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Word Family Chains; Present-Past Tense Chains

We should really call this post “Going Crazy with a Stapler!” So, the picture below is the skip-counting chain ED did (free to download at the Coins, Coins, Coins post), but shows you what we did with the strips in this post! Going along with the “chain” theme that I talked about on Tuesday with the coins and skip counting, I made ED sheets she had to cut out, mix...

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Coins, Coins, Coins! (Ages 4-6)

ED has been working on coins for math.  To be honest, sometimes things just don’t get accomplished unless I’ve taken some time before-hand to get things ready. Here are some activities I got together for her. I grabbed our coin bowl and made pre-made ziploc bags of coins for her to match.  There is one extra card for each packet. I placed five small ziploc bags with pre-counted amounts of coins...

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Add Art Appreciation to Your Week

I’ve been thinking and planning out the next six weeks of our homeschool… We have some things that we really need to address like spelling and grammar. Since the kids ADORE math circle time (see this post here) (which is basically critical thinking and math riddles) we have to add that back in as well.  But the big fat blank — the ugly square looking me (and you!) square in the...

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China Unit: Books, Books! A Huge List of Children’s Books

When we delve into a new unit, I search high and low for a wide variety of books. Not only do I want non-fiction books, but I also want books that bring the topic alive… and stories and novels are a wonderful way to do that.  This is a long (and probably incomplete!) list of the books we’ve used and are using in our China unit. We’ve read a number...

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China Fact Sheet (Free)

We started a big unit on China a number weeks ago. At the time, I didn’t feel up for sharing these posts. I’m excited to say that I am on the mend!  So, here’s the first in a whole number of posts about our unit on China.  One of the first things we did was to cover some of basic facts about China: where it is located, its population, capital,...

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Why You Shouldn’t Reward Kids for Learning

Plato: Knowledge that is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. One of the things my kids love about homeschooling is that they can spend long, leisurely amounts of time reading.  The first thing they do in the morning is pick up a book and start reading while eating breakfast. My goal has always been for reading to be something that you do for pleasure, not for reward. One...

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In Crisis Lies Opportunity for Growth

Just over a week ago, I had my fourth ear surgery since October.  I was braced for a tough recovery.  The surgery was a bit more invasive than the one three weeks ago so it was definitely uncomfortable afterwards. As far as we know the surgery went well. Right now we’re in a long waiting game to see how things settle down.  If you have followed my story, you know...

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Spring & Summer 2014 Calendar Free Printable

Hey Everyone, I needed spring and summer calendars and jazzed up some plain old calendars with a bit of clipart.  If anyone else can use these, just click on the link below. Don’t worry, I didn’t include our family birthdays on the version I’m sharing with you!! I have March through August in the download below (July and August are not pictured in the collage, but are in the pdf)....

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Addition and Subtraction with Pete the Cat (Free Worksheets)

My daughter borrowed several Pete the Cat books from the library last week.  She’s been reading them over and over, so I made her a couple of math practice pages with a Pete the Cat type theme! She quickly used up those pages and I went back and added in 5 more… So, there are 10 pages of addition and subtraction pages. The last couple pages have some skip counting...

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Making Math Fun: 15 Activities & Game to Play with Your Kids!

Now that we’re back in the swing of things, I thought I would post all these ideas again. I shared them originally in my series about “How to Start Homeschooling,” but all of these are fun for seasoned homeschoolers too!! Math can be so fun!  What can you do to make math come alive?  Go into detail about measuring cups when you bake and cook.  Incorporate math in the grocery...

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Free Kindle Book for Girls Ages 7-11 (until March 24)

FREE Kindle Edition of Mystery of the Secret Room – 5 Days Only! March 20th – 24th This morning I downloaded a free book for girls ages 7-11. Obviously, my daughter hasn’t read it yet, but I thought I’d mention it because it is free until March 24th over at Amazon. The reviews look pretty good. Here’s a bit about it: It’s raining so Brooke and Eva have nothing to do...

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WWII Portfolio Project

I received several emails and a message from people interested in the WWII Portfolio Project I made for LD. So, here it is! My son is doing some research work on WWII. Except for reading some novels last year (like Number the Stars), we have not covered this topic at all… He has been doing quite a bit of reading and has watched a video before jumping into the project ideas...

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Are Kids Reading Less Than They Used To?

There was a really interesting article over at Edutopia last month about the worry some educators have about how technology and testing are affecting the amount of reading kids are doing.  Educators have noticed that some kids are struggling to read deeply and comprehend longer texts. Are kids reading books deeply and for pleasure? Since the invention of the printing press, there has been a plethora of reading materials available.  Granted, not...

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Animals Around the World (Montessori 3 Part Cards)

The last two weeks I shared some of ED’s animal-related activities. She looked closely at the vertebrate-invertebrate groups and we talked a lot about the characteristics of the animals of the 5 vertebrate groups.  This week I thought I would share an activity we did last year about the animals of the 7 continents.  You can download those cards below. As I mentioned on Friday, ED has been working on...