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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...

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A Passel of Past Posts #3

So by now you’ve got the drill! This is the third in this series highlighting a random number of our previous posts.  Assortment is probably the key word here because this list is in no particular order. I hope you find a gem or two that you can use in your homeschool or classroom!  ~Liesl And now… on to the meat of this post! Rocks, Rocks, Rocks!  We did a...

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Pluto – Fascinating Facts to Share with the Kids!!

We are all pretty excited about the fly-by of Pluto.  We get pretty excited about space and science over here and I thought I’d share a few of the really cool things we’ve learned. On Tuesday (July 14), the US spacecraft, New Horizons, will fly by Pluto. It will come closest on Tuesday morning — at 7:49 a.m. EDT.  The fly-by will last for just 8 to 10 hours.  It will...

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Our Trip to Florida and Mexico

Our family has had an amazing summer so far.  As many of you know, we caught up with my family (my sister, her family and my folks) back in May at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We just got back from a trip with Hubby’s family — his two sisters, nephews, niece, parents, etc. etc.  Hubby’s Mom set up time shares for us in Florida.  The palm trees make it...

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A Passel of Past Posts #2

Passel means “a group or lot of indeterminate number…” so here you’ll find a random number of links to posts we’ve written over the years! Since we keep getting new readers, I thought I would highlight some of the projects, activities and printables we’ve shared over the years.  I hope you find a few “new” ideas in this series!  As ever, if you have any questions or comments feel free to drop me...

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Happy Independence Day!

To all of my American readers, I hope you have a really wonderful and safe holiday!  We’ll definitely be going out to watch the fireworks tonight. Will you? Why is it we celebrate this day? In June and July 1776, a committee worked on a document that all the thirteen colonies could agree upon that formally told Great Britain that they would govern themselves. That document was the Declaration of...

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A Passel of Past Posts #1

So, I wanted a bit of alliteration to make a catchy title… and actually had to look up the definition of passel to be sure I was using it correctly. Sure enough, it means “a group or lot of indeterminate number.”  Perfect!  This post has a collection of posts from the past… and I’m not quite sure how many I’ll wind up highlighting.  But why talk about posts from the past?...

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7 Active Summer Games our Family Loves

This game is great for keeping the kids active inside when it’s very hot outside!!  When I was a kid, I remember playing skip ball a lot.  We were shopping at Target about a month ago and did a total impulse buy!!  I’m so glad we did. We’ve all been using it daily since … meaning… it’s always lying in the middle of the living room.  But our family has...

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7 Fun Summer Activity Ideas

This summer I won’t be posting quite as often, but I will try to post most Mondays (at a minimum)… and will keep FB going once or twice a day with some of our older posts.  In the meantime, I’ll be working on other projects to get ready for the fall. I’m working on a couple of cute math packets (addition/subtraction and multiplication), a packet on mammals, an ocean unit...

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Happy Summer!!

Yesterday was the first official day of summer! I hope your summer is going well so far!! One of the first things we did when we moved here close to five years ago was to plant a blueberry garden.  We chose a very steep (difficult to mow) hill, took out all of the grass, and created two tiers.  I remember ED (age 2 at the time) coming out to “help”...