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Classic Cars Coloring Pages

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 10:04 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

Got any car enthusiasts in your house? Although classified as a coloring book for adults this newest book from Dover, CARS, is suitable for all, in my humble opinion!

Just so you know I do not receive ANY incentives for making this post. I just like to share when something good comes my way! You can find 6 FREE coloring pages here.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Happy coloring,

Liz

Impromptu science lesson

Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 03:04 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

Don’t you just love it when a homeschooling lesson happens out of the blue and you don’t have to plan it?! That is what happened to us the other evening. Hannah and Caleb were outside playing when Caleb comes rushing in yelling, “Mum! Mum! Come and look at this! QUICK!” Of course I had NO clue what I was going to look at but got a very pleasant surprise.

On a tree close by was this beautiful Luna Moth. (These moths are LARGE!) Okay, so I admit, I didn’t know what kind of moth it was and am thankful for Wikipedia on my phone πŸ™‚ This is the first time we had ever seen one in the wild/real life and there is a reason for that. According to Wikipedia, although Luna Moths are very common, they are rarely seen as they only live for seven days. They do not eat during this time and do not have mouths. Their one goal in that seven days is to find a mate. I’m pretty sure this one we saw was a male as its antennae were wide. Amazing creation!

Hope you enjoyed our quick but interesting science lesson.

Liz

Free Nativity Stained Glass Coloring Pages

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 10:11 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

As I was searching for Nativity / Advent coloring pages this afternoon for Hannah, who always LOVES to color, I came across three FREE samples from Dover. Here is one just to whet your appetite.

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Enjoy and have a blessed Christmas season,

Liz

Leeper the tree frog

Monday, April 20, 2015 @ 08:04 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

We enjoy reading the stories of Pibbin the Frog by Gloria Repp. Pibbin is a very brave frog who helps those in need even when things are dangerous and he doesn’t feel all that brave. Each story is different, incorporating a variety of characters from and around Friendship Bog but his best friend is Leeper, a tree frog. These chapter books are great for ages 6-12 depending on your child.

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Caleb was all excited the other night when he found a tree frog. This is the first one we have ever seen here in the wild. We looked it up and it was a Missouri Gray Tree Frog. Fascinating to see its ‘sticky’ pads. A great science lesson. Of course Caleb let him go once he had finished playing with him.

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Hope your spring is going well. We are taking a lot of field trips and enjoying the weather before it gets too hot. You can read more about them here.

Liz

FREE Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Thursday, February 5, 2015 @ 11:02 AM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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Check out these FREE Reading Comprehension worksheets from K12 Reader. They are wonderful! This site is a wealth of educational resources so have fun.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Blessings,

Liz

Snowy and Ginger’s Winter Wonderland from the Toymaker

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 @ 12:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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The Toymaker has created a nice craft for all to do this time of year – Snowy, the snowman and Ginger, the gingerbread boy. Our kids were most impressed with the optical illusion created by the spinnerets. There are two FREE PDF’s for you to print out.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

We wish you a very, very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Richard, Liz, Daniel, Hannah and Caleb

Create your own FREE Math worksheets!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 @ 09:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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I don’t know about your children but sometimes our kids just don’t click with a math concept right away and need some extra practice at really “getting” it. Math-Aids.com is a website where you can create FREE worksheets on specific math topics. Not only that but each time you click on what you want, you receive a different set of questions. I tried this out for the first time this evening as Daniel has been struggling with rounding to the nearest hundred. I created 5 different worksheets for him, saved them all to PDF so that I have them for future use with the other children.

I should warn you that there are a LOT of ads on this site but sometimes you have to put up with ads to get what you need to help you in educating your children. Many so called “education” websites do not impress me but this one is very different. I can see us using this a LOT in the future. Hannah is working on time right now and so I just clicked on that section. Wow! I think I have me a new “toy” to play with!

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

FREE Sleeping Bear Press Teacher Guides

Friday, December 12, 2014 @ 12:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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Recently I asked an author if she knew of any other authors who provided FREE activity pages to go with their books and she told me about Sleeping Bear Press so yesterday I looked them up. Wow! There are some truly great resources here. Yes, you do have to purchase the books if your library does not have them but due to the nature of most of their books the kids will learn a lot from each one and the books will grace your library for many years and be great reference tools.

Let’s support the authors and publishers that go the extra mile to provide additional resources to aid in the reading of their books.

As I research and find more I will let you know!

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

CVC Matching Puzzle Cards

Monday, October 20, 2014 @ 09:10 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

Do you have a child who is just starting to learn to read? We do! Caleb (4) knows all his letters now and so it is time to go to the next step of learning the sounds and putting them together. Not sure about you, but it has been our experience that boys tend to be more lackadaisical when it comes to learning to read than girls. They simply do not want to make the effort it takes so when I found these CVC Puzzle Cards over atΒ  Mama’s Learning Corner I was very excited. By printing them out on bright colored paper they immediately strike interest.

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What are CVC words? They are consonant, vowel, consonant words that are spelled our phonetically. For e.g C-A-T.

Yes, they take a little time to make if you laminate them like I did but I highly recommend doing this especially if you have younger children coming along behind. These will get used over and over again and once laminated should last for a LONG time. I always put mine through the laminator two times. three if not sealed. I cut out the words and put them through as a whole sheet of laminate first. Then I cut them out around the laminate, separate them and put each half through again. This way you are ensured that the laminate has sealed and so will be harder to peel.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 04:09 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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With my determination to study more novels this year still firmly intact we just finished the book Paddle to the Sea by Holling Clancy Holling (originally published in 1941). This is an adventure that starts north of Lake Superior on Lake Nipigon. An Indian boy crafts a canoe with an Indian sitting in it. On the bottom of the canoe he writes “Put me back in the water. I am Paddle-to-the Sea.”

The story follows the canoe’s adventures as it travels through the lakes. The book not only has full colored illustrations on the right hand page but also gray scale images on the left hand page which add a lot to the information being read about. At the end of the book there is a double page map showing Paddle’s journey which really lets you imagine the magnitude of the trip. Paddle-to-the-Sea gets stranded a few times but when people rescue him they always read the bottom. At one point Paddle gets a brand new paint job with a new ‘plate’ on the bottom along with fresh ballast. Each place he visits, whoever finds him adds that name to the plate. One winter he lives with a lady close to Montreal who keeps him safe until the St. Lawrence River unfreezes again in Spring.

Does he make it to the ocean? Yes, but I won’t tell you the ending as I don’t want to ruin it πŸ™‚

This book is VERY educational as along the way you will learn about different animals, the shapes that the Great Lakes remind folks of, the amazing amount of industry that was up there not to mention the fascinating fact that although fresh water, the lakes are in some ways very much like the ocean with huge waves, beaches, lighthouses and ship wrecks. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for every family’s library.

Want to do a more in-depth study with your children? Julie, over at Butterflies and Barefoot Lasses created a a wonderful set of FREE printables to compliment this book. As you can see below there is quite a variety and we did not do them all! Using these printables you will cover history, science, geography, writing etc. We did the book in 8 days – reading and studying a few chapters each day but you could easily draw it out longer.

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The only thing I switched out was the map. I wanted one with a little more detail so took a FREE one from FreeUsAndWorldMaps.com (scroll down the page to find the USA and Canada one) and cropped it to just have the north eastern US and Canada. Worked really well.

Your library will probably have this book but if not you can purchase it from Amazon or on Ebay.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz