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Special Days in December, 2015


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Back at the beginning of our summer break a couple of summers ago, J requested that we create a jungle mural on our chalk board wall.  He made sure that it included an elephant.


Elephants happen to be one of our favorite animals and according to Special Days in August , the 12th is “World Elephant Day”!  And, September 22 is “Elephant Appreciation Day”!   I’m glad that we  took some time to study these magnificent creatures.

Below are the resources we used as we learned about elephants.

All about Elephants – African vs. Asian, Elephant Sounds, and Facts  www.elemotion.org/learning-center/

Scientific Research – How Elephants Think  thinkelephants.org/pages/ow-elephants-think.html

Meet the Elephants who live at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee  www.elephants.com/meetElephants.php

Elephant Myths and Folklore  socyberty.com/foldlore/elephant-in-myths-mthology-and-folklore/

Elephant Jokes  www.enchantedlearning.com/joke/animalselephant.shtl

Elephant Themed Language Arts Interactive Games www.learninggamesforkids.com/mammal-games-videos/elephant-games-videos.html

I snagged this Elephants – Speedy Lapbook  a while back as part of a freebie offer.  Currently, it’s not free but on sale for $0.50.  www.currclick.com/product/83435/Elephants–Speedy-Lapbook?term=elephant+speedy

Youtube has a video collection of elephants playing!  www.youtube.com/results?search-query=elephants+playing

Read Rudyard Kipling’s The Elephant’s Child free online  www.gutenberg.org/files/32488-h/32488-h.htm#Page_63

A Song, Agony and Ivory, dedicated to the movement to stop the wholesale slaughter of elephants taking place as a result of the ivory trade.  (the song and website is a project of a homeschooling family!)  www.agonyandivory.com

And for Notebooking, Elephant Bordered Paper  www.teacherfiles.com/resources-bp-animals.htm

May this be a study that, like elephants, we won’t forget!

betty jo






Easter (and after) Learning Resources


Though we did a Passion Week study and some arts and crafts as part of our week’s homeschooling lessons,  we still have some Easter learning to do!

Here’s some awesome links for free Easter learning resources that we’ll be following throughout the weekend and into the first part of next week.

I’ve got a neighbor family in mind to “egg”.  Not like a mean prank like throwing raw, rotten eggs at their house but to “egg” them in a way that will bless them!  You can read about this wonderful idea and pick up a free printable to go with your eggs here  http://happyhomefairy.com/2013/03/24/youve-been-egged-he-is-risen-style-free-printable/

I printed off this trivia game to test our Easter story knowledge  http://www.myjoyfilledlife.com/2014/04/09/printable-easter-story-trivia-game/

We’ll be using this !st Corinthians 15 based article, Why the Resurrection Matters, for a discussion and study guide  https://bible.org/seriespage/easter-1993-why-resurrection-matters-1-corinthians-151-19

Playing with food is science with this free “EggSperiment” printable pack  (scroll down towards bottom)  http://www.parents.com/blogs/homeschool-den/2014/04/14/easter/eggsperiment-brush-your-errr-egg-part-4-of-4/

Eggs lesson plans for K-12 in PDF form  http://www.aeb.org/about-aeb/for-educators/

This speed/coordination game is going to be a great use for those leftover plastic eggs  http://www.franw.com/2014/04/an-eggcellent-game.html

Great ideas for outdoors Easter games  http://spoonful.com/easter/easter-games-egg-hunts

Virtual tour of a jelly bean factory  https://jellybelly.com/Info/VirtualTour/virtual_tour

A short history lesson about chocolate eggs! And if you look on the left sidebar you can link to an article explaining how hollow chocolate Easter rabbits are made  http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/chocolate-egg.htm

Easter themed interactive games  http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/easter/games.php

Are your kids asking for a pet bunny?  Mine have.  The answer is “no”, but they can figure that out for themselves as they investigate just what it takes to raise a rabbit.  You’ll also be able to find resources about chicks and ducklings, too.   http://animal-world.com/encyclo/critters/rabbits/rabbits.htm

For Easter printable word games, coloring sheets, notebooking paper and more  http://activityvillage.co.uk/easter-printables

Since I’ve got you here, I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to church.  Our local church is part of a much bigger church which is available online.  You can hear the Easter message at any time during the week that works for you  http://live.lifechurch.tv/schedule

Have a blessed Easter!

betty jo




April Birthday Biographies With Cake


1623722_714095368630096_992576892_nWhenever a birthday shows up on the special days list that goes along with the time period we’re studying, we take the opportunity to study that person, and perhaps bake a cake.

According to the special days listing for April, there are several important people’s birthdays.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/03/28/special-days-in-april-2/

Last year we learned everything “middle ages”.  And, April was a fantastic birthday month for our studies.  Here’s the links to the April birthday biographies we worked on complete with resource links.

Raphael April 6, 1483  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/06/raphael/

Leonardo da Vinci  April 15, 1452 https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/12/leonardo-da-vinci/

William Shakespeare April 23, 1564   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/23/happy-birthday-william-shakespeare/

Our study focus this year is American History.  This means that our birthday studies center around presidents.  These are the presidents that we’ll be learning about during April.

Thomas Jefferson  April 13, 1743

James Buchanan  April 23, 1791

Ulysses S. Grant   April 27, 1822

James Monroe April 28 1758

This link takes you to the resource list of what we use as we learn about a president.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

And cake!  Baking and decorating cakes or cupcakes to eat while studying makes lessons delicious.  We like this site for online baking classes.  The 3 cake decorating pdfs are wonderful guides.  http://www.kingarthurflour.com/baking/online-baking-classes.html

Of course everyday is historic and special somehow but we think birthdays are the best!

betty jo












What Do You Want To Be?

carrer-direction_3“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  I suppose that all of us were asked that at one time or another.  You’ve probably asked a child that question yourself.  I’ve asked my kids and this coming up week, I’ll be asking again.  According to the Special Days in April list, this coming up week is “Explore Your Career Options Week”.

Below are the online resources that we’ll be using for our homeschooling lessons as we explore  careers, the steps it takes to get them, and how much money they are worth.

Bible Verses About Choosing A Career  http://www.openbible.info/topics/choosing_a_career

“If $ were no object, what would you like to do?” Good advice on choosing a career in a short video                                                                                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYNShs6I4HU

Free Online Career Test (higher grades and adults)  http://www.yourfreecareertest.com/

Investigate Careers: Description, Education, Pay                                   https://careerkids.com/pages/career-info

Mission Field Careers                                                                                                        http://www.electrifying-mission-trips.org/Missionary-Jobs.html

Military Careers  http://www.careersinthemilitary.com/

Here’s a look at how various college majors fare in the job market –  http://wtop.com/news/2014/04/best-and-worst-college-majors-for-job-demand-pay/

How To Build a Student Resume  http://homeschooltipsandresources.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-student-resume-part-2.html

Tips for Writing Your First Resume                                                  https://www.thebalancecareers.com/tips-for-writing-your-first-resume-2058744

Job Interview Tips  http://money.howstuffworks.com/business/getting-a-job/10-job-interview-tips.htm#page=0

10 Dirty Jobs That Pay Well                                                                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcfobzjjg58

15 Most Dangerous Jobs                                                                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_rFSeqFYcc

As homeschooling parents, we have an unique opportunity to encourage our children about their interests, and developing talents.   And, as the kids grow and mature, we can provide learning opportunities that are tailored to helping them prepare to use those interests and talents in their future, whether it be college, a vocation, military, ministry, or a just a job.   Though the question, “What do you want to be?” is what we may ask, as homeschooling parent’s we have one to ask ourselves too, “How can I help them become what they want to be?”

betty jo

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Spring Cleaning

spring-cleaning-road-signHooray!  It’s finally spring.  Now if our weather would just act like it!   So while we’re waiting for spring to actually make it’s appearance outside our door, we can get on that “Spring Cleaning” thing.  Our house NEEDS it.  Even though we “tidy” several times a day, it’s not deep, serious cleaning.  The windows, walls, corners, and baseboards have been sadly neglected for several months.

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I’ve found a couple of links to follow as guides as we work in some extra projects throughout the next week (or however long it takes).

Printable room by room cleaning check list  (there’s some items here that I had not thought of)  http://richlyrooted.com/2014/03/deep-spring-cleaning-game-plan-with-printable-checklist.html

Some times it’s best to separate during clean up instead of all of us working in the same room.  These task cards will work well for when we aren’t working well together.  These also will work well all through the year when we only have a few minutes “heads up” that company is coming.  Everyone draw a card and ready set go!   http://www.upsidedownhomeschooling.com/cleanup-blitz-cards-a-free-parenting-and-housekeeping-tool/

Over the past several months we’ve been making our own cleaning products.  I’ve counted this in with lessons in economics, chemistry, environmental science, home ec., and lifeskills.  If my kids were a little younger, math and reading comp would be lessons covered too.  This link takes you to  67 recipes!   http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2013/06/homemade-all-natural-cleaning-recipes.html.

And here’s a little more  to go with this spring cleaning theme.  “Why We Spring Clean” from a scientific view point, and some history and geography as the possible origins of spring cleaning are examined.   http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/spring-clean-in-spring.htm

We won’t be forgetting the music!  Cleaning is much more fun when there’s music!

Top 10 pop songs for spring!  http://top40.about.com/od/top10lists/tp/springpopsongs.htm

A few others with “Spring” in the lyrics.  http://www.songfacts.com/category-songs_with_seasons_in_the_title.php

betty jo

Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness WeekIt’s  Brain Awareness Week!  This week is dedicated to brain research.  Our homeschooling science lessons will also be dedicated to brain research.  Below are some of the links we’ll be following during the week.

What our Brains Do Information and Diagrams  http://askabiologist.asu.edu/what-your-brain-doing

Brain Anatomy Vocabulary/Glossary   http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/anatomy/brain/glossary/

Best Brain Foods  http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress/melissa-taylor/brain-foods-kids-and-adults

Brain Training Interactives  http://www.mindgames.com/brain-games.php

Brain Hat Printable to Cut and Assemble  PDF   http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/lifesciences-games/documents/BrainHatColor.pdf

Compare and Contrast Mammal Brains  http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/moreb.html

Brain Experiments and Activities  http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/experi.html

Brain Games Videos (not all will be young child appropriate, so previewing the episodes is a good idea)


Video of a Human Brain Dissection  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMqWRlxo1oQ

I’m feeling smarter already!

betty jo

Resources for Presidents

3000348_origThe third Monday in February is set apart as Presidents’ Day in honor of the birthdays of our two most famous presidents, Washington and Lincoln.  However, this is just one of several Presidents Days in our homeschool.  As we work our way through American History this school year, we study the presidents as their birthdays show up on the special days calendar.  Below are the links we go to each time we study a president.

US President biographies, printables, word games, and more  http://gardenofpraise.com/leaders.htm

Disney’s The American Presidents short videos  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm5uPqucnHk&list=PLF0C51E3AA2F7B7E9

President Quotes – http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/type/type_president.html

Online quiz for each president  http://www.quiz-tree.com/United_States_Presidents_main.html

We’ve been collecting these presidents layer books on a board.  After this school year, we’ll transfer them into a file folder for easy storage and quick reviews.

1383105_589757634439426_1467905323_n Presidents lapbook printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/presidents_lapbook.php

President Notebooking  http://notebookingfairy.com/president-notebooking-page/

And because Presidents’ Day is a special day,  here’s extras to take advantage of.

Is it “Presidents”, “President’s” or “Presidents'”?https://www.surfnetkids.com/presidentsday/349/how-to-spell-presidents-day/

The presidents on coins and currency  http://mistupid.com/currency/

For fun Animaniacs Presidents Song  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TpKVntnmX8

Presidential Salary Math Lesson                                                           https://www.yummymath.com/2017/in-honor-of-presidents-day-find-out-about-presidents-pay/

Free Presidents’ Day resources and printables for all grades and most subjects                   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:presidents%20day/Price-Range/Free

Arts and Crafts Ideas for Presidents’ Day  https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/presidentsdaycraftsideakids.html

“Hail to the Chief” Presidential Anthem

Favorite Food of Every President                                                            https://www.wideopeneats.com/every-presidents-favorite-food/

Occasionally we’ll bake a cake on the president’s birthday we are studying.  Most any study is better with cake!

betty jo