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Homeschool Schedule & Transitions

Over the weekend I wrote a post about what I might do if I were starting all over again with toddlers and preschoolers in-tow (Homeschooling Multiple Ages).  In today’s post, I wanted to share what our routine looks like these days.  I have two kids in middle school (ie. grades 6 and 8) and one in grade 3.  Our homeschool is considerably more structured than it used to be. When...

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Homeschooling Multiple Ages: An 8-year-old, Preschoolers and Toddlers

This post is for a dear reader who has a very full house with five kids – from an 8-year-old she’s considering homeschooling,  down to a 1-year-old!  This amazing Mom deserves a medal!! She was wondering if I had any ideas/mentoring for her on just how to begin. So, I offer this very, very long post to her (and to anyone else who might get something from this!).  And just...

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Free File Folder Game – Fill in the Missing Numbers

Today I have a very new math file folder game for you, Missing Leaves.  Fill in the missing numbers between 123 and 158. Print out the three pages on card stock. Cut out the number leaves. Glue the two leaf number lines into the inside of a file folder.  Staple a Ziploc bag to the inside, top of the file folder to store the loose leaf number cards. This is...

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States of Matter – Changing States of Matter Packet (50+pages)

We have a bran-new 50+ page packet on the three states of matter – solids, liquids, gases and changing states of matter. We talked quite a bit about the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases. We also went into a lot of detail on the changing states of matter covering those six changes (melting, freezing, evaporation, condensation, sublimation, deposition).  In this packet there are various notebook pages, worksheets, lapbook (interactive...

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Changes in States of Matter: Sublimation and Deposition Activities with Dry Ice!

This fall we’ve been studying the states of matter and changes of matter.  Today I’m going to share some of our activities as we talked about the changes in states of matter from solid to gas–sublimation and from gas to solid–deposition.  It was a day of Dry Ice FUN!! While most kids know freezing, melting and evaporation sublimation and deposition are a bit more challenging, that is – until you...

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Coin Counting File Folder Game

Do your kids know how to count coins?  Today’s printable will help them practice this skill!  Use the printable coin cards either to make a file folder game or as a memory game. It is currently FREE to download. Younger kids in your family can use real coins and match them to the coin cards. (Be sure to supervise any children who might put coins in their mouths.) I suggest...

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Multiplication Facts Packet (25-Pages)

Last year, my daughter learned all of her multiplication facts but I knew she would need a lot of review this fall.  I asked her over the summer what theme she wanted her latest packet to be and she chose Ancient Egypt.  No, we’re not studying Ancient Egypt at the moment, but she loved the clipart!  So, that’s what I put together for her! This packet includes multiplication worksheets on...

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Donut Muffins (and Other Sweet Recipes!)

These days the kids all tend to make their own breakfasts, but I still try to make something for all of us once a week. This past week, I decided to try a new recipe. They are called Donut Muffins, obviously they aren’t the most nutritious but boy did the kids jump out of bed quickly! They were really quick easy to make; a bonus for a busy homeschooling family!...

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Writing: Show Don’t Tell Practice Worksheets (Free Packet)

Today I have some writing practice pages to share with you about the concept, “Show Don’t Tell.” The kids and I are spending a number of days talking about this writing strategy. “Show Don’t Tell” helps the reader to experience the story by using descriptions, actions, thoughts, feelings, & emotions. Using this technique helps readers feel like they are right in the middle of the action! Here’s how I explained...

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Free Fall Math Game Board

This math printable can be used for any math practice. You can use any math fact cards, even for simple number recognition for younger kids. You can use any of the numbers that will work for your child or just create your own math problems on index cards. Use it for number recognition (for younger kids) and move that many spaces around the board addition facts (6+7) or subtraction problems...

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NEW Language Arts Tab – Links to 75+ Grammar, Writing, Spelling and Literature Resources

Check out the NEW Language Arts Tab! I have created a resource page with links to dozens of our language arts posts.  We have all kinds of resources: Our free grammar pages have always been among the most visited pages on the blog. You’ll find links to our Comma Rules and Practice Pages Apostrophe and Quotation Mark Practice There/They’re/Their  and Its/It’s Worksheets and many more!! We have at least 20...

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States of Matter: Hands-On Activities about Liquids

In this part of our States of Matter unit we talked about some of the properties of liquids. A few days ago, I shared some of activities as we discussed gases. You’ll find that here: States of Matter-Hands-On Activities about Gases. We continued to talk about the structure of matter. Liquids have a definite volume, but no definite shape. Not only did we talk about some of the characteristics of...

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Programming Websites for Kids

This is a very quick post with some websites that someone else recommended for kids who are interested in learning computer programming.  We are (hoping) to incorporate some computer programming into our homeschool this year, so we’ll be checking these out in the coming months: TechRocket.com YouthDigital. com Tynker.com CodeAcademy.com Khan Academy Intro to Javascript We also have Super Scratch Programming Adventure (affiliate link) that a friend recommended, but we...

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sh ch th Word Sort Activities (Free!)

This activity is for kids who are learning to listen for the consonant blends: sh ch and th.  As the kids were learning to read, I had a wide variety of file folder games and activities that I would rotate into their workboxes. A friend of mine is working with her son and I couldn’t find original file I had used… so I made a new set to share with...