasts, but then video seems better to be able to incorporate visuals.  Anyway, I’m just bouncing this around in my head and am...

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Pope’s Arrival in the US: Free Packet about the Catholic Pope

Today, the Pope is making his first visit to the United States.  The kids and I watched his arrival on TV just a little while ago. We aren’t Catholic, but the kids’ Grandma is.  (My Mom died about 15 years ago and my Dad remarried just before LD was born.). Anyway, we took the opportunity today to talk about a bit about Catholicism today and about why the Pope is...

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Free Fall-Themed Packets for Ages 3-6 (PreK-Gr. 1)

Are you looking for free fall printables for PreK-K? Here’s a huge list of fabulous FREE fall-themed packets that have been shared by generous parents and teachers.  Get your 3-6 year old into the fall spirit with some of these fall-themed activities and printables. You will find everything from puzzles, counting and letter recognition activities to writing, do-a-dot pages, dot-to-dots and more! Fall Pack from 3 Dinosaurs: Leaves Unit by...

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Chalk Circle Game: Outdoor Math Game (For anything from Addition thru PreAlgebra!!)

The weather is gorgeous, so once again it was time to take advantage of the lovely temperatures, get active, and practice some math! For this game we drew a giant circle out of chalk and put numbers into each space all around the circle. Which numbers? We wrote down the numbers as we skip counted by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s. (2 thru 20, 3 thru 30, 4 thru 40 and...

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Thoughts on Teaching: Getting Organized

So in my last post, I talked about how I really wanted to start off my mornings strong.  I realized I needed a Power Morning Routine to make sure that *I* was energized, refreshed, focused, and prepared.  You can read more about all that in this post: Thoughts on Teaching: Creating a Power Morning. But, along with that I really needed to make sure I was completely organized. I think...