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Homeschool Humor – Library Edition

In honor of “National Library Week” (April 10/16/16), today’s edition of Homeschool Humor is all about the library!








Happy Monday, Happy Homeschooling!






betty jo



Special Days in January, 2016

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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