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German Books for Kids

This semester we started back in our German studies with these two story books. We sat down together to read through the stories… and stop along the way to go over vocabulary.  The first book we read was Floppy Das Monster Ist Fast Auf Immer Verloren (German Edition) (The books in this post are affiliate links.) The kids did really well with both the story line and the vocabulary. The other book we are...

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Critical Thinking Activities – Math Circles

A few days ago, I mentioned that we started back into homeschooling with Math Circles rather than jumping into our “normal” math curriculum. What are math circles? From what I understand, they started in Russia where they hosted math contests.  Students competed to answer various word problems. The contest itself was designed to get students intrigued and excited about mathematics. There’s something similar here in the US called the Math Olympiad....

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Grammar Review Sheet – Capital Letters, Commas, Letters

We’re just getting back into the swing of things after our fabulous holiday!! I made this quick grammar review sheet for ED this week. It reviews rules about using capital letters, commas and letter writing.    Meanwhile you can click below for the Grammar Review Sheet-capital letter comma letter ED has only gone over the first few comma rules; you can find that worksheet here: Simple Comma Rules Worksheet (for K-1) which also...

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Brilliant Way for Kids to Understand Pi

Just a quick note for you this morning because I thought you might like this too. When I saw this, I just knew I’d have to share it with the kids! They have taken to memorizing π. (I think DD knows π to 31 digits and her best friend knows it to 50 digits (in two languages, she tells me!)! Um… I’m not sure why, but it’s impressive!).  The illustration below makes π so...

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Teach Your Child to Read – Activities to Foster Early Reading Skills

How do you help your child build early literacy skills? Here are 12 fun activities to help build early reading skills! These are activities we did with CVC words and basic sight words to make the learning process fun and engaging!! The first step in learning to read is to make sure your child knows their letter sounds. We shared lots of ideas about that in our Preschool at Home...

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How to Start Homeschooling After the Holidays

The holidays are almost over… Two or three (or more!) weeks have gone by since you last “cracked the books”…  The “normal” homeschool routine is a thing of the past…  Are you feeling ready to start back into homeschooling? Here are some of the things I try to do before we jump back into our homeschool routine. 1) Make Sure You’ve Really Had a Break! If you have spent the...

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20+ Classic History Movies to Watch With Older Kids

While Hollywood movies aren’t necessarily “historically accurate,” they do make an impact that sparks people’s interest and encourages people to delve into a subject area in more detail.  Here are some classic movies you might consider watching with your family. Remember, to preview the film first to see if it is appropriate for your family.  When we have watched some of these classic movies together, there are some scenes I’ve chosen...

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We’re Under Construction!

Hi Everyone! We are working hard to transfer all our materials from our Parents.com location to our new location here! Please bear with us as we work to get the site up and running.  Our appearance will change considerably over the coming days and weeks.  We hope to start posting officially here around the first week of January; of course, feel free to browse around through all of our older...

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Homemade Christmas Keepsakes

Every year there are a few Christmas decorations that I absolutely LOVE bringing out!  I wanted to share a few of our family favorites! My personal favorites are the ones that include pictures of the kids. One year when the kids were not-quite-2, 4 and 6, I made a holiday picture banner. I took pictures of the kids holding all the letters in Merry Christmas.  Then I laminated them and...

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Holiday Skip Counting Pages (2s thru 7s)

I made some Christmas skip counting mazes for my daughter last year and printed them out for her math notebook.  You’ll find skip counting pages for the 2s through the 7s. Free Holiday Skip Counting Practice 2s thru 7s If you find them useful, I’d love to hear from you over at my Homeschool Den Facebook Page! You might be interested in our multiplication packets: Learning the Multiplication Facts:  As my...

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Christmas Addition Worksheets with Pete the Cat

I made these pages a couple of years ago. They include basic addition practice and a blank sheet for domino math.  I’ll have her roll the die and fill in the blanks—and I’ll also use some dominoes and have her fill in the numbers. If you don’t have actual dominoes, you can print the domino set from Mathwire. They even have a add-on set for up to double-nines. I’m hoping to create some subtraction pages...

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Pete the Cat Multiplication and Division Pages

A couple of years ago I made these Pete the Cat inspired pages for the kids.  They love when I make practice pages just for them! You can download the Christmas Division Pages here. Meanwhile, I made these sheets for DD when she was working on her multiplication tables from 1s through 5s. (That’s why there is nothing higher than that.)  There are six pages — one pages is just multiplication by...