Sunday, March 9, 2014

Homeschool Deals: Prefixes and Suffixes workbook (pdf, free preview)

Teaching prefixes and suffixes may be a bit difficult for some children to comprehend, but the rewards are immense. One of the key strategies for ensuring children not only having reading and decoding
Prefixes and Suffixes
skills, but understanding the proper use of prefixes and suffixes can help children become excellent spellers.

The following book is designed for students in the 3rd grade and above and is 192 pages. The ebook includes activities and manipulative that will help children master prefixes and suffixes in the English language. Check out the book preview here: Prefixes and Suffixes Workbook Preview (PDF)

Prefixes and Suffixes

Homeschool Deals: The Big Book of Dolch Sight Word Activities (PDF, free preview)

The Big Book of Dolch Sight Word Activities
This is an awesome eBook from Carson-Delosa that contains 384 pages and over 300 activities for children working on sight words. As many homeschoolers enjoy the freedom in having their children learn things when they are ready, there are still many guidelines used in the educational system. The book is geared for children from K-3 or the ages 5-9, but of course it may be adjusted for use with
children of all levels. Any child who is either learning sight words, needs to review sight words, or just needs remedial work will find this book is chock full of resources that make learning these important words in the English language a fun way to retain them.

You may view a full preview of the book here: The Big Book of Dolch Sight Word Activities

Check out the PDF version available for instant download in the link below.

 The Big Book of Dolch Sight Word Activities

Homeschool Deals: Beginning Modern Cursive (free preview)

Are you interested in teaching your child cursive handwriting? Some say it's a dying art-form and currently there are public debates nationwide as to the importance of teaching cursive. While some are choosing not to incorporate cursive into their curriculum, others feel that it is still a valid handwriting method. Others hold to the belief that children should know how to read cursive writing and as long as it is in use, it should be taught.

One of the best ways to teach cursive handwriting is simply by doing it. Carson-Dellosa publishing has a great offer on the Beginning Modern Cursive E-Book, which is a great way to ensure you can easily teach cursive when your students are ready. Beginning Modern Cursive is a 39 page, eBook that is suitable for grades 1-3 (or may be used by older children if needed) and also provides children the opportunity to practice connecting cursive letters.

You may view a digital preview of the entire book here: Carson-Delosa Beginning Modern Cursive

Beginning Modern Cursive: Carson-Delosa

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Homeschooling Freebies: Ash Wednesday and Lent coloring books, videos, lessons and history

What is Ash Wednesday and Lent? We know they follow "Mardi Gras" or "Shrove Tuesday" but just what are they? Here are some homeschooling freebies that discuss the history and meaning of
Ash Wednesday and Lent and how they prepare us for Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent Background Guide (PDF)
Ash Wednesday Coloring, Crossword (PDF)
Ash Wednesday Crosswords (PDF)
18 Page Guide Full of Ideas, Activities, and Lesson Plans for Ash Wednesday and Lent (PDF)
Catholic Mom: Lisa Hendy Provides Numerous Resources and PDFs for Ash Wednesday and Lent
Family Devotions for Lent (PDF)

Homeschool Freebies: Mardi Gras mask for kids, video history lesson

This is a free mask you can print, cut and decorate with a bit of  teaching background behind Mardi
Add caption

Mardi Gras Mask and Educator Background (PDF)

Christian Tract on the Pagan Origins of Mardi Gras (PDF)

Christian Ideas for Celebrating Mardi Gras (PDF)

Mardi Gras Activity Ideas (PDF)

Throw Your Own, Kid-Friendly Mardi Gras Parade, Festival (PDF)

Mari Gras Websites

 Enjoy this historical lesson that presents the "Catholic" meaning behind Mardi Gras.

Homeschooling Freebies: Latest updates, Twitter

I love homeschooling freebies and have found that using Twitter is one of the best ways to find the latest free giveaways. You may frequently find that when someone offers an educational freebeie or free offer that the same offer circulates. If one person is giving away a free ebook, software program, or has a great DVD to recommend, people share the information and you come across the
same freebie more than once. I like using the Twitter feed because I can get a visual preview of what is being offered and save time on my hunt.

Here's the Twitter feed with the latest information on Homeschooling freebies. It updates automatically and includes picture previews.

Please keep in mind that I am not responsible for the content that comes through the Twitter feed. These are tweets people are sharing that either have the words "homeschool freebie" or "educational freebies" in them, or a similar hashtag.

I am in no way responsible for what the world tweets. :-)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Live Eagle Web Cam: Free coloring books to compliment unit studies

I love to give my kids coloring books and they use a lot of books in the home, online, and those that I print. There are plenty of free coloring books online for a wide array of subjects, and coloring books and pages make a good accompaniment to any unit study or lesson plan. Right now, my kids are watching the live eagle cam from Southwest Florida featuring Ozzie, Harriet, and the eaglets, and we're doing more studies on eagles.

Watch Live Streaming Video: Eagle Cam

I found some great free coloring books that are ready for printing (if you don't have a printer, you can send
them direct to Fed Ex and even have them mailed to your home). Most Adobe PDF programs have an option to share it to Fed Ex straight from your computer too.

Most of these eagle coloring books are shared through government websites.

Free Eagle Coloring Books for Downloading and Printing

Bald Eagle Awareness Week

Arkansas Birds Coloring Book

Florida's Animated Alphabet

Biodiversity Coloring Book

Through the Eyes of the Eagle

Endangered Species Coloring Book

National Wildlife Refuge System