Author: Liesl - Homeschool Den

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History Year in Review (Grades 8, 6, 3)

Last week, I managed to get our Science Year in Review  post done. I had hoped to get the history post done too, but life got away from me!  It’s ready for my this week, though! So, here’s our HISTORY year in review!  There are quite a number of freebies in addition to the more in-depth packets I made this year. 🙂 This year my kids were in Grades 8,...

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The Perfect Father’s Day Gift: The Kids’ Own Thoughts about Dad

How well does your child know Dad?  Their cute answers will really make Father’s Day special. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th.  Are you looking for a gift that is unique and really honors Dad?  What about finding out just what the kids know about Dad and writing down their answers?! We started doing this when the kids were Tots and we all get such a huge kick out of...

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Science Year in Review 2016-2017 (Grades 8, 6, 3)

I love looking back at the year and everything we managed to accomplish!  Sometimes in the short-run it can feel like we’re not getting much homeschooling done, but when I step back to look at the bigger picture, I’m amazed at what we managed to cover. This year my kids were in Grades 8, 6, and 3. We do our science activities together. Sometimes I focus a little more on...

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Grade 9: Tentative Plans!

Like so many of you, I have been busy planning for next year.  I think I have things mapped out enough to write a post and share our (tentative) plans! 🙂 My oldest, LD, will be in 9th Grade in the fall. SCIENCE: The first big decision for us (for me and LD) was to look at science in the coming years.  We want to follow a more traditional model...

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World Animal Packet (100+ pages)

Animals of the 7 Continents (World Animals Unit) When my kids were roughly 3-7 years old or so, we spent time learning about the 7 continents and animals of each continent.  At the time, I made some Montessori 3-part cards of the World Animals: It was time to update this file and I added in more than 50 pages. It’s now has well over 70+ pages of activities! How to...

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Sommer Wortschatz – German Worksheets and Activities

Sommerwörter: German Worksheets and Activities As the school year winds down, we are doing one more unit in German. I made the kids a new packet: Sommer Wortschatz worksheets and games. The kids will be studying vocabulary relating to camping, going to the beach, swimming, etc.  There are picture cards (either with the words in German or blank): There are a number of matching worksheets – German words to pictures...

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This Memorial Day: Remembering the Casualties of War

Memorial Day is a day to remember all those who lost their lives in the service of our country. Both sides of our family have members of the family who have served in the military. We have ancestors/relatives who served in the Civil War, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and more recently served in the Iraq War and in Afghanistan.   Just one, Hubby’s Great Uncle Millard, lost his life at the...

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Free Summer 2017 Calendar Pages

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that I’ve been making our monthly calendar for years.  I needed some summer calendar pages and just put these pages together for June, July, August and September. At some point I’ll update the calendar to include the 2017-2018 school year, but wanted to share these for anyone else who might be able to use them in the meantime. These...

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Nature, Construction, and Other Tidbits About Life

We live nestled down in the woods. We come across a lot of critters and sometimes those add a bit of excitement to our lives. 🙂  I wanted to share a couple of stories…  First – a creepy one!! The other night I had turned off the lights and was listening to music on my ipod-mini.  I leaned over to my side to take out my hearing aid (long story...

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Homeschool Planning for Next Year (Free Planning Pages)

Homeschool Vision Planner (This 50+ page pdf is FREE to download!) For many of us the school year is coming to a close and we’re thinking about next year.  We’re tossing around ideas and trying to determine just what subjects and units we’ll be covering next fall. I thought I would share the process I go through… and also will share the planning pages that I’ve been using the past...

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Rainforest Unit: 75+ Page Packet

I’m excited to share our new 75+ page Amazon Rainforest Unit! Students will learn about the layers of the rainforest,rainfall, biodiversity, animals and insects of the rainforest, and more! It includes notebook pages, animal and insect identification pages, animal and insect Montessori 3-part cards, layers of the rainforest worksheets and other activities. The Amazon Rainforest is fascinating! It is the largest rainforest in the world and represents over half of...

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Free Copywork Worksheets – Famous Sayings

Today, I have a free set of copywork pages for you.  These are the types of pages my kids did when they were still in the pre-writing stages. This set has famous sayings from Benjamin Franklin and others: They early bird catches a worm. When one door shuts, another opens. A friend in need, is a friend indeed. A stitch in time saves nine. A penny saved is a penny...

History through Literature - Book Lists for Elementary 0

History through Literature – Book Lists for Units on China, Middle Ages, American Revolution and More!

When we are doing history units, I’ve always tried to bring in a rich selection of literature. Historical fiction is a powerful way to make readers feel more connected to that period. A book like Johnny Tremain (affiliate link) has a rich cast of memorable characters that helps the period, in this case the American Revolutionary period, come to life. We have brought in a wide selection of books for...

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Vitamins – Free Resources

We all know that vitamins are important, but do your kids know what they do and what foods they are found in? I found this free set of worksheets over at Ask a Biologist called ABC’s of Vitamins that explain what each what each vitamin does, what foods it is found in and deficiency problems that can arise when you don’t have enough. I spent a couple of days going...