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Biology Unit on the Biosphere: biomes, ecosystems, habitats, feeding relationships, biological interactions

What is the difference between a biome, ecosystem, and habitat?  What is a food web?  What is the energy pyramid? What is symbiosis?  How do different species interact?  What in the world is amensalism or antiobiosis?!  These are some of the things we covered in our latest biology unit! How We Started Our unit on Biomes: This semester we started with an overview of the main biomes. The kids could...

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U.S. Presidents’ Worksheets – Presidents Day

Free Presidents Day Notebook Pages! The third Monday in February is a federal holiday in the U.S. It is officially called Washington’s Birthday. Because Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is February 12, many people refer to this holiday as Presidents’ Day.  This is also a state holiday, though different states call it different things:  Washington’s Birthday,   President’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Washington and Lincoln Day, and even George Washington/Thomas Jefferson Birthday (in Alabama)....

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Organization: How We Keep On Top of Things While Homeschooling

When things get disorganized I feel really scattered and wind up dropping the ball. There’s a lot for homeschoolers to keep track of, right? So, how do we keep on top of everything? Being brutally honest here… I/We can’t always do it all! Homeschooling is challenging because there are so many different areas to juggle, not just the academics. We just do the very best we can! I’ve found there...

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Free Calendar and Homeschool Planning Pages (Spring – Summer 2016)

As many of you know, I use a notebook and calendar to keep our homeschool and family life organized.  I make my own printable calendar pages and print them out about 6 months or so ahead.  I needed to add in new pages to update my calendar/planning notebook for later in the summer and early fall 2016.  I wanted to share that with you today if you can use it....

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Valentine’s Day Math – Percent Worksheet

DD is working on percentages at the moment which she said she’s really enjoying.    I made a couple of percent worksheets in a Valentine’s Day theme. She was happy for that (rather than her same-0ld, same-old math workbook!).  I might add to the file later, but wanted to share this sooner than later with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching! Hope someone else can use these! They are free to download! ...

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Silent Letter Worksheets and Word Sort

The past few weeks, the kids have been working on some silent letter words.  The worked on words like… Words with a silent B such as: climb comb crumb doubt dumb Words with a silent C such as: scene scissors muscle fascinate Words with a silent D such as: handkerchief sandwich Wednesday Words with a silent G such as: campaign design gnat gnaw sign Words with a silent H such...

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Multiplication by 8s Worksheet Packet (Lizard Theme)

ED is working on the 8s multiplication facts. I’ve found that the other multiplication packets I made have worked really, really well for her.  This lizard-themed worksheet packet wound up being 37 pages. There’s a FREE multiplication and division (for the 8s) game board for you later in the post. Skip Counting Song for the 8s In our family the kids sang the 8s to the tune of The Bear...

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Chinese New Year Activities for Ages 3-6: Plus Free Dragon-Themed Number and Letter Printables

This year, Chinese New Year is on Monday, February 8th, 2016.  I wanted to share the free printable I made last year and also share the China lapbook and some of the activities the kids did when they were ages 2-6 or so. I also highlighted some of the books that the kids loved at that age. First, here is the free printable. There are clothes-pin number and letter cards....

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Early Renaissance: The Medici Family and Renaissance Art Notebook Pages

Early Renaissance Worksheet Packet The past few weeks we started learning about the early Renaissance period. Last semester we studied the Middle Ages. We finished in the 1300s with the Black Plague and Hundred Years War.  In January, we started Suzanne Strauss Art’s book, The Story of the Renaissance, (affiliate link) which we are using as our spine for the Renaissance and Reformation. It started with a section on the medieval...

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A Little Princess

The girls and I watched a wonderful film this weekend called A Little Princess .  My girls (almost 8 and 10) loved it *so, so* much I decided it was worth mentioning to my readers as well.  It is the story of a girl who lived in India. When WWI broke out, her father took her to New York City where she had to attend a stern boarding school.  I...

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Chocolate Play Dough Recipe!

How to Make Chocolate Play Dough! The same day that we did the Chocolate Making Kit, (boy did my kids love that!!) I had a surprise for the kids. We made an enormous batch of chocolate play dough! Then, while I read aloud I let the kids have fun.  This was such a huge hit — even my 12 year old came over to check out the action for a while...

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Make Your Own Chocolate Kit!

Chocolate Making Activity We did this Make Your Own Chocolate Kit (affiliate link) a number of years ago and we all loved it! After we went over the Rain Forest Plants, it was the perfect time and excuse to make our own chocolate again! The write-up they have in the kit is well done. We read that aloud together before actually making the chocolate. It explains the history of chocolate...

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Free Penguin Addition Games and Worksheets

I thought it’d be fun to make some addition games for those of you with younger kids. It’s winter out for sure here having just gotten at least two feet of snow, so I chose these cute penguins for the game! There are two different games: a Penguins Doubles Game where the kids roll one die and double the number they roll (1+1, 2+2, 3+3, etc.).  My kids learned their doubles...

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Plants of the Rain Forest Activity: with Free Rain Forest Plant Cards

Today I wanted to share a fun activity we did about rain forest plants. As many of you know, we are doing a large biology unit on biomes, ecosystems, biological interactions, animal relationships, and so forth.  At the end of last semester we went over basic animal characteristics — the 5 vertebrate groups, the main invertebrate groups, and some fun activities for my youngest daughter — spiders vs. insects, domesticated...