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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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FREE Asian Animals Cut and Paste

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 @ 10:06 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

I printed this out for Hannah and Caleb to do this morning and whilst I wish the author (WriteBonnieRose over at Missional Call) had used “real” animal pictures instead of cartoon ones to go with the backgrounds, it was still a fun project and all the kids and I learned something.

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None of us had ever seen a hairy rhinoceros before! On the author’s blog you will find links to all five animals discussed and that is where I got the “real” picture of the Sumatran Rhinoceros. I think the backgrounds are fabulous so if you have a budding artist they may even want to draw/paint their own animals in. Thanks Bonnie Rose!

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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FREE Bee Worksheets from Itsy Bitsy Fun

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 @ 04:05 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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Many of you may well be taking a break for the summer months. Our choice, as a family, is to homeschool all year around so that we can take off whenever we want PLUS we have found that our children do much better with a daily routine when we are home and don’t have “other” stuff going on. Even if you are taking a break, you may still have some days where the kids want to do some learning activities. Don’t refuse them! Willingness to want to learn is precious and should be encouraged. This will also keep their minds active so that you do not have to reteach everything once school starts up again!

With that in mind, why not take a look at these FREE Bee Worksheets from Itsy Bitsy Fun. They are suitable for preschool through first grade. Just so you know, I did spot the spelling error (scrambeled instead of scrambled) but have checked the rest of the documents and they appear OK. Use it as a good opportunity to see if your child can see the misspelled word.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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Frogs!

Friday, May 9, 2014 @ 11:05 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

‘Tis the season for frogs. The air is alive with their singing both day and night. The kids have been out catching tadpoles and watching them grow, always putting them back in the pond when finished with their playing though. SO when I decided yesterday that today we were going to do something different and do a lapbook, the subject of frogs seemed to be an obvious one.

As I looked in my newly cleaned up and freshly organized PDF files I discovered we had everything we needed. I pulled projects from several different ones to create the lapbooks you see on this page. Daniel and Hannah both did the same ones but although Caleb could do some of the same, being only a preschooler he wasn’t going to do all the writing etc so I printed him off easier worksheets.

All three of the kids work used two file folders each. I did not have time to plan them out last night so this morning when we just made three separate piles of their work as they finished each piece and then when they were out playing I put them together. That way, I had all the pieces and could place them efficiently in the folders.

Daniel’s is the first four pics:

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Daniel is a much neater worker than Hannah, hence showing his lapbook!

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They all loved the frog catching the fly!

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There were actually three insects to choose from but they all chose the fly for some reason and not the butterfly or dragonfly.

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This is Caleb’s cover:

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We all learned something so definitely a worthwhile study.

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There are several pages under that first page on the left for Caleb. I figured this was the best way to store them.

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Resources used:

We did not read any books with this study as for one thing, we have read many books on frogs before not to mention that the kids already knew the life cycle etc PLUS the info provided with the above units is pretty detailed. HOWEVER if your child is not that familiar with frogs or you are not close to where you can see ones developing etc I would recommend making use of your library for some great reading resources.

Here are the children playing with some bullfrog tadpoles of which there seems to be more this year than ever before.

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Take care and trust you enjoy studying frogs as much as we did!

Liz

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FREE Printables for Brown Bear by Eric Carle

Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 03:05 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

At our house we actually prefer the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle BUT I know many of you like the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? so when I saw this free set of printables from Royal Baloo I thought I would share 🙂

Royal Baloo recommends these for 2-4 year olds.

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If you do not own the book you should be able to find it at your local library. If not, then you can purchase a copy very reasonably on Amazon.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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FREE Insect Notebook Pages from Harrington Harmonies

Thursday, April 24, 2014 @ 10:04 AM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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These are WONDERFUL! SO versatile and can be used for a wide variety of ages. Get ready to take a nature walk and see what you can find! You can find them here at Harrington Harmonies.

I think I have shared this next link with you before but if you are looking for a good book for introducing insects then check out the FREE book on Gutenberg – The History of Insects. Also on Gutenberg is The Insect Folk by Margaret Warner Morley.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

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FREE Transportation Printables for Preschoolers :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 04:04 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

This fun pack from Royal Baloo is colorful, fun and engaging. Depending on the ability of your child you may find your 3 year old can do it. Otherwise give it to your 4 and 5 year olds and see what they can do!

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Have fun!

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Liz

 

 

 

 

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500th Amazon Review – Orca Killer Whales by IP Factly

Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 08:03 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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I didn’t plan it this way but my 500th review on Amazon was a book by IP Factly called Orca Killer Whales so I thought I would share it with you. As IP correctly states, the Orca is actually not a whale, despite its name but is a member of the dolphin family. As an aside, I also read and reviewed an AWFUL book on whales today classing the Orca in with the toothed whales.

I have reviewed several of IP Factly’s books and we use them here in our homeschool. On the whole they are EXCELLENT! Yes, they are only available as an ebook BUT did you know that you can download the Kindle App onto your computer? You can then read the book on there if you do not have a Kindle.

In some of his books he writes about evolution as a fact rather than theory BUT the two I reviewed today – Orcas and Netpune were free of that. The books are well-written and illustrated. They are not dumbed down so the kids can learn a lot. This set of books are for younger reader but there are also books for older kids too. You can visit the IP Factly website here.

I highly recommend them.

Liz

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Parrotfish “Poop”

Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 12:02 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

As I told you earlier, we have been studying oceans and coral reefs this week and learning a lot of different facts. Did you know that the parrotfish bites off chunks of coral when eating algae? It cannot use that coral so it comes out the other end as sand which ends up on the tropical beaches around the world?

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How much sand does each parrotfish produce each year? Approximately 1,100 lbs

Homeschool Share has a lovely FREE Coral Reed Animal Study and Lapbook that we have incorporated into our study this week.

Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning :)

Happy learning!

Liz

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Australian Animal Worksheets. Marsupials and more!

Saturday, February 1, 2014 @ 12:02 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

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We recently did a study on Marsupials, concentrating mostly on Koalas but also incorporating details on the many other marsupials. For our Lapbook/Workbook I started with a Lapbooking Unit “A Pouch for Katie” from In the Hands of a Child. We used three prong folders for the study as we added so much more to it than would fit in a Lapbook!

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I am not the kind of teacher who can just “wing” a lesson when doing a Lapbook/unit study. I have to know what I am going to be teaching each day. The joys of ITHOAC Lapbooks is that most of them come with a daily Lesson Plan. However the one provided was for a 6 day study and I have found that a 5 day study works better for us as we can complete it in a week. With that in mind I adapted the Lesson Plan provided with the Lapbook in order to complete it in 5 days.  This did not include the Marsupial worksheets (top picture) which I created at a much later date, weeks after having prepared the Lapbook materials. I just divided those worksheets up to do some each day. These are FREE to download in the Science Downloads on our website.

Please note that although Caleb (4) did the Koala Lapbook I did NOT expect him to do the Marsupial worksheets – way too complicated. In fact I found a couple extra K things for him to do at Homeschool Share.

Activity Village has a FREE fun Count the Koalas page.

Last but not least, listed as suitable for First Graders I think these fabulous, colorful Australian Animal worksheets could be adapted for multiple ages 🙂 You can find them FREE at Education.com

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You can find some good YouTube videos online featuring some of these amazing creatures.

Hope you enjoy this study as much as we did 🙂

Liz

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