# Category: Homeschool Den

## Minecraft Clothes Pin Math (Addition and Subtraction Activity)

Minecraft Addition-Subtraction Activity: Free Printable This is a math fact activity I made for my daughter a couple of years ago.  She was *really* into Minecraft at the time.  I had this post half-written… and then somehow it dropped off my to-do list. So, better late than never, right?!! Here is a picture of the finished activity: I suggest that you print these out on card stock and laminate them. ...

## The Power of What you Do Each Day!

In homeschooling and education in general, we can’t always see spectacular results from one small snippet of our day. Our homeschool activities are like a small drip of water rolling down the ceiling and falling to the ground.That water droplet seems pretty inconsequential.  It doesn’t appear to make much of a difference. What it has left behind seems almost insignificant. With the passage of time, you start to notice the...

## Free German Worksheets for Beginners

Our free German worksheets for kids posts are among the most popular on our blog. Today I wanted to highlight some of the recent German materials we’ve shared over the years here on the blog. Many of these are buried and I thought I would put them together in one easy-to-find post! If your kids/students are just beginning to learn German, I hope you find something useful! If you like...

## STEM! Paper Circuits (and More!)

In this part of our Electricity and Circuits units, we had a lot of fun with Paper Circuits!! If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know how much we *LOVE* hands-on science and engineering!  We have been having such a great time with our electricity and circuits unit that I just had to come on briefly to share a snippet of what we’ve been doing.  (Normally, I wait...

## “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...

## 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...

## Physical Properties of Matter – Chemical Properties of Matter 100 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...