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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 at  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

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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 🙂

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

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Teach your child the story of the Erie Canal

Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 04:09 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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Recently we have been studying the book, Paddle to the Sea, a true classic which I will share more about later in a separate post. Today, as Paddle had now made it to Lake Erie, I thought it would be perfect timing to study the building of the Erie Canal. I have to admit that the prompting to study the book The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness was not my own but came from Lauren Hill over at Mama’s Learning Corner. Lauren studied this book with her children and created some FREE worksheets as well as sharing some wonderful You Tube links all of which you can find here. All I had to do was purchase the book as our library did not have it.

The kids learned a lot this morning about how canal locks work and also enjoyed the song in the back of the book sung by Bruce Springstein. (See Lauren’s page.) Did you know that the Erie Canal was the longest canal in the world at 363 miles and had 83 locks! Now we just have to make sure we visit a working lock on our travels somewhere. Can you see a canal boat trip in our future?

Happy studying,

Liz

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Sun and Fire!

Monday, August 4, 2014 @ 12:08 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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This year (yes we have started our new homeschool year) Daniel wanted to learn about space. Daniel is very much a kid who knows what he wants to learn for science and so we encourage that by providing him with the tools needed. (Last year it was the Titanic and snakes and in fact snakes are still very much on the agenda but Titanic is over.) We purchased the Apologia Exploring Creation curriculum for him. Recently he has been studying the sun and so today it was time for an experiment with Daddy to learn how to make fire with a magnifying glass! Great excitement but also a warning from Mom and Dad to never do this without adult supervision! It is very dry here right now and we certainly do not want to start a wildfire!

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Boys being boys, Daniel and Caleb are now out experimenting whilst Hannah has seen enough and is back inside! As Richard says, this experiment is also a good survival skill. It is a little smokey out there!

I should also point out that it is important to wear sunglasses doing this as the concentration of the sun is very bright and could damage the eye.

I am the first to admit that science is not my strong point. Yes I can read the text from a book and explain basic things to the children but that is as far as my ability goes. Richard, on the other hand, LOVES science and is really good at explaining the workings etc. We are so blessed that we compliment each other in this way in the homeschooling of the children. What’s your weakness? As a homeschooling mom/dad don’t be afraid of getting your other half involved. If you are both weak in a particular subject seek out help from an online class or someone in your community.

Liz

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