Category: Homeschool Den

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40 Journal Writing Prompts (Free Printable)

In a blog post a few weeks ago, I talked about why we use the writing workshop and how it works. But this year, I also added in Journal Prompt Writing  as part of their checklist of things to do.  Here’s why.  ED started writing with us right from the start (even before she officially started kindergarten.) She enjoys writing, but her “stories” are always about a cat (or dog...

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Free Fall and Thanksgiving Packets and Printables

I’m always SO grateful for the educators who share their materials for free!  I thought I would update a post from last year to include some new materials from around the web. This tot activity caught my eye — it’s very cute and is free over at Totschooling. Cute Turkey Math Game: The matching activity above reminded me of a game I played with all three of the kids when...

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Month in Review: 27 Posts from October

Our month of posts, October 2014: I thought it might be helpful to have a list of posts you may have missed. 1. Learning about the Solar System (Hands-On Kit the Kids Loved) 2. Earth Science: Timeline of Earth Activity 3. Free German Worksheet Packet on Animals 4. States of Matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas — Learning Activities 5. Free Fall Themed Activity Packs for 3-6 Year Olds 6. Earth Science: Layers...

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Getting Facebook Notifications From The Homeschool Den

Oops–I stand corrected. Someone said that “The ‘get notifications’ pertains to when someone responds to a post, and you respond to that post – you’ll get notified up at the top of the page. In order to get posts from the page to show in your feed you have to make sure you are “following” it.”    ~Liesl —————– As many of you may know, Facebook has changed the way...

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Native Americans of the Southeast: Cherokee, Seminole Indians, Trail of Tears

I got a little behind posting because it took so long to share our experiences visiting with Pocahontas’s Great-Great-Great (12th Great) Granddaughter.  In the meantime, we’ve done another entire portion of our Native American unit. We learned about the Seminole Indians, their culture and removal (for many of them) from Florida. And, we also learned about the culture and tragic history of the Cherokee people. We started the unit with a...

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Minecraft Money Game: A Game For Counting Coins

ED has been working on coins this fall. She’s doing pretty well and I thought I’d combine her growing coin-counting abilities with her love of Minecraft. In fact, this past weekend she did her very first sewing project on her own using the sewing machine — the creeper which is in the photo below!   Just print out the printable below on cardstock and place a paper clip on top....

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A Visit with Pocahontas’ Great (x12) Granddaughter

Imagine holding museum quality artifacts… some over 400 years old!! That was our afternoon with Pocahontas’s Great-Great-Great (12th Great) Granddaughter, a member of the Powhatan Nation. The kids and I were greeted at the door, by Ms. Angie who was wearing traditional dress. Everything about our visit was fabulous! “Welcome to my yehakin,” she said as she ushered us into her home. Yehakin (pronounced yee-HAW-kin), she explained to the kids, was...

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Travel School: Homeschooling on the Go!

Do you homeschool in the car and on the go?  Lots of family use time in the car to learn a new language, learn about history,  listen to stories.  Then you hear about the homeschoolers who do extraordinary things for extended periods of time. In the spring and into the summer I followed the adventures of a homeschooling family that hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. That’s 2,000...

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Free Halloween Math Practice Pages: Multiplication, Division, and Fractions

I made the kids a number of sheets this week for general math practice.  These are free to download if you can use them. These are the practice pages for my older kids: Halloween Multiplication-Division Practice Worksheets Halloween Fraction Practice: Reducing Fractions and Equivalent Fractions Math in Our Homeschool: Before I go I thought I’d tell you all, that these are just review pages. If you want to look at...

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Spooky Science: Dry Ice Experiments

A couple of years ago, we did some spooky science with dry ice. We’re going to do some of these activities again this week, but I thought I’d share some of the things we did then in case you want to try these activities with your kids. I went out and bought some dry ice and we did a number of experiments. You can see suggestions from Steve Spangler science and a...

6:45pm Tonight Watch the Antares Rocket Launch (East Coast, USA) 0

6:45pm Tonight Watch the Antares Rocket Launch (East Coast, USA)

If you live on the East Coast of the USA you should step outside this evening (6:45pm) to see the Antares Rocket being launched. This is a private rocket built by the commercial space flight company, Orbital Sciences. The launch is a commercial resupply mission for NASA. It will be bringing supplies to the International Space Station. It will launch from the Mid-Atlantic spaceport pad at Wallops Island (off the...

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Learning Sign Language for Older Kids (and Parents!)

Learning Sign Language for  Older Kids (and Parents!) Several of the high schools around here offer ASL as one of languages students can learn in school.  I have my own reasons for wanting the kids to learn American Sign Language with me… The past couple of months, I have struggled to come to terms with becoming completely deaf in one ear. I have been hard of hearing since I was in...

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Earth Science: Earth’s Geologic Timeline

We spent about a week learning about Earth’s four eons and most recent eras.  Today I wanted to share several of the activities we did to go along with this part of our unit. As you may recall, we reviewed the planets in the Solar System, talked about the age of the Earth (4.6 Billion years)  and did an impressionistic activity to show how short human history actually is compared to...

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Do You Have Trouble Getting Everything All Done?

Sometimes our family is on such fast-forward speed, I have trouble getting to everything I want to.  I have a list of about 10 blog posts to write (we’ve done such great things in our homeschool lately!)… but somehow life gets in the way of actually putting pen to paper — errr… fingers to keyboard! Happily, it’s fun stuff that’s getting in the way these days (rather than all my...