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Free Homeschool Planning Pages (Holiday)

Back in the summer, I shared a large 100-page homeschool planner & discovery journal which is free to download. My daughter really likes having a checklist to work from and this weekend I added a holiday background to those pages.  She’s excited about them.  Just thought I would share them here for you as well.  I also added in the calendar pages for the next 4 months (because I print...

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Simple Machines Packet Update (New Pages Added)

This week, I spent some time updating our Simple Machines Packet. I wanted to let you know that I added several new pages. I created a couple of new pages with simple machines you might find at a construction site.  There is a blank page for the kids to label and of course there are answer pages to accompany these. There is also a resource page about the six types...

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Do I Have What it Takes to Homeschool?

Do I have what it takes to homeschool? Of course you do, but let me tell you a little story! There is a shadowy figure that lurks outside of our homeschools. At the beginning of the year, this figure is so distant, we don’t realize it’s there. But just about this time of year, it starts to make an appearance. Sometimes it just pokes its head around the corner. Sometimes...

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Science Club Week 5 – Earthquake Vibrations, Taxonomy (cont.)

This week, we talked about how tensions build deep beneath the Earth and then suddenly release creating earthquake vibrations that move out away from the focus.  Below I’ll share several of the hands-on activities we did as we talked about this build-up of tension (and release of energy).  In the second part of our science club meeting we continued talking about taxonomy and focused on the digestive systems of flatworms...

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500th Anniversary of the Reformation (Notebook Pages/Lapbook)

Many people around the world are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. If you plan to talk about Martin Luther and the Reformation this week, you might want to download our Reformation notebook pages and lapbook. They are currently FREE! It was October 1517 that Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses (or complaints) to his bishop. According to one account, Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door...

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Montessori Style Subtraction Pages – No Borrowing

Last night, a reader asked if we had any Montessori-Style subtraction pages without borrowing.  I made a set last night and wanted to share that with all of you here on the blog. These are free to download.    Hope someone else finds these useful as well! FREE Montessori Style Subtraction Pages – No Borrowing Looking for more Montessori-style subtraction pages? Visit this post: Montessori Subtraction Pages (with borrowing) Recently...

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Homeschool Snacks

I’ve been falling down on the job. Our meals and snacks have been downright boring… and often not as healthy as they could be. So, the past 10 days or so, I’ve been challenging myself to offer the kids a variety of (reasonably) healthy snacks.  That’s what this post is all about! Our meals started out well at the beginning of the semester, but lately our meals – and especially...

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Free Halloween Math Worksheets

Halloween is just around the corner! My kids have chosen their costumes and we’ve got our spooky decorations up! I wanted to share some free Halloween-themed math worksheets that might appeal to your kids this next week or! In this post you’ll find different levels of addition & subtraction worksheets as well as multiplication and division pages. In a couple of days, I’m also going to add in some fraction...

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Science Club Week 4 – Understanding Convection Currents, Taxonomy, Engineering Challenge

This was our fourth week of science club. Time’s flying by! As we waited for everyone to arrive, the kids filled in the tectonic plate map. We talked about the experiment we had done a couple weeks earlier that helped explain how the tectonic plates can move.  This week, we were going to do a couple more activities to show how heat/cooling can create currents and movement. (These pages have...

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Fall and Thanksgiving Freebies!

Today I thought I would share some of the free fall and Thanksgiving printables we have tucked away here on the blog.  In this post you’ll find tons of resources for kids from ages 3 to 13! Over the years I’ve made various math worksheets, games and activities, language arts materials, a Spanish fall-themed freebie,  and other things that might be useful. Click on the post links below if you...

Science Club Week 3 - Taxonomy and Classification - Engineering Challenge 0

Science Club, Week 3: Taxonomy and Classification, Engineering Challenge

In the third week of our science club, we spent quite a bit of time talking about Taxonomy and Scientific Classification.  We had touched on it the previous week, but this time we went into much more detail. We had already talked about Linnaeus and his role in developing the classification system.  We also talked about how much it has changed – especially in just the last 15 or 20...

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Canvas Crayon Craft

My girls really loved doing this canvas crayon craft.  I thought I would share how they made their creations with you today! It’s quite an easy craft to do. What you need: a packet of crayons hot glue gun canvas (affiliate link)  – We got  the 10 pack of 8×10 canvases because DD wants to do this with her friends at a sleepover. hair dryer How to do it: Use the...

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Essay Writing (LD’s 9th Grade Writing Activities)

This past summer, I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide what LD would do for 9th grade writing.  Last year we used Cover Story and the kids continued doing a lot of independent writing. They also had to do some writing for history, but we hadn’t delved much into formal essay writing. It was time for LD to start writing more polished pieces, but I wasn’t quite...

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Layers of the Atmosphere, Weather and More (Free Resources!)

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing some of the Earth Science activities we’ve been doing in our science club.  Today, I thought I would share some other resources that are buried here on the blog for those of you who want to continue on with Earth Science this year. In this post you’ll find various quite a number of free resources on a packet about the Earth’s...