Category: Homeschool Den

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What We’re Up to in Our Homeschool (Gr. 2, 5, 7)

This week I’m changing our “Thoughts on Teaching” series up a bit to write about how our homeschool days flow in general.  Each day is pretty different from the one before and is usually a result of what we didn’t get to (or got to only minimally) the day before.  But I keep a general running tab (mentally if not by checklist!) of what we’re doing in each subject. So...

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Chemistry Unit: The Periodic Table

This semester we did a new unit on chemistry and focused on the Periodic Table. We typically use secular resources, but I previewed Chemistry 101: An Overview of God’s Chemical World over the summer on the recommendation of a close friend. It is a wonderful resource. I found the video to be really well done (the kids really enjoyed it) and while there were a few references religion (especially in...

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Thanksgiving Preschool Printables (free)

This packet has various Thanksgiving printables for preschoolers including clothes pin letter matching and counting cards. It also has a 2-letter word file folder game for kids who are a little older. For the counting cards and upper and lower case letter matching, be sure to print the pages out on card stock. Have your child place a clothes pin on the correct answer.  (This is also really good for...

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ow ou oy oi aw au Word Sort Activities

This is a set of word sort activities to reinforce the “ow” and “ou” vowel team; the “oy” and “oi” patterns;  and the “au” and “aw” vowel patterns.  ED is finishing up volume 2 of All About Spelling (affiliate link), the spelling program I’ve used with all 3 kids, and she wanted some fun games again to go over these various vowel teams. Since we are diving into a new...

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Chemistry Experiments for Kids (Grade 2) – Mixtures, Chromatography, DNA Kit

Today, I want to share the three more chemistry activities we did during our unit on chemistry for my youngest, who is currently 7. Mixtures Un-Mixing: Chromatography DNA Kit Earlier this week, I shared the first two science experiments we did, and you can find those here (and in the free pdf printable at the bottom of this post): Matter is Neither Created Nor Destroyed (Molecules switch atoms) – Chapter...

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Free Grammar Worksheets: Capitalization Rules Practice Sheets

We are spending a couple of weeks on grammar rules again.  We are going to review some of the basic rules about capitalization. This should be fairly straight-forward for my older two. Some of this will be new for ED, so I’ll sit down with her to work on these together. Some of the rules we’re covering include: Capitalize the first word of every sentence Capitalize the first word in...

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Chemistry Experiments for Kids (Grade 2) – Matter is Neither Created Nor Destroyed — Acids and Bases

This semester we’ve been doing a Chemistry Unit for science. We tend to do our science and history units together. In the next two posts, I wanted to share some of the activities I did that were more geared toward my youngest (my older kids have done these before).  Then after that I will share the chemistry materials my older two (grades 5 and 7) have used as we’ve delved...

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Free Halloween Addition and Subtraction Packet

Today I would like to share another free Halloween packet of math worksheets and games.  This contains free addition and subtraction worksheets.  Since everyone’s kids are at different levels, I included some very basic/beginning addition worksheets that cover +2 facts as well as doubling (2+2, 3+3, 4+4…) as well as sheets that go into carrying or borrowing.  There are about twenty pages, so hopefully there are a few sheets your...

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Thoughts on Teaching: Meaningful Teaching Activities

Have you noticed that the longer  you talk, the more the kids’ attention wanders? People’s brains stay sharply focused only for short periods… I think I’ve read figures of between 10 and 20 minutes for average kids. But of course, the more interested  you are in a subjects, the better able you are to sustain attention. The key to education then is transforming students from passive receivers of information to...

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German Conversation Cards and Worksheets: Clothing – die Kleidung

Are you practicing clothing, shopping and colors in German with your kids? These are the worksheets and cards we used for this unit. As many of you know, we are studying German as our foreign language. (Why German? I studied German in high school and college, so it’s the language I’m most comfortable helping the kids learn.) This semester, we have daily conversation practice built into our day.  I made...

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Writing Scary Stories – Writing Workshop Mini-Lesson

With Halloween coming up and the house decorated with creepy spider webs and stuff, it’s the perfect time to dabble in writing scary stories! I thought I would share the materials I made for the kids for our Writing Workshop. This lesson was all about Writing Scary Stories! Before they delved in to writing their story, I wanted to spend some time talking about what makes a story creepy. Scary...

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American Revolution Unit: Books, Movies and Resources for Kids

There are lots of wonderful books and movies for kids about the American Revolution. In this post, I’m going to highlight some of the resources we used during our American Revolution Unit.  Our kids are currently elementary and middle school age:  7, (almost) 10 and 12. Don’t forget that our American Revolution packet is free until Wednesday, Oct. 21. Click on the photo below to find out more details about...