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FREE Raggedy Ann Bookmarks and more :)

Thursday, December 26, 2013 @ 01:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

How many of you love the Raggedy Ann and Andy stories by Johnny Gruelle? These stories are true classics, well written with excellent morals and story lines showing children how to have a good attitude no matter what happens. The books are FREE to download on Gutenberg.

Due to the images being freely available out there on the web there are a number of resources available also. We are studying Raggedy Ann with Hannah at this time & I have actually made up my own Study Guide which I will share with everyone once we have completed it here. (I want to make sure there are no errors & that it works well before passing it on!)

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In the meantime you can take advantage of this FREE Raggedy Ann Resource Pack from Warm Hearts Publishing. I printed off the bookmarks & laminated them for long term use as we are always looking for a bookmark to use! As well as the bookmarks shown, there are incentive cards etc.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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A Merry Christmas Banner Craft and Color By Pattern Pictures

Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 10:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

Looking to add a little more color and festive spirit to your home this Christmas? Then here is a great craft for you and the kids/grandkids to enjoy and it is FREE from Education.com

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So nice to hear MERRY CHRISTMAS 🙂

Do you have children/grandchildren that LOVE to color? Then why not try these Christmas Color by Pattern pages from Activity Village? Something a little different and very fun to do. Here’s one I did with the kids:

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Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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Fabulous FREE Christmas Crafts from The Toymaker

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 05:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

The Christmas Page from The Toymaker is superb! If you have not yet made your gift tags, table decorations, some Christmas cards, gift boxes etc then please, please head on over to this page to give your eyes & creative juices a treat.

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Here are the Elf Balls that the older kids and I made:

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Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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Christmas Tree Garland

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 03:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

How many of you remember making garlands of people as a child? Maybe you still make them regularly or maybe you are like me and haven’t made one in a while?! I used to love making these – always fascinated me as a kid. Well now you can make some Christmas Tree and Gift garlands to decorate your home this Christmas season.

Here are the ones the kids & I made:

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You can find the FREE printables at Education.com. Click here for the Christmas Trees and here for the Gifts. (It will automatically open up into a new window for you.)

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Happy coloring and cutting.

Liz

 

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Shadows

Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 08:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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Sometimes when I plan a school lesson I question whether it is too simple, other times whether it is too hard. Most times I leave it as originally planned & see how things turn out. I thought one of today’s lesson would be completed in five minutes and we would move on to the next subject! HAH!

At this time we are studying chapter by chapter the story of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.  One of the things the children had to do this morning was describe & draw James at night as described in Chapter Nine. Roald Dahl is very descriptive so there is no lack of inspiration from his writings. “The night was all around him now, and high overhead a wild white moon was riding in the sky…..” We had also recently read one of the Magic Treehouse books with Jack and Annie where they had been out on a moonlit night & their long shadows were in evidence SO the concept of a moonlit night and shadows were no strangers to Daniel and Hannah.

The kids were clueless. Of course they could draw a moon and James standing up but could they draw his shadow?! Thankfully it was a sunny day here today so we all headed outside to see how our shadows come out from our bodies. (We have certainly looked at shadows many, many times in the past but I do believe that this was the first time they have ever had to illustrate them.) In we came again. What did they draw? James’s head coming out of his feet! Out we headed again. What I thought was a very simple lesson turned into a full blown science, art, logic. concept etc lesson on shadows, why/how they are formed (our bodies blocking the rays from the sun and moon) etc. I was SO thankful Richard was here today to help with this!

Being able to diversify is one of the many joys of homeschooling. We are not confined to certain length lessons or having to cover a certain amount of “stuff” in a day. When we find a weak spot, like we did this morning, we can take time to expound on the subject so that the children actually understand it, rather than rushing on.

Happy Monday to you!

Liz

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia (Public Domain)

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Arithmagons

Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:12 AM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

No I am not talking in a foreign language although I do have to admit that I had no idea what an Arithmagon was until a few minutes ago!

Arithmagons - Medium 1 - Activity Village

If you are looking for something a little different in Math or just to add something fun print off one of these FREE puzzles from Activity Village. At the time of posting they are available in Easy, Medium and Multiplication. The one shown is Medium. Hey, you can even have fun doing these yourself!

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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FREE ‘Studying the Birth of Jesus’ Devotional

Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 08:12 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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We took a trip to town today to run some errands etc and stopped in at the library to pick up some Christmas books. Our decorations went up yesterday and the Advent Calendars arrived today so Christmas is in full swing here. We are always very conscious of the fact that it is SO important to keep reminding our children what Christmas is really about. There is SO much commercialism around this season & kids especially, can get carried away with only thinking about what Santa is going to bring them and what other presents they are going to receive. As I sat down tonight to go through my emails it was a lovely surprise to see this 15 day FREE devotional in my inbox from Mama’s Learning Center. I thought I would pass it on to you 🙂 Not just for kids, adults can do it too.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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