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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...

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Free World Map Printables, World at Night Images, Outline Maps, etc.

Today I’m going to share some free printable world maps and other images (like the world at night, etc.). These are pages that we’ll be using when we start back up with school again.  The beautiful images are from NASA. I especially like the images of Earth and the USA at night.  Hope someone finds this useful! ~Liesl Free Printable World Map, Outline Maps You can use the images in the printable...

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Homeschool Supply List & Homeschool Science Supply List

It’s that time of year again! Back to school sales are on and it’s a great time of year to stock up on homeschool supplies. This year, I have added to our original Back to (Home)school Shopping List to include some homeschool science supplies we have used (and are on our shopping list for this year). More about that below! Even though I’m sharing these very long lists now, I...

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Multiplication by 3s File Folder Game

ED will be working a lot this year on basic multiplication facts. She’ll be starting the year with the 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s.  It’s always better when it’s fun and colorful, so I made her this file folder game for practicing skip counting and multiplication by 3s. How do you use this printable? Print the tree and birds (pages 2-4) on card stock. Glue (or tape) the tree to...

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Free Fall 2015 Calendar Printable

As many of you know, each semester I make a new calendar.  I keep one calendar right by my computer for keeping track of blog-related work; I use another for menu planning.   I like making my own so that I can add in the holiday, family birthdays, and some fun clip art. Here is this semester’s calendar if you can use it. It is free to download: Free Fall...

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10 Steps to Get Ready for School!

We’re definitely still in summer mode here… with swimming, camps, play dates, gardening… and an upcoming language immersion camp, but that doesn’t mean that homeschooling isn’t on my mind!! So here are the 10 steps we take to get ready for homeschooling: 1) Send in the official paperwork — the Notice of Intent to Homeschool (if your state require this).  Half of my friends have sent theirs in… the other...

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World Facts Packet

When we start off the new school year, I want the kids to go over some basic world facts again.  Do they remember… What are the four largest countries? (Russia, Canada, the U.S.A., China) What countries have the most people? (China, India, the U.S.A.) What are the world’s largest cities? (Tokyo, Jakarta, Seoul) Which countries have the longest life expectancy? (Monaco, Macau, Japan) What are the major religions? The packet...

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A Passel of Past Posts #4

Welcome to the 4th post in this summer series. I am highlighting a “passel” of posts in this series. This is just a random assortment of activities, printables and posts that you may have missed in the six years I’ve been writing this blog!! Hope you find something useful today. Vertebrate – Invertebrate Cards – These sorting cards are free!! They are useful as kids start learning about classifying animals...

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Free Montessori 3-Part Cards: Amphibians, Frog Life Cycle Notebook (and lapbook) Page

This is definitely the perfect time of year to study frogs, toads, and salamanders!  I made some Montessori 3-Part Cards with some of the common amphibians of the northeast.  This would be a perfect addition to the free Frog Lapbook over at Homeschool Share! You can download these Montessori 3-part cards by clicking on the link below. These are currently free to download! I would love it if you could help...