Category Archives: Bible

Inauguration Resources


Our main current events and history study for the week will be centered on the Presidential Inauguration coming up Friday, January 20.  Below are the online resources I’ve found to use as we learn about Inaugurations past and present.

Meet Donald J. Trump  Biography Article from Time for Kids News  and Meet Mike Pence

Short Article about the Inauguration Day Activities and Schedule

Quotes from Past Presidential Inaugural Speeches

Facts and Stories from Past Inaugurations

Inauguration Resources from The White House

History of Inaugural Foods

Complete Schedule of Events and Performers (Parental Guidance Alert! This site is not geared for children but for adults.  It  contains several ads around the article and events list that may not be suitable for children nor relevant to the study!)

The White House Moving In Moving Out Plan  –  ” The most frenzied American ritual you’ve never seen is called the “transfer of families,” a five-hour tsunami of activity that transforms President Obama’s home into President Trump’s.”

Inauguration Security Concerns (Parental Guidance Alert! This site is not geared for children but for adults.)

Printable Inauguration Bingo

Presidential Inauguration Printable Word Search, Cross Word, and Vocabulary Puzzles

“Prayer for Our Leaders” Printable Coloring Page (based on 1 Timothy 2 1-4)

betty jo







New Year’s Resources


Here’s my resource collection for learning and fun with a New Year’s theme updated and edited for 2019!

New Year’s  Goals and Year in Review Printables        

New Year’s Interview Printable                                                                                                 

Activities, Games, Printables for Teachers      

Countdowns to New Year 2019 for all time zones around the world     

How to say “Happy New Year” in other languages –

New Year’s Resolutions Vocabulary Word List                                  

New Year Traditions from Around the World –

New Year’s History Articles and Videos –

Movie Clips and New Year’s Music from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s –

Happy New Year Songs Playlist –

Times Square Ball History –

Times Square STEM Activity –

Times Square Math Challenge –

“New Year” Bible Verses –

New Year’s Quotes –                                                    

Bible Based New Year’s Crafts and Activities –

New Year’s Interactive Games –

Countdown Clock Craft and Activity Ideas                              

New Year’s Games – Fun for families, friends, and co-ops –

“Lucky” Foods and Recipes for New Year’s –

Top 10 News Headlines from 2018                                                         

Wishing You a Happy New Year and Happy Learning throughout 2019!

betty jo

World Sight Day


According to the special days calendar for October, the second Thursday is World Sight Day.  It’s been a couple of years since we’ve covered eyes, vision, and eye health so it’s time to revisit the topic.  I’ve updated our resource list.  There are awesome study helps including videos, diagrams, and activities!

Click here for the revised resource list

Free Learning Resources for the Olympic Games


Our first Special Days unit study of the new school year will be based on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.  I’ve been lesson planning and collecting resources.  And, I’ve found some fantastic free online learning resources to share with you!

Homepage for the Rio 2016 Olympics!

Olympic Sports Schedule

Meet mascots Vinicius and Tom and learn what they are and who and what they represent

Free Summer Olympic Lapbook Printables

Brazil facts, interactive, and printables

Great selection of Oylmpic and Brazil free printables for all subjects and levels (you’ll need an account and it’s free to set up and won’t take long)

4 Olympic Bible verses and homeschooling ideas

Olympic Maps!  Maps and information of participating countries, Brazil, Reno, the torch relay, venues, history, events, and more

Olympic Current Event Articles for kids

Olympic Atheletes’ faith based current event articles for families

Olympic Vocabulary List with interactive and printable puzzles

“Lighting the Olympic Torch”, “Swimsuits – What A Drag”,  “Which Olympic Sport…”  math lessons adaptable for any level.  I use this site often and anticipate other Olympic math lessons to be released throughout the next few days

Olympics history and trivia interactive quizzes

Watch videos that teach about the elements gold and silver

“Mr. Science” with Hooked on Science and a kid scientist explain how your big toe can determine your athletic potential.

Play Olympic Interactive Games

“How to Be a Good Sport” article and tips for kids  with audio and printing options

“What If I Don’t Like Sports?”  article and tips for kids  with audio and printing options

List of “Sports  Injuries” and athlete health articles with audio and printing options

Learn to speak Portuguese (the official language in Brazil) with flash cards and games. Lots of other Brazil  .

Portuguese language printable worksheets and quizzes

Lots of Olympic activities, printables, and craft ideas

Brazil and Olympic themed crafts and activities.  I love the coloring page of Rio!

BIG list of Olympic arts and crafts

Fun and easy DIY backyard Olympic Games  ( Javelin Throw, Balance Beam, Discus Throw, Bean Bag Toss and Water Bucket Relay)

Party, food, and activity ideas

Let the Games Begin!  (August 5, 2016)

betty jo




Learning Resources for Special Days


Recently, I was asked what resources to use for teaching from the Special Days posts. Every month has different topics, but I turn to the same tried and trusted web sites as I collect resources for our Special Days learning.  Below is a list of those I find to be the most helpful when preparing our “from the calendar” studies.  I hope that you will find them helpful, too.

Special Days and Biographies –  How to and resource list

Resources for Presidents Birthdays

Special Days and Geography –  How to and resource list

Special Days and Science – How to with resource list

A monthly calendar “resource of links and things to do, things to learn and things to explore”

Wonderful resources, activities, crafts, recipes, and open ended ideas often related to seasons, holidays, and monthly themes for families and independent learners

Calendar of Books

“Food, Nutrition, and Health By the Month”

Monthly themed bulletin boards, lesson plans, activities, and writing prompts

Seasonal Themes with Resources

Daily Feature Video

Wonder of the Day

This Month in History

Bible based object lessons, games, projects, and science experiments which will often correspond with themes and holidays

Vocabulary lists to go with just about any seasonal or holiday topic

Seasonal and holiday themed math lessons and activities

Monthly Science Calendar with resources

Writing Prompt Calendar

Calendar Related Writing and Literacy Activities and Lesson Plans

Science Activities for Every Month of the Year  –

Crafts for holidays and themes

Special Days art lessons, craft projects, and activities

Elementary level printables with monthly themes including holidays, statehood anniversaries, and president’s birthdays

Seasonal and holiday interactive games and printables

I’m going to keep this handy resource list on the sidebar under the current Special Days icon link.  And, if you need some help developing a special day study, just let me know!

Happy Learning!

betty jo






History, Fireworks, Food, and Family Fun – A 4th of July Unit Study and Resource List

4th-of-JulyThe 4th of July, America’s birthday, is a fantastic opportunity for family fun, fireworks, food, and summer school learning!  I’ve found some great cross curricular and multi level resources to share as we celebrate,  explore, create, learn, review, and play through a unit study.

American Revolution Timeline starting with The Stamp Act (1765) and ending with The Treaty of Paris (1783)

Early America Resources – Documents, Photos, Biographies, and Videos

Revolutionary War Videos

Tour Revolutionary War Battlefields                        

‘Revolutionary War’ Famous Paintings                                          

Museum of the American Revolution – Impressive collection of objects, works of art, manuscripts, and printed works!                                             

Interactive version of John Trumbull’s famous painting “The Declaration of Independence”

Guns of the Revolutionary War                                                  

“Freedom in America” Interactive Board Game    

History/Geography/Math Game Printable  – “Find the Lost Redcoat”   

banner_2465Liberty’s Kids is an entertaining and a favorite video resource for homeschooling families to introduce the events and people of the American Revolution.  Here’s the link to the viewers guide for all 40 episodes.

And, the link to the Liberty’s Kids Youtube channel and playlist.  All the episodes are available to view.

Schoolhouse Rock 4th of July Cartoon

4th of July Vocabulary List and Word Puzzles                                         

July 4th Writing Prompts                                                                                          

Patriotic Writing Paper Printables                             

Calligraphy Resources                                                        

Patriotic Quotes                                                         

Edit and Correct the Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence           

How to Speak Like a Colonial                                             

Devotions, Quotes, Prayers, and Bible verses for Independence Day


“Why do we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks?”  According to Slate, that answer is , “Because John Adams wanted us to.”  Link here for the full article.

Boom Pow Whizz” is an awesome article explaining the history of fireworks with a couple of suggested art and language arts activities.

Fireworks and Flags Math Activities

Learn about the chemistry of fireworks and use the handy chart of to identify what chemical compounds are used to produce different colors

And here’s more firework chemistry including a highlighted periodic table

And to find out more about the elements that make the firework colors

What’s inside a firework and step by step explanation of what happens when lit

How It’s Made – Fireworks

How It’s Made – Sparklers

Steve Spangler’s – 4th of July Science

Make Your Own Firecracker!   (fairly easy)                                                                                         

Homemade Fireworks Instructions (advanced and probably dangerous!)        

BBQ and Grilling Safety Guide with kids

Kids Grilling Recipes and Tips

My family’s favorite 4th of July treat is this yummy and easy layered dessert using store bought angel food cake – cut into cubes, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and whipped cream.


Fun Learning Activities                                                                   

4th of July themed Bible games and activities

4th of July Party Games

4th of July themed Interactive Games

Patriotic Music for Kids

And don’t forget to check with your local library!  We found these …


And we don’t have to stop this study here!  “The Pennsylvania State House bell was rung to summon the people of Philadelphia to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776.  Though the bell wouldn’t be called the Liberty Bell  until years later, the bell’s message of liberty certainly rang that day.”

The Liberty Bell –  Learning Resource List







betty jo

Special Days in January – Learning Resource List


month_A_01Here’s a wonderful collection of resources for daily learning from the list of Special Days in January, 2016  (

1  –  New Year’s  –  Learning Resources  –

3  –  J.R.R. Tolkien Day  –  Read about the author, book reviews, events,  and more from his fan club, The Tolkien Society  –

4  –   Louis Braille born 1809  –  Resources and Activities  –

4  –  Jacob Grimm born 1785  –  Read Brothers Grimm fairy tales  –

4  –  Isaac Newton born 1693  –  Biography and Printables  –

5  –  Bird Day  –  Make one or more of these bird feeders  and learn some bird calls

6  –  Bean Day  –  Bean Resources and Activities  –

6  –  Joan of Arc born 1412  –  Biography and Printables  –

7  –   President Millard Fillmore born 1800 –

7  –  Old Rock Day  –  Rock and Mineral  –

8  –  Joygerm Day  –

9  –  President Richard Nixon born 1913  –

9  –  Static Electricity Day  –  This is Z’s all time favorite experiment  –

11  –  Cuckoo Dancing Week begins  –  “Laurel and Hardy” article, music, and photos  –

11  –  Grand Canyon National Monument dedicated 1908  –  Take a virtual tour  –

13  –  Poetry Break Day  –  Reading and Writing Poetry resources  –

14  –  Nobel Prize Winner Albert Schweitzer born 1875 –  Biography and Printables  –

15  –  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. born 1929  –  (18 – MLK Day *) –  Learning Resources –

16  –  Appreciate a Dragon Day  –  Fast Facts and resource links  –

17  –  Ben Franklin born 1706  –  Biography and Printables  –

18  –  Winnie the Pooh Day  –

19  –  Edgar Allan Poe born 1809  –  Research Project  –

20  –  Draw a Dinosaur Day  –  Try  these step-by-step instructions  –

21  –  Squirrel Appreciation Day  –  Huge list of unit study resources  –

23  –  Handwriting Analysis Week begins  –  Learn about the forensics analysis of handwriting  –

24  –  Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day  –  How about a Yosemite Sam cartoon?  –

25  –  Burns Night  –  Robert Burns born 1759  –

26  –  Australia Day  –

27  –  Author Lewis Carrol born 1832  –  Study guide for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

27  –  Composer Mozart born 1756  –  Biography and Printables  –

29  –  President William McKinley born 1843  –

29 –  Patriot Thomas Paine born 1737  –  Watch the Common Sense episode of Liberty’s Kids –

30  –  Franklin Roosevelt born 1882-

30  –  Yodel For Your Neighbors Day  –  How to Yodel Instructions, Videos, and some historic facts  –

31  –  Inspire Your Heart With Art Day  –  When looking for an art project, this is my usual “go to” site.  No matter what subject you’re studying, this link has something to tie art in with it!  –

Check back from time to time throughout the month for updates and more daily resources!  And if you’re able to share more January daily resources, please do!  It would be awesome to add your favorites!

betty jo