Author: Liesl - Homeschool Den

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Native Americans of the Southeast: Cherokee, Seminole Indians, Trail of Tears

I got a little behind posting because it took so long to share our experiences visiting with Pocahontas’s Great-Great-Great (12th Great) Granddaughter.  In the meantime, we’ve done another entire portion of our Native American unit. We learned about the Seminole Indians, their culture and removal (for many of them) from Florida. And, we also learned about the culture and tragic history of the Cherokee people. We started the unit with a...

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Minecraft Money Game: A Game For Counting Coins

ED has been working on coins this fall. She’s doing pretty well and I thought I’d combine her growing coin-counting abilities with her love of Minecraft. In fact, this past weekend she did her very first sewing project on her own using the sewing machine — the creeper which is in the photo below!   Just print out the printable below on cardstock and place a paper clip on top....

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A Visit with Pocahontas’ Great (x12) Granddaughter

Imagine holding museum quality artifacts… some over 400 years old!! That was our afternoon with Pocahontas’s Great-Great-Great (12th Great) Granddaughter, a member of the Powhatan Nation. The kids and I were greeted at the door, by Ms. Angie who was wearing traditional dress. Everything about our visit was fabulous! “Welcome to my yehakin,” she said as she ushered us into her home. Yehakin (pronounced yee-HAW-kin), she explained to the kids, was...

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Contraction Matching Practice Cards- He’s They’re Can’t I’m etc.

This is quick printable contraction practice printable I made for ED. I used to have some matching cards we used for my other kids, but I misplaced them, so I made this set. It’s fall, so I used squirrels and acorns! 🙂 I made this set for her; she wanted squirrels and acorns. (Perfect time of year for that, right?! We have a couple of squirrels constantly coming up near...

Travel School: Homeschooling on the Go! 0

Travel School: Homeschooling on the Go!

Do you homeschool in the car and on the go?  Lots of family use time in the car to learn a new language, learn about history,  listen to stories.  Then you hear about the homeschoolers who do extraordinary things for extended periods of time. In the spring and into the summer I followed the adventures of a homeschooling family that hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. That’s 2,000...

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Free Halloween Math Practice Pages: Multiplication, Division, Fractions and More!

Fun Halloween Freebies! I have made the kids lots and lots of fun math worksheets over the years!  Below you’ll find free Halloween pdfs for multiplication and division and for fraction practice. They are free to download if you can use them. Plus, I’ve added in a dozen other Halloween and Fall Freebies you might find helpful… from addition and subtraction to writing SCARY stories and more! Enjoy! ~Liesl These...

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Spooky Science: Dry Ice Experiments

A couple of years ago, we did some spooky science with dry ice. We’re going to do some of these activities again this week, but I thought I’d share some of the things we did then in case you want to try these activities with your kids. I went out and bought some dry ice and we did a number of experiments. You can see suggestions from Steve Spangler science and a...

6:45pm Tonight Watch the Antares Rocket Launch (East Coast, USA) 0

6:45pm Tonight Watch the Antares Rocket Launch (East Coast, USA)

If you live on the East Coast of the USA you should step outside this evening (6:45pm) to see the Antares Rocket being launched. This is a private rocket built by the commercial space flight company, Orbital Sciences. The launch is a commercial resupply mission for NASA. It will be bringing supplies to the International Space Station. It will launch from the Mid-Atlantic spaceport pad at Wallops Island (off the...

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Free Halloween Math Worksheets: Addition, Subtraction, Coins and Skip Counting

I have made tons of fun math worksheets for the kids over the years. Below you’ll find some free Halloween math practice pages for Addition and Subtraction Practice and for Skip Counting and Coin Counting. The first couple of pages are Halloween-themed addition and subtraction worksheets: Free Halloween Addition-Subtraction Practice Worksheets The other pages are on Halloween-themed skip counting and coins. (They are in a separate pdf.) Halloween  Skip counting...

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What To Do With That Halloween Candy? (Science Experiments, Donations…)

Halloween will be here really soon! If you are wondering what to do with all that Halloween candy, you can always do some science! This is an experiment I did with my kids a while back with Skittles in water. I think the results are fascinating: Floating Letters: Another fun thing to do with Skittles or M&Ms is to see if you can make the letters float on water.  Just submerge...

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Writing Workshop: What We’re Doing for Writing This Fall

In this post, I wanted to talk about writing in our homeschool this fall.  Last year, we shifted to a writing workshop model.  I had a reluctant writer and up until that point, writing was a chore for my son.  Well, after switching to a writing workshop… writing became one of his favorite subjects! So, what do I mean by a writing workshop? In brief this means: We have a...

Learning Sign Language for Older Kids (and Parents!) 0

Learning Sign Language for Older Kids (and Parents!)

Learning Sign Language for  Older Kids (and Parents!) Several of the high schools around here offer ASL as one of languages students can learn in school.  I have my own reasons for wanting the kids to learn American Sign Language with me… The past couple of months, I have struggled to come to terms with becoming completely deaf in one ear. I have been hard of hearing since I was in...

Make This Ghostly Game with a Box and Ping Pong Balls 1

Make This Ghostly Game with a Box and Ping Pong Balls

I saw this idea in a Halloween book and thought we’d give it a try! All you need is a cereal box or shoe box, black paint and ping-pong balls to make this Ghostly Game! Paint the box black, cut out a ghost, and glue it on. Have a parent cut holes in the box and push the tabs down. Once you’ve decorated your ping pong balls, the game is...

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Earth Science: Earth’s Geologic Timeline

We spent about a week learning about Earth’s four eons and most recent eras.  Today I wanted to share several of the activities we did to go along with this part of our unit. As you may recall, we reviewed the planets in the Solar System, talked about the age of the Earth (4.6 Billion years)  and did an impressionistic activity to show how short human history actually is compared to...