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Homeschool Days in September and October: Jamestown, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg, Mt. Vernon, Nat’l Aquarium and more

Fall is an amazing time to take homeschool field trips.  The weather is gorgeous and there are often special programs and discounts for homeschoolers! I’ve highlighted some Homeschool Days from along the east coast: Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, New York… even the Kennedy Space Center has a special Homeschool Day event! I noticed that this next week in particular has a huge number of Homeschool Days. (If you...

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Thoughts on Teaching: The Power Morning!

I really want to do a series called “Thoughts on Teaching.” Why? Well, I’ve been reading a lot lately and have been excited about some of the ideas I’ve come across. As I process all that, I always want to write about it.  May as well bounce my ideas with my online reader friends, right?!! Do you ever need a private cheerleader… someone to pat you on the back and...

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Music Curriculum: Week One

A week or so ago, I shared my general plans for music this semester, but I thought I’d try to share what actually happens from week to week with pictures. Remember, you’ll find the printables (or links to the games and activities) in the pdf at this post: Free Beginner’s Music Curriculum: Learning Notes, Rhythm, Music Notation and More! Last week was our first official week of school, so we...

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Free Minecraft Math Addition & Subtraction Practice Pack

Today I’m going to share this Minecraft themed addition and subtraction packet that I made for my daughter.  It’s free to download! It’s the beginning of the year, so ED definitely needs some review of some of the basic addition and subtraction facts. Combine math facts with her beloved Minecraft characters and she’ll beg to “play” more!! Although they are not presented in this order in the packet, we first...

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Happy Labor Day! Can you imagine your 4 year old working to help pay the bills?

It’s Labor Day and there are so many reasons to be thankful that our family lives here in this country and at this time!  This is a post I wrote a couple of years ago and I thought it was worth sharing again. After the Civil War, the availability of natural resources, new inventions, and a receptive market combined to fuel an industrial boom. The demand for labor grew, and...

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Acadia National Park, Maine — The Last Trip of This Summer

Before I dive too much into our school posts, I wanted to share pictures from our last week of summer vacation.  Back in the spring, we made camping reservations at the Blackwood Campground in Acadia National Park.  We drove up to Maine and spent a week enjoying the beauty of that area! We did a lot of hiking! And the kids and Hubby even braved the cold ocean waters! We...

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Our First Day of (Home)School!! (Grades 2, 5 and 7 Curriculum)

Yesterday was our very first day school.  We had such an amazing summer (and more about that in another day or so), but it is also great to be back in the groove again!  I started the day with my new morning routine (I’ll talk about that more in another post too!), but it left me organized, energized, and ready to go with the kids! ED, of course, was the...

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Teaching Kids to Read: Readers We Used

Are you looking for a phonics program to help your kids learn to read? I’ve put together some of the phonics readers that we used with my three kids. As you’ll see, all three of my kids had different preferences! I know I have a lot of new readers, and several people reached out to me recently who have preschoolers and are just starting out on this homeschool journey.  I...

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Barn Words: FREE 2-Letter Word File Folder Game

When my kids were first learning to read, we used to play a LOT of games. I had a number of file folder games ready to rotate into their work boxes.  I made this two-letter file folder game a while back, but hadn’t gotten around to post it.  Better late than never, right?!!  So, I hope those of you with young ones on the brink of reading find this useful! ...

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Free Beginner’s Music Curriculum: Learning Notes, Rhythm, Music Notation and More!

I had a realization recently.  While the kids can play pieces on the piano, they cannot read music! So, the plan is to slowly but surely make sure they learn and build on those skills. I hope they learn at least two octaves of notes and their corresponding location on the piano/keyboard. I also want them to learn some of the basic music symbols and music notation. I gathered a...

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German Curriculum for Kids

For German this year, we are going to use a number of resources. If you have followed our blog for a while, you know that we used a lot of free resources to build up their basic skills… numbers, colors, animals, basic greetings, etc. You’ll find links to those at the bottom of this post. This year, we will be buckling down a bit more.  Just so you know, I...

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A Week of German Immersion Camp! (Even for Mom!)

This past week, we did something really ausgezeichnet/fantastic!! We got in the car… and we drove and drove and drove…  From the east coast…. …to Minnesota! We headed to the small city of Bemidji, visited Paul Bunyan and his Big Blue Ox… … before entering Waldsee (the German language section of Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota). There we spent an entire week immersed in the German language, culture, and food. Of course,...

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Famous World Landmarks – Free Montessori 3-Part Cards

What are the top 20 World Landmarks?  I’ve selected a number of famous buildings from around the world and created a set of Montessori 3-Part Cards. When we start back to school, we will be jump back in with some important geography facts… the largest countries, the countries with the largest population, the world’s largest cities… and more.  We’ll also go over some of the impressive buildings of the world....

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Ancient Greece Unit for Kindergarten, Grade 1 or 2

Ancient Greece Unit Many homeschoolers start off with a unit on the  Ancient world. Our family was no different! When LD was 6 (and the girls were 4 and 2), we started with units on Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece.  I thought I would share some of the activities and books we used for our Ancient Greece Unit.   You’ll see that the way we pull units together hasn’t changed much...