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What Happened to Our End of Semester Wrap-Up?

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Sometimes life takes unexpected twists and turns. When I posted our monthly wrap up in November, I talked about all the posts I planned to write in December. The kids finished up their Earth Science unit and we wrapped up our Native American unit with a huge study of the American West and the Apache and Sioux. I planned to write up posts about all that and to finally (Finally!) share our huge Earth Science packet…

But then… life took a slight detour a couple of weeks ago when we learned that Parents has decided to let all the single-author blogs go. I was sad but not surprised. What that meant was that I had a LOT of work to do behind the scenes to get ready for a big move to our new website. In fact, hubby and I are still spending long hours (squeezed between holiday parties and festivities, of course!) trying to get things up and running. Believe me there is a LOT of work to do!

I realized that I had to determine how best to use my (limited!) time and energy in this busy holiday season. Our first priority is to to get the new website up and running and to get things transferred there.

So, this week we will not be posting as we celebrate Christmas and continue to move and transfer our materials… and next week starting on Monday Dec. 29th, we will have our final posts here at our Parents location.

Then coming in January if all goes as planned, we will have some great resources and activity ideas for you… including… (drum roll)… the Earth Science packet…


And of course we’ll still offer our most popular resources such as our

Simple Machine Packet

Rocks and Minerals Packet and other science units

Montessori Cards

History and World Religion Materials:

human body worksheets, resources for learning German, fun math worksheets, grammar worksheets, and more!

So, I’ll see you here next week (Dec. 29th) and then beginning in January 2015 at our new location at

Where You’ll Find…
Hands-On Activities,
Curriculum Suggestions,
Science Experiments,
Book Lists,
Notebook Pages,
Educational Games,
Online Education Resources,
and Much More!

 So, that’s the big news from here!  In the meantime, stay in touch over at our Homeschool Den Facebook page!

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Homemade Christmas Keepsakes

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Every year there are a few Christmas decorations that I absolutely LOVE bringing out!  I wanted to share a few of our family favorites!

My personal favorites are the ones that include pictures of the kids. One year when the kids were not-quite-2, 4 and 6, I made a holiday picture banner. I took pictures of the kids holding all the letters in Merry Christmas.  Then I laminated them and strung them on a long Christmas ribbon. I sewed small red fabric bows and holy in between each picture. We hang the banner up in the living room and the kids always come rushing to look at their pictures!

I also love putting this ornament on our tree! I made a simple popcycle stick Christmas ornaments one year for all of our extended family. My older two kids were 2 and 4. It’s a bit cheesy, but boy do I love pulling this out of the box!

Fingerprint Christmas Ornaments:

We made these ornaments last year making fingerprints into snowmen.

This year we’ll be making fingerprint reindeer ornaments (like this reindeer ornament at the Crafty Crow):

And finally the Christmas Star:

The kids glued toothpicks onto a star shape (it needs to be cut from a firm piece of card board).  After the glue dried, we spray painted it gold and glued a toilet-paper roll to the back.  It slides easily onto the top of the Christmas tree!

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Holiday Skip Counting Pages (2s thru 7s)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

I made some Christmas skip counting mazes for my daughter last year and printed them out for her math notebook.  You’ll find skip counting pages for the 2s through the 7s.

Download the Free Christmas Skip Counting Mazes:

To solve the skip counting maze you go from 2,4,6… through 50 going left, right, up, down or diagonally. (To solve the 6s maze you’d count 6, 12, 18…) Here’s how the solution to the 2s maze would look:

You might also like the 6s skip counting/clapping game. The girls made a video to show how that works!

If you find them useful, I’d love to hear from you over at my Homeschool Den Facebook Page!

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Christmas Addition Worksheets with Pete the Cat

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

I made these pages a couple of years ago. They include basic addition practice and a blank sheet for domino math.  I’ll have her roll the die and fill in the blanks—and I’ll also use some dominoes and have her fill in the numbers. If you don’t have actual dominoes, you can print the domino set from Mathwire. They even have a add-on set for up to double-nines.

I’m hoping to create some subtraction pages for her this year. Hopefully I get my act together!

Click here to download Christmas Addition with Pete the Cat and the Christmas Pup. There are six pages.

Yesterday I posted a similar set of multiplication and division pages. As always, if you print these out I’d love to hear from you either here or over at my Homeschool Den Facebook page! Thanks! ~Liesl

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Pete the Cat Multiplication and Division Pages

Monday, December 15th, 2014

A couple of years ago I made these Pete the Cat inspired pages for the kids.  They love when I make practice pages just for them! :)

You can download the Christmas Division Pages here.

Meanwhile, I made these sheets for DD when she was working on her multiplication tables from 1s through 5s. (That’s why there is nothing higher than that.)  There are six pages — one pages is just multiplication by 3s, another is by 4s, and the other pages include a mix of problems. I made the illustrations for these pages (do you recognize Pete the Cat there?!! I’ve got to go with what inspires the kids, right?!!).

Click here to download the Christmas Cat and Dog Multiplication Pack.

If you find these pages helpful I’d love to hear from you either here or over at my Facebook page! ~Liesl

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