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Free Beginner’s Music Curriculum: Learning Notes, Rhythm, Music Notation and More!

I had a realization recently.  While the kids can play pieces on the piano, they cannot read music! So, the plan is to slowly but surely make sure they learn and build on those skills. I hope they learn at least two octaves of notes and their corresponding location on the piano/keyboard. I also want them to learn some of the basic music symbols and music notation. I gathered a...

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German Curriculum for Kids

For German this year, we are going to use a number of resources. If you have followed our blog for a while, you know that we used a lot of free resources to build up their basic skills… numbers, colors, animals, basic greetings, etc. You’ll find links to those at the bottom of this post. This year, we will be buckling down a bit more.  Just so you know, I...

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A Week of German Immersion Camp! (Even for Mom!)

This past week, we did something really ausgezeichnet/fantastic!! We got in the car… and we drove and drove and drove…  From the east coast…. …to Minnesota! We headed to the small city of Bemidji, visited Paul Bunyan and his Big Blue Ox… … before entering Waldsee (the German language section of Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota). There we spent an entire week immersed in the German language, culture, and food. Of course,...

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Famous World Landmarks – Free Montessori 3-Part Cards

What are the top 20 World Landmarks?  I’ve selected a number of famous buildings from around the world and created a set of Montessori 3-Part Cards. When we start back to school, we will be jump back in with some important geography facts… the largest countries, the countries with the largest population, the world’s largest cities… and more.  We’ll also go over some of the impressive buildings of the world....

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Ancient Greece Unit for Kindergarten, Grade 1 or 2

Ancient Greece Unit Many homeschoolers start off with a unit on the  Ancient world. Our family was no different! 🙂 When LD was 6 (and the girls were 4 and 2), we started with units on Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece.  I thought I would share some of the activities and books we used for our Ancient Greece Unit.   You’ll see that the way we pull units together hasn’t changed...

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Free World Map Printables, World at Night Images, Outline Maps, etc.

Today I’m going to share some free printable world maps and other images (like the world at night, etc.). These are pages that we’ll be using when we start back up with school again.  The beautiful images are from NASA. I especially like the images of Earth and the USA at night.  Hope someone finds this useful! ~Liesl Free Printable World Map, Outline Maps You can use the images in the printable...

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Homeschool Supply List & Homeschool Science Supply List

It’s that time of year again! Back to school sales are on and it’s a great time of year to stock up on homeschool supplies. This year, I have added to our original Back to (Home)school Shopping List to include some homeschool science supplies we have used (and are on our shopping list for this year). More about that below! Even though I’m sharing these very long lists now, I...

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10 Steps to Get Ready for School!

We’re definitely still in summer mode here… with swimming, camps, play dates, gardening… and an upcoming language immersion camp, but that doesn’t mean that homeschooling isn’t on my mind!! So here are the 10 steps we take to get ready for homeschooling: 1) Send in the official paperwork — the Notice of Intent to Homeschool (if your state require this).  Half of my friends have sent theirs in… the other...

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World Facts Packet

When we start off the new school year, I want the kids to go over some basic world facts again.  Do they remember… What are the four largest countries? (Russia, Canada, the U.S.A., China) What countries have the most people? (China, India, the U.S.A.) What are the world’s largest cities? (Tokyo, Jakarta, Seoul) Which countries have the longest life expectancy? (Monaco, Macau, Japan) What are the major religions? The packet...

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Free Montessori 3-Part Cards: Amphibians, Frog Life Cycle Notebook (and lapbook) Page

This is definitely the perfect time of year to study frogs, toads, and salamanders!  I made some Montessori 3-Part Cards with some of the common amphibians of the northeast.  This would be a perfect addition to the free Frog Lapbook over at Homeschool Share! You can download these Montessori 3-part cards by clicking on the link below. These are currently free to download! I would love it if you could help...

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Pluto – Fascinating Facts to Share with the Kids!!

We are all pretty excited about the fly-by of Pluto.  We get pretty excited about space and science over here and I thought I’d share a few of the really cool things we’ve learned. On Tuesday (July 14), the US spacecraft, New Horizons, will fly by Pluto. It will come closest on Tuesday morning — at 7:49 a.m. EDT.  The fly-by will last for just 8 to 10 hours.  It will...

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Happy Independence Day!

To all of my American readers, I hope you have a really wonderful and safe holiday!  We’ll definitely be going out to watch the fireworks tonight. Will you? Why is it we celebrate this day? In June and July 1776, a committee worked on a document that all the thirteen colonies could agree upon that formally told Great Britain that they would govern themselves. That document was the Declaration of...

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A Passel of Past Posts #1

So, I wanted a bit of alliteration to make a catchy title… and actually had to look up the definition of passel to be sure I was using it correctly. Sure enough, it means “a group or lot of indeterminate number.”  Perfect!  This post has a collection of posts from the past… and I’m not quite sure how many I’ll wind up highlighting.  But why talk about posts from the past?...

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7 Fun Summer Activity Ideas

This summer I won’t be posting quite as often, but I will try to post most Mondays (at a minimum)… and will keep FB going once or twice a day with some of our older posts.  In the meantime, I’ll be working on other projects to get ready for the fall. I’m working on a couple of cute math packets (addition/subtraction and multiplication), a packet on mammals, an ocean unit...