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3 Must Have Money Conversations with Your Teen

3 Must Have Money Conversations with Your Teen

Having money conversations with your teen can be overwhelming — especially if you’re not sure where to start. However, once you understand some of the basic conversations to have, you may find that it isn’t as difficult as you thought. Setting intentions and outlining what you want to get out of the conversation can also be helpful.  

Must Have Money Conversations with your Teen discusses important money topics to have with your teen as well as a FREE Real-Life Finance Worksheet.

Must Have Money Conversations with your Teen

Before you get started read over the following tips to help you navigate the money conversations with your teen. Remember to take a deep breath,

Below are 3 must-have money conversations with your teen before they’ve left the nest. 

1. How Money Works

When talking about the basics of money, you’ll want to discuss topics like how to earn and save money, as well as what kinds of jobs are available at different ages. You may also want to talk to your teen about how careers help you feel fulfilled, while also allowing you to earn money in future years. 

Consider talking with them about taxes and how they can affect your paycheck, as well as why you need to pay them. Once they understand these basics, move on to deeper conversations about things like inflation, annuities, and retirement. 

When discussing how money works, it’s also important to help them understand how to use their money wisely through budgeting and investing. 

2. How to Set Financial Goals 

Goals give you a sense of direction in life. Once you have a vision of what you want to achieve with your finances, you’re more likely to hit higher benchmarks. Ask your teen questions to help them get thinking about things they want in life, financially or otherwise. Here are a few to start with: 

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 or 15 years? 
    • How will money help or hinder you? 
  • Do you want to go to college? 
    • If the answer is yes, what kind of college do you want to go to? (community college, university, technical school, etc.)
  • What are some things you want to do in your life?
    • Roughly how much money will it take to achieve those things? 
Must Have Money Conversations with your Teen discusses important money topics to have with your teen as well as a FREE Real-Life Finance Worksheet.

3. Credit & Debt 

Helping your teen understand credit and debt is possibly one of the most important financial conversations you can have with them. Credit can be either enabling or destructive, so it’s important they understand early on how it can affect their life. Talk with them about how credit works, how to get a good credit score, and the benefits available to those who do have a high credit rating. 

You should also talk with your teen about debt and the different kinds. Some debt is inevitable, such as debt from purchasing a home or going to an expensive university. However, there are ways to mitigate the amount of debt, like by saving early on or applying for more beneficial loans. 

When talking with your teen about money, be understanding and patient. Some concepts take longer to grasp than others. Don’t avoid having these conversations because they are difficult. One of the best ways to help your teen be financially successful in life is by teaching them early and being there for them when they mess up. 

Use the FREE Real-Life Finance Challenges Worksheet below to help you understand how much your teen knows about money before having these important conversations with them. 

Must Have Money Conversations with your Teen discusses important money topics to have with your teen as well as a FREE Real-Life Finance Worksheet.
Click on image to download this FREE Real-Life Finance Challenges Worksheet

More About Money for Kids

Money Management for Teens with the CASHFLOW Board Game from Starts At Eight
Money Management For Teens from Starts At Eight
FREE Butterfly Garden Activities for Families

FREE Butterfly Garden Activities for Families

Are you looking for ways to spend more time with the kids outside? One excellent way to get kids more engaged in the outdoors and interested in nature is to start a butterfly garden. 

FREE Butterfly Garden Activities for Families includes free printables and fun ideas to take your learning outdoors! Create a butterfly garden, learn about their life cycle and more!

You can use a butterfly garden as an opportunity to learn about pollinators and plants with these butterfly garden ideas and free printable activities from Angi. 

The printable activities include: 

  • A butterfly and caterpillar observation sheet
  • A garden journal page

Butterfly Garden Ideas

First, you’ll need to attract butterflies to your yard. Here are several tips to build a new garden or revamp an existing one to increase your chances of attracting colorful pollinators. 

  1. Pick the perfect spot. Plant your flowers in an area of the garden that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. 
  2. Choose butterfly-friendly plants. Flowers that are native to your region are rich in nectar for passing butterflies. 
  3. Include caterpillar-friendly plants. Plants that specific butterflies lay their eggs on are called host plants. For example, monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed plants. If you want to see monarch caterpillars and possibly even a chrysalis in your garden, include a milkweed host plant among the flowers. 
  4. Lay out butterfly shelter. Bushes or logs provide great protection for butterflies from natural predators. 
  5. Add butterfly food and water. Lay out a bowl of water or a bird bath to provide a drink station. An optional but fun step is to lay out ripe fruit, like a banana, out on a saucer to produce even more aromatic sweetness to attract the butterflies. 

Once you have your garden all set up, you can begin to observe and learn about butterflies with the kids. Use the garden as an opportunity to teach about the butterfly life cycle, for example. Below are two additional activities you can try. 

Butterfly Observation Activity

A butterfly garden is also a great place to practice observational skills. Print out this butterfly and caterpillar observation sheet to get started. 

Spend some time out in the garden and encourage your child to use descriptive words to describe the butterflies they see. They can also color them in to help with their descriptions. Then, if you want, you can help them identify each butterfly and caterpillar by looking at a book or guide online.

FREE Butterfly Garden Activities for Families includes free printables and fun ideas to take your learning outdoors! Create a butterfly garden, learn about their life cycle and more!

Garden Journal Activity

Another way to get the kids engaged in the garden is to work together on garden maintenance. Teach them about the importance of plants and get them involved in plant care by letting them help with the watering and weeding. 

Print out this weekly garden journal page to either pin on the fridge or place in a binder. Each week, fill out the page together. You can mark which plants you watered, write down your observations and to-do’s, and come up with new goals for the garden. 

FREE Butterfly Garden Activities for Families includes free printables and fun ideas to take your learning outdoors! Create a butterfly garden, learn about their life cycle and more!

Use these butterfly garden activities as part of your homeschool curriculum or just as after-school family activities!

Caterpillar to Butterfly Lifecycle Activities

You can add in more learning opportunities with these Caterpillar to Butterfly Lifecycle Activities

Lifecycle - Caterpillar to Butterfly from Starts At Eight
The House in the Cerulean Sea Character Mapping – FREE Printable

The House in the Cerulean Sea Character Mapping – FREE Printable

The House in the Cerulean Sea Character Mapping Printables are a FREE resource that I created to go along with the book. These fun printables will help you catalogue the characters, young and old alike!

The House in the Cerulean Sea Character Mapping includes a summary, character lists, and free printable character mapping pages for use with the book. A freebie from Starts At Eight.

The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is a fantasy novel aimed at adults – the main character is an adult who has been muddling his way through life, but then his job sends him to meet the most the magical children he has ever seen, while he navigates a growing attraction to another man (Arthur, the head of the orphanage).

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The book is so wonderful and laugh out loud funny and could easily be loved by teens (and is loved by teens)! Klune’s work in The House in the Cerulean Sea has been praised for its warmth and messages of love and acceptance.

I was hooked fairly quickly. The best way I can describe this book is a mash up of Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and Hotel Transylvania. It is sweet and endearing, laugh out loud funny, and encourages you to open your mind and examine the prejudices that surround us.

I especially LOVE the cover! It is so whimsical and the colors make me feel as though I am surrounded by the ocean. Learn more about the making of the cover from Red Nose Studio here.

Brief Summary

Forty-year-old Linus Baker, career bureaucrat in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, is a gray, shriveled, downtrodden soul when his latest assignment from Extremely Upper Management sends him to The House in the Cerulean Sea, aka Marsyas Island Orphanage. Marsyas Island Orphanage is located on Marsyas Island off the coast of a little seaside resort town.

His task is to look into the well-being of the orphanage’s six young residents. (See Character List Below) In practice, it’s more like assessing how dangerous they are, and taking a hard look at the methods of Arthur Parnassus, the headmaster.

Linus faints dead away on reading the first file, belonging to Lucy (short for Lucifer), the 6-year-old reputed to be the child of Satan. Linus soon learns there’s quite a bit he hasn’t been told. As time passes and he investigates further, he starts, for the first time, to question some of the things Extremely Upper Management has been telling him about these kids.

He also falls in love (an ever growing attraction between him and Arthur Parnassus spans the length of the book) and discovers unsuspected depths of courage, loyalty, and tenacity in himself.

Character List

The House in the Cerulean Sea Characters

The Orphans

  1. Talia – a two-hundred-something year old female garden gnome (which is apparently unheard of)
  2. Theodore – a wyvern who speaks in chirps, has a secret hoard of treasure (and buttons) under the couch
  3. Phee – a young forest sprite, distant, standoffish, has the power to make plants grow
  4. Sal – an extremely shy teenage boy who shifts into a Pomeranian when frightened
  5. Chauncey – no one knows WHAT Chauncey is, but he is a green amorphous blob with eyes on stalks on top of his head and he longs to be a bellhop when he grows up
  6. Lucy – a charming and intelligent six-year-old whose nickname is short for Lucifer, the antichrist, likes to make threats for fun

“Are you Mr. Baker? If you are, we’ve been expecting you. If not, you’re trespassing, and you should leave before I bury you here in my garden. No one would ever know because the roots would eat your entrails and bones.” She frowned again. “I think. I’ve never buried anyone before. It would be a learning experience for the both of us.”

Talia the garden gnome

Other Characters

  • Extremely Upper Management
  • Linus Baker – a caseworker for the Department of Magical Youth (DICOMY)
  • Arthur Parnassus – runs the orphanage
  • Ms. Zoe Chapelwhite – a sprite the owns the island

Together the inhabitants of Marsyas Island are a quirky, unorthodox, makeshift family who care for one another and keep mostly to themselves. The biggest obstacle to their existence, other than government officials sent by DICOMY to check up on them, is the seaside townsfolk who are sometimes weary and other times hostile toward magical beings in general.

The House in the Cerulean Sea Character Mapping

Sometimes I get inspired with books to create something for myself as a memory tool. As I was reading The House in the Cerulean Sea I felt it would be helpful for me to list the characters and their special powers. So I created these fun The House in the Cerulean Sea Character Mapping pages to use just with this book.

Free Character Mapping Printables

The House in the Cerulean Sea Character Mapping includes a summary, character lists, and free printable character mapping pages for use with the book. A freebie from Starts At Eight.

–>> Download Printables HERE <<–

Study Guide

The Super Summary Study Guide is a 59-page guide for The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune and includes:

  • detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering all 19 chapters commentary on major characters
  • 25 important quotes
  • essay topics
  • several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis
  • key themes like Nature Versus Nurture and The Perpetuation of Prejudice

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The Giver Book Discussion & Colorless Activity from Starts At Eight
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100+ Engaging Books for Middle School from Starts At Eight. 100+ Engaging Books for Middle School is a list of single books as well as series that are reading level and age appropriate for middle school readers.
Middle School Summer Activities Inspired by Great YA Books! Think summer bucket list! Think field trips! Think fantastic fiction to inspire it all! That's what this is! Read a great book, adventure out onan awesome related field trip, make an inspired craft or project! Screen free summer fun at its best!
FREE Presidents Day Activities for Homeschool

FREE Presidents Day Activities for Homeschool

Celebrate Presidents Day with these FREE Presidents Day Activities!

FREE Presidents Day Activities for your Homeschool from Starts At Eight

As homeschoolers we often ask ourselves questions that others may not, dig deeper into things that interest us, or even go off on tangents!

Before I get to the FREE Presidents Day Activities I’d like to talk about the spelling of this holiday.

Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day?

What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying “President’s Day” implies that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as “Presidents’ Day” means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day “Presidents Day”—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present, but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the 140 years since “Washington’s Birthday” was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. – excerpt from Stacy Conradt at Mental Floss

FREE Presidents Day Activities for Homeschool

Looking for some activities to do with the kids for Presidents Day? You can use the opportunity to learn about some of our country’s greatest leaders and their history with these free printable activities from Coupon Chief.

The printable activities include:

  • A patriotic scavenger hunt, perfect for young children
  • An imaginative journal prompt to get kids thinking creatively
  • A money matching game to help elementary-aged children practice their coin-counting and history skills

Patriotic Scavenger Hunt

Have a little one who loves to play I-spy? This printable is just for them!

Scavenger hunts are great for young minds –– they help develop observation skills while learning about colors and their surroundings.

Use this simple scavenger hunt for a fun dose of red, white, and blue patriotism with your little ones! Be sure to help younger children read and find the items on the list. They’ll have so much fun searching for each thing to cross off! Bonus points for using a red or blue marker to mark things off as you spot them.

If I Were President Journal Prompt

The perfect combination of pretend-play and creative writing, this activity will give kids the chance to imagine themselves as the president of the United States.

While working on this printable, be sure to talk about the qualities a good president should have –– leadership, communication, responsibility, and a strong sense of right and wrong.

Ask your little one to describe what they think is important for a president. Be sure to add in a bit of light-hearted silliness too! For example, as president, your little one might decide to make everyone dress like a cowboy on Mondays!

Name That Coin! Matching Game

Older elementary-aged children will love this one! This activity combines important money-counting skills with fun trivia facts for a dose of American history.

Here’s how to play:

  • Collect two or three coins of each value (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters).
  • Using the printable, help your child match each coin to the right circle on the page.
  • For example, you should place a penny on the circle that says “1 cent.”
    As you play, be sure to talk about the president you see on each coin.
  • Use the trivia facts on the next page to supplement your discussion of each president.
  • Want to make the game more challenging for older kids, or even yourself? Put the coins away – no peeking allowed! Using only the printable, name the president that goes with each circle’s value. For example, the 25-cent circle should make you think of George Washington!

If your children were loving working with coins, here are some FREE Printable Coin Counting Worksheets (That digging deeper and going off on tangents I referred to earlier!)

Hands On Teaching: Coin Counting from Starts At Eight

Whether you use these printables as part of your normal homeschool curriculum or as a fun way to spend the long weekend, they’ll be sure to keep your kids happy and busy!

More Fun With The Presidents

Fun Resources To Learn About American Presidents from Starts At Eight. Learn about our U.S Presidents through engaging books, hands-on fun, printables, and games!Hands On Fun With American Presidents & The White House from Starts At Eight

4 Year High School Plan FREE Spreadsheet Printable

4 Year High School Plan FREE Spreadsheet Printable

Planning for high school and college really ups the ante when it comes to what you need to do and know! While I was working out my curriculum plans for my oldest, I realized in order to accurately account for everything she would need, I would need to have a full 4 year high school plan!

4 Year High School Plan FREE Spreadsheet Printable from Starts At Eight. FREE PRINTABLE 4 year high school plan in both Excel spreadsheet and printable pdf formats! Help your homeschool high school student plan their 4 years wisely. Seeing it over all 4 years helps you to ensure they are covering everything they need while avoiding cramming things in at the end!

I realized planning just one year would not allow me the vision to see ahead and be sure we would cover everything both required by our state (Homeschooling in NYS), and that we desired to adequately prepare her if she chose to go on to college.

4 Year High School Plan

In order to make something visual I could add to, change, and expand on, I created this Excel Spreadsheet to plan out her high school credits over the 4 years.  It includes the credits that are required by the NYS regulations, courses typical for college bound students (like 2 years of a foreign language), and high school elective courses.

Homeschooling High School: Round One

This is the original 4 Year High School Plan I created for my oldest (who is graduating college this year). If you click on the image it will enlarge so you can see it better. I have since moved Foreign Language down to electives because that is what they are considered.

4 Year High School Planner/Spreadsheet

Also be sure to take a More In-Depth Look at our Homeschool High School Electives Choices:

A More in Depth Look at Our High School Electives from Starts At Eight

Homeschooling High School: Round Two 

Round two of homeschooling high school arrived this year with the start of my son’s 9th Grade Homeschool Year. While a few of the curriculum choices have changed, the way I plan has not! I still believe a 4 Year High School Plan is the best way to organize and invision what my kids need to cover and how we will accomplish that.

4 Year High School Plan FREE Spreadsheet Printable from Starts At Eight. FREE PRINTABLE 4 year high school plan in both Excel spreadsheet and printable pdf formats! Help your homeschool high school student plan their 4 years wisely. Seeing it over all 4 years helps you to ensure they are covering everything they need while avoiding cramming things in at the end!

As you can see above (be sure to click on the image to make it larger for easier viewing) I printed a general plan and since have changed things and made notes on it.

FREE 4 Year High School Plan Spreadsheet Printable

Now that you have seen my planning choices you should have a better idea (and more resources) for creating a 4 Year High School Plan for your children.

4 Year High School Plan FREE Spreadsheet Printable from Starts At Eight. FREE PRINTABLE 4 year high school plan in both Excel spreadsheet and printable pdf formats! Help your homeschool high school student plan their 4 years wisely. Seeing it over all 4 years helps you to ensure they are covering everything they need while avoiding cramming things in at the end!

Here is the 4 Year High School Plan Spreadsheet Printable that can be totally customized by you, for your needs/subjects.  You can fill it all in, save it, and print it.  If you love it please share this post with others so they can come and use it. 🙂

Download Your FREE Spreadsheet Printable Here ->> 4 Year High School Plan FREE Spreadsheet Printable

Want it as a straight PDF Printable? Download that HERE ->>  4 Year High School Plan PDF Printable

More Homeschool High School Help

If you like this you might also like the Plan Your High School Electives FREE Printable Pack that I have created.

Plan Your High School Electives: Free Printable Pack from Starts At Eight

*This post was originally written in July 2013 and has now been updated with a newer version of the Excel spreadsheet and more information pertaining to planning and homeschooling high school.

Engaging Adventure Stories Featuring Girls

Engaging Adventure Stories Featuring Girls

While I don’t like to put things in boy and girl categories, the reality is that this naturally occurs in our everyday lives. We often view boys as the tough, rugged, adventurous ones (and often read adventure stories featuring boys), and girls are viewed as more dainty –  having tea parties and playing with dolls. But how great is it when we can find something that breaks the mold and shows our children they can do and be anything!

Engaging Adventure Stories Featuring Girls: Check out these reprinted books from the 1900s that give a glimpse into life back then and adventure for girls! Combine history, adventure, and girls to help make learning more fun! Includes FREE Printables

About a year and a half ago my youngest daughter and I started particpating in a book club called Mighty Girls where all the books we read are books that feature a strong female character. This is a great way to build up our girls and show them how strong they can be and open up their world to the many things they can accomplish themselves!

More recently I was introduced to a grouping of historical adventure stories that feature girls from Aunt Claire Presents, published by Laboratory Books! These are already published books from the 1900s being brought to life again for our daughters (and sons) to enjoy!

{Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Automobile Girls at Newport and Grace Harlowe’s Freshman Year at High School for review and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All opinions are my honest thoughts and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.

“Beginning around 1910, American publishers issued dozens of inexpensive hardcover series for girls—school adventures, outdoor and scouting adventures, and adventures centered around exciting new technologies, like the automobile and moving pictures.”

What Aunt Claire has done is select the adventure stories she finds to be the most fun and historically interesting. She then republishes them with new cover art (cover art, I might add, that is so fun and appealing!) What we thought was pretty cool though is that the original cover art is on the hardcover book underneath the dust jacket that contains the new cover art! So you get the best of the new and the history of the old!

Aunt Claire Presents, published by Laboratory Books Cover Art

Using Historical Adventure Stories for Homeschool History Studies

It is no secret that I LOVE using historical fiction for history studies in our homeschool. What I am enjoying about these republished books from Aunt Claire Presents is that they are super fun adventure stories that feature girls!

I often pick books based on a historical time period or event we are studying in our homeschool. This method, while more fun than just straight textbooks, still leaves my daughter knowing (and feeling) as though she is “doing schoolwork”. With these books I simply set them out for her to read. She actually chose Grace Harlowe’s Freshman Year at High School all on her own when she needed to read a historical fiction book as a part of her English curriculum!

The Aunt Claire Presents Adventure Stories:

Books out now:

  1. Vol. 1: The Automobile Girls at Newport by Laura Dent Cran – In this book, you will meet Ruth, Barbara, Mollie, and Grace, the four explorers who take to the road in Ruth’s bright red car, affectionately called Mr. A. Bubble. They are heading for Newport, Rhode Island, a resort town famous for mansions and millionaires.
  2. Vol. 2: Grace Harlowe’s Freshman Year at High School by Jessie Graham Flower, A.M. – In this book, you will meet Grace ― confident and athletic, a natural leader and a true friend. Then there’s the new girl, Anne―quiet, smart, and quite determined to win the freshman academic prize. There’s also Nora, who’s funny and sharp, and Jessica, who is rather good at detective work. And then of course there’s the mean girl, Miriam, who’s not about to let Anne take her place at the head of the class.

Books to be published in the Spring of 2018:

  1. Vol. 3: The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship by Margaret Burnham – In this book, you will meet Peggy Prescott and her brother Roy, two orphans who drop out of school and spend every last dollar they have to fulfill their father’s dying wish—to construct a new type of aeroplane, better and more reliable than any other. With the help of their best friends Jess and Jimsy, can they get their Golden Butterfly in the air and win the $5,000 Young Aviator’s Prize before the scheming banker Simon Harding forecloses on their aunt’s farm? Or will Simon’s son Fanning carry off the prize with the Phantom Airship he’s constructing in secret with his unsavory helpers?
  2. Vol. 4: Grace Harlowe’s Sophomore Year at High School by Jessie Graham Flower, A.M.

Extending the Adventure Stories Learning

At the beginning of each one of the Aunt Claire Presents, published by Laboratory Books you will find an illustrated introduction that gives historical background and context to the story you are about to read. It’s like a combination of your lovable granny telling you a story and an encyclopedia providing you period images and details!

Vintage image from The Automobile Girls at Newport from Aunt Claire Presents, published by Laboratory Books.

Another great learning resource can be found on the Aunt Claire Presents. There you will find Writing Prompts and Discussion Questions for each one of the books. These are a great way to help us homeschool moms extend the learning!

One more thing we found useful was to keep a vocabulary list. Since these books were written in the 1900s there were terms that my daughter was unsure of. For instance, “mam’s flat”, refers to where she lived, or the term suffragettes which refers to a woman seeking the right to vote through organized protest. I had her write down the words as she went so we could talk about them and come up with a definition she could understand.

Learning About the Packard Automobile featured in The Automobile Girls at Newport

Beyond reading the illustrated introduction and using the Writing Prompts and Discussion questions, let me show you how we dug deeper and learned a little more history!

The bright red car known as Mr. A Bubble in The Automobile Girls at Newport is a Packard Touring car. We found this video that shows one up close and personal and talks a little bit about it.

Then I created printables (see the images below and right click and save as to print them for yourself) related to the Packard Touring Car for my daughter.

The first one is a Packard Touring Car Coloring Sheet:

Packard Touring Car Coloring Sheet from Starts At Eight

The second is for those of you that notebook and would want your student to be able to add some details they learned about the Packard Touring Car. It is a Packard Touring Car Notebooking Page:

Packard Touring Car Notebooking Page from Starts At Eight

All in all these engaging adventure stories from Aunt Claire Presents make fun read alouds or read on your own books for girls ages 9-13, as well as allow us homeschooling moms to “sneak in” a little history learning too!

Other Books for Girls

10 Glitzy Chapter Books for Girls from Starts At EightFavorite Books For Girls

Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner {Checklist Style}

Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner {Checklist Style}

Finding a student planner that works for you and doesn’t break the bank can be a challenge! Throughout my years of homeschooling my needs (and the kids’ needs) have changed. We have tried all kinds of planners, both digital and printable. This Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner {Checklist Style} is a no muss no fuss way for you to plan and for them to keep track of their work.

Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planners {Checklist Style} - 3 versions for one low cost!

Using a checklist style planner has some great benefits! One of the major things I love is the ease of use for myself. I can choose to use it in two ways: I can either fill out the checklist for each day or I can give my kids a general outline of what is expected and they can fill it in as they go.

Another benefit of the checklist style planner is that it keeps things clear and simple for the child. Every assignment is easily noted and checked off both by the student when complete and by mom when it has been looked over and accepted.

**UPDATED with 2020-2021 Academic Calendars!**

This planner is easily adaptable for all ages! The checklist style format makes it easy for even the littlest homeschooler in your house to use!

Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planners {Checklist Style} - 3 versions for one low cost!

I created this specific planner for my 9th grade son, but this planner is GREAT FOR ALL AGES! He is very minimalist and likes things cut and dry. He just wants to know what he has to do so he can get to it. The less writing he has to do the better. For this reason I will be filling out this printable student planner like a lesson planner – meaning I will plan out our year and write in each assignment as you see in the image below.

To make it even easier to read and distinguish assignments we use a color coding system. This will be the third year I have used these colors with him (in various planners) so he is familiar with the color coding. For planner purposes I highly recommend Staedtler Fineliner Pens. Each one of my children have this 10 pack for use with their planners.

  • Math
  • English
  • History
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • PE
  • Other – Things like field trips, outside classes

There is also plenty of room for us to add things along the way – things like outside activities such as Chess Club or a field trip.

PLUS my daughter loved coloring the cover of hers!

Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planners {Checklist Style} - 3 versions for one low cost!

Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner

As I said before this planner can work at any age. With the Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner having blank templates it allows you to customize the weeks, days, and assignments to your needs, and for any age student.

Features of my FULL Weekly Assignments Checklist Style Planner

  • The Planner Sheets are formatted for both the left and right side so you can print them to have a full week in view without loosing some of the side edge to hole punching or binding.
  • Includes a 2017 to 2018 Academic Calendar – Year in view style {UPDATED with 2020-2021 Academic Calendars!}
  • Book Log sheet
  • Pay one low price and get 3 color variations! (See Below)
  • Cover Dates and Names are editable within the document so you can customize their name and school year.

There are 3 versions of my Weekly Assignments Checklist Style Planner:

Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planners {Checklist Style} - 3 versions for one low cost!

Pictured above are the Gamer and Heart Planners

  1. Gamer Weekly Assignment Planner (red, black, and gray)
  2. Heart Weekly Assignment Planner (pink, purple, pastels)
  3. Rainbow Weekly Assignment Planner (bold rainbow colors)

You can see in the image above that my planners are bound and have clear plastic covers. At Staples you can have things like this bound for under $5! And with these printable student planner pages I created an 85 page planner for each one of my children! For one low cost you get 3 different planners!

Purchase the FULL Weekly Assignments Checklist Style Planner!

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Homeschool High School Planning for The Kid Who “Just Wants to Get it Done”

Homeschool High School Planning for The Kid Who “Just Wants to Get it Done”

While my oldest is schedule oriented like me, and had an easy time with organizing and filling in a planner, my son is just the opposite. He is my kid who wants to check his boxes and “just wants to get it done”. This has made handing over his homeschool high school planning more difficult for him (and me).

For his middle school years I created a Simple Homeschool Middle School planner. For 7th grade I just created a general weekly outline. That made it hard for me to be sure he was up to date on the lessons and chapters.

So for 8th grade I switched to using Post-It notes for each week to outline what he had to do. I put one in each week of his planner that listed the exact lessons and chapters he would need to complete that week.

Simple Homeschool Middle School Planner from Starts At Eight

My problem with those methods is that he was terrible about writing down each thing in his planner at all, let alone on the day he completed it. But let’s be honest, does it really matter which day? (Insert mom learning to let go of some of her rigidness in favor of a more flexible homeschooling style.)

Now I am creating a more simplified, checklist style plan for his 9th grade year. Hopefully it will be one that will work well enough to use through high school!

Homeschool High School Planning

Homeschool High School Planning for the kid who "Just Wants to Get it Done" from Starts At Eight. This is a no muss no fuss planning method for you and student planner for you child with FREE Weekly Assignments Checklist Style Planner Pages.

Alright, so now you’re asking, “What exactly is the plan“?

My plan is to use a variation of a weekly “to do” list and yearly curriculum planner as his planner for the year. I will lay out our plan for the year, breaking it down into weekly tasks.

For instance, like I do every year for my own planning purposes, I will break down the year into weeks, mark off our breaks and holidays, then number our weeks. If we have 5 days in a week it will be 5 lessons of math. If it is a short week then I would put less in.  For curricula that come with schedules it means week one in our planner = week one in the plan, and so on.

The Downside

For me the big downside in doing this is that he will not be completely independent with his high school planning. My goal was to use middle school as a transition period to more independent work. While he does his work independently, he still needs someone driving him to stay on task, and to remind him to keep track of what he is doing.

The other downside in this method of high school planning is that the upfront work is a little more for me. It means that I have to organize his planner by weeks, and physically list things out for each week. At least by doing this all up front (like I did with the Post-Its), it won’t be a task I am consumed with all year.

The Upside

Even though I am making a checklist style plan for him, he will have the flexibility to complete the work in the manner he chooses. For instance this year he has taken to batching his homeschool subjects (more on this coming soon in another post). It basically means he lumps multiple lessons of one subject on a given day instead of spreading it out over the whole week. This also means he does less subjects each day.

With a checklist style planner for each week he can easily check off what he has completed. Then I can see in one quick glance what he has completed and what is left.

The Planner

The planner I have created is in a simple weekly checklist format. I will do my planning right in his planner. That means I will write out the assignments for each day and week right in the checklist. Then each week there is a spot for him to mark things done, and a spot for me to mark things checked.

Homeschool High School Planning for the kid who "Just Wants to Get it Done" from Starts At Eight. This is a no muss no fuss planning method for you and student planner for you child with FREE Weekly Assignments Checklist Style Planner Pages.

Features of This Checklist Planner

  1. It is a week at glance.
  2. It is my homeschool planner and his student planner in one!
  3. He doesn’t have to write out every assignment.
  4. There is a distinct place for him to mark it done.
  5. There is a place for me to mark it checked. This means I have looked over it and am satisfied with his work. I can also add a grade right in the box or below for grading purposes.

This planner offers me the ease of homeschool high school planning and him the ease of “checking mom’s boxes” all in one simple package. I was so tired of having to look at the Post-Its and be upset with him because he had not rewritten each thing into his planner. While he is happy enough to do his schoolwork, he wants it as no muss no fuss as possible. Hopefully this will be everything I think it can be for us and our homeschool high school planning needs.

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FREE Weekly Assignments Printable Planner Sheets from Starts At Eight.

This is a sample of my Weekly Assignments Checklist Planner. You can download 3 different files:

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FREE Printable Reading Logs ~ Full Sized or Adjustable for Your Bullet Journal

FREE Printable Reading Logs ~ Full Sized or Adjustable for Your Bullet Journal

I am working on making my bullet journal a tad more organized this year. I mostly use it for “to-do” lists and other project list type items. It gets kind of messy and lacking in organization. One of the things I am adding this year are two different reading logs – a Books to Read and a Books I’ve Read. Since I couldn’t find FREE Printable Reading Logs that suited my needs, I decided to create some!

FREE Printable Reading Logs from Starts At Eight. Looking for a cute printable book log? These FREE Printable Book Logs can be printed as a full page for kids or adjusted for your bullet journal.

Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am not an artist. I say this because I see all these beautiful bullet journals with hand drawn details. This, I assure you, I cannot do. If I want something pretty in my bullet journal I will need to print it!

FREE Printable Reading Logs

This leads me to the FREE Printable Reading Logs I have created. As I scrolled through Pinterest looking at bullet journal ideas, I kept seeing these super cute drawings of books on shelves being used to track reading or books people wanted to read. This led me to searching for a free printable one because as I said, there is no way I will be able to draw one that I would be happy with! Much to my surprise I couldn’t find a free printable bookshelf to use for my reading logs…so I created my own!

Each of these printables are created large enough to print them on a full 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of printer paper for use with kids, or in a full sized notebook. With kids you can either have them color a book for each book they read, or print titles (or one word) on the spines for each book read.

They are also easily adaptable to include in your bullet journal. I printed mine as a 5 X 7 (on white card stock) to fit perfectly into my bullet journal. You can see what my printed and colored one looks like attached into my bullet journal below!

Books To Read

There are 3 variations of this! One with a little girl, one with a little boy, and one without.

Simply right click on the image you want to download it. Then scale to the size you would like to print it.

FREE Printable Books To Read (Girl) Log from Starts At Eight. FREE Printable Reading Logs from Starts At Eight. Looking for a cute printable book log? These FREE Printable Book Logs can be printed as a full page for kids or adjusted for your bullet journal.

 

FREE Printable Books To Read (Bullet Journal) ) Log from Starts At Eight. FREE Printable Reading Logs from Starts At Eight. Looking for a cute printable book log? These FREE Printable Book Logs can be printed as a full page for kids or adjusted for your bullet journal.

 

FREE Printable Books To Read Log from Starts At Eight. FREE Printable Reading Logs from Starts At Eight. Looking for a cute printable book log? These FREE Printable Book Logs can be printed as a full page for kids or adjusted for your bullet journal.

 

Books I’ve Read

There are also 3 variations of this! One with a little girl, one with a little boy, and one without.

Simply right click on the image you want to download it. Then scale to the size you would like to print it.

FREE Printable Books I've Read Log from Starts At Eight. FREE Printable Reading Logs from Starts At Eight. Looking for a cute printable book log? These FREE Printable Book Logs can be printed as a full page for kids or adjusted for your bullet journal.

 

FREE Printable Books I've Read Log from Starts At Eight. FREE Printable Reading Logs from Starts At Eight. Looking for a cute printable book log? These FREE Printable Book Logs can be printed as a full page for kids or adjusted for your bullet journal.

 

FREE Printable Books I've Read Log from Starts At Eight. FREE Printable Reading Logs from Starts At Eight. Looking for a cute printable book log? These FREE Printable Book Logs can be printed as a full page for kids or adjusted for your bullet journal.

 

Suggestions for Books to Read

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Using the Who Was Series Biographies for Homeschool History {With FREE Printables}

Using the Who Was Series Biographies for Homeschool History {With FREE Printables}

As I prepare for the coming school year I am looking to do a few different things in our homeschool. I am preparing this Who Was Series For Homeschool History for my 5th grader. I would like her to get a broader slice of life out of her history this year by delving in deeper to some of the big influencers in history.

Using the Who Was Series Biographies for Homeschool History {With FREE Printable Notebook Pages} from Starts At Eight

This past year for 4th grade we covered American Government mainly via textbook. If you have followed me at all you know I have a tendency to flip flop with methods in our homeschool for both history and science. I guess you could say that I have never found that one perfect fit! While I wasn’t unhappy with our text this year, I am choosing to flip out of textbook mode for this coming year and spice things up a little bit!

Who Was Series Biographies for Homeschool History

If you have ever taken a look at the “Who Was Series Biographies” you would see they are a series (one that is currently still growing in numbers at a steady rate) of biographies geared toward the middle grades. You can get them ranging anywhere from Who Was King Tut? or Ferdinand Magellan, to Who is J.K Rowling? or Bill Gates. You can find everything from explorers to inventors, artists to musicians, governmental figures such as presidents and first ladies, and in paperback or Kindle format!

According to an interview of Penguin Young Readers done by GeekDad:

“I learned that the series was launched in 2002 and is the brainchild of Jane O’Connor, who recognized a need for biographies for middle-graders. Part of the goal was to make the books over 100 pages to qualify for book reports.

Penguin also confirmed my observation about dealing with potentially complicated material, stating that they “try to present kids with a rounded, realistic portrait of every subject. Sometimes that means touching upon extramarital relationships, sexual orientation, drug use, even legal matters. However, we are very careful to treat these aspects in a way that is appropriate for a young audience.”

Explore The Who Was Series

I highly recommend using the Who Was Series website as a starting and organizing point. Not only do they have all their books broken down into categories, but they have the most updated list, as well as a way to track the ones you have read and want to read.  There is also a Test Your Knowledge Interactive Quiz!

The Who Was Series Categories:

  • Movie Directors
  • Sports Stars
  • Musicians
  • Artists/Performing Arts
  • Scientists
  • Leaders
  • World History
  • Entrepreneurs & Inventors
  • Writers
  • Explorers
  • Civil Rights
  • Political Leaders
  • Women’s History
  • American History



My Plan For The Who Was Series

So now you are wondering what my plan is for this series? How will I carry out this “dream” of using these as a basis for our history program this coming year?

My plan is to create a notebook full of biographies, photos, timelines, etc. that will showcase all the people and places we covered using the Who Was Series Biographies.

We plan to cover 2 related books each week:

All these book were selected not only from the Who Was Series Biographies but from the related What Was? and Where Is? books.

  1. We will cover a broad topic like Civil Rights with books such as Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and What Was the Underground Railroad? (2 weeks)
  2. For early American History we can read Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Abigail Adams, and What Is The Declaration of Independence? (2 Weeks)
  3. U.S. Presidents to include Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Barack Obama and Where is the White House? (3 Weeks)
  4. More Presidents with Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Where is Mount Rushmore? (2 Weeks)
  5. Since we live in New York State and they are major landmarks here we will cover: What Is The Statue of Liberty?, What Was Ellis Island?, What Were the Twin Towers?, Where is the Empire State Building?, Where is Niagara Falls?, and Where is the Brooklyn Bridge? (3 Weeks)
  6. Some Ancient Egypt with King Tut, and Where Are the Great Pyramids? (1 Week)
  7. Explorers with Ferdinand Magellan, Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, Marco Polo, Davy Crockett, and What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? (3 Weeks)
  8. Artists Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Jim Henson. Along with these artists we will learn about each of their styles and create artwork inspired by them. (4 Weeks)
  9. Musicians Elvis Presley, Mozart, Lois Armstrong and The Beatles. Along with these we can listen to their music, learn about their different genres of music and learn to play something on the piano from Mozart. (3 Weeks)
  10. Writers William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Anne Frank, J.K. Rowling, Maya Angelou, Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter, The Brothers Grimm. Along with these writers we will read something from each of their written works. (5 Weeks)
  11. Women in History Annie Oakley, Sacajawea, Queen Elizabeth, Helen Keller, Sally Ride, Jane Goodall, Susan B. Anthony, and Betsy Ross (4 Weeks)
  12. We will also leave time for her to explore some people and places of her choice.

There is a great Educator Resources section that includes downloadable pdfs with lesson plan ideas and general activities to go along with the Who Was books.

Coming out in June 2016 is The Who Was? Activity Book Can you paint like Picasso? Write like Shakespeare? Solve a puzzle as fast as Einstein? Go head-to-head with your favorite Who Was…? characters and leave your mark on history with this fun and exciting activity book. Includes three pages of full-color stickers!

FREE Biography Notebook Printables

I have created a notebook printable for my daughter to use. Along with doing this series we will be talking about How to Write a Biography Report (post with all the details and printable list coming soon), including talk about possible questions to ask/answer for each one of the boxes on our Who Was Biography Notebook Pages.

When printed back to back we will have a two page spread per Who Was Biography.

Who Was Biography Notebook Pages 2

Then if we have things to add, a sheet can be added in between.

For instance I might have William Shakespeare with a timeline of his written work on a sheet in between, possible with a brief summary of one of his plays that we explored during our study.

This would give us Left Side Page One Biography Notebook Page – Added sheet with timeline and written summary – Right Side Page Two Biography Notebook Page.

Download Who Was Biography Notebook Pages

Download Timeline Template

The Who Was? Adventure App

Who Was Adventure App

If you are an iPhone/iPad user you can download the Who Was? Adventure App for hours of learning fun!

How well do you know historical figures and pop icons? Download the app and put your knowledge to the test!

Features:

  • 5,500+ questions to put your knowledge to the test
  • 100 levels of Adventure mode: complete tasks and collect rewards as you play
  • Endless play in Arcade mode: try to beat your family and friends’ high scores
  • Power-ups to improve your score and help you beat levels
  • Learn before you play: timelines and facts at the start of each level
  • Fun and beautiful design, music, and sound effects
Art for Teens Who Say They Can’t Draw

Art for Teens Who Say They Can’t Draw

Art for Teens Who Say They Can't Draw from Starts At Eight

Does your teenager say things like,

“I can’t draw! I’m no good at art! I draw like a kid!”

Are you discouraged to see your teen, who used to love drawing, give up in frustration? Maybe you look at his drawings and say,

“Well, they don’t look so horrible. They’re better than they used to be.”

But, are they realistic? That’s your teen’s standard. It’s not enough to be better than when he was ten. It needs to look real!

Art for Teens

Your daughter may continually focus on a subject she feels confident drawing. For me it was trees. Some teens will draw horses, manga, trucks, and so on. Whatever she feels confident drawing realistically.

So is your teen bad at drawing? His drawings are not realistic, so in that sense yes, he is. He may draw eyes on the forehead, stumpy trees or floating cups. Yes, he’s bad at drawing, but so was I.

What is it that makes him bad at drawing? Is it a lack of manual dexterity? Clearly not, since he was able to learn to write. What about his eyes, don’t they work? It’s not that either since he learned to read. So it must clearly be his brain… that artistic part of the brain must be missing! Quick order a brain scan! Seriously, it is the brain, but there’s hope for him yet!

Right Brain vs. Left Brain

Your teenager needs to shift from one way of thinking to another more artistic way to draw realistically. Left brain and right brain are terms you likely heard before. Our brains can think in two ways as discovered by Roger W. Sperry, a psychobiologist in 1968. One way is verbal, analytical and sequential, the other way is visual, perceptual and simultaneous.

Modern neuroscience has since shown it to be much more complicated than Roger Sperry knew to separate the roles of the two hemispheres. So to avoid outdated terminology of right brain/left brain let’s just say our everyday brain vs our artistic brain.

With our everyday brain we are not actually seeing things as they are, instead we are labeling and categorizing what we see to process what is important. So when we see with our everyday brain the intricacies of the world fade out for a broader more comprehensive view.

Our artistic brain is capable of looking at the details, of really seeing and taking it all in. Look at your hand really closely for a minute. Observe all the little ridges and shapes. Trace your eyes along the edges of your fingers noticing the little details, the wrinkles, the shapes the light makes on your nails. When you see all those details and painstakingly transfer them to paper you become an artist!

Often people will stumble upon this in an aha moment. My friend described her own aha experience this way:

“I was told not to draw what I thought I saw, but what I really saw. So I sat down and really looked at a chair. When I finished drawing it, I looked at my drawing and was surprised by how good it was. I said, “That’s the chair!””

So if it’s that simple why aren’t more people artistic? It’s because we’re so comfortable seeing with our everyday brain that the shift can be incredibly difficult! Difficult, but fixable.

Right now your teen is drawing with their everyday brain, categorizing and naming parts then drawing symbols to represent those parts. Symbols will never look realistic. To draw realistically they need to learn to use their artistic brain. They need to see the details and draw the true world.

Art for Teens Drawing Exercises

Here are five drawing exercises for you to download that will help students to see accurately. They are effective because they force the student to look carefully at outlines and shapes instead of drawing what they think they see.

1. Gesture Drawing 

Looking for the essence of a figure beginning with one defining line.

2. Blind Contour Drawing

 Tracing outlines with the eye as your pencil travels at the same rate.

3. Drawing Negative Spaces

Improve accuracy by seeing the shapes in the negative spaces.

4.  Continuous Line Drawing

Think carefully about the contour lines and mark slowly.

5. Copy A Master

Carefully reproduce drawings of a master artist.

Additional Drawing Practice

In addition to the 5 exercises above, be sure to check out this book and corresponding workbook:

In 1979, Betty Edwards released her book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” Betty Edwards is an art teacher who was fascinated by Roger Sperry’s research. In her book, she reveals in detail the barriers to seeing like an artist and provides clear and simple exercises that help you shift to an artistic way of thinking.

Your teen can begin to draw realistically within days using these exercises! Adults who have not drawn in years and still draw like children are taught to draw realistic portraits from life after a day and a half seminar! You can go ahead and get her book, it’s excellent! For now, have your teen try out her first exercise at her website for free.

Is this a fix all for your teen?

Learns to see the world and voila she’s a Michelangelo? Sadly, no. I had my aha moment years ago, way before I’d ever heard of Betty Edwards or blind contour drawings, and yet my art still has a long way to go.

It’s a step in the right direction. Learning to draw realistically gives teens the confidence to continue their artistic journeys. Help your teen to put away childish symbol drawings and they will embrace discovering their full potential!

What comes next?

Once your teen can see the world accurately and draw realistically they can really begin their artistic journey. They will learn different mediums, techniques, and develop a unique style. Learn to draw imaginatively with inspiration. Form compositions that have balance, harmony and contrast.

What can we do to help them on this journey?

As young artists start out they need one thing more than anything else: encouragement. They need the encouragement of their parents and peers to push and challenge themselves. Art that is quickly done can be lovely, but art labored over with focused attention will inspire awe. Without encouragement, most artists will stagnate doing only what is easy.

So be sure to use these FREE Art for Teens activities to help push and inspire your teen artist.

Also Check Out

Why your teen's drawings lack depth - A Homeschool Art Lesson: Shading Using 5 Values. Learn to add depth and contrast to your drawings using these 5 shading techniques. Includes a FREE Printable Lesson & Resource Pack for your artist.

Fun With Geography ~ FREE Geography Printables

Fun With Geography ~ FREE Geography Printables

Over the span of a little more than I year I have created a multitude of World Geography games, printables, and resources. I believe one of the best ways to learn things is through hands on activities and games. My kids always enjoy playing a fun game such as Where in the World – Fun With Geography, and the best part is they are learning while they play!

Fun With Geography: FREE World Geography Printables from Starts At Eight

To help you engage your kids in learning topics covered in World Geography, I have compiled all of my FREE Geography Printables and resources together into one printable pack!

That means you get All 5 World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables (Can be used for map labeling, scavenger hunt games, quizzes and more!), as well as the Where in the World Printable Game cards, and the Make Your Own Atlas Printable PLUS the BINGO Game and chips!

Here is an example of what one looks like!

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: North & Central America from Starts At Eight

PLUS I have included a new Printable World Geography BINGO Game!

World Geography BINGO

FREE Printable World Geography Bingo Pages from Starts At Eight

We have had so much fun playing games with our World Geography Scavenger Hunt lists! World Geography BINGO is another fun way to use these lists and further your children’s grasp of where things are in our world.

Supplies:

  • Copies of the World Geography BINGO Board game for each player. (found in the FREE World Geography Printables Pack below)
  • Pencils, pens, markers (whatever your kids want to and can write with in the squares)
  • World Map for reference – this way you can find and point to each location on the map to reinforce where it is.
  • Something that can be used as BINGO markers for the squares (we have plastic chips from a store bought Bingo Game, you can also just purchase chips, or you can use the printable page included in this pack, you can also use Bingo Daubers)

Instructions:

  1. Each player needs their own printed copy of the World Geography BINGO Board and whatever you are using for markers.
  2. Using the 5 World Geography Scavenger Hunt printable sheets (broken down by continent) each player should write one location in each box on their board. (You can have them choose just countries, just mountains, just rivers, etc. or have them choose any combination.)
  3. Every player should place a marker on the center square where the mini world map is located. This is a FREE Space for all players.
  4. Parents will then use the 5 World Geography Scavenger Hunt printable sheets (or any combination that you agreed upon for that given round) and randomly call out locations one at a time.  If a location on their card is called, players place a marker on that square.
  5. When a student gets 5 in a row (across, down, or diagonally) they shout BINGO!  In order to win that round the player must have markers on only locations that have been called by the parent for that round.
  6. Play as many rounds as you would like!

More World Geography Activities & Resources

Where in the World? Fun with Geography from Starts At Eight

Create Your Own Atlas ~ A High School Geography Project from Starts At Eight

Homeschool High School Geography Resources from Starts At Eight

Teach Geography Hands On vs. Strictly Book from Starts At Eight

Why You Should Teach Geography In Your Homeschool from Starts At Eight

5 Fun Ways to Learn Countries & Capitals from Starts At Eight

 

 

Included in the FREE World Geography Printables Pack

  • World Geography Bingo Board
  • Printable Bingo Chips
  • All 5 World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables (Can be used for map labeling, scavenger hunt games, quizzes and more!)
  • Where in the World Printable game cards
  • Create Your Own Atlas – Atlas Cover Page

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