Category: Homeschool Den

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Slavery Unit: Books and DVDs We Used

This semester we are doing a unit on Slavery and the Civil War for history.  Today I wanted to share some of the books and DVDs we used for this part of our unit. We first talked about the kingdoms of Africa.  We began watching the first disc of the documentary, African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (affiliate link), which we borrowed from the library. (We stopped there because we hadn’t...

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Spanish Fruit and Vegetable Cards: Tarjetas para clasificar las frutas y los vegetales

Tarjetas para clasificar las frutas y los vegetales Once again I’ve teamed up with Sra. Morato from Homeschool Spanish Curricululm  and we have another free Spanish printable for you. This week our free printable is on fruits and vegetables! These are great for beginning language learners for basic vocabulary building and conversation practice. Let me turn the post straight over to Sra. Morato! Hola parents! I want to congratulate you...

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Early Elementary Homeschool Science

 A reader sent me an email asking about homeschool science for her daughter who is in kindergarten this year.  She said she was feeling overwhelmed about science and wondered where/how to start. She said she hadn’t done any science yet and wondered if the States of Matter unit was a good place to start.  I wrote her back and shared the free printable resource/checklist I made last year about some...

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Homeschool Schedule & Transitions

Over the weekend I wrote a post about what I might do if I were starting all over again with toddlers and preschoolers in-tow (Homeschooling Multiple Ages).  In today’s post, I wanted to share what our routine looks like these days.  I have two kids in middle school (ie. grades 6 and 8) and one in grade 3.  Our homeschool is considerably more structured than it used to be. When...

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States of Matter – Changing States of Matter Packet (50+pages)

We have a bran-new 50+ page packet on the three states of matter – solids, liquids, gases and changing states of matter. We talked quite a bit about the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases. We also went into a lot of detail on the changing states of matter covering those six changes (melting, freezing, evaporation, condensation, sublimation, deposition).  In this packet there are various notebook pages, worksheets, lapbook (interactive...

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Changes in States of Matter: Sublimation and Deposition Activities with Dry Ice!

This fall we’ve been studying the states of matter and changes of matter.  Today I’m going to share some of our activities as we talked about the changes in states of matter from solid to gas–sublimation and from gas to solid–deposition.  It was a day of Dry Ice FUN!! While most kids know freezing, melting and evaporation sublimation and deposition are a bit more challenging, that is – until you...

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Multiplication Facts Packet (25-Pages)

Last year, my daughter learned all of her multiplication facts but I knew she would need a lot of review this fall.  I asked her over the summer what theme she wanted her latest packet to be and she chose Ancient Egypt.  No, we’re not studying Ancient Egypt at the moment, but she loved the clipart!  So, that’s what I put together for her! This packet includes multiplication worksheets on...

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Writing: Show Don’t Tell Practice Worksheets (Free Packet)

Today I have some writing practice pages to share with you about the concept, “Show Don’t Tell.” The kids and I are spending a number of days talking about this writing strategy. “Show Don’t Tell” helps the reader to experience the story by using descriptions, actions, thoughts, feelings, & emotions. Using this technique helps readers feel like they are right in the middle of the action! Here’s how I explained...

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States of Matter: Hands-On Activities about Liquids

In this part of our States of Matter unit we talked about some of the properties of liquids. A few days ago, I shared some of activities as we discussed gases. You’ll find that here: States of Matter-Hands-On Activities about Gases. We continued to talk about the structure of matter. Liquids have a definite volume, but no definite shape. Not only did we talk about some of the characteristics of...

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sh ch th Word Sort Activities (Free!)

This activity is for kids who are learning to listen for the consonant blends: sh ch and th.  As the kids were learning to read, I had a wide variety of file folder games and activities that I would rotate into their workboxes. A friend of mine is working with her son and I couldn’t find original file I had used… so I made a new set to share with...

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Daily Calendar in Spanish! La Página de calendario de Hoy

It is a new school year! Start learning about the calendar in Spanish! These three video lessons will teach you about the: •    Days of the week •    Months •    How to talk about the weather Hola! I am Sra. Morato, a homeschool mom of three and Spanish certified teacher.  I am so excited Liesl has given me the platform to share with you all some of my Spanish lessons....

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Our First Day of School! :)

Today was our first official day of school. After all the planning I did this summer, it was fabulous to finally just jump in and start off the year!! This year we’ve set up a more structured schedule for ourselves… at least to start with.  Other years, we covered all of our subjects, but each day was different. This year we’ve decided (together, this wasn’t just my idea) to have...

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Friday Freebies: Missing Numbers 1 to 20 for PreK or Beginning Language Learners

Missing Numbers (1 to 20) Activity Pages for PreK or Beginning Language Learners (Scroll down for the free download!!) Hi Everyone! This fall, I have a number of free file folder games to share with you.  I’ll be sharing those on Fridays!  I have also teamed up with Sra. Morato at  homechoolspanishcurriculum.com [By the way, if you are using Firefox you might get an error message. It’s being worked on...

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Our Science Plans for This Year

The last couple of weeks, we had our Back to School Challenge, but I didn’t write specifically about our upcoming plans.  In today’s post, I’m going to talk about our plans for science this year. When planning out for the new year, I think back over the units we’ve covered the past few years. I try to make sure that I cover material again as ED (the youngest of my...