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Homeschool Motivation – 10 Ways to Keep Going!

It’s mid-winter. It’s cold and there’s still plenty of school left in the semester.  How do we keep ourselves motivated to homeschool? I’ve been thinking about that a LOT lately. When working with the kids, it’s not just having the activities ready, the books out, worksheets printed out. It’s the smile and positive energy that really inspires our homeschool. In that regard, there are times when I’m not doing my job.  Call it...

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Valentine’s Day Skip Counting Mazes for 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s

A number  of people asked for skip counting mazes of 4s and 6s, so I went ahead and made those for this week! This packet contains 7s mazes total: Free Valentine’s Day Skip Counting Mazes Valentine’s Day Skip Counting, Addition and Subtraction pages: This is the packet I made for my daughter. It is also free. She is just learning multiplication (2s 5s 10s). The packet also includes some addition/subtraction...

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Quick Valentine’s Day Craft

The girls did this very quick Valentine’s Day craft last week.  We’ve been doing this nearly every year since they were toddlers. It adds such a pretty splash of color this time of year! You might be interested in these Valentine’s Day Resources:  Valentines – First Multiplication Page-Skip Counting-Addition-SubtractionPractice Valentine’s Day Addition Pages (free) Valentine’s Multiplication Worksheets and Game Boards Valentine’s Bump Game Doubling (Addition) Valentine’s Bump Game — Division -...

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Valentine’s Day Math Worksheets: Multiplication, Skip Counting, Addition, Subtraction

I made these Valentine’s Day math worksheets for my daughter who is *just* learning about multiplication.  She knows how to skip count pretty well and has been asking to learn multiplication.  These sheets are pretty basic and cover multiplication by 2s, 5s and 10s. Several of the pages have clocks at the top (to help her see that she already knows 5×3, 5×6 and 5×9).   There are also a...

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Earth Science Packet: Layers of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, 4 Types of Mountains and More!

This 50+ page Earth Science Packet includes worksheets about the solar system, the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics, the ring of fire, earthquake activity and volcanoes. I also included instructions for more than a dozen hands-on activities we did with this unit. This includes activities about plate tectonics, using a compass, earthquakes, volcanoes,  instructions on how to make a shake table and more! My kids were in Grades 1, 4,...

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Middle Eastern Lentil Soup – Crockpock Recipe

  This soup has become one of our family favorites! After soaking the lentils and soup beans, add all ingredients to the crockpot and cook for 6-8 hours. 1 1/2 – 2 cups dry lentils — These days I usually add 1 cup of lentils and about 3/4 cup of soup beans mix) — soaked for 1 1/2 hours, then rinsed 8 cups water 1 onion chopped 1/2 cup celery chopped...

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Earth Science Activities: Earthquakes, Plate Movement and Mountain Making

Last week I explained how we made an Earthquake Shake Table and shared a quick video on how we made ours.  We first tested it with marshmallow structures.  A couple days later, we made “brick” structures out of sugar cubes and peanut butter.  We put on the documentary, Deadliest Earthquakes, and set to work. We all built our structures and then brought out our shake table to test them out! The most exciting...

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The Kids Have Been Arguing Quite a Bit…

So at lunch time today when we were all calm and in good moods, I brought up the fact that they have been bickering quite a bit lately.  I asked them if they had any ideas on how to make it stop. “Well,” said LD, “maybe we should spend more time apart from each other.” “I  know,” said DD, “how about if LD and ED go to public school!!” “NOOooooo” the others...

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Exercise for Busy Parents – 2 New Pieces of Exercise Equiment

This post is a bit off topic in a way… I just wanted to share a little bit about how I squeeze exercise into our busy day.  If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you know that last year I had crazy ear/balance/dizziness/noise-sensitivity/vision problems all stemming from inner ear problems/ear surgery.  I wound up having 6 surgeries and in the end they had to remove my ear drum/bones/balance...

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Montessori-Style Addition Pages with Regrouping – Hundreds Packet

Not long back, I shared some of the Montessori-style addition pages that I made for ED. We have shared the sheets with no regrouping and some of the those include tens-ones, hundreds-tens. But this set has regrouping with hundreds-hundreds.  I’ll share them here if you can use them. Montessori Style Math -Hundreds-Hundreds- Regrouping There are 8 pages in this file. If you find these useful, I’d love to hear from...

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How to Make a Shake Table for Earthquake Studies

The next part of our Earth Science unit was earthquakes. Today’s post I’ll explain how we made our shake table, but before I do that I want to talk a minute about of some of the activities we did leading up to that. We used a lot of the activities from Engineering Adventures.  The kids’ first activity was building towers. Their first project was to build a tower of  index cards...

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Minecraft Themed Addition Worksheets with Regrouping – Subtraction Pages

ED is working on her addition facts and regrouping. I made these Minecraft Addition and Subtraction Worksheets for her this week. They are free to download if your kids can use them! Minecraft Addition and Subtraction Practice Worksheets If your kids aren’t into Minecraft, I also made these same sheets with some cute little Pokemon characters I drew a couple of years ago. There are two pages of these as...

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Homeschool Week in Review (Grades 1, 4, 6)

The biggest challenge this week? Just getting going each morning! This past week was our third week back since the break. In some ways, it was my toughest yet.  There are some days/weeks when we we dive into our homeschooling with enthusiasm and zeal, but other times it’s hard to get started, though once we do, we generally get things done. This was one of those weeks that was that bit...