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Engineering Activities for Kids

In this post, I’m going to talk first about some engineering activities my kids did over the break… and then in the second part of this post I’m going to share an amazing free engineering resource for kids. So, first the activities!  As many of you know, I found out that I would have to move our blog from our Parents.com location to this new website.  That was an enormous...

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Teach Your Child to Read – Activities to Foster Early Reading Skills

How do you help your child build early literacy skills? Here are 12 fun activities to help build early reading skills! These are activities we did with CVC words and basic sight words to make the learning process fun and engaging!! The first step in learning to read is to make sure your child knows their letter sounds. We shared lots of ideas about that in our Preschool at Home...

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How to Start Homeschooling After the Holidays

The holidays are almost over… Two or three (or more!) weeks have gone by since you last “cracked the books”…  The “normal” homeschool routine is a thing of the past…  Are you feeling ready to start back into homeschooling? Here are some of the things I try to do before we jump back into our homeschool routine. 1) Make Sure You’ve Really Had a Break! If you have spent the...

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20+ Classic History Movies to Watch With Older Kids

While Hollywood movies aren’t necessarily “historically accurate,” they do make an impact that sparks people’s interest and encourages people to delve into a subject area in more detail.  Here are some classic movies you might consider watching with your family. Remember, to preview the film first to see if it is appropriate for your family.  When we have watched some of these classic movies together, there are some scenes I’ve chosen...

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We’re Under Construction!

Hi Everyone! We are working hard to transfer all our materials from our Parents.com location to our new location here! Please bear with us as we work to get the site up and running.  Our appearance will change considerably over the coming days and weeks.  We hope to start posting officially here around the first week of January; of course, feel free to browse around through all of our older...

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Free Minecraft Math Game Board (For Any Math Practice)

I have kids who are doing different kinds of math, so I wanted a gameboard that would work for all of them. You can use this game board for any kind of math practice — addition, number recognition, fractions, multiplication problems… anything! Let me show you what the game board looks like: First print out the gameboard and 3-4 copies of the blank cards on cardstock. Next, you need to...

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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...