Category: Homeschool Den

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Science Club: Week Two (plate tectonics; taxonomy + mealworms and flatworms!)

Last week, I shared that we are doing a weekly science club with some local homeschoolers.  Today I’m going to tell you about our second week. We did activities on Earth Science (this week was plate tectonics) and also biology — scientific classification & taxonomy.  We are doing work with various organisms this semester. In the second week we observed our mealworms and were introduced to a type of flatworm...

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Fractions Work (4th Grade)

ED has been working steadily on fractions this fall.  I thought I would share what she’s been doing the last few weeks. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the links to some free math resources. Last spring, she quickly and easily went through the Fractions Packet.  It’s a free download here on the blog and you can print the pages with a heart-theme or just plain. She used...

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Oregon Trail Lapbook and Notebook Pages

Oregon Trail Packet 20+ pages! For the past few weeks, the girls have been doing a unit on the Oregon Trail. They’ve learned why people moved West, when and where pioneers started, how long the journey West took,  what was needed to travel along the Oregon Trail, dangers the pioneers encountered and other basic information about traveling on the Oregon Trail.  They spent about 10 days learning about the Donner...

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Homeschool Rhythms and Routines

We’ve been in school for a couple of weeks now and creating good routines has been on my mind a lot.  I think we all want to harness the energy and excitement we feel these first few weeks of school and keep that going all throughout the year, right?! Coming up with a homeschool routine that works well for your family can be really challenging.  Some homeschoolers have a fairly...

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Free Literature Study Guides for Well-known Novels

Today, I wanted to mention a free resource that might be of interest.  The Glencoe Literature Library page has free study guides for a huge selection of well-known novels such as Across Five Aprils The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Animal Farm The Canterbury Tales Frankenstein Jane Eyre Shiloh Where the Red Fern Grows and many more!  Visit the Glencoe Literature Library page for more! The Study Guides include sections on Meet...

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Dragon Math Packet – Addition Games & Worksheets

My kids have always loved playing games to practice their math and learn their math facts. They would beg to play “just one more round” when it was a math board game!  Today I have a really cute set of math printables for practicing those tricky addition facts! The 50-page Dragon Math Packet is for ages 4-6. This set has 13 different math board games. These include doubling games and...

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Back to School Week!

This week we are starting back into homeschooling.  We’ll be starting slowly with a number of projects and activiteis.  I thought I’d share some of things our family is starting out with. My kids have loved the math puzzles and challenges.  Our favorite book has been Mathematical Circle Diaries, Year 1: Complete Curriculum for Grades 5 to 7 (affiliate link).  These were a bit hard for my youngest daughter a...

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Free Summer Astronomy Packet (Solar Eclipse Aug 2017!)

Today I want to share a free summer Astronomy Packet with you. This one highlights the amazing events coming in August 2017… the complete Solar Eclipse that will occur across a huge portion of the United States later this summer as well as other more common summer astronomy activities such as watching the Perseid Meteor Showers, looking for constellations, observing the phases of the moon and more! It highlights well...

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The Perfect Father’s Day Gift: The Kids’ Own Thoughts about Dad

How well does your child know Dad?  Their cute answers will really make Father’s Day special. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th.  Are you looking for a gift that is unique and really honors Dad?  What about finding out just what the kids know about Dad and writing down their answers?! We started doing this when the kids were Tots and we all get such a huge kick out of...

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Science Year in Review 2016-2017 (Grades 8, 6, 3)

I love looking back at the year and everything we managed to accomplish!  Sometimes in the short-run it can feel like we’re not getting much homeschooling done, but when I step back to look at the bigger picture, I’m amazed at what we managed to cover. This year my kids were in Grades 8, 6, and 3. We do our science activities together. Sometimes I focus a little more on...

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World Animal Packet (60+ pages)

Animals of the 7 Continents (World Animals Unit) When my kids were roughly 3-7 years old or so, we spent time learning about the 7 continents and animals of each continent.  At the time, I made some Montessori 3-part cards of the World Animals: It was time to update this file and I added in more than 50 pages. It’s now has well over 60+ pages of activities! How to...

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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...