Category: Homeschool Den

Clock-Printable2 4

Telling Time: Games, Worksheets and More

When I shared the free skip-counting pages a little while back, I mentioned that ED has been working a lot on clocks.  I thought I’d share some of the clock-type activities we use in our homeschool. I made ED a packet of time sheets from the Teacher’s Corner:  Time Worksheet Generator.  You can create worksheets that suit your child’s needs. You can create worksheets to the hour, half-hour, quarter hour,...

BiographyProject 79

Biography Research Paper Resource Pack (Free)

Last semester, the kids worked on their first mini-research paper.  They hadn’t done a project like this before, so I took them step-by-step through the process of finding books and Internet resources, creating a bibliography, taking notes and writing a paper.  They had a “due date” and I graded their paper and gave them feedback on what they could do better next time. I wanted them to have the experience...

Winter-AdditionPages 2

Free Winter-Themed Addition Pages

I made these free addition worksheets for my daughter for this next week.  I thought I’d share them in case anyone else can find them of use. These pages are pretty simple addition and doubling. Free Winter-Themed Addition Pages You might also enjoy the Montessori-Style Winter Addition Pages Our Free Winter-Themed Multiplication pages can be found here. See you again soon here or Homeschool Den Facebook page. Don’t forget to...

Blausen_0328_EarAnatomy 3

Mom Down! Why I’m in Surgery Today…

The past three months have been very difficult.  If you’re a regular reader, you know I had ear surgery in October.  I have more complications than I can count on one hand. Healing was very slow and a couple of weeks after the surgery I came down with something called BPPV in two semi-circular canals (in my ear) which causes vertigo, the entire world to spin, balance issues and incredible...

Timeline-EventsLeadingtoCivilRtsMovement 12

Free Civil Rights Packet: Timeline of Events Leading to the Civil Rights Movement

Yesterday I shared the Civil Rights books we’ll be using in our Civil Rights Movement unit.  Before we go into a lot of depth about the events of the 1950s and 1960s, I wanted to make sure the kids really understood some of the history leading up to this period. I created a photo timeline of events to help my kids review (and/or understand) the events leading to the Civil...

Civil Rights Books for Kids 14

Civil Rights Books for Elementary

This semester we are doing a unit on the Civil Rights Movement.   I came up with a long list of books that we can read with this unit.  Most of them I found at our local library. I thought I would share the list I compiled in case someone else might find it useful:   Civil Rights Movement Books you may want to read with your students: Elementary (these...

Why Should Kids Study Languages? 1

Why Should Kids Study Languages?

U.S. students lag far behind in their foreign language capabilities compared to students in much of the world. The U.S. has a lot to learn from these countries. There are so many reasons to learn a foreign language. Learning a foreign language helps increase understanding of other cultures and introduces students to new ideas, customs, habits, and values. Put another way, learning a foreign language increases global understanding. It fosters respect...

Our Homeschool Plans This Semester 4

Our Homeschool Plans This Semester

Over the holidays I spent a lot of time away from the computer (blogging, that is), but I did pull together plans for the new semester. Here’s what’s on the agenda: Science: We’ll be starting an earth science unit on weather, wind and water. We’ll be starting with an overview of the Earth’s 4 systems and then will learn about the atmosphere before continuing on to wind, weather, etc. daily...

Year in Review at NASA 0

Year in Review at NASA

A couple of days ago I mentioned how I really love the year-end wrap up programs.  I thought I’d mention that NASA has a Year in Review post that the kids and I really enjoyed.  When DD saw NASA’s photo of the newest astronaut class she said, “Go Girls!!” because there are 4 women and 4 men pictured! It was really tough to pick our favorite photos.  We loved the incredible...

New Years Self Reflection Questions 2

Self-Reflection Questions for New Years

The year is quickly coming to a close. I absolutely love the year end wrap-ups that come on TV… remembering and reflecting on the good, the amazing, the bad, the sad… And it’s worth thinking about our family’s own year in that same way.  Here are some questions to consider about the year. At the end of the post I’ll share a year-end wrap-up of my own. (It’ll be a...

A Mom’s Wishlist for Santa 0

A Mom’s Wishlist for Santa

Dear Santa, This year my 8-year-old daughter asked if I was going to write to Santa. She’s been writing to you all year and thinking very carefully about what she wants for Christmas.  It’s been a while now since I’ve taken the time to write to you, but I think I’ll do that this year! So Santa, I’d like to start off with the basics.  To be honest, I’m not...

Gandhi-Worksheet 6

Gandhi (Free Worksheets/Notebook Pages)

This week we finished up our studies of India with a close look at Gandhi, his life and contributions. We read a number of children’s books and biographies and watched highlights from the well-known movie, Gandhi.  There are a few parts of the movie that (in my opinion) are too rough for younger kids, but some of the scenes (the Indian country-side, the marches) were amazing! The movie is SO...

PianoMusic2 0

Free Christmas Music for Beginning Piano Players

My kids have been asking for more Christmas music to play on the piano. I went to two of my favorite music-related websites and saw both of them have free Christmas music for beginning piano players. Some of it is perfect for DD who is now on her second year of piano and some of it is great for ED who just started learning piano this fall. The first website is...