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Starting to Homeschool

Tips for How to Start Homeschooling! This year is like no other. I’ve been fielding a LOT of email from readers looking for advice on how to start homeschooling, so I wanted to update this post and make sure it’s easier to find. Are you starting to homeschool or need fresh inspiration? Here are tips on how to start homeschooling, homeschool teaching strategies, units you could cover and more! This...

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Our Homeschool Resources

Finding materials on the Homeschool Den! I wrote this post to help you find some of the pages, posts and homeschool resources within our blog that might be the most useful for you. Over the years, I have made homeschool packets on everything from history and science to spelling, math, spelling and foreign languages (German & Spanish).  And, many of those are free! We have materials from preschool through high...

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Electricity and Circuits Unit

If you are looking for a fun, hands-on unit, you might want to check out our Electricity and Circuits Unit! It includes notebook pages and  worksheets about electrical currents, conductors, simple circuits, electrical symbols and more.  My kids loved this unit because of all the hands-on activity ideas! We did this when my son was 12 or 13 (and my other two were 10 and 8). Then I did it...

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Botany Unit – Plant Kingdom Worksheets and more!

I have added over 25 new pages to the Botany Unit! These new pages are all about the Plant Kingdom.  We went over plant classification and learned about the life cycles of mosses, ferns, gymnosperms (conifers & cycads), and angiosperms (flowering plants). The Plant Kingdom Worksheets The first set of worksheets goes over the basics about each of the four groups of the Plant Kingdom and some terms like vascular...

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Middle Ages – Feudalism Packet

Middle Ages – Feudalism Unit Update!! Our Middle Ages – Feudalism Packet has grown to more than 50 pages!!   I added in a number of new activities including Middle Ages event cards (for the Early, High and Late Middle Ages) with extensive teacher notes and a new cut-and-paste feudalism activity.  You will also find an awesome feudalism simulation, art analysis, and lots of different notebook pages (with answers provided, of...

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Long A Sounds /ay/ – a, ai, ay, a-e, ei, eigh, ey –Sorting Cards and Board Game!

Here are some fun activities to work on the long A sound. I made these sorting cards activities,  game board, and bingo cards to help ED with words spelled in these combinations: a, ai, ay a_e, ei, eigh and ey. She has had a lot of fun with this packet and begs me to play “just one more time”! That’s a win for me! She hasn’t yet worked on all...

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Free 2021-2022 Calendar Printable

Are you looking for a free printable 2021-2022 Calendar that includes holidays, seasons, day light savings, etc.? Be sure to grab our  free printable 2021-2022 calendar! Today I wanted to share our (latest) free calendar printable for 2021-2022.  This free calendar printable covers 20 months (January 2021 through August 2022). I like having a calendar that includes the holidays, the change in seasons, and things like day light saving which...

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Free December Homeschool Planner

This weekend, I made a few adjustments to my (free) Homeschool Planner and printed it out to get a handle on the next few weeks. I have shared this free December Homeschool Planner printable with you today! Just click on the link below. Click here for the: FREE December Homeschool PlannerI have a Spiral coil binding machine (affiliate link) that I use ALL the time for some of our homeschool...

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Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Worksheets and Labs

We have been doing a big unit on Scientific Classification and Taxonomy again. I have added in some new material and this Animal Classification Unit is now over 100 pages! Taxonomy is the branch of science concerned with classification of organisms into Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus & Species.  With these activities, my kids have become pretty knowledgeable about many of these groups and they especially loved the...

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Energy Unit – Kinetic vs Potential Energy, Renewable vs Non-renewable Energy, the Carbon Cycle and More!

New! This 70-page Energy Unit covers a range of topics from energy and force, kinetic and potential energy, the types and sources of energy, power grids, to fossil fuels, the carbon cycle and more! This Energy Unit packet is currently 50% off! You’ll find the link to purchase this packet down below or in Our Store. I am SO excited to share this with you! This is a unit that...

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High School Math Posters (Free Quadratic Equation Printables)

Free Algebra 2, Trig Printables (And a few hints about quadratic equations to help your kids out!) When the kids were little, we used to have cute posters on the walls… like the ABCs and stuff. We still have things on the wall, but the content has changed considerably now that my kids are older! I was showing my friend (on Zoom!) the material we have up behind the computer...

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Ocean Unit Science Experiments on Salinity and Water Temperature

Salinity and Water Temperatures Influence the Oceans’ Currents We just love hands-on activities! They are what make our units come alive! In this portion of our Ocean Unit, we did a number of experiments to show how salinity and water temperatures influence the oceans’ currents. Salinity Our first experiment was on salinity.  In this experiment we talked about how salt changes the density of water.  One jar had no salt...

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Rainforest Unit

I have just added a new Rainforest Booklet and Notebook Pages to our Rainforest Unit. The Rainforest Packet is now over 75 pages! First, let me show you some of the new pages. Then, I’ll include the explanation of what else is included after that. You will find the link to purchase this unit down below or at our Big Animal BUNDLE page. Note: If you purchased this unit already,...

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Spanish Worksheets: Todo sobre la comida – All About Food 

Todo sobre la comida – All About Food  Desayuno – Almuerzo – Cena This new Spanish Worksheet Set is all about food. There are 4 pdfs in Spanish Bundle 6 that include common words you would use while preparing and making meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner. These include dishes, food items and various verbs you would use while preparing food from chopping and cooking to wiping the table and sweeping...

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German Worksheets Herbst und Halloween

I have just added a new German Worksheet Packet to German BUNDLE 2 covering Herbst- und Halloween-Wörter. I thought my kids might enjoy learning/reviewing some seasonal vocabulary in German covering Herbst and Halloween.  While they are doing a lot of reading & grammar practice for German, we still do a lot of vocabulary-building work as well. 🙂 Herbstwörter: This Herbst and Halloween German Worksheet Packet covers some common words associated...

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Literature & Language Arts in our Homeschool

Earlier this week, I had a wonderful back-and-forth email conversation with a reader about literature and language arts in our homeschool. She had questions about the literature book/s we were using when my kids were in grades 2, 5 and 7.  I thought I would share a lot of that conversation with you today. It highlights some of the language arts books/texts/resources we have used over the years. Plus, I’ve...

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11s Multiplication and Division Worksheets and Activities

11s Multiplication and Division Worksheet Packet: Currently FREE to download! This fun 11s Multiplication – Division & Skip Counting Worksheet Packet will help your kids learn to multiply and divide by 11. The 11s Packet include skip-counting mazes and activities, multiplication by 11s problems, and several division by 11s worksheets. This packet came by special request. 🙂  I asked the reader who asked for  these to have her kids choose...

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Latitude and Longitude Worksheets and Activities

In this post, I thought I’d share some of the activities my daughter did as she learned about latitude & longitude, the Prime Meridian and other geography terms. My daughter is doing a unit on oceans and we’re talking about ocean navigation at the moment. I wanted to be sure to slip in this information about latitude, longitude, the prime meridian and so forth  (even though we covered it in...

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Clocks – Telling Time Matching Activity and Practice Worksheets

It’s the Friday Freebie again! When my kids were younger, we used a clock matching activity regularly to make sure the kids got the hang of being able to read an analog clock.  Today I have shared a new printable with you! This will be free for the next week!  You can grab this pdf by clicking the link or picture below. Clocks – Telling Time Activities You might be...

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Coral Reef Worksheets and Interactive Notebook Activities

Coral Reef Worksheets & Activities These new Corals and Coral Reef worksheets, notebook pages and the lapbook/interactive notebook activity have been added to our 100+page Ocean Unit. In this part of our ocean unit, my daughter learned all about coral and coral reefs: What is coral? What do corals eat? (And what is the relationship between the algae, zooxanthellae, and corals.) How does a coral colony begin? (coral reproduction) What...