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Free 30-Page Halloween Multiplication Packet: Math Worksheets and Games

I have a 30-page Halloween-themed Multiplication Packet to share with my amazing readers today! This packet has 20 or so multiplication worksheets. These cover the 2s through the 9s (even though my daughter hasn’t covered all the math fact families yet, I still included all of them.)   You can print out two pages on one sheet to save space.  I printed two per page, folded them in half and...

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Writing Scary Stories – Writing Workshop Mini-Lesson

With Halloween coming up and the house decorated with creepy spider webs and stuff, it’s the perfect time to dabble in writing scary stories! I thought I would share the materials I made for the kids for our Writing Workshop. Before they delve in to writing, I wanted to spend some time talking about what makes a story creepy. Scary stories often involve fear and tragedy. Suspense and tension are...

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American Revolution Unit: Books, Movies and Resources for Kids

There are lots of wonderful books and movies for kids about the American Revolution. In this post, I’m going to highlight some of the resources we used during our American Revolution Unit.  Our kids are currently elementary and middle school age:  7, (almost) 10 and 12. Don’t forget that our American Revolution packet is free until Wednesday, Oct. 21. Click on the photo below to find out more details about...

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Homeschooling is Like Coaching an Olympic Sport

To become an expert, I’ve heard it takes 10,000 hours of hard work and practice.  But, it also takes a special teacher, coach or mentor to get to that elite level. Just as top Olympic coaches help motivate and train their athletes by keeping track of every work out and by designing plans and drills that work, we homeschoolers/educators keep track of our kids’ learning, observe their strengths and weaknesses...

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Music for Elementary: Music Symbols (Week 4)

This past week, we talked quite a bit about different music symbols such as treble clef, base clef, natural sign, flat and sharp symbols, crescendo, quarter notes, half notes, etc. etc.  (We also went over various notes as we’ve done previous weeks, though I won’t talk about those activities this week.) We played Music Bingo (the easy version). For the link to this and other free music activities, see our...

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Free Minecraft Math Worksheets: Multiplication by 7s

Today I have a freebie for you. My kids still love playing Minecraft… and ED likes the Minecraft themed math worksheet characters I made.  So, here’s yet another set of Minecraft math worksheets! I made these for practicing multiplication by 7s (for beginners). ED knows the “song” for skip-counting by 7s.  We sing the 7s to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat: 7, 14 21 28, 35 42...

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Native American Unit

Columbus Day was set aside as the second Monday in October as a federal holiday in 1934. Slowly celebrations of Native American culture has been gaining recognition as well.  For example, South Dakota renamed Columbus Day to Native American Day in 1990. This Columbus Day,  more cities are recognizing Native Americans (see this CBS article). According to CBS News, nine cities will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. Those cities include ...

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Free Online Multiplication Games

The past week or so, ED has been playing some online multiplication games to work on her math facts.  I wanted to highlight some of the ones she has been having fun with. My girls’ favorite from multiplication.com is called Fairy Fun.  The picture adds more and more detail as you answer the problems correctly. You can highlight more than one set of multiplication facts (you could select 2s, 3s and...

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Black Bean and Cilantro Wrap

Last week we tried a new recipe for lunch.  The kids absolutely loved this.  Not only did we have it for lunch twice last week, but we got more cilantro and made another batch for dinner because the kids wanted Dad to try it out as well!!  I call that a winner!! What I also loved is that it takes under 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish! Ingredients:...

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Causes of and Events Leading to the American Revolution (30-Page Packet)

Our most recent history unit was on the causes and events leading up to the American Revolution. We went into quite a bit of depth on the French and Indian War and how the colonies then became the focus of England’s attention in the post-(French and Indian)-War period as Parliament struggled to cover their expenses and tackle their massive debts. It’s been a fun unit — we’ve read a ton...

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Thoughts on Teaching: Life Happens

This post is completely different post than the one I intended to write this week. Why? Because life happens! I don’t have the time to dive into that topic in the way that I want.  I was going to write a post on fostering creativity and being engaging as a teacher/homeschooler… How ironic because today was the antithesis of that! In fact, we had to settle for a bare-minimum type...

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Music Curriculum: Week 3 in Pictures – Music Note Identification Game and More

We’ve still been moving slowly, but steadily through our music curriculum. My older two are definitely understand all the material we’ve gone over, but it definitely takes ED longer to remember all the notes… which is why all the games we’ve been playing have been so wonderful! She needs a lot of repetition and it is not yet translating to what she does on the piano (she just memorizes what...

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Language Arts Update: Literature, Spelling, Vocabulary and Grammar

This is just a quick post about our language arts so far this fall.  The first few weeks of school were off to a good start! Our writing workshop is going well, and the kids really like the literature books we’ve add in (for the first part of writing workshop). The kids are really happy with these books. We set the timer for 20 minutes, but usually they take a...

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Free Multiplication by 6s Math Worksheets and Skip Counting Mazes: Fall Theme

ED is working on her multiplication facts this year.  She has been skip counting by 6s for the past year in large part because of the hand-clapping game I made up for the girls last year. I’ll post that video in below.  This year she’s moving on to learning the multiplication facts.  She is doing really well with the 3s now… and while most people would go on to the...