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Writing Activity to Spark Kids’ Imagination!

This writing activity captured the imagination of my kids and definitely tapped into their creative sides! When we had a warmer day, we took our writing workshop outside.  I always try to wrap our activities in an air of mystery to try to build the kids’ curiosity and anticipation.  They were pretty excited about this one! The kids grabbed their writing journals and I then handed them each part of...

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Homemade Christmas Keepsakes

Every year there are a few Christmas decorations that I absolutely LOVE bringing out!  I wanted to share a few of our family favorites! My personal favorites are the ones that include pictures of the kids. One year when the kids were not-quite-2, 4 and 6, I made a holiday picture banner. I took pictures of the kids holding all the letters in Merry Christmas.  Then I laminated them and...

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Holiday Skip Counting Pages (2s thru 7s)

I made some Christmas skip counting mazes for my daughter last year and printed them out for her math notebook.  You’ll find skip counting pages for the 2s through the 7s. Free Holiday Skip Counting Practice 2s thru 7s If you find them useful, I’d love to hear from you over at my Homeschool Den Facebook Page! You might be interested in our multiplication packets: Learning the Multiplication Facts:  As my...

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Christmas Addition Worksheets with Pete the Cat

I made these pages a couple of years ago. They include basic addition practice and a blank sheet for domino math.  I’ll have her roll the die and fill in the blanks—and I’ll also use some dominoes and have her fill in the numbers. If you don’t have actual dominoes, you can print the domino set from Mathwire. They even have a add-on set for up to double-nines. I’m hoping to create some subtraction pages...

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Pete the Cat Multiplication and Division Pages

A couple of years ago I made these Pete the Cat inspired pages for the kids.  They love when I make practice pages just for them! You can download the Christmas Division Pages here. Meanwhile, I made these sheets for DD when she was working on her multiplication tables from 1s through 5s. (That’s why there is nothing higher than that.)  There are six pages — one pages is just multiplication by...

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Christmas Math Games (Number Battles, Place Value, Odd-Even)

In this post you’ll find free Christmas-themed math cards and various math games you can play with your kids… anyone from 2-10 depending on how you use the cards!! There are lots and lots of different cards games you can play during math time.  Here are some of the number cards I made for the kids. They look like this: Ages 2-4: If you have a toddler or preschooler you can...

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Christmas Math Games (ages 4-8)

Here are several Christmas-themed math games that I made for ED last year. I’ve printed them out for her again this year and will put them into her workbox for next week. I’ll explain how to play below. The first game is called the Quick Christmas Cross-Off.  It’s great for kids who are learning to recognize double-digit numbers. You need the number cards 0 through 9 from five or six different...

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Holiday Art Basket: Inspire Your Kids to Be Creative and Crafty

I’ve been falling down on the job… I realized I could create a much more inspiring environment. When the kids were little, we did a lot of Montessori activities. One of the concepts that Maria Montessori emphasized was having a prepared environment. A prepared environment, she believed, supports a child’s natural desire to learn. As the NAMC website put it, in a prepared environment “everything the child came in contact...

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Month in Review: 22 Posts from November

Last month I started something, new… a Month in Review post as a quick, easy way to see recent posts you may have missed.  Here are last month’s posts: Our Month of Posts: Nov. 2014 Sorry, the links are all broken at the moment because of our move.   1. Contraction Matching Practice Cards- He’s They’re Can’t I’m etc. 2. A Visit with Pocahontas’ Great (x12) Granddaughter 3. Minecraft Money...

What if Your Assets (or Your Children) Were Seized Because You Homeschool? 0

What if Your Assets (or Your Children) Were Seized Because You Homeschool?

I’m so grateful that homeschooling is legal in all 50 states here in America. In fact, the numbers of homeschooled children continues to increase around the country. But that isn’t the case everywhere. Homeschooling has been banned in Germany since Adolf Hitler was in power. Germany requires that all children go to their public schools.  In fact, a 2007 decision in Germany found that homeschooling “may constitute a misuse of the...

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Science Activity for Kids With Indian Corn Decorations

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I have a fun activity for your with your Indian corn.  We did this ‘science’ activity with Indian corn a couple of years ago. Soak your Indian corn cobs in a bit of water to see what will happen.  We had a large tray with a paper towel and about 1/4 inch of water. We also pour water over the cob every 2 or 3...

Ringing Rocks, PA – A Boulder Field Where You Can Make “Rock Music”! 0

Ringing Rocks, PA – A Boulder Field Where You Can Make “Rock Music”!

We’ve been studying Earth Science and this trip to Ringing Rocks fit in perfectly!! Ringing Rocks State Park in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania is a seven acre boulder field… a paradise of climbing for my kids!! What is especially neat is that if you take a rock or hammer and tap on the boulders, they ring! Different rocks make different tones, so we were all enthralled with making “rock music”!! Approximately...