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“Not Typical” Homeschool Days

In the blogging world, many of us write about a typical or ideal homeschool day.  Those are the days that are filled with accomplishments and a schedule of subjects with the kids skipping merrily (or not so merrily) through the day.  Sometimes we write about the struggle of it all (but leaving the impression that we get through all the subjects “on the schedule.”). But we are not as apt...

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Free Spanish Worksheets for Kids: Fall Words and Colors

El Otoño es divertido! Dear Parents! I am so excited to be part of Liesl’s Fall project! What a wonderful way to learn the colors and fall related words. She and I worked together to create another free Spanish printable for you.  With these activities, you can help your students learn some fall-related words and practice their colors in Spanish. As you know, Liesl and I believe learning should be...

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A Great Honor!

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to a fellow blogger. Sarah over at the Homeschool Base mentioned our blog in her post, 13 of My Favorite Homeschool Bloggers That You Might Not Be Following. That made my day and was such an honor. She mentioned that she really likes our About Us page. If you haven’t already, you can check that out here. It explains how...

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Physical Properties of Matter – Chemical Properties of Matter 45+ Page Packet (Middle School Chemistry Unit)

This past week, we finished our second chemistry unit on the Properties of Matter. We explored physical properties (which do not change what the object is) and chemical properties.  We did a lot of hands-on activities exploring density and determining the density of various materials. At the beginning of the year, we spent time first exploring the different states of matter. Then, in this unit we dove into more detail...

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Halloween: Freebies (Math, Writing), Homemade Candy Corn Recipe and More!!

Are you ready for some Halloween fun? This post has Halloween packets and printables in math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), writing, and science. We share a delicious homemade candy corn recipe. We have a packet of Halloween games to play at your event and much more! So, here we go! Halloween Writing Activity: Writing Scary Stories: Writing Workshop Mini-Lesson Halloween Math: Free 30-Page Halloween Multiplication Packet: Math Worksheets and Games...

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File Folder Games – CVC Words -at -it -ot -ut

It’s File Folder Friday again.  Today I have 5 fun activities you can do with your preschooler with C-V-C words. These activities will help the kids practice as they begin to sound out words. Scroll down below to get the printable!! Activity 1: With the sorting mat on the previous page, you can glue it into a file folder and staple a Ziploc bag into the corner for the word...

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What’s New on the Blog: Homeschool Encouragement

Today I want to share some of the new features we have on the blog. Everyone needs some homeschool encouragement from time to time, right?  Over the weekend I put together a new page called Avoid Homeschool Overwhelm (though it includes so much more than that!!).  It starts off with 10+ Tips for Homeschooling Without Feeling Overwhelmed…. Things like… Don’t compare your reality to your thoughts, plans, and aspirations before...

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Slavery Unit: Books and DVDs We Used

This semester we are doing a unit on Slavery and the Civil War for history.  Today I wanted to share some of the books and DVDs we used for this part of our unit. We first talked about the kingdoms of Africa.  We began watching the first disc of the documentary, African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (affiliate link), which we borrowed from the library. (We stopped there because we hadn’t...

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Spanish Fruit and Vegetable Cards: Tarjetas para clasificar las frutas y los vegetales

Tarjetas para clasificar las frutas y los vegetales Once again I’ve teamed up with Sra. Morato from Homeschool Spanish Curricululm  and we have another free Spanish printable for you. This week our free printable is on fruits and vegetables! These are great for beginning language learners for basic vocabulary building and conversation practice. Let me turn the post straight over to Sra. Morato! Hola parents! I want to congratulate you...

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Free Place Value Worksheet (for large numbers)

My daughter needed some work on identifying the place value in large numbers (ten thousands, hundred thousands, millions, ten millions, etc.).  I made this quick worksheet for her to work on last week (because there was only one brief exercise in her math book).  It’s free to download if anyone else can use it. ~Liesl place value worksheet (free) If you are looking for place value activities for younger students,...

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Early Elementary Homeschool Science

 A reader sent me an email asking about homeschool science for her daughter who is in kindergarten this year.  She said she was feeling overwhelmed about science and wondered where/how to start. She said she hadn’t done any science yet and wondered if the States of Matter unit was a good place to start.  I wrote her back and shared the free printable resource/checklist I made last year about some...

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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...