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Using Horse Stories for a Horse Unit Study {FREE Printable Worksheets}

Using Horse Stories for a Horse Unit Study {FREE Printable Worksheets}

We can’t learn enough about horses in our house! Everything is horse related,  from horse coloring, to horse movies, horse stories, horseback riding lessons, 4-H club, and even horse apparel. Not only are we doing equine science as our science this year, but we are also using some other horse stories and books for some(…)

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Switzerland Unit Study – History, Geography, a Lapbook & More!

Switzerland Unit Study – History, Geography, a Lapbook & More!

Have you ever tried a unit study? Do you like the idea of immersing yourself and your kids in a country and culture? Using this Switzerland Unit Study you can not only learn about cuckoo clocks, cooking, learning about cheese, Swiss history (including the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland), and geography, but you go on a(…)

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Martin Luther King Jr Online Unit Study

Martin Luther King Jr Online Unit Study

Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader in the civil rights movement in the United States. He paved the way for others coming after him and left a legacy that shouldn’t be forgotten. Learn all about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement with this Martin Luther King Jr Online Unit Study. Martin(…)

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The Skeletal System: Hands-On Learning Resources

The Skeletal System: Hands-On Learning Resources

One of my favorite science topics is the human body. I am so fascinated with how it all works. The Skeletal System is one of the body systems that is so fun to play with and learn about in a hands on manner. I have gathered tons of resources on the Skeletal System throughout my(…)

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Using Famous Artists Online Unit Study for Homeschool Art

Using Famous Artists Online Unit Study for Homeschool Art

Adding art to our homeschool has always been something I struggle with. It isn’t that I don’t like art, or that I don’t see the importance of art. Truly, I just struggle with art myself – trust me, you don’t want to see me try and draw a person! Since I struggle so much myself,(…)

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Scratch Art Fireworks & The Science of Fireworks

Scratch Art Fireworks & The Science of Fireworks

Want to create fabulous firework art for a special holiday like Memorial Day, the 4th of July, or New Years? Check out this fun and simple way to create fireworks of your own!  Using a few simple supplies your kids can create scratch art fireworks to celebrate anything! These are great for creating around some(…)

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Hands On Fun With American Presidents & The White House

Hands On Fun With American Presidents & The White House

With the Presidential Election soon upon us there is lots of talk about both the President himself, as well as the role our president and first lady play in both our American Government and in our history. For this reason it has been the perfect time to learn more about our past presidents, first ladies,(…)

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U.S. Elections Unit Study

U.S. Elections Unit Study

I have always used election years as the time to teach my kids about our U.S. elections process. This year, more than any other has brought up lots of questions and discussions. While my older two children have a pretty solid base to work from, my youngest is really just starting out learning about elections.(…)

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How to Eat Fried Worms Activities & Resources

How to Eat Fried Worms Activities & Resources

As I have said before, my daughters and I have participated in mother/daughter book clubs for years. While my teenagers one has fizzled out, my 9 year olds is still going strong. We recently completed reading How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell. There is both a book, and a movie based on the(…)

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Little House Book Club Activities ~ Christmas

Little House Book Club Activities ~ Christmas

The Little House on the Prairie series is a timeless treasure for kids of all ages. It offers many insights into the late 1800s in a relatable and interesting way. For the holiday season we read A Little House Christmas and recreated activities from the book for our “little girl” book club. A Little House(…)

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Life Skills: Using The Library – Dewey Decimal System

Life Skills: Using The Library – Dewey Decimal System

While we have the Internet and an endless supply of digital books, there is still something to be said for learning to navigate the library. Using the library is a life skill that can be taught to kids both young an old. The library offers an endless supply of free books to read and enjoy.(…)

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Hands On Geography: Volcanoes

Hands On Geography: Volcanoes

Our favorite way to explore history, geography, and science is through hands on projects. This hands on geography lesson is all about volcanoes. We explored multiple ways to create a volcano as well as the terminology and some history surrounding volcanoes. As many of you know North Star Geography has been a big part of(…)

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Solar System Unit Study

Solar System Unit Study

Unit studies are my favorite way to engage my children in learning about science topics. We have so much more fun exploring in this more free flowing way than by reading out of a text book. This Solar System Unit Study is one I am preparing for the coming year for my children. Beyond planning(…)

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Ancient Egypt Unit Study from Home School in the Woods

Ancient Egypt Unit Study from Home School in the Woods

I have a very hands-on learner in my house. She is my child who loves to create lapbooks and notebooks that she can hold on to and look at over and over again. I will often spend time putting together a unit on something because she has become interested in it. Therefore I am thrilled(…)

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Hands On Science: Rocks & Minerals Unit

Hands On Science: Rocks & Minerals Unit

As many of you already know I tend to lean towards using unit studies when it comes to history and science. I find we get so much more out of a hands on science unit than just reading through text and answering questions. This is a Rocks & Minerals Unit I am preparing for the(…)

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Giant Sea Creatures – An Ocean Animals Unit

Giant Sea Creatures – An Ocean Animals Unit

Under the ocean there is a whole different world to be explored. It is a unique habitat with creatures large and small. Learn about giant sea creatures such as sharks, whales, squid, and more in this fun ocean animals unit. Giant Sea Creatures Using the book Amazing Giant Sea Creatures from DK Publishing as a spine(…)

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How to Create A Unit Study

How to Create A Unit Study

The thought of creating a unit study can be intimidating. I know. But once you take a look at these tips and resources on how to create a unit study, I think you might just try to create one for yourself! It is easier than you think! In my earlier years of homeschooling I didn’t(…)

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5 Days of Christmas Books with Activities

5 Days of Christmas Books with Activities

Welcome to my 5 Days of Christmas Books with Activities! Over the next five days I will share 5 Christmas books, along with one or more activities to go along with each book. 5 Christmas Books: 1. The 12 Days of Christmas This is a classic at Christmastime. Enjoy some fun trying to create your(…)

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Historical Fiction Series ~ Titanic

Historical Fiction Series ~ Titanic

Using historical fiction is a great way to bring history alive. This second installment of my Historical Fiction Series covers the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Historical Fiction – The Titanic Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House, No. 17) – by Mary Pope Osborn where Jack and Annie take a(…)

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Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message is a story based on the “Thanksgiving Address”, a Native American message of peace and thankfulness for all the blessings of the earth. For as long as anyone can remember, Mohawk parents have taught their children to start each day by giving thanks to Mother Earth. Also(…)

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Historical Fiction Series ~ Columbus

Historical Fiction Series ~ Columbus

Historical fiction is a weakness of mine. I LOVE to read and my favorite way to delve into history is through a good story. Recently I have been using this fact to engage my children more in different historical time periods. That being said, I am of course compiling my thoughts and resources together to(…)

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Teach Bugs and Insects Using Eric Carle Books

Teach Bugs and Insects Using Eric Carle Books

If you have young children, I am sure you have seen at least one Eric Carle book. The illustrations are brightly colored and very distinguishable. We love them so much that I created Bug & Insect Units around some of them. It is fun and engaging to teach bugs and insects using Eric Carle books!(…)

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Dolphin Tale 2 – Trailer & Unit Study Resources

Dolphin Tale 2 – Trailer & Unit Study Resources

I am pleased to be able to share with everyone the Dolphin Tale 2 – Official Trailer. It will be released in September 2014. About Dolphin Tale 2 It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett, rescued Winter. With the(…)

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Canada Unit Study for Kids

Canada Unit Study for Kids

While I am not totally sure what prompted this look at Canada, I believe it has something to do with the fact that we have friends who often travel there (we are very close to the border).  Thus I put together this Canada Unit Study for Kids. <A HREF=”http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_cw&#038;ServiceVersion=20070822&#038;MarketPlace=US&#038;ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fstaateig-20%2F8010%2Fcfee0f4e-8c29-43fe-ac96-e7cddcaa40e7&#038;Operation=NoScript”>Amazon.com Widgets</A> Canada Unit Study Printable Resources:(…)

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All About Bees Unit Study

All About Bees Unit Study

Spring is here and the bees have been invading us all around!  It has given us the perfect opportunity to learn about them.  Since we collected resources, and learned about them ourselves, I thought I would share our All About Bees Unit Study for others to enjoy. Like with most of our unit studies these(…)

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A Spring Chalk Pastels Art Tutorial & Spring Nature Study Resources

A Spring Chalk Pastels Art Tutorial & Spring Nature Study Resources

Here in New York spring is coming around late as usual.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare to get outside and explore nature!  While others actually get to get outside to see bird nests, we are just creating them in art class!  Using the Spring Chalk Pastels Art Tutorial from Southern Hodgepodge we have(…)

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Engineering Science with The World’s Tallest Buildings Unit Study

Engineering Science with The World’s Tallest Buildings Unit Study

Ever wondered what the tallest building in the world was? How about the tallest building in your city? Through hands on activities, research, art and more we explored the world of engineering science using The World’s Tall Buildings Unit Study. We had the opportunity to change things up in science a bit. I have to(…)

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Where Do Chicks Come From? ~ An Elementary Science Unit Study

Where Do Chicks Come From? ~ An Elementary Science Unit Study

Ava has really enjoyed the Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science books. We often find them at the library, on whatever topic seems to be available, and she just devours them. We recently spent a bunch of time, reading, rereading, and doing the activities from Where Do Chicks Come From? Extension Activities: Along with the activities in the book(…)

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Winter Olympics Art With Chalk Pastels & Other Olympic Resources

Winter Olympics Art With Chalk Pastels & Other Olympic Resources

The 2014 Winter Olympics are fast approaching!  I remember doing a unit study with the kids for the last Winter Olympics and I loved it so much – More than they did I am pretty sure!  One thing I love about unit studies is the chance to spend so much time on a subject, really(…)

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Christmas Tree Science ~ Resources for Studying Conifers

Christmas Tree Science ~ Resources for Studying Conifers

Each year we set out about 3 weeks before Christmas to cut down our Christmas tree.  Check out our Christmas Tree Memories to get a look at what a fun experience it can be to cut down your own tree.  We bundle up and head out to a local tree farm where you can find a(…)

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Magnets and Magnetism Lapbook & Activities

Magnets and Magnetism Lapbook & Activities

Magnets and Magnetism offer a ton of fun hands on science experiments that you can easily do in your home. Here we have collected some resources to help you along in your study of magnets and magnetism. Magnet and Magnetism Facts Magnets are objects that produce an area of magnetic force called a magnetic field.(…)

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Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley Unit – Including Crafts

Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley Unit – Including Crafts

Wilson Bentley was born February 9, 1865, on a farm in Jericho, Vermont. From early in childhood he loved snowflakes. He learned that most crystals had six branches. Starting at age 15 he drew 100 snowflakes each winter for 3 winters. Wilson learned to use micro-photography to photograph snowflakes. When he was 66 his book(…)

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Martin Luther King Jr. Unit Study & Resources

Martin Luther King Jr. Unit Study & Resources

Last year around this time I compiled a list of Martin Luther King resources, most if not all of them are free resources and printables. All of the links are currently working and offer a wide range of activities for all ages ranges. Things like color by number, an animated biography, a web quest, a(…)

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Learn About Hanukkah for Kids Unit

Learn About Hanukkah for Kids Unit

  My 6 year old daughter is very curious about everything.  We have friends who celebrate Hanukkah and she was curious as to how that looked and how it was different from celebrating Christmas. I did a little looking and found these Hanukkah for Kids resources to help me teach her a little bit about(…)

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A Busy Year by: Leo Lionni ~ Seasons & Months Printables

A Busy Year by: Leo Lionni ~ Seasons & Months Printables

Ava 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: Printable on the(…)

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Johnny Appleseed / Apple Unit

Johnny Appleseed / Apple Unit

We took advantage of the fall this year by learning about Johnny Appleseed and apples.  I found many free resources online, as well as taking books out of the library to supplement our studies.  We started by picking apples, learning about the life cycle of apples, and making applesauce. Ava loved picking the apples directly(…)

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A Bug/Insect Unit Using Eric Carle Books ~ The Very Quiet Cricket

A Bug/Insect Unit Using Eric Carle Books ~ The Very Quiet Cricket

Two weeks ago I shared The Grouchy Ladybug portion of our Bug/Insect Unit Study. Then last week we continued our Bug/Insect Unit, entering the world of spiders. This week we are learning about crickets, enjoying The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle, and also comparing/contrasting crickets to grasshoppers. The Very Quiet Cricket Storybook: The Very(…)

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A Bug/Insect Unit Using Eric Carle Books ~ The Very Busy Spider

A Bug/Insect Unit Using Eric Carle Books ~ The Very Busy Spider

Last week I shared The Grouchy Ladybug portion of our Bug/Insect Unit Study. As we continue with our Bug/Insect Unit we enter the world of spiders, beginning with reading The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Spider Facts: All spiders have 8 legs All spiders make silk in their bodies which is used to spin(…)

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A Bug/Insect Unit Using Eric Carle Books ~ The Grouchy Ladybug

A Bug/Insect Unit Using Eric Carle Books ~ The Grouchy Ladybug

Ava and I are working our way through a bug/insect unit using Eric Carle books. Homeschoolshare has a bunch of great lapbooks for these books which has been our stemming point. From there we also really like Enchanted Learning and First School for information and printables. Check in over the coming weeks for the rest(…)

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Teeth Unit ~ Week 3 ~ Going to the Dentist

Teeth Unit ~ Week 3 ~ Going to the Dentist

Ava and I just finished our third and final week of 3 on a tooth unit study. I found a tooth unit from HomeSchoolShare to use as my starting point and then I am adding and subtracting as I see fit. During our first week, we read Throw Your Tooth on the Roof and started(…)

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Teeth Unit ~ Week 2 ~ Science Fair Bunnies

Teeth Unit ~ Week 2 ~ Science Fair Bunnies

  Ava and I just finished our second week of 3 on a tooth unit study. I found a tooth unit from HomeSchoolShare to use as my starting point and then I am adding and subtracting as I see fit. During our first week, we read Throw Your Tooth on the Roof and started some(…)

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Teeth Unit ~ Week 1 ~ Throw Your Tooth on the Roof

Teeth Unit ~ Week 1 ~ Throw Your Tooth on the Roof

Ava and I just finished our first week of 3 on a tooth unit study. I found a tooth unit from HomeSchoolShare to use as my starting point and then I am adding and subtracting as I see fit. This week we read the book Throw Your Tooth on the Roof. I really liked the(…)

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The Lorax Activites + Printables = Lapbook

The Lorax Activites + Printables = Lapbook

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd we decided to jump on the band wagon and do a small unit ourselves! Rather than try to cover everything, I just decided to use The Lorax. I have actually never read the book myself (gasp)! Also, the movie is now out in theaters and I(…)

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Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax Resources & Printables

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax Resources & Printables

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday this month we decided to jump on the band wagon and do a small unit ourselves! Rather than try to cover everything, I just decided to use The Lorax. I have actually never read the book myself (gasp)! Also, the movie is now out in theaters and the kids(…)

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Homeschool Gardening Unit

Homeschool Gardening Unit

Throughout the years we have used the late spring and early summer to garden in various forms.  We have started seeds inside, researched and read about plants, planned, dug and planted an outdoor garden and more.  A Homeschooling Gardening Unit makes for great family time as well as a fun and engaging science unit. We(…)

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My Many Colored Days Unit

My Many Colored Days Unit

My Many Colored Days is a rhyming story that offers a wonderful way for parents and teachers to talk with children about their feelings. Each day is described in terms of a particular color, which in turn is associated with specific emotions. Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a variety of animals, this uniquebook(…)

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