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Teaching Seasons and Months Using A Busy Year

Teaching Seasons and Months Using A Busy Year

Teaching seasons and months was one of the things I loved best when the kids were little! There are so many colorful books, songs, and printables available for teaching seasons and months!

Teaching Seasons and Months

{This post was originally from 2012 and has been updated with current links and more resources}

A Busy Year by Leo Lionni ~ Seasons & Months Printables & Resources from Starts At EightAva and I have been reading A Busy Year by Leo Lionni.  This book is a fantastic base for digging into both the seasons and months of the year, as well as a great story to work on story sequencing.  I compiled some fun activities to reinforce these concepts.

4 Seasons Printables:

Months of the Year Printables:

We used a cut/paste activity sheet to match the month to what happened in A Busy Year. (While the one we used isn’t available anymore, I created something similar.)

==>> Get the FREE A Busy Year Sequencing Printable Here <<==

The Spring, Summer, Fall Winter coloring sheet was done separately and just added on. Here are a few free Seasons Coloring Sheets to choose from:

A Busy Year by Leo Lionni ~ Seasons & Months Printables & Resources from Starts At Eight

Months of the Year Song:

A Busy Year Discussion Questions:

Here are some basic discussion questions to use with your child.  Some are straight forward comprehension questions and others rely on the child to think a little bit deeper:

  1. Where do Willie and Winnie live?  (McBarney Barn)
  2. How did the twins feel when they heard Woody talk? (surprised)
  3. In this book what is the weather like in March? (windy and rainy)
  4. Why does Woody like the rain? (Trees need rain to grow)
  5. What is your favorite type of weather?
  6. Woody says that May is “my month!” ¬†What does Woody look like in May? (he has blossoms and leaves)
  7. What is your favorite season or month? Why?
  8. How do Willie and Winnie help Woody in July? (They use a hose to keep the fire from getting to Woody)
  9. Tell about a time when you helped someone.
  10. Where do the twins go in August? (to the seashore)
  11. What does Woody have int September? (fruit)
  12. What type of fruit do you think it is? (any fruit that grows on trees and looks similar, ex. apple)
  13. What happens to Woody in October? (leaves blow off)  How do the twins feel about this? (sad or worried)
  14. What presents did Willie and Winnie give to Woody for Christmas? ( flower seeds to plant, bulbs, manure)

You can also use this A Busy Year Book Companion that includes things like vocabulary practice and a mini tree report.

Fredrick was Ava’s favorite and she was thrilled that it was one of the ones done in the video¬†Swimmy…and more classic Leo Lionni stories.

More Seasonal Unit Studies

SPRING: Homeschool Gardening Unit

Homeschool Gardening Unit from Starts At Eight

SUMMER: Teach Bugs and Insects Using Eric Carle BooksTeach Bugs and Insects Using Eric Carle Books from Starts At Eight

WINTER: 3 Fun Snowman Activities

3 Fun Snowman Activities from Starts At Eight

FALL: Johnny Appleseed Unit

Johnny Appleseed / Apple Unit from Starts At Eight

World Geography Scavenger Hunt: Europe ~ FREE Printable

World Geography Scavenger Hunt: Europe ~ FREE Printable

This is the final World Geography Scavenger Hunt in a series of five. What I love about these is that they are fun and flexible. You can play a search and find map game with them, you can use them as memorization lists, you can even print them out to use as a quiz! Pair them with a fun game like Where in the World and you will be surprised how much you and your children will learn!

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables: Europe from Starts At Eight

 

This final printable in my series of World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables is Europe. The first four World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables are South America, and North & Central America, Africa, and Asia.

Europe Facts

  • Europe is made up of 46 different countries.
  • The Caspian Sea, the Black Sea, and the Sea of Marmara mark the divide between Europe and Asia.
  • Europe is home to the smallest country in the world. The Vatican City which is a tiny country within the city of Rome. It is the smallest country both by size and population. The Pope, leader of the worldwide Catholic Church lives here.
  • Europe is the world’s second-smallest continent but has the second largest population.
  • The most visited place in Europe is Disneyland, Paris.
  • Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe and it hasn’t changed its name since 681 AD.
  • Iceland has no mosquitoes at all. Not even one.
  • Greenland is the biggest island in the world.
  • Europe is home to the Danube, Rhine, and Volga Rivers.

World Geography Scavenger Hunt ‚Äď Europe

Get out your wall map or atlas and get ready for some fun! Need some suggestions for map/atlas resources? Check out this Geography Resources article.

If you want to do this on an individual basis as more of a mapping exercise, consider purchasing Wonder Maps from Bright Ideas Press. It is a mapping software that includes political, physical, and historical maps. It allows you to select what features you want to show on the map and then print out as many copies as you need.

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Europe from Starts At Eight

 

 

 

Download World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Europe

Geography bundle -- North Star Geography and WonderMaps

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables

Print and use all the World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables!

1. South America

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable South America from Starts At Eight

2. Asia

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Asia from Starts At Eight

3. Africa

World Geography Scavenger Hunt FREE Printable: Africa from Starts At Eight

4. North & Central America

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

More Geography:

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

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

Homeschool High School Geography Resources from Starts At Eight

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables: South America from Starts At Eight

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

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

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

World Geography Scavenger Hunt: Asia ~ FREE Printable

World Geography Scavenger Hunt: Asia ~ FREE Printable

This is the 4th World Geography Scavenger Hunt in a series of five. What I love about these is that they are fun and flexible. You can play a search and find map game with them, you can use them as memorization lists, you can even print them out to use as a quiz! Pair them with a fun game like Where in the World and you will be surprised how much you and your children will learn!

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Asia from Starts At Eight

This 4th printable in my series of World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables is Asia. The other four World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables are South America, and North & Central America, Africa and Europe.

Asia Facts

  • Asia is the largest continent comprising 30% of the Earth’s land area.
  • Asia is home to Mount Everest, which is the Earth’s highest mountain coming in at 29, 029 feet.
  • Asia is also home to the Earth’s lowest point – The Dead Sea coming in around -997 feet.
  • With over 4 billion people Asia is the most populous continent. (about 60%)
  • Asia is the only continent that shares borders with two other continents; Africa and Europe. It sometimes joins with a third continent, North America, in the winter by ice forming in the Bering Sea.
  • Some fascinating animals of Asia include the giant panda, the Asian elephant, Bactrian camel, kink cobra, Indian rhinoceros and the Komodo dragon.
  • Asia is home to 9 of the world’s 10 tallest buildings including the tallest building currently – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at an impressive 2,717 feet. This is closely followed by the Shanghai Tower at a no less imposing 2,073 feet.

World Geography Scavenger Hunt ‚Äď Asia

Get out your wall map or atlas and get ready for some fun! Need some suggestions for map/atlas resources? Check out this Geography Resources article.

If you want to do this on an individual basis as more of a mapping exercise, consider purchasing Wonder Maps from Bright Ideas Press. It is a mapping software that includes political, physical, and historical maps. It allows you to select what features you want to show on the map and then print out as many copies as you need.

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Asia from Starts At Eight

Download World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Asia

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables

Print and use all the World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables!

1. South America

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable South America from Starts At Eight

2. Europe

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Europe from Starts At Eight

3. Africa

World Geography Scavenger Hunt FREE Printable: Africa from Starts At Eight

4. North & Central America

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

More Geography:

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

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

Homeschool High School Geography Resources from Starts At Eight

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables: South America from Starts At Eight

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

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

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

World Geography Scavenger Hunt: Africa ~ FREE Printable

World Geography Scavenger Hunt: Africa ~ FREE Printable

Geography can feel dry and boring, but there are actually many fun ways to learn geography! One of the ways is with this World Geography Scavenger Hunt that I came up with to help make it more fun for my kids.

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Africa from Starts At Eight

This Africa printable is the third in my series of World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables. The other four World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables are South America, and North & Central America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Africa Facts

  • The African continent has the second largest population in the world at approximately 1 billion people.
  • Africa is the hottest continent on earth.
  • The longest river in the world, the Nile (4,132 miles), is located in Africa.
  • Africa has the world’s largest desert, the Sahara, which is almost the size of the United States.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent. It towers over 19,300 feet, which is so tall that glaciers can be found at its summit even though the mountain is near the equator.
  • Madagascar is the largest island in Africa and the fourth largest island in the world. It is in the Indian Ocean off the East coast of Africa.
  • Africa is the land of the largest animals. Home to the fastest land animal in the world, the cheetah; the world’s largest land animal, the African elephant; the world’s tallest animal, the giraffe; the world’s largest primate, the gorilla; and the world’s largest reptile, the Nile crocodile.

World Geography Scavenger Hunt ‚Äď Africa

Get out your wall map or atlas and get ready for some fun! Need some suggestions for map/atlas resources? Check out this Geography Resources article.

If you want to do this on an individual basis as more of a mapping exercise, consider purchasing Wonder Maps from Bright Ideas Press. It is a mapping software that includes political, physical, and historical maps. It allows you to select what features you want to show on the map and then print out as many copies as you need.

World Geography Scavenger Hunt FREE Printable: Africa from Starts At Eight

Download World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Africa

Geography bundle -- North Star Geography and WonderMaps

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables

Print and use all the World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables! I will link the rest of the series here as I create them!

1. South America

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable South America from Starts At Eight

2. Europe

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Europe from Starts At Eight

3. Asia

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Asia from Starts At Eight

4. North & Central America

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

More Geography:

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

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

Homeschool High School Geography Resources from Starts At Eight

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables: South America from Starts At Eight

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

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

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

High School Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

High School Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

I remember being in high school and being frustrated by the fact that I didn’t have time to read the books I wanted to. Summer came and I was thrilled to be set free to read what I wanted!

High School Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE from Starts At Eight

Summer reading can help keep teens minds engaged and in motion during these months of downtime from school. If they don’t have ideas of their own, an easy way to get a list of books going is by finding a great series or author for your teen to get involved in reading.

For this reason I am compiling a list of series, or authors with multiple books to help you in your quest for filling your teen’s reading list. High School Series Books for Your Summer Reading List is the last of these posts. You can also check out K-2 Series Books Summer Reading List, Grades 3-5 Series Books for Your Summer Reading List, and Middle School Series Books for Your Summer Reading.

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy

  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay

2. The Giver Quartet

  • The Giver
  • Gathering Blue
  • The Messenger
  • Son

3. John Green books

  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Looking for Alaska
  • Paper Towns
  • An Abundance of Katherines

4. Divergent Trilogy

  • Divergent
  • Insurgent
  • Allegiant
  • Four: A Divergent Collection – a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scene from Divergent, all told from Tobias’s point of view.

5. Twilight Series

  • Twilight
  • New Moon
  • Eclipse
  • Breaking Dawn

6. Shiver Triology

  • Shiver
  • Linger
  • Forever
  • Sinner (stand alone companion book)

7. The Raven Cycle

  • The Raven Boys
  • The Dream Thieves
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue
  • The Raven King

I want to note that many of the titles here also have movie adaptations. It can be not only great fun, but a good learning experience to read the books and then watch the movies. Here is a Free Printable for comparing and contrasting between a book and a movie.

FREE Printable High School Series Summer Reading List

To help you head to the library, bookstore, or purchase online, as well as to keep track of what your child has read already, I have created a free printable of these High School Series books.

High School Series Books Summer Reading List FREE Printable from Starts At Eight

Click here to download your High School Series Books Summer Reading List FREE Printable from Starts At Eight

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Middle School Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Middle School Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Summer is here¬†and kids are in full summer mode. As a parent and home educator I worry about the inevitable ‚Äúsummer slide‚ÄĚ where our kids can lose information during the lazy months of summer. One way we can combat this is by keeping our children engaged in summer reading.

Middle School Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE from Starts At Eight

Summer reading can help keep their minds engaged and in motion during these months of downtime from school. An easy way to get a list of books going is by finding a great series or author for your child to get involved in reading.

For this reason I am compiling a list of series, or authors with multiple books to help you in your quest for filling your child’s reading list. Middle School Series Books for Your Summer Reading List is the third of these posts. You can also check out K-2 Series Books Summer Reading List, Grades 3-5 Series Books for Your Summer Reading List, and High School Series Books for Your Summer Reading List.

Middle School Series Books for Your Summer Reading List

1. Wendy Mass books

  • Space Taxi
  • Pi in the Sky
  • The Candymakers
  • Every Soul a Star
  • Heaven Looks Like the Mall
  • Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
  • A Mango Shaped Space
  • 13 Gifts

2. The Books of Elsewhere

  • Volume 1: The Shadows
  • Volume 2: Spellbound
  • Volume 3: The Second Spy
  • Volume 4: The Strangers
  • Volume 5: Still Life

3. 39 Clues

The 39 Clues is a series of adventure novels written by a collaboration of authors. They chronicle the adventures of two siblings, Amy and Dan Cahill, who discover that their family, the Cahills, has been the most influential family in history.This series has you searching for clues, collecting cards, and there is even a game!

The base series of 39 Clues (The Clue Hunt) includes 11 books. Beyond that there are more stem off series to explore as well such as Cahills vs. Vespers, Unstoppable, and Doublecross. I have listed the first 11 ‚Äď The Clue Hunt series.

  • Maze of Bones
  • One False Note
  • Sword Thief
  • Beyond the Grave
  • Black Circle
  • In Too Deep
  • The Viper’s Nest
  • The Emperor’s Code
  • Storm Warning
  • Into the Gauntlet
  • Vespers Rising

4. Anne of Green Gables

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Anne of Avonlea
  • Anne of the Island
  • Anne of Windy Poplars
  • Anne’s House of Dreams
  • Anne of Ingleside
  • Rainbow Valley
  • Rilla of Ingleside

5. Maximum Ride

  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
  • Maximum Ride: School’s Out-Forever
  • Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • Maximum Ride: The Final Warning
  • Max
  • Fang
  • Angel
  • Nevermore
  • Maximum Ride Forever

6. Middle School book series

  • The Worst Years of My Life
  • Get Me Out of Here!
  • My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar
  • How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill
  • Safe Rafe!
  • How I Got Lost in London
  • Ultimate Showdown

7. Rick Riordan series

Percy Jackson

  1. The Lightning Thief
  2. The Sea Monsters
  3. The Titan’s Curse
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
  5. The Last Olympian

The Heroes of Olympus

  1. The Lost Hero
  2. The Son of Neptune
  3. The Mark of Athena
  4. The House of Hades
  5. The Blood of Olympus

8. Chronicles of Narnia

  • The Magician’s Nephew
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • Prince Caspian
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Last Battle

9. Artemis Fowl

  • Artemis Fowl
  • The Arctic Incident
  • The Eternity Code
  • The Opal Deception
  • The Lost Colony
  • The Time Paradox
  • The Atlantis Complex
  • The Last Guardian

10. The Mother-Daughter Book Club

  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club
  • Much Ado About Anne
  • Dear Pen Pal
  • Pies and Prejudice
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Wish You Were Eyre

FREE Printable Middle School Series Summer Reading List

To help you head to the library, bookstore, or purchase online, as well as to keep track of what your child has read already, I have created a free printable of these Middle School Series books.

Middle School Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE Printable from Starts At Eight

Click here to download your Middle School Series Books Summer Reading List FREE Printable

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Grades 3-5 Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Grades 3-5 Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Summer is upon us and kids are gearing up for their summer of freedom from the confines of school. As a parent and home educator I worry about the inevitable “summer slide” where our kids can lose information during the lazy months of summer. One way we can combat this is by keeping our children engaged in summer reading.

Grades 3-5 Series Books Summer Reading List FREE Printable from Starts At Eight

Summer reading can help keep their minds engaged and in motion during these months of downtime from school. An easy way to get a list of books going is by finding a great series or author for your child to get involved in reading.

For this reason I am compiling a list of series, or authors with multiple books to help you in your quest for filling your child’s reading list. Grades 3-5 Series Books for Your Summer Reading List is the second of these posts. You can also check out K-2 Series Books Summer Reading List, Middle School¬†Series Books for Your Summer Reading List, and High School Series Books for Your Summer Reading List.

Grades 3-5 Series Books for Your Summer Reading List

This list contains some educational and some just plain fun chapter books for the grades 3-5 set. While I have listed many books in each series, I have also left space for you to add books as there are many not listed as well.

1. Ramona Books

  • Beezus and Ramona
  • Ramona the Pest
  • Ramona the Brave
  • Ramona and Her Father
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8
  • Ramona and Her Mother
  • Ramona Forever
  • Ramona’s World

2. Goosebumps


The number of Goosebumps books is overwhelming. Here are some of the series variations:

3. Paddington

  • Paddington
  • Paddington at the Palace
  • Paddington at the Zoo
  • Paddington in the Garden
  • Paddinton and the Marmalade Maze
  • Paddington the Artist

4. Harry Potter

  • Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

5. 39 Clues


The base series of 39 Clues (The Clue Hunt) includes 11 books. Beyond that there are more stem off series to explore as well such as Cahills vs. Vespers, Unstoppable, and Doublecross. I have listed the first 11 – The Clue Hunt series.

  • The Maze of Bones
  • One False Note
  • The Sword Thief
  • Beyond the Grave
  • The Black Circle
  • In Too Deep
  • The Viper’s Nest
  • The Emperor’s Code
  • Storm Warning
  • Into the Gauntlet
  • Vespers Rising

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Rodrick Rules
  • The Last Straw
  • Dogs Days
  • The Ugly Truth
  • Cabin Fever
  • The Third Wheel
  • Hard Luck
  • The Long Haul
  • Old School (Coming Nov. 2015)

7. Doll People


This 4 book series is by Ann M. Martin who also authors The Baby Sitter’s Club books. My daughter and I just loved these books. The illustrations by Brian Selznik are just stunning as well.

  • The Doll People
  • The Meanest Doll in the World
  • The Runaway Dolls
  • The Doll People Set Sail

8. Katie Kazoo Switcheroo


There are at least 35 books plus special editions in this series.

  • Camp Rules!
  • Whose Afraid of Fourth Grade?
  • Anyone But Me
  • I Hate Rules!
  • Get Lost!
  • Three Cheers for…Who?
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
  • Out to Lunch
  • On Your Mark, Get Set, Laugh!

9. Encyclopedia Brown

  • Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
  • And the Case of the Soccer Scheme
  • Solves Them All
  • And His Best Cases Ever
  • And the Case of the Secret UFOs
  • And the Case of the Secret Pitch
  • And the Case of the Carnival Crime
  • Keeps the Peace
  • And the Case of the Midnight Visitor
  • Saves the Day
  • Tracks Them Down
  • Finds the Clues
  • Lends a Hand

10. Magic Tree House


One of the things I love about this series is that it is fun and educational. They even offer nonfiction companion books to go along with their books.

  • Dinosaurs Before Dark
  • The Knight At Dawn
  • Mummies in the Morning
  • Pirates Past Noon
  • Nights of the Ninjas
  • Afternoon on the Amazon
  • Sunset of the Sabertooth
  • Midnight on the Moon
  • Dolphins at Daybreak
  • Ghost Town at Sundown
  • Lions at Lunchtime
  • Polar Bears Past Bedtime
  • Vacation Under the Volcano
  • Day of the Dragon King
  • Viking Ships at Sunrise
  • Hour of the Olympics

11. Little House


Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder is a long loved classic series, both through the books as well as the long airing tv show.

  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Farmer Boy
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake
  • The Long Winter
  • Little Town on the Prairie
  • These Happy Golden Years
  • The First Four Years

12. I Survived


Each book in this series tells a terrifying and thrilling story from history, through the eyes of a boy who lived to tell the tale.

  • The Great Chicago Fire, 1871
  • True Stories: Five Epic Disasters
  • The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • The Nazi Invasion, 1944
  • The Japanese Tsunami, 2011
  • The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
  • The Attacks of September 11, 2001
  • The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
  • The Shark Attacks of 1916
  • Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
  • The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

13. The Boxcar Children

  • The Boxcar Children
  • Surprise Island
  • The Yellow House Mystery
  • Mountain Top Mystery
  • The Gymnastics Mystery
  • The Candy Factory Mystery
  • The Lighthouse Mystery
  • Mystery Ranch
  • The Mystery of the Soccer Snitch
  • Bicycle Mystery
  • Mystery in the Sand
  • The Haunted Cabin Mystery
  • The Bus Station Mystery
  • The Pizza Mystery

FREE Printable Grades 3-5 Series Summer Reading List

To help you head to the library, bookstore, or purchase online, as well as to keep track of what your child has read already, I have created a free printable of these Grades 3-5 Series books.

Grades 3-5 Summer Reading List Free Printable Cover from Starts At Eight

Click here to download your Grades 3-5 Series Books Summer Reading List FREE Printable

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New York State Homeschooling Regulations

New York State Homeschooling Regulations

Many people fear homeschooling in New York State. The New York State Homeschooling Regulations can seem very restrictive and overwhelming. Having homeschooled in NYS since 2006, I can tell you it isn’t as bad as you might think upon first glance.

New York State Homeschooling Regulations Cheat Sheet from Starts At Eight

To help myself more easily navigate the yearly paperwork and fundamental requirements, I created what I call the New York State Homeschooling Regulations for Dummies Cheat Sheet! {Please note that I am not legal counsel and that this cheat sheet is not a substitution for reading and knowing the regulations yourself.} 

While I know that none of us are “dummies”, this sheet was created to make your life more simple when it comes to knowing what is required of you concerning the New York State Homeschooling Regulations. This was created straight from the handwritten sheet I created for myself. I keep it paperclipped just inside my paperwork file so that it is easy to reference at any time.

It breaks down what is required to be taught each year from the basics of math, science, history and English, to electives for high school.

Download the full New York State Homeschooling Regulations for Dummies Cheat Sheet

More on New York State Homeschooling Regulations

New York State Homeschool Paperwork from Starts At Eight Homeschooling in New York State from Starts At Eight

K-2 Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

K-2 Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

School is nearing its close, and summer is approaching, kids are rejoicing! The much anticipated break is near!¬†Problem? There can be a major loss of information during the summer months. (Otherwise known as the “summer slide”) Solution? A summer reading list to help keep their minds in motion and promote a love of both reading and learning.

K-2 Series Books Summer Reading List & FREE PRINTABLE from Starts At Eight

In our house we love to find a series of books, or a favorite author that has many books to occupy our time. It offers an easy resource of books for continued reading, without a lot of time spent trying to find fun and engaging stories for each of my children.

For this reason I am compiling lists of series, or authors with multiple books to help you in your quest for filling your child’s reading list. K-2 Series Books for Your Summer Reading List is the first of these posts. You can also check out Grades 3-5 Series Books for Your Summer Reading List, Middle School Series Books for Your Summer Reading List, and High School Series Books for Your Summer Reading List.

K-2 Series Books for Your Summer Reading List

This list contains both read alouds and smaller chapter books for the K-2 set. While I have listed many books in each series, I have also left space for you to add books as there are many not listed as well.

1. Curious George

  • Curious George
  • Curious George Birthday Surprise
  • Curious George Goes Camping
  • Curious George And the Firefighters
  • Curious George Says Thank You
  • Curious George Makes Pancakes
  • Curious George at the Baseball Game
  • Curious George Goes to the Beach
  • Curious George in the Snow
  • Curious George Goes to the Zoo
  • Curious George Takes a Train

2. Aliki

  • My 5 Senses
  • Digging Up Dinosaurs
  • Fossils Tell of Long Ago
  • Feelings
  • Manners
  • My Visit to the Zoo
  • All By Myself
  • I’m Growing
  • My Hands
  • My Feet

3. Leo Lionni

  • Six Crows
  • Frederick
  • Inch By Inch
  • A Color of His Own
  • Fish is Fish
  • Tillie and the Wall
  • The Biggest House in the World
  • A Busy Year – Seasons & Months Printables

4. Dr. Seuss

  • Green Eggs & Ham
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go
  • The Lorax –¬†Printables & Activities = Lapbook & ¬†Lorax Resources & Printables
  • ABC Alphabet Book
  • Fox in Socks
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
  • My Many Colored Days – This is a great book to teach colors and feelings. Here is a great My Many Colored Days Unit
  • One Fish, Two Fish
  • Go, Dog! Go!
  • The Tooth Book – Check out this awesome 3 Part Tooth Unit!
  • The Foot Book
  • Horton Hears a Who!
  • Hop on Pop
  • There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!

5. Nate the Great series

  • Nate the Great
  • Nate the Great Goes Undercover
  • Nate the Great and the Monster Mess
  • Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail
  • Nate the Great and the Boring Beach
  • Nate the Great and the Hungry Book
  • Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden
  • Nate the Great Where are You?
  • Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective
  • Nate the Great and the Owl Express
  • Nate the Great and the Big Sniff
  • Nate the Great and the Lost List
  • Nate the Great and the Phony Clue
  • Nate the Great and the Musical Note
  • Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas

6. Frances books by Russell Hobon

  • A Birthday for Frances
  • Bead and Jam for Frances
  • A Bargain for Frances
  • Best Friends for Frances
  • A Baby Sister for Frances

7. Frog and Toad books

  • Frog and Toad are Friends
  • Frog and Toad All Year
  • Days With Frog and Toad
  • Frog and Toad Together

Another great series involving animals is Franklin the Turtle. While not included in this list you might enjoy these Free Printable Notebooking Pages for Franklin the Turtle

Notebooking with Franklin the Turtle from Starts At Eight

8. The Berenstain Bears

  • And the Truth
  • And the Messy Room
  • And Too Much Junk Food
  • Learn About Strangers
  • Show Some respect
  • Dinosaur Dig
  • And Too Much TV
  • And the Golden Rule
  • And the Trouble with Chores – Check out list of age appropriate chores and more in Life Skills – Chores
  • New Baby
  • Bedtime Battle
  • Visit the Dentist
  • Forget Their Manners
  • Moving Day
  • In the Dark
  • Go to School
  • Week at Grandma’s
  • Computer Trouble

9. Cam Jansen

  • Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds
  • Summer Camp Mysteries
  • Birthday Mystery
  • Mystery of the U.F.O.
  • Snowy Day Mystery
  • Chocolate Fudge Mystery
  • Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball
  • Basketball Mystery
  • Mystery of the Carnival Prize
  • Mystery at the Haunted House
  • Wedding Cake Mystery
  • Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper
  • Green School Mystery
  • First Day of School Mystery
  • Mystery of the Monster Movie
  • Graduation Day Mystery

10. Skippyjon Jones

  • Skippyjon Jones
  • Skippyjon Jones Snow What
  • Skippyjon Jones In the Doghouse
  • Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones
  • Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole
  • Skippyjon Jones Lost in Space
  • Skippyjon Jones Color Crazy
  • Skippyjon Jones In Mummy Trouble
  • Skippyjon Jones Treasure Hunt

11. The Magic School Bus

This list contains titles from both the shorter read aloud/picture book style, as well as the Magic School Bus Chapter Books.

  • Lost in the Solar System
  • Inside the Human Body
  • On the Ocean Floor – For More Ocean fun check out this Giant Sea Creatures – An Ocean Animals Unit
  • In the Time of Dinosaurs
  • Plants A Seed
  • Inside the Earth
  • Inside a Beehive
  • Penguin Puzzle
  • Wet All Over
  • Rocky Road Trip – Hands on Science: Rocks & Minerals Unit
  • And the Electric Field Trip
  • Inside a Hurricane
  • Search for the Missing Bones
  • The Truth About Bats
  • Blows Its Top
  • The Wild Wale Watch
  • Takes a Moonwalk
  • Great Shark Escape
  • The Giant Germ

12. Eric Carle books

Teach Bugs and Insects Using Eric Carle Books from Starts At Eight

13. Amber Brown

  • Amber Brown is Not a Crayon
  • You Can’t Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown
  • Amber Brown Goes Fourth
  • Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit
  • Amber Brown Sees Red
  • Forever Amber Brown
  • Amber Brown is Feeling Blue
  • Amber Brown is Green with Envy

FREE Printable K-2 Series Summer Reading List

To help you head to the library, bookstore, or purchase online, as well as to keep track of what your child has read already, I have created a free printable of these K-2 Series books.

FREE Printable K-2 Book Series Summer Reading List from Starts At Eight

Click here to download your K-2 Series Books Summer Reading List FREE Printable from Starts At Eight

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World Geography Scavenger Hunt: North & Central America~ FREE Printable

World Geography Scavenger Hunt: North & Central America~ FREE Printable

Geography lends itself to some fun games. One of the things my children like to do is a sort of atlas scavenger hunt. For this reason I am creating a series of World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables. 

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

This North & Central America printable is the second in my series of World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables. The other four World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables are South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

North & Central America Facts

  • The city with the largest population in North America is Mexico City, Mexico. The most populous country is the United States (2010 census).
  • The longest river in North America is the Mississippi-Missouri River System.
  • Lake Superior is the largest fresh water lake in the world by area. It is located on the border between the United States and Canada.
  • The country of Greenland is the biggest island on the planet.
  • The North American and South American continents are thought to have been named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
  • Canada is slightly larger than the United States in area making it the second largest country by area in the world (after Russia).
  • There once was a country called Central America. Today it is divided up into Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
  • The Panama Canal allows ships to cross Central America from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. The canal is a manmade construction that traverses 50 miles across the country of Panama.

World Geography Scavenger Hunt – North & Central America

Get out your wall map or atlas and get ready for some fun! Need some suggestions for map/atlas resources? Check out this Geography Resources article.

If you want to do this on an individual basis as more of a mapping exercise, consider purchasing Wonder Maps from Bright Ideas Press. It is a mapping software that includes political, physical, and historical maps. It allows you to select what features you want to show on the map and then print out as many copies as you need.

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

Download World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable North & Central America

Geography bundle -- North Star Geography and WonderMaps

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables

Print and use all the World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables! I will link the rest of the series here as I create them!

1. South America

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable South America from Starts At Eight

2. Europe

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Europe from Starts At Eight

3. Asia

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Asia from Starts At Eight

4. Africa

World Geography Scavenger Hunt FREE Printable: Africa from Starts At Eight

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FREE Printable: Compare Contrast Book vs Movie

FREE Printable: Compare Contrast Book vs Movie

We do a lot of reading in our house. I love to read and have been lucky enough to have children who share that love of reading. One of the things we have done throughout the years is read a book, watch the movie, and then compare and contract book vs. movie.

Compare Contrast Book vs Movie FREE Printable from Starts At Eight

Compare Contrast Book vs Movie

There are many times that we read a book and our children don’t even know there is a movie version. I really enjoy these times because they read the book to read and enjoy the book, and not just to get to the movie!

On the other hand, it can be very good motivation to read a book if they have seen a movie trailer and really want to see the movie. I always insist that they read the books before they get to see the movie!

Having a Compare Contrast Book vs Movie conversation with your kids a great learning activity. It encourages them to think critically about not only what they read, but what they saw and experienced while watching the movie.

Here are some things to talk about:

  • How were the book and the movie different?
  • How were they the same?
  • Were there things left out or added in the movie as compared to the book?
  • Did the movie portray the characters as you pictured them in your head while reading the book?
  • Did you like one experience more than another? Why?

After reading the book, watching the movie, and having a discussion about the two, you can use this FREE Printable Compare Contrast Book vs Movie activity to have your children get their thoughts down on paper.

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Teaching With Movies: Free Printable Online & Book Resources from Starts At EightTeaching History Through Movies from Starts At Eight. Teaching History Through Movies is a great way to make history come alive. This landing page tells how we do this, where to get & what movies we are viewing. As we watch and find resources for movies I will add them here. American History, World History, Biographies and more!

World Geography Scavenger Hunt: South America ~ FREE Printable

World Geography Scavenger Hunt: South America ~ FREE Printable

We have found one of the most fun things to do with geography is to “find” things. My kids love it when you give them a country, landmark or physical attribute such as river, mountain, body of water, and they race to see who can find it. Since we find this to be so much fun, but we often struggle with things to come up with for them to find, I decided to create a series of World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables.

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables: South America from Starts At Eight

This is the first in my series of World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables. We are starting our fun off with South America.

South America Facts

  • The main languages spoken in South America is Portuguese closely followed by Spanish
  • The largest country in South America is Brazil. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world
  • South America is connected to North America by a narrow strip of land called Isthmus of Panama
  • The highest point in South America is Cerro Aconcagua in the Andes Mountains in the country of Argentina.
  • The largest South American country in both size and population is Brazil. The largest city is Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is also one of the ten largest cities in the world.
  • North and South America were named after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
  • The highest waterfall in the world is Santo del Angel (also called Angel Falls). It is almost 1000 meters high!
  • The Atacama Desert in Chile is considered to be one of the driest places on Earth.
  • More than 30% of South America is covered by rainforests; the largest rainforest is the Amazon forest which is mainly enclosed within Brazil (60%)
  • The longest river in South America is the Amazon River. Measuring a distance of 6,439 km (4,001 miles) it is considered to be the second longest river in the world (to the Nile in north-east Africa)

World Geography Scavenger Hunt – South America

Get out your wall map or atlas and get ready for some fun! Need some suggestions for map/atlas resources? Check out this Geography Resources article.

If you want to do this on an individual basis as more of a mapping exercise, consider purchasing Wonder Maps from Bright Ideas Press. It is a mapping software that includes political, physical, and historical maps. It allows you to select what features you want to show on the map and then print out as many copies as you need.

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable South America from Starts At EightDownload World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: South America

Geography bundle -- North Star Geography and WonderMaps

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables

Print and use all the World Geography Scavenger Hunt printables! I will link the rest of the series here as I create them!

1. North & Central America

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

2. Europe

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Europe from Starts At Eight

3. Asia

World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printable: Asia from Starts At Eight

4. Africa

World Geography Scavenger Hunt FREE Printable: Africa from Starts At Eight

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World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables North & Central America from Starts At Eight
World Geography Scavenger Hunt Printables: South America from Starts At Eight
Homeschool High School Geography Resources from Starts At Eight
Create Your Own Atlas ~ A High School Geography Project from Starts At Eight
Where in the World? Fun with Geography from Starts At Eight
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