Category: Homeschool Den


Foreign Language GOLDMINE!!! German Flashcards, German Writing Worksheets

Are you looking for German materials for kids? I found a goldmine!!!! I am SO excited about the German language flashcards and resources I came across. If anyone is teaching their young ones a foreign language, you might want to check them out.  The drawings are cute cartoon style. They offer flashcards/word sheets in German, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese (a few of these sheets are even in Portuguese and...

Montessori Teacher Training Giveaway 2

Montessori Teacher Training Giveaway

There’s a giveaway over at Living Montessori Now.  She is giving away a complete Montessori (3-6) training course by Karen Tyler! I’ve heard about Karen’s courses for years now and everyone absolutely raves about them. Check out the details by clicking here.

Happy Birthday Dad! 1

Happy Birthday Dad!

The kids decided Dad should have a dragon-themed party (in honor of Ferno from LD’s Beast Quest books). I’m no cake-maker (my friend M is amazing!!!), but the kids were happy with the results! The kids enjoyed Dad’s scavenger hunt — it took them around the house, out to the tire swing in the woods, up our rope ladder and back all around the house!

Wasps 4


We had this ever-growing yellow-jacket’s nest on our front porch.  Dad sprayed this nest twice without luck, so we finally called in exterminators.  But in the meantime, we did some reading about wasps from a free download by Homeschool Bits. We learned that wasps are extremely beneficial. Nearly every pest insect on Earth is preyed upon by a wasp species.  Unfortunately, this nest was right next to our front door...

Looking Back at Our Activities and Units 2

Looking Back at Our Activities and Units

I’ve been trying to pull out a few photos which highlight some of our activities this year (and in general). You’ll notice them in the sidebar to the right.  If you’re interested in seeing more you can click on the photo and that will bring up posts from that particular unit.

Busy Week 0

Busy Week

We had a really busy week this week. Among other things we went to a museum with friends.  The kids absolutely loved the hands-on portion. Since the kids had their gymnastics as well that day, they practically fell into bed that night!      

Oh so sick… 6

Oh so sick…

This has been a very hard year for us.  We’ve been here in the house just 8 months and we’ve had upper-respiratory infections, the flu, pneumonia, strep — twice, ear infections, weird rashes (all of this hitting most everyone in the family)… and this past week we’ve had gastro (my guess is rota-virus).  It started with ED early last week. Then we went out of town to visit Grandma and...


Fairy Tale Unit: Rapunzel, Hansel & Gretel, Three Little Pigs Activities

These are the two fairy tale collections we’ve been reading from.  I highly recommend the one on the left, Treasury of Classic Children’s Stories. (affiliate link) (Update in 2015: All three of my kids loved, loved, loved the fairy tales in Classic Children’s Stories. At first I read them aloud, later they read them to themselves. In fact,  ED now reads the stories to herself and the book is on our kitchen...

A Blogging Break 2

A Blogging Break

We have been having so much fun lately that I haven’t felt like blogging.  The kids have thrown themselves head-first into a gardening/plant/sunflower unit. We’ve been working on our outdoor garden, planting seeds (indoors), lapbooking, reading lots of books about plants and gardens… and so much of this is directed by the kids that I’m just along for the ride! Anyway, all is well here — just busy (in a...

Update on my wounded relative who is a Marine 4

Update on my wounded relative who is a Marine

 Another quick update: R had surgery (one of many, many he’s had in the past week) a couple days ago to attach the muscle to the bone. Apparently it was very painful.  That coupled with the fact that they found a blood clot in his lung, R is having a tough time.  My prayers, love and hugs to R.————- I wrote a short post about my cousin’s son who was...

Just sending love to my family and other wounded Veterans 8

Just sending love to my family and other wounded Veterans

Goodness, I’ve been completely stumped on a title for this posting. Maybe I should have just left the title blank because that doesn’t seem quite right.   I  have always been extremely close to my cousin.  We’re three weeks apart in age and that made us have a very special bond/connection growing up and on into adulthood. She had her kids at a young age and I had the privilege of...

A few of DD’s Activities (K) 0

A few of DD’s Activities (K)

It turns out that DD has pneumonia and an ear infection as well. She’s been sleeping LOTS these past 10 days. Only today did she show interest in resuming work on her penguin lapbook. But she’s been pretty amazing — and has kept up with her reading and math most days despite being sick. She’s to the stage that she picks up books to read on her own as well....

Age 3 activity 4

A Few of ED’s Activities (Age 3)

ED turned three this week! Happy Birthday Sweetheart! ED still enjoys this math activity.  She does it with snowflakes and Christmas trees — now I’ve made up the same activity with heart stickers and beautiful heart erasers from Oriental Trading.  She really gets the one-to-one correspondence now. We play many, many rounds of Cariboo together.  This game is just perfect for her.  Each card has a shape (triangle, square or...

Sigh… 0


Our entire family needs a collective sigh of relief.  We’ve been hammered and as a result we’re just plain tired.  Let’s see, so I wrote about the furnace going out. Then LD got a virus.  Well, the day he felt better, I got a slightly different virus. I was so sick I had to call Dad home from work (last Friday).  By midafternoon I couldn’t get out of bed.  I...