Category: Homeschool Den

Free Writing and Grammar Checklists 0

Essay Writing Strategies & Free Writing and Grammar Checklists

How do you help kids improve their essay writing skills? For many years, I worked on essay writing with students (I taught high school & college history) and now as a homeschooler, I’m working on essay writing skills with my own kids.  I thought I would share some of writing strategies that I am using with my kids as they learn to write in this genre. A few days ago,...

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Digestive System Unit – Small Intestine; Liver, Gall Bladder, Pancreas; Large Intestine

The past few weeks, we have been studying the digestive system.  We had studied the digestive system a number of years ago, but now that the kids are older (4th, 7th, 9th), I wanted to go into more depth — especially about the small intestine, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and large intestine. We talked about how different parts of the digestive tract functions and the role bile and pancreatic juice...

Food Chain Food Web Food Pyramid Activties - Interactive Notebook Pages 0

Food Chain, Food Web, Energy Pyramid Activities (Biology Packet)

We have a Biology Packet that covers the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings (ie. ecology!). I have added several new activities to this packet.   These include interactive notebook pages on the food chain, food web and the energy pyramid. Also, I created a new Biology Bundle of 3! Details about that are below. First, let me explain what new activities were added.  In addition...

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Fun, Educational Gifts & Activities

With birthdays coming up, I am often on the look-out for educational activities that might be appealing to my kids. I also grab things from time-to-time that will add some sparkle to our units.  This post has a number of educational things I’ve added to our homeschool collection… puzzles, games, geography activities, science tools and more! 🙂 Critical Thinking Challenge! My kids really love this activity called Kanoodle (affiliate link)...

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Terracotta Warriors Exhibit (plus links to our China Freebies)

Last week, I shared a little bit about what we’ve been doing in our homeschool, but I also mentioned that we have been on the go a lot.  Pretty much right after that post went live, we headed out of town again! I wanted to share a few pictures from the amazing exhibit we went to see: Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China. It was wonderful! The Terracotta...

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Homeschool Life (Grades 4, 7, 9)

This semester has been off to a topsy-turvy start. The homeschooling part is going well… when we’re homeschooling that is! Don’t you feel like that some days?!! I thought I would write a post about some of the things we’ve been doing lately. (At the very bottom of this post, I’ll link to other posts that give snippets of our day (or week)… all the way back to when the...

Homeschool Planner - Keeping Good Records in High School - Keeping Track for the College Application Process 0

Keeping Track of It All (Keeping Good Records Throughout High School)

I’ve been having long conversations with my Sis about high school (homeschool) transcripts and the college application process. Her family (like ours) has also homeschooled right from the start, but my nieces and nephew are a bit older than my kids. My niece is now a junior in college and over the weekend, my Sis and my nephew were polishing up his college applications to get them submitted. I asked...

Roman Numeral Worksheet Packet 0

Free Roman Numerals Packet (& Famous Dates in History)

Do you know this date, MCCXV? What about MCMLXIII? I wanted my kids to be able to figure out tricky dates like those, so I made this Roman Numeral Packet over the break. The first few pages introduce the Roman numerals and helped my youngest daughter understand how they were built.  There is a table that the kids filled in with I=1, V=5, X=10, L=50, C=100, D=500, M=1000. My older...

Free Creative Writing Paper - Mythological Creatures 0

Free Creative Writing Paper – Mythological Creatures

Today, I have some free creative writing paper for you.  This set includes various mythological creatures: dragon, centaur, dwarf, gargoyle, goblin, dryad, and so forth. My girls thought these were neat and I have printed out these pages to store in our Writing Workshop area for when they are in the mood! Down below, I’ll include some of the links to why we started using a Writing Workshop in our...

World Facts Packet - Geographic Features Landform Words Topographic Maps 0

Geographic Features, Landform Words & Topographic Map Activities – World Facts Packet Update!

As we start back to school, we are spending some time working on some geography skills again.  I added an entirely new section into the World Facts Packet about geographic features and landforms (terms such as bay, gulf, sound, atoll, channel, strait, cape, mesa, butte and many more). In addition to working with physical maps, we’ll also do a number of activities about topographic maps. I also added in some...

Feathers Fur Scales or Skin Worksheets and Sorting Cards 0

Animal Unit – Feather, Fur, Scales or Skin Pages Added!

As many of you know, we have a 50+ 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!! Note: For those of you who purchased this unit already, you should have received an email from...

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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...