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Reading List – Grade 7-9

Today I thought I would share some of the literature that is on our reading list for grades 7 to 9. These are well-known classics.  We’re pretty flexible in that I won’t make them finish a book they “hate.”  Life’s too short and their are too many amazing books! Let me add that our list changes as the kids’ interest change and as we cover different things in our homeschool....

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Earth Science – Hands-On Activities

Every few years, we have learned about Earth Science.  Each time we cover this material, we’ve added in new hands-on activities to help the kids understand some of the Earth’s processes. Today, I thought I’d share some of the photos from the first time we studied Earth Science since they’re buried here on the blog. We talked about the layers of the Earth and did a cute hands-on activity with...

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Free Fractions Packet!

Free Equivalent Fractions Packet! (Hearts-Theme or Plain) My daughter is just starting to learn about equivalent fractions… learning that 1 is the same as 2/2, 3/3, etc.  Today I want to share the fractions packet that I first used with my son years ago! ED has done the basics with fractions (shading in fractions and adding fractions with the same denominator), but she is just diving into creating equivalent fractions...

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Winter Packet: Earth’s Axis/Seasons, The Arctic vs. Antarctica, Polar Animals and More (75+ pages)

The past few weeks, my daughter has been doing a big unit on Winter. The first part is about 60 pages and covers topics such as Earth’s axis, the months and seasons, the Arctic vs. Antarctica, and goes in depth about various polar animals. The second part, pages 63 to 78, includes some PreK activities. This is a really fun winter unit with lots of hands-on activities, lapbook/interactive notebook pieces, various...

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Science Checklist for Elementary and Middle School Updated

Hi Everyone, This is just a real quick note to let you know that I have updated the Science Unit Homeschool Checklist post.  These are the science units I hope to cover in elementary and middle school.  I know I’ve had a lot of new visitors to the blog and wanted to point this resource out. Also, someone dropped me a note to ask if I’ve finished the Curriculum Resource...

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Long E Words e, ee, ea, e-e, ie, ei, y, ey Activities and Games

Long-e Spellings: e, ee, ea, e-e, ie, ei, y and ey Spelling Word Sort Activities and Games Our family has used All About Spelling (affiliate link) for many years. It lays out various spelling rules in a really clear, easy to follow manner.  I’ve found that the kids also enjoy doing activities and games to help reinforce what they have learned. (Find out more about why we love the AAS program...

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Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome Worksheets and Activities

Today, I’m going to share a few worksheets and cards about Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.  These are free to download! These cover highlights such as: Homer Troy the Parthenon The story or Romulus and Remus the Colosseum Julius Caesar Last semester, we read the Story of the World, vol. 1 (affiliate link), which is all about the ancient world. As I said before, ED loved this book! (And her...

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Make Your Own Egyptian Pyramid!

We love hands-on projects and ED had fun at the end of last semester learning about Ancient Egypt. I thought I would share the cool project she made (mostly on her own!). My youngest and I read through the Story of the World, vol. 1 (affiliate link) about the ancient world. ED loved the way this book is written. (She is 8.) At the time, my older two were doing...

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US Presidents Free Notebook Pages: Eisenhower

Today I have a free packet for you that reviews our US Presidents. At times in our homeschool, we take the opportunity to review the 45 U.S. Presidents. We do that by singing a song that lists them in order.   We then spend time highlighting 6 or 8 of them and talking about the major events that happened during their presidency. Then we’ll learn a bit more about one...

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5 Tips for Helping Kids to Write – Writing Resource Pack (Currently FREE!)

“Mom, I don’t know what to write!” Have you ever heard that in your homeschool? Today I have five ways you can help kids when they are feeling stuck with their writing. At the end of this post, you can download our 35+ page writing resource packet. It is currently FREE to download! Writing Tips: Writing Resource Packet We’ve been using a writing workshop for a couple of years now. ...

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German Unit: Freizeit – Was machst du? (Daily activities, hobbies) das Haus Wortschatz and More!

In this German unit, the kids learned how to talk about daily routines, activities, hobbies and chores. We covered topics such as: Was machst du den ganzen Tag? (Daily routines,  activities, chores) das Haus Wortschatz (items around the house) Was machst du in deiner Freizeit?  (Hobbies) And, there are a couple pages about conjugating verbs in the present tense. Daily Routine: We started this unit with vocabulary relating to one’s...

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Homeschool Den Chat – Free FB Group

Ready to have some meaningful conversations about the ups & downs of homeschool life? Join our free Homeschool Den Chat Facebook Group – called Homeschool Den Chat, a community of inspiring, creative, dedicated homeschooling parents! This is a closed FB group to share what’s working (and what’s not) in your homeschool.  Come join us as we talk about the ups and downs of homeschool life. Share what’s working in your...

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Get the Most From Your Holiday Break

Congratulations! After a busy semester, we are all ready for a well-deserved break!  The kids are excited for the holidays and we educators need time to regroup, relax and re-energize too! Here are some tips for getting the most from your holiday break! 1. If you have time before the holidays are upon us, try to wrap up your schooling completely. Even if you are in the middle of a...

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Homeschool Science 2016 Year in Review – And What’s Coming Up Next

When I think about all we’ve done this past year in 2016 in science, I’m really pretty amazed! It’s been a fun, full year! This post has links to dozens of our science experiments, science worksheets and printables, and hands-on activities. You’ll find direct links to the posts in the table below. Last year as we moved into the new year (in January to May 2016), we were focused on...