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Middle Ages in the 1300s: Black Plague Simulation; Worksheets on the Crusades, Hundred Year’s War

We spent a couple of weeks studying the events of the 1300s. Today I’m going to share the worksheets I made for the kids about the Crusades, Hundred Year’s War, and the Black Plague. I’ll also share the simulation: Will you survive the Black Plague?!! To start, we covered the history of the Crusades, Hundred Year’s War and the Black Plague. We read the chapters in our history book. We...

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Blizzard 2016

We woke this morning to 18 inches of snow, with another 10 inches (or more) expected in the next 24 hours!  The drifts we have around the house are considerably deeper!  Since we live down in the woods, we were expecting to lose power (and were prepared for that), but as you can see, we’re still on the grid! Here is a glimpse of our deck from noon yesterday (Friday,...

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Free Apostrophe Worksheet

This is another free apostrophe worksheet that I made for the kids last week.  This worksheet is mostly about showing possession and touches on possessive pronouns. In general apostrophes are used to show possession to show that a letter or letters have been omitted (ie. contractions) the plural of letters, numbers, and symbols If you can use it, this apostrophe worksheet is free to download.  There is an answer sheet...

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A Day in the Life – Homeschool Post (Ages almost 8, 10, 12)

It has been a while since I just wrote about one of our days.  I thought I would write up a quick post about the flow of our day. In our homeschool, no day is exactly like another. Today I had to drag myself out of bed. I was up until nearly 3am last night working on the computer (on some school stuff for the kids and some behind the...

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they’re/their/there, it’s/its, you’re/your, way/weigh – and other Homophones Worksheet

Today I’m sharing a very quick homophone worksheet I made for the kids. Some of the words they have to use correctly include: they’re/their/there it’s/its you’re/your way/weigh fare/fair witch/which new/knew right/write This homophone worksheet is free to download. There is an answer sheet too (though I don’t show it below). Hope someone else finds it useful! ~Liesl Homophones Worksheet: they’re/their/there, it’s/its, you’re/your, etc. Other related posts that may be of...

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STEM: Make Your Own Marble Maze; Flashlight Project

You know how we often like to start back into homeschooling with some engaging, out-of-the-box  activities? Sometimes we’ve done engineering challenges, other times we’ve done some fun critical thinking activities. Last week, I challenged the kids to make their own marble maze. They each took a big piece of cardboard, sticks (or whatever) and a glue-gun and went to work! They had fun trying to complete each other’s maze courses! ...

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Multiplication Practice Game Boards for 6s and 7s (Catch the Mouse Game)

Recently I came across these multiplication game boards I made for LD years ago. Originally I made it for LD to practice his 7s, but then I made another for the 6s. I thought ED would have fun reviewing her 6s and 7s facts when we start back to school. We’ve been playing these daily since the holidays!   I’m going to share this game again for those who might be...

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Biology Unit — Free CDC Unit on Rabies

We are studying biology right now. Last week, the kids had to choose one of the biomes, do research about it, and prepare a 3 to 5 minute speech.  They did a great job!  This week, they are going to do another short research project.  This time, I thought I would have the kids do another of the CDC units.  Previously (a couple of years ago) they did projects on...

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Montessori Style Addition Pages – Winter Theme

Today I’ve got some free Montessori-style addition pages.  There are some pages with no regrouping and some with regrouping (ie. carrying).  These are similar to the pages I made for ED a couple of years ago. It really helped her with the columns laid out and in the Montessori colors.  I used pages like these for all three of my kids as they moved on to double-digit addition. These are...

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Middle Ages – Feudalism Worksheets and Activities (an *Awesome* Simulation Activity!)

The kids learned so much from our hands-on activities about feudalism. We did a simulation of feudalism that helped the kids understand the roles and responsibilities of the various members of society. And we also studied of some well-known medieval paintings from that period. So first, a bit about our feudalism worksheets. For this unit, we are using Early Times: The Story of the Middle Ages, (affiliate link) by Suzanne...

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Free Winter Division and Multiplication Worksheets

ED is working hard on division. She has now learned almost all of the multiplication tables (except for the 8s).  These winter-themed worksheets are mostly for division practice, but there are a few pages of general multiplication worksheets too.  There are 9 pages total. These are free to download. Hope someone can use these! If you use them we’d love to hear from you.  ED always loves when she hears...

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Homeschool Science: Year in Review and What’s Coming Up

When I think about all we’ve done this past year in 2015 in science, I’m really pretty amazed! It’s been a fun, full year!  This post has links to dozens of our science experiments, printables and hands-on activities. You’ll find direct links to the posts in the table below. We managed to squeeze in various engineering (STEM) type activities here and there. In January of 2015 we were in the...

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Writing Workshop: Depth and Complexity Icons

How do you teach literary analysis to kids?  Helping students study and analyze literature on a deeper level In our new Writing Workshop Unit this January we are going to go look at books more analytically. Some of our mini-lessons have included story structure (building to a climax, etc); finding topics to write about; looking at the opening of books (hooking the reader);  using different techniques such as similes, metaphors,...