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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...

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FREE Sight Word and CVC Holiday Activity Packet

Today’s holiday freebie is for those of you whose kids are just starting to read. It is 30-pages and has six sets of words that kids can work on: 2-letter sight words Bob Book Words (from Bob Books Set 1, affiliate link) CVC-Words -at, -it, -ot, -ut CVC Words -ad, -id, -od, -ud CVC Words -ag, -ig, -og, -ug CVC Words -an, -in, -on, -un Each set has a matching...

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20+ Gift Ideas for Tweens (Games, Craft Kits, Books and More!)

Sometimes it can be hard to think of fun, engaging gifts for your kids (and for all those “extra” gifts you have to buy for friends and family). I thought I would highlight some of the games, crafts, and books that my kids have been enjoying lately! First on the list has to be Escape!  My kids LOVE this fast-paced, exciting board and dice game!! My three kids (ages 8,...

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Kindness

This brought our homeschooling to a standstill today! (A thoughtful, touching gift from some friends of ours!!)  This was so cute, I just had to share! It reminds me of the time I took DD out to breakfast… and when I went up to pay, we found out that someone had already paid for our bill.  Sometimes people try to make someone’s day simply because they can!! We all have...

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Slavery and the Civil War Unit (75+ Pages)

This fall we did a major unit on slavery and the Civil War. Our 75+ page packet includes notebook pages, maps, charts, review cards and some of the resources we used for this unit. It includes extensive teacher notes. Our unit actually consisted of three parts: Slavery, Territorial Growth, and the Civil War. This is the first time we’ve covered these topics in depth (up until now, I dragged my...

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Addition – Subtraction FREE Christmas Math Worksheets

Friday Freebies is Back! It’s fitting to start up this series again when everyone is searching for a deal on Black Friday! Today, we have a set of free Christmas math addition and subtraction practice worksheets for you!  These sheets are for kids still working on their basic addition and subtraction facts. Addition-Subtraction FREE Christmas Math Worksheets (Stay tuned for a more advanced set of addition-subtraction Christmas worksheets in a...

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Creating Your Homeschool Curriculum: Grades 2-3, Resource Guide

How to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: Gr. 2-3 One of the things I hear a lot about our blog is that there is so much to take in, it can be overwhelming.  That is especially true if you are a new homeschooler, just starting out.  I’ve dragged my feet about creating a resource like this is because so much of what we covered is not “grade” or “age” specific....

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I am Thankful – Writing Paper (and other Thanksgiving Freebies)

I’m so thankful for so many things… my family, our friends, and you, my dear Reader!  This is the time of the year that we also encourage our kids to be grateful for the things in their lives.  I wanted to share this thankful stationery that I made for the kids last year.  I came across this really pretty fall clipart and the kids (and I!!) fell in love with...

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A Checklist for Surviving and Enjoying the Holiday Period!

Keeping on top of things During the Holidays! Homeschooling in the next 6 or 7 weeks promises to be very hectic.  Not only are we balancing daily school work, but there are other pressures on our time… holiday parties, shopping, decorating, communicating with far-away friends and family.  Rather than getting swept away by holiday stress, be proactive and make sure you know what challenges are coming up! Holiday Preparations: Cards:...

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Electricity and Circuits STEM Unit

Our study of electricity and circuits was electrifying!!  Seriously, we all learned SO much in this unit and did over a dozen hands-on projects!  If your kids love STEM projects, you may enjoy our 30-page Electricity and Circuits Packet. My kids are currently 8, 11 and 13 and they couldn’t wait to dive into science each day while we were doing this unit! Some of the topics and terms we...

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Free Ancient World Worksheets (Egypt, Mesopotamia, India)

Today I have another set of free ancient world history notebook pages for you. These review a few facts about Ancient Egypt, Sumer, Akkadia, Babylon, and Mohenjo-Daro (in the Indus River Valley). My youngest and I are reading Story of the World (affiliate link) together while my older two are working on research papers.  This is a fabulous book for young learners. The stories are engaging and she definitely begs...

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Free Fall Skip Counting Mazes – 2s 3s 5s 10s

This post has lots of free Fall and Thanksgiving math printables including these free skip counting worksheets. The skip counting mazes review the 2s 3s 5s and 10s. In the maze, kids have to find the numbers 2 through 22, 3 through 33, 5 through 55 and 10 through 110. To find the skip counting row, move in any direction up, down, left, right, diagonal! Download the FREE Skip Counting...

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Creating a Homeschool Curriculum: Kindergarten – Grade 1

How to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: K, Gr. 1 This FREE 50-page Homeschool Resource has been created to help answer some basic questions: What subjects should I teach my Kindergartner/1st Grader?  Where do I start? How do I know what to teach my kids? Every child is different, but I wanted to offer a starting point. Hopefully you’ll find some ideas and printables that will work with your kids!...