Glimpse at a cover page from my American Revolution Unit; Free Native American Themed Notecards;Free The Love of Baking Recipe Book; Free Tape Measure: Free Origami Paper Shipped; Free McGraw-Hill Grammar and Language Arts 6th - 12th Grade
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on October 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Since our co-op is coming up soon and the theme is the American Revolution, I have already prepared a lot of the mini books. Here is the first one to share with you. It is actually the pieces to decorate the outside of the lapbook or to glue to your notebook page.
I have made the minibooks so that the file folder is turned landscape instead of portrait. I can't wait to share the rest of the minibooks with you here or when I reveal the page on the site.
Time Sensitive Freebies - hurry hurry freebies
FREE Native American Themed Note Cards
Sign up for the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center eClub and receive Native American-themed note cards, writing pad, Native American-inspired address labels and email updates. After signing up you will receive a confirmation email which you must confirm within 5 days.
Click here to go there. (btw I did NOT give my phone number and it accepted it just fine)
FREE The Love of Baking download.
FREE subscription to Working Mother.
I challenge anybody who is not homeschooling to say that homeschooling is not a career. It IS a fulltime job. Even though not all tips will apply in this magazine, I have gotten some really great tips from this magazine when it was free before. It's free, so throw away what you don't need.
Too see if you qualify
Anybody working on measuring? Really who can find a measuring tape when they need one?
FREE 16' Tape Measure at Surplus Warehouse - Valid until October 15th
Click here to dowload coupon and find a location. (scroll to very end of page to find a location)
I got this off one of my groups - great find!
FREE Origami Paper.
From the site:
"We'll ship you 50 sheets total, in 3 different sizes. Enough to create just about all the origami listed on this site! We'll even cover shipping, 'cause we're awesome like that (doesn't cost much to ship paper anyway)."
Click here to order yours today. weeeeeeeeeee
Freebies - when you have time.
Free McGraw-Hill Language Arts
Grammar and Language Workbooks Grades 6 - 12.
Click here to go there and download them. (Too my tip: I wouldn't just bookmark this if you are interested. In my many years of finding resources and bookmarking, I come back later to only to find them gone. I know it takes longer, but if you want them I would download them.)
Hugs for today and remember,
"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense."
~ Thomas A. Edison ~
Ballroom Dance;Is it Possible to OVER organize? Creative Writing Doodles for Inspiration; Coloring Pages for Texas State Study
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on September 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
(A picture of some of the earliest ballroom dance during the Renaissance Period.)
When I planned at the beginning of this year to have my oldest son take one semester of ballroom dancing at a local studio for a fine arts credit for his high school, I never dreamed he would enjoy it so much and especially after the protesting he did!
Actually, my husband thought it was best they all took ballroom dance lessons as it is a good way to keep active during the winter months. After we mentioned it to them about starting a homeschool class you would have thought were convincing them of bodily torture.
We made a pact with the teens, that they had to take lessons for a month before they decided to keep going or not. Kelley said her daughter was on board about it.I think girls are different, they seem more apt to explore new talents..lol.(ok so not all of them)
I blogged it about last July and well the update is that ballroom dancing is a "keeper". Let me emphasize here that ALL of my boys told my husband that they did NOT want to do this. Okay, my oldest could give it one try but my other two knew all the way up until they got to the first class that they would not enjoy it.
But the verdict is in and I am here to say, ALL of them LOVE it...I think it helps that the instructors are personable, young and hip and full of energy.
I just tell Kelley over and over again as the mom of boys I didn't think we would be doing dance lessons each week. Here are a few updated pictures.
(my little guy here on the left side..and YES complete with dance shoes..my big guy is here on the right..sometimes he wears his dance shoes , sometimes not...but he has a new partner today)
(lol..and sometimes it's not sooo pretty.....but they do better than me...You know I told you I can't sing,dance or swim...so it all looks good to me... Can you see Kelley's daughter in the background..the red head.. She is getting time with the dance instructor. I love the personal attention the kids get.lol)
(Here is a better pic of Kelley's daughter and my youngest)
I am telling you push those kids, even the self-willed ones. I think I am uhmm "blest" with three strong willed kids but the pushing them to try something new is an experience in growing for all us. Now, ballroom dancing is part of their "school" for this year. They did not stop at all during the summer and kept right on going into this year.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO OVER ORGANIZE?
Simply put, yes it is. Why would I even blog about being over organized when so many struggle with the very fact of just being organized? The truth of it is that when you try to be over organized you don't accomplish the very task of organization. You can get distracted. An example please! I think of my recipe binder. In my "ideal" world I would have paper that is all colored the same, the same beautiful font and the same size.
When in fact if I waited to do that ORGANIZATION would never happen. I have recipes torn out of cookbooks, printed off, handwritten on regular size paper, handwritten on index cards and in pen and pencil all in my binder in "organized' page protectors.
Too, remember I blogged about not using a "binder" for EVERY year for your planner because of the constant "temptation" of changing. You never use a system.
That is NOT organization. Another example I shared this month with my New Bees is when I ask the question which meal do you need help with the most and most would say dinner. But when they start to menu plan they end up menu planning ALL the meals.
You have just created more work for yourself AND guess what? Now organization is not something you like, but a "chore".
Don't over organize, only "organize" what you NEED and ACCEPT a not so perfect system.
How about some freebies too?
TIME SENSITIVE FREEBIES - hurry hurry freebies
This is for tomorrow .
Free Mini Waffle Sundae from Marble Slab on September 28th from 3:00 pm. to 6:00 p.m.
I checked the locations and we live close to 3..Does that mean I drive to each one? lol
Ski magazine is free again
I posted this in July of last year and it's coming up again. I am thinking its a continual freebie instead of a time sensitive one, but I am putting this here. It is a nice coloring book with great pictures. You can download it as a pdf or send off for it. (28 pages)
Get FREE Endangered Species Coloring Book to get the book click at the top, where it says “Get a Copy” then click United States Postal Service, select the book and click “Show order form.
FREEBIES - when you have time.
Site for Picture prompt for Inspiration in Creative Writing.
You know not all kids are creative writers. Too some that are creative writers can write pages and pages and never really get to the point of what they are saying. The pages go on and on with no real clear end to the story. I have experienced both kinds of writers with my sons so when I find sites like this that bring some life into our writing experience I like to keep them and use them for a change or for inspiration.
This site is by a homeschool father who would doodle something to share and it was like an inspiration or story prompt help. It has a picture and starts with "I wonder.."
Here are some pictures from his site.
Coloring sheets for Texas Unit Study.
Are you feeling uncomfortable yet? I keep this quote handy for days that I think I might get "comfortable" in homeschooling. It reminds us that we never want to get comfortable with thinking we have to use ALL A Beka or none, ALL Bob Jones or none or ALL lapbooks and no textbooks. We can keep changing, growing and use a different math program, language program and even science and history for each child if need be. Switch curricula around until it suits you. It's probably easier to use one curricula provider for your family but how can each child be suited to that particular curricula? Go outside your comfort zone and try different programs.Start slow at first and then add in other providers..I promise you will grow from reaching out and making the curricula provider suit each child.
Hugs for today and remember..
“If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone.”
Image 2011 Jupiter
A Heads up; My timeline notebook I am working on;Free Jules Gluten-Free Ckbook;Free 6th Grade Scott Foresman Reading Street Resources; Beautiful bird site photography;Very useful Harcout Site for Social Studies
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on August 14, 2011 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
(one of the covers of my timeline notebook I am working on)
Just a heads up real quick - I was contacted by Jim Erskine at Homeschool Freebie of the Day to feature both of our sites (New Beginnings and Dynamic 2 Moms). He is featuring our sites today on Homeschool Freebie of the Day. He will feature my free planner, viking lapbook and our free web workshop. So the traffic will increase. Last time I was featured, the servers were slow but fine. Just wanted ya'll to know in case you see "crazy" things happening on our sites OR who knows if you don't see me blog for a day or two you know Kelley and I will be watching our servers closer...But the Erskine family does such a great service over there.
Switching gears--I really don't have "back to school" in August. I jumped off that Aug to May ship a long time ago. (come join me..it feels good over here)
My school year kind of follows the physical year a little more. A lot of advantages to this are that 1) I can help others during the "Back to School Rush" if they need to follow that schedule, you know make time for the New Bees and I 2) still have time to focus on looking over curriculum I bought at the conventions. I don't like getting new curriculum and then using it right away without a lot of time looking it over a good while before I use it. [It may be a waste of my time or not and I want to be sure it's gets my attention}
Another reason 3) though is that I have time to change some things, or in this case with my timeline, create something new. One thing I have been wanting to change this whole year was for a new timeline. After using one on the wall for many years when the kids were young, my oldest two boys have clamored for a new way of keeping a timeline. So I made some strides on it over the weekend. It's a work in progress (mostly because I always like to mull it over after I create it and use it) but wanted ya'll to see what I got so far. Some of it may not be keepers..
And oh yes, yes..it will be FREE....Ya'll will know first when I get it all done...I work on printables slow and sure as I go along..shouldn't be much longer before I share it.
However you know my workshop with my dear New Bees is this month. I tend to lose a few brain cells during that time..[lost happily]
The picture at the top is one cover I made. It will probably be a Notebook Style Timeline as I wanted one that would allow me to put away and store and also to add more to it. Here are a few more pics I am playing with..
and oh yes, we need matching "binder inserts" on the outside. I am playing with this font and wording, but I really love this font for a History Timeline Notebook. Do ya'll?
I am waffling with this page above as a "back" to the Notebook -- "waste not" plus the back of the notebook is a good place to keep straight how many increments you actually decided to break your timeline up into. But the idea is to insert this into the clear outside cover of your notebook and too personalize it more.
I have some more of our "needs" to review before I finish creating pages. I'll blog about it when I get finished and release it so hopefully if I share a few tips, it can make your planning one easier..
Or use mine for free...
TIME SENSITIVE FREEBIES - hurry hurry freebies
I don't have any family members that need to eat gluten free but I have lots of friends that do and they have to be really creative, but end up telling me that nowadays its easier eating out than it use to be. But anyway this is a Free Gluten Free Cookbook...I am sure it's probably good to eat like this normally all the time.
Limited time offer and need to use this code to check out: 2011BTSebook (case sensitive). Offer expires: August 26.
Reg price: $9.95
Free Sweet?N Low Tote Bag and Samples - Email Request
For your Sweet?N Low tote bag and samples, email your name and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Mary Kay Color Cards. Anybody else like samples for when you travel? It looks like you get a sample of each color.
Remember use your email for freebies so you don't give away your main one...
FREEBIES - When you have time.
This next site is a very useful site if you are teaching 6th grade reading. She has listed by units downloads for each. The picture above shows what she has on there if you are interested.
Now this next site has absolutely nothing to do with the topic we are studying about this week, but the photography is so amazingly beautiful I had to share. Besides you may be studying about birds right now. You just have to watch and wonder at the beautiful creation.
Take an haaaa moment and view it. While the photos look like paintings, the site said they are not. I just wanted to post one pic...there are about 15 images.
Amazing Bird Photos.
Another resource I have been using in what is called "Social Studies" on this next site. I prefer to use separate topics like history, geography, cultural studies, religion,etc.but public school likes that all under one sweeping category.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston Social Studies Home Page. I *highlighted* in yellow to use that as an example of what to use from this site.
So when you get to the site and click on the first page Geography, you are taken to this page.
Then if you click on the first choice, you get a page with what I think are some of the best features the "Interactive Part". Here is how that looks when you click on it. Each section has interactive features.
A few clicks to get there, I know seems a pain--but well worth the time, I promise you because of the interactive features. The site works great now but has been known to have "issues" in not working...I imagine with school starting soon, it will get slow again. But mark it and keep it. Great resource I enjoy....
Before I forget, Homeschool Creations has been releasing some wonderful freebies right and left. Here are a bunch of free printables to go with Before Five in A Row.
Click here to grab them. and she also released
Read, Build and Write mats.
Oh and let me welcome my newer followers that just came over from Homeschool Freebie of the Day..I hope to encourage all of you a little each day.....
Hugs and my quote for today
(treasure every homeschooling moment..it is so worth it)
"We destroy the . . . love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty and contemptible rewards--gold stars, or papers marked 100 and tacked to the wall, or A's on report cards, or honor rolls, or dean's lists, or Phi Beta Kappa keys--in short, for the ignoble satisfaction of feeling that they are better than someone else."
Come on boring weekend!lol; Free 3rd Grade Grammar Wkbook; Our Free Web Wkshop is up on our site; Free Life Science Resources; Free Interactive art site (beautiful)
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on July 28, 2011 at 7:52 PM||comments (0)|
(How can we get school work done when they are standing out of the front of our window by our school room and by the road no doubt? )
I can't believe it's Friday, where did my week go?
First I wanted to let you know that Kelley and I both have been busy working on uploading our web workshops for the start of the new year for our New Bees. This month though we have decided to share for FREE our web workshop "Here We Go" with all of you. Go here to see the videos.
Be sure you grab a cup of coffee or iced tea and give yourself time to view them as each one is about 40 minutes long. I hope you enjoy it. I talk fast when I get "wired" and homeschooling is the reason for the "wired caffeine effect"
Even if you are not new to homeschooling, we all need a "pep talk" now and again...I hope you find a nugget or two you can use.
So am I the only one that blogs for one longggg boringgg weekend. I don't think I have recuperated still from my vacation and our New Beginnings work shops start next month. Do you want us to take pictures at our workshop? I think we will this year. I am so excited for our first workshop - I am telling you girls there is nothing like leading a roomful of eager, go-getting new homeschoolers to set you on fire for the next year. It's contagious----I often say I am the one that is blest by THEM.
Okay..but I need rest now...lol...I hope to have one of the most boring weekends ever...so let's have an easy Friday and let me share some freebies. (yippee)
TIME SENSITIVE FREEBIES (hurry hurry today)
Pier 1 is continuing in their summer specials. Anybody need another bookshelf for their school room? Do we ever really get enough? This coupon expires July 31 so you have a few days BUT you need to print off TODAY. It goes away.
I think this freebie will fit in nicely with my "theme" for the weekend...do nothing AND chocolate.
Penny Raine has up her freebie for today "How To Make Chocolate Cobbler" Sometimes she leaves it up for a day, sometimes the weekend. You decide when you want to download, but it may be gone later.
I couldn't find on the site if this is while free supplies last but think I need to put this here. My motto: Early come, maybe get...lol
USPS Free starter kit - Boxes, Stickers & Envelopes
(means mark your calendar because I am not going to remind you lol..ok ok it just means by the time you get my blog, you may miss out, so set a reminder)
On Monday August 1 Bic will be giving away pens. Here is the post by Bic pens on their facebook page. They do not give any more details, so if you're interested follow it early.
FREEBIES - When you have time freebies.
I have been trying to share some of the "3 R's" for free curriculum as I have them and sort them. Here is a Grade 3 Practice Grammar Book. Also when I have them or if I locate them, I include answers with these workbooks but if I don't, I just include the workbooks. I wanted ya'll to know that as some of you have emailed me asking for answer sheets and wanted you to know "I give all I have at the time" Love the comments as I would ask too.
Grade 3 Practice Grammar Book
This next resource is from the Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine that I subscribe to. They have free educational materials in each issue but I love what they share for free. They have free pdf resources to use with your unit studies and I have used plenty of them. You will want to download them in case they go away at any time. Some of the pictures above are from their free unit.
This has to be one of my "hands down favorites go to on a Friday when I need a break site". Seriously though the interactive art and pictures are just beautiful and each year this site just gets better as they keep adding to it since I have been following them beginning about 2007.
It is the National Gallery of Art/Kids Home Page. Here is the link if you need to scoot over there to it now.
Take a look at some of these interactive pics on their site.
And they also have some free curriculum as you are clicking around.
Grab their free lesson plans for Painting in the Dutch Golden Age. It is here:
Hugs for today and remember,
From Todd Wilson
Free K- 3rd Resources(nice downloads), Free Sunflower Activities E Book , Free Let's Play Dough E Book, Freebies that are time sensitive
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on June 27, 2011 at 8:57 PM||comments (0)|
(Teenager Teacher Training in Progress....)
I always use to wonder how moms did it all.....then I figured it out...get those "all knowing" teenagers to teach their siblings......
Why is it that the most "simplest" of science activities intrigues them?
Here my oldest is teaching about a simple pulley. Our materials were 1 spool, one straw, one twelve inch string, 2 - eight inch strings (one for each paper cup), washers, and 2 paper cups.
This activity was from A Reason for Science one of my favorite resources because they send you almost everything you need to perform the activities ( I don't like the fact they went up in price significantly after I brought my curriculum, but it sure is nice to have almost all your materials )
For the experiment, stick the straw through the spool.
Make two loops on each end of the 12 inch string, and wrap it once or twice around the spool.
Then stick two holes under the rim of the paper cups at the top. One on each side of the paper cup. Use something big enough to make the hole with so that the string fits through and doesn't come untwined.
Stick the 8 inch string through both holes then take the ends and stick them through the one loop on the 12 inch string. Do the same with the other paper cup.
Then use your pulley to raise and lower using the washers to show how the pressure changes. The pulley should look like this.
(Of course we have all these materials now)
And yes that is my youngest guy who has now moved to sit on the table so he can do the activity better...
I'm telling you girls, put that "teenager to work".
Compact For Reading
This freebie is from a Compact for Reading that has guides for Kindergarten to third grade CHOCK FUL of assignments in each guide.
I have a couple of pics I took from the Kindergarten download above and each grade has similar activities to cut and write. When you click on each grade, look at the top for the download to download the whole grade instead of just parts of it.
Free Sunflower and Let's Play Dough E Books
Grab these two freebies from the Nature Store..
And then here are some time sensitive freebies as well. As of today, they were active and working but with freebies you have to grab 'em when you see them.
This is for a FREE PC or Mac Game - Hidden Wonders of the Depths 3: Atlantis Adventures .
The code is: WDFREE . The price is regular $6.99 Click buy it and prompt along and use the code. You will need to give an email account. So be sure to use one that you don't mind giving out.
I always have two or three different ones I use for things like so I don't give out my main email account.
Subscribe to one of organic valley lists and then after you subscribe you get a screen asking you if you want the free welcome kit. The Welcome Kit includes: Rootstock Magazine, a Kid’s Activity Booklet, a Go Organic! bumper sticker, and a booklet of Organic Valley coupons!
And the free two year lego subscription is available again.
Hugs to you today.......
From Todd Wilson
"My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places"/Free Spelling & Vocabulary Sites
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on June 12, 2011 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
I must confess that I LOVE spelling and vocabulary. It was one of my favorite subjects in school along with history. Is something wrong with me? lol. Maybe it's because it follows "rules" but to be honest, I never really understood about spelling rules until I got older.
Too, I enjoyed watching the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee this year..Even though I was in a hotel at the homeschool conference and my kids were at home they called me and we watched the spelling bee "together" for a little while.
I always enjoy it when the contestants ask for the language of origin and the definition of the word. It is a great way for my kids to want to increase their knowledge of words and their etymology.
So I have added some of my more favorite resources here. This first one is soooo CUTE you have to check it out. It is the Spelling Bee game.
I say cute "loosely" hear because *I* played it for a while...lol..you can click on the language of origin and it gives it to you of the word and the definition. The word is given to you audio by one of the former spelling bee contestants..
Check it out.....
This next page is a page from a 6th grade teacher that has tips for spelling.
This next site is all around great for language arts but I like the list of commonly (American) misspelled words.
Check it out
Okay...not done yet....still have some more to list. This next site has a great tip called Trace, Copy, Recall. Take a look.. Great read.
Some sites are just so good that I want to be sure ya'll know how good they are and this is one of them. I have it listed on my blog but it's been about a year since I mentioned it, so be sure you mark it.
But these books are for grades 2-12 by WORDLY WISE and are interactive (they pronounce the vocabulary word) and where possible have a picture for visual learners. GREAT FREE resource
This next resource is the American Spelling Book by Noah Webster and it is a 152 page download....WONDERFUL resource..
This list is a spelling list from Zaner Bloser for grades 1 -8. Check it out.
This site is by the same folks who did Time 4 Learning but is CHOCK FUL of phonics games, parts of speech game (this part of the site goes all the way from K to 12) so this is just not for young kids, prefix game, root word games....and and PHEW....mark it too
These last two sites are pdf downloads with rules and tips. Grab 'em too.
(This picture is of the real stuffed toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne and featured in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. They are on display in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formerly the New York Public Library Main Branch) in New York)
Enjoy this quote by A. A. Milne and it just goes to show that everybody struggles with it at times...
“My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.”
~A. A. Milne~
Off to CHECK MY SPELLING!
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on January 23, 2011 at 11:23 PM||comments (0)|
This file contains Bible verses, Poems, History lists and Science and Geography facts for memorization during the grammar stage.
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on January 19, 2011 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
152 page book that has a copy of the page from Milo Winter's Aesop's Fables and then a few sentences to copy from the moral of the story. Note: Give it some time to download because even with my fast connection, it took it just a tad longer.
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on July 21, 2010 at 9:37 AM||comments (0)|
Sheldon's Primary Language Lessons is a free book or download. If you like Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl which is more Charlotte Mason or The First Language Lessons by Well Trained Mind, I think you will be delighted with this FREE book. I downloaded the pdf at the far right OR you can mark this page and choose the chapters at the bottom.