FREE Pumpkin Unit Study

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Looking for some educational pumpkin fun to add to the season?

Check out this FREE Pumpkin Unit Study filled with free printables for elementary ages and a powerpoint show the entire family can use to learn more about pumpkins.

This pumpkin unit study guide will help you create a fun time of learning for ages preschool through older elementary.

Download your FREE Pumpkin Unit Study!

FREE National Geographic Animal Jam Online Game!

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I recently found this FREE National Geographic online game for kids called Animal Jam that I wanted to share with you.

Animal Jam is an online virtual playground for children who love animals and the outdoors, and is the result of an ongoing creative collaboration between Smart Bomb Interactive and National Geographic Society. Our goal is to provide a fun, exciting, and safe environment for kids to play online, while inspiring them to explore and protect the natural world outside their doors.

Plus there are tons of FREE National Geographic Printables that you can download for your child to keep the fun going after game time has ended.

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How to get started playing FREE:

  1. Go to the Animal Jam game here.
  2. Click on the play now banner in the middle of the page to create an account.
  3. Start playing for free!

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: There is a paid membership area, but you don’t have to sign up for it to access the game or printables.  If you do sign up you gain access to more perks.

Sign up for your FREE account here.

Free Practical Homeschooling Magazine (2,000 Available)

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You can request a FREE Issue of Practical Homeschooling Magazine!

There are only 2,000 available, so don’t wait to request yours it they may all be gone when you do.

Request yours here.

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Dolphin Tale 2 Free Educational Resources

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Tomorrow is the release of Dolphin Tale 2 and I have a great freebie to go along with this movie!

You can get a FREE Dolphin Tale 2 Classical Conversations Homeschool Curriculum to use for a fun way to teach your kids about the science of dolphins and their habitats.

Lesson 1: Get To Know Dolphins: Anatomy and Physical Science
Lesson 2: A Day In The Life Of Dolphins
Lesson 3: Dolphins In The Ocean
Lesson 4: Aquarium Life
Lesson 5: Dolphins and Us

Grab your FREE Dolphin Tale 2 Homeschool Curriculum.

Free Printable Savings Tracker for Kids

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It is important that we teach our kids how to manage money as soon as possible.

One of the best ways is by allowing them to set a goal and save for it themselves. I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with a very sweet boy who told me all about his plans to save for a hot tub!  That is a pretty big goal, but I was thrilled to hear his dad talk about how serious this boy was about saving all his pennies.

I think the best way to encourage kids to save is by offering them a visual way to see their progress.

That is why I love this FREE Printable Savings Tracker for Kids from Modern Homeschool Family!

Don’t Homeschool Your Child!

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This is a post I wrote in 2010 but feel it needs to be said again.

When I first began homeschooling, my daughter was in fifth grade and my son was just four years old and had just graduated preschool.

I remember the overbearing weight I felt to succeed that first year. After all, everyone was looking to me to see if this homeschooling stuff really worked. I was also very aware of the fact that many were just waiting to see me fail so they could say I told you so.  In fact somewhere in the darkness I could hear my own voice questioning my ability to see this through.

Please don’t get me wrong I had others who were supportive of my decision and many who were simply undecided. And so I began my homeschool journey with a heavy burden that was not of God.

Oh how I wish I could go back all those years ago and have a good talk with myself!

I would tell myself to NOT homeschool my child!

I don’t mean I wouldn’t homeschool at all because I most definitely would since we have been called by God to follow this path.

**I should add in at this point in the post that I do not believe everyone is called to homeschool.  We must all as parents follow the path that has been uniquely carved out for our family.  

But I wouldn’t force any kind schooling on a four year old!

I am specifically talking about my four year old son here. What I mean is that I would remind myself that he was already learning from everything around him. Instead of focusing on traditional lessons I would give him lots of time to play outside and learn first hand about out Creator through creation. I would spend more time playing games with him that involve matching or sorting. And I would read to him a lot!

We would spend more time taking trips to the library, nature centers,zoos, farms, parks, cider mill, museums….

I would tell myself that it is not a race. I have nothing to prove to anyone but God and I would lay the burden of performance at the Masters feet.

I would allow my son to lead during this time. One thing I’ve learned is that I didn’t need to push my child at four to learn to read. I did this mainly out of fear of what the rest of my family was thinking as they looked on with disapproval. I know now that there is a time for more formal lessons later, and I would have cherished those early years more had I known what I know now. I would have spent more time cuddling and talking with my child and less time forcing a reading or math lesson.

I would remind myself how exciting it is to be taking those first steps of faith into a journey of homeschool!