Holidays

Our Favorite Homeschool Ideas for the Holidays

Our Favorite Homeschool Ideas For The Holidays (PDF ebook)

There’s a very good reason we bring this little ebook back each year. Whether you’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is here! And while we can’t control the calendar, we CAN control what the holidays are going to be like in our own households. Now’s the time to plan how to make the next few weeks the best time of the year for your family.

We surveyed over 800 homeschool families and asked them to share their favorite holiday activities and ideas – what worked for them, and what did not. This is a compilation of the very best responses and ideas we received. In this little collection you’ll find dozens of great holiday learning activities plus tips and suggestions for balancing homeschool & family during the hectic holiday season. This is some of the very best “real life” advice on the subject you’ll find ANYWHERE at any price. Don’t miss it!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” button, then click on the above link and save to your mac.

Science, Video, Video Lessons

YouTube Science Channels for Kids

YouTube is a great source of educational materials  – especially if you are looking for science and experiments videos. Here are 15+ different YouTube channels specializing in science videos for kids, as collected on the STEM learning site, i-gamemom.com. From geology to outer space, animals, hands-on experiments, and more, there are hundreds of videos on these channels covering just about any science topic you can think of.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

Math

Fraction Worksheets Spinner Games

Kids can’t resist spinner games, so yours should really get a kick out of these. WeAreTeachers.com has several neat printable game worksheets that help teach fractions. Their packet of fractions worksheets includes 11 printable games. Students can play the games to practice writing and recognizing fractions, coloring and producing fractions, fraction equivalents, and fraction-decimal conversion.

Use These Easy Homemade Spinners to Practice Fractions

Reading

Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach Your Monster to Read is an award-winning series of games – which incorporate loads of family friendly cartoon monsters – that help children learn to read.

The game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colorful characters along the way and collecting rewards. As they progress, players rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences. The games are for children in the first stages of learning to read, or for older children who need a bit more practice.

Teach Your Monster to Read is funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up to support initiatives to develop early literacy. Play for free on the website or download the app. Registration is required.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

History, Nature Studies, Physics, Science

OLogy!

OLogy! is a science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History. “OLogy” means “the study of”, and the site has a several extensive collections of resources, games, hands-on activites and videos covering Anthropology, Archaeology, Astronomy, Biodiversity, the Brain, Genetics, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Physics, Zoology and more.

The “OLogy! For Educators” section also provides teacher resources to help you build lesson plans and unit studies around various topics of interest.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

History, Math

Free Subscription to American Heritage Magazine

One of our favorite history publications for the past 50+ years was American Heritage, “the distinguished magazine of history”. Their lavishly illustrated articles on all things American – history, values, ingenuity and culture – are just great.  After ceasing publication of the physical magazine in 2016, it has returned in an online format.  The magazine is currently offering free subscriptions to the new digital version of American Heritage. Subscribers receive free digital issues and newsletters as they are published, plus access to over 7,000 articles and essays in their archives.  The newsletters will be once-a-month emails with history news, reviews, and other items of interest.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

History, Holidays

The Thanksgiving Story

The Thanksgiving Story by Teri Ann Berg Olsen

Knowledge House is offering this free PDF history of the  holiday which includes lots of original Thanksgiving-related documents & stories, including:

The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving, The Mayflower Compact, The First Ever National Thanksgiving Proclamation, Continental Congress Thanksgiving Proclamation, Washington‘s Thanksgiving Proclamation, Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, The First Thanksgiving (from “Stories of the Pilgrims”), Thanksgiving Picture Study, Pilgrim Timeline, Pilgrim Trivia, Thanksgiving Poems, Prayers, Quotations, Scriptures, Worksheets, Activities, and more. Whew!

Click here to go to their download page!

Living Books

Being a Boy

Being A Boy, by Charles Dudley Warner (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this absolutely delightful and entertaining book about the life of a farm boy in New England in the early 1800s. As we go through the seasons of the year, we learn of the hard work, play, holidays, interests and pasttimes of farm boys of the day, and also of their family and community life in those bygone days. Written in the later 1800s with a realistic but warm and nostalgic style, this would make an excellent read aloud, and is also a great “living history” book that captures a glimpse of childhood and rural life in pre-Civil War days. What an eye opener. Highly recommended!

Excerpt:
One of the best things in the world to be is a boy; it requires no experience, though it needs some practice to be a good one. The disadvantage of the position is that it does not last long enough; it is soon over; just as you get used to being a boy, you have to be something else, with a good deal more work to do and not half so much fun. And yet every boy is anxious to be a man, and is very uneasy with the restrictions that are put upon him as a boy.

And a review from a mom from a few years ago when we first featured this story:

Great book!  Am nearly finished reading it aloud to my 11 and 12-yr-old sons. They’re enjoying it, and it has helped to increase their vocabulary. Extremely well-written although some sentences are a bit run-on. The author is not just a writer, but a poet, a wordsmith. My sons’ eyes have been opened to the hardships of late-1800 farm life, but also, they joyfully relate to the boyish, wildly imaginative heart of the boy and the self-made adventures he enjoys which transcend generations. The boy freely admits his boyish misbehavings and offers excuses, but the reader knows that the heart means well; it’s just that there’s a huge, wonderful, delectable world all around him to explore and savor, and it continually tugs him away from his chores. All-the-while, though, he is growing (sometimes relunctantly) into the mind and responsibilies of an awkward young man. I hope you offer this again for everyone who missed it. – Karen

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and save to your computer. Mac users, press the control key then click the link and save to your mac.