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Free Spelling Course

Marie Rackham, from Splashes From the River, is offering her Basic Cozy Spelling Course free. It contains 30 lessons for grades 6-8. but Rackham used it in the public arena with grades 7-9. You be the judge.

The Course Outline:

Spelling Rules, Lessons, Exercises, Dictation Exercises, and answer keys.

 

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Preschool Farm Printables–Free

Creative Preschool Resources is offering a fun preschool farm printable unit for readers. Just under the download is a link for her Farm Numbers Writing book. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter so you can stay up with her latest downloads.

 

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Free Educational BBQ Printable Pack for Kids and Tots

3 Dinosaurs is offering a free BBQ printable pack for ages 2-7.

BBQ Pack contains over 60 pages:
3 Part Cards, Beginning Sounds, Matching Cards, Read Write the Room, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next, Pre Writing Practice, Pattern Cards, 10 Piece Puzzles, 4 Piece Puzzles, Clip and Count Cards, Size Sorting, Color the Pattern, Sorting, Counting, Small Books and more.

Tot Pack:
Basic Prewriting, 2 Part Puzzles, Matching, Coloring the Watermelon, Cutting Practice, 9 Piece Puzzle

 

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Free Water Fun Preschool Mini Unit

2 Teaching Mommies is offering a fun water unit. The mini unit contains the following:

Here are the printables included in this mini unit:

  • Roll & Graph
  • Size Sort
  • Beginning Writing/Cutting Practice
  • Size Sequencing
  • Patterns
  • Stamping Strips
  • Counting Clip Cards
  • Number Order Puzzle
  • Which is Different?
  • Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Match
 

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Free Summer Olympics Pack

3 Dinosaurs is offering a free Summer Olympics pack for ages 2-7.

Summer Olympics Pack contains over 100 pages:
3 Part Cards, Beginning Sounds, Matching Cards, Read Write the Room, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next, Pre Writing Practice, Pattern Cards, 10 Piece Puzzles, 4 Piece Puzzles, Clip and Count Cards, Size Sorting, Cutting Practice, Color the Pattern, Sorting, Counting, 2 Small Books Color, the Rings and more.

Tot Pack:
Basic Prewriting, 2 Part Puzzles, Matching, Coloring the Ring, Cutting Practice, 9 Piece Puzzle

 

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Just In Time for Back-To-School

These cute ABC flashcards and Wall Cards are just in time for back-to-school. The free download can be found at Living Life Intentionally.

3 Dinosaurs is offering over 100 pages of neat ABC printables using the same graphics. You will find ABC Activities including: Missing letters, Writing Pages, ABC Clip Cards, Stamping Pages, ABC Cards, 3 part ABC Cards, and ABC Matching.

 

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Latest Freebie Finds

Science Unit Studies by Susan Kilbride is on sale at Amazon right now for almost 1/3 off.  It’s the most they’ve ever put it on sale, so it’s a really good deal. Sometime back I did a review of this book. It’s a great one to  have on hand.

Dog Kindergarten and Toddler Pack at royal baloo features 60 packed pages: Color-by-Addition, Mazes, skip counting, telling time, a dog poem, writing practice, puzzles and more! The Toddler pack has prewriting, cutting, coloring, shapes, and more!

 

World Explorers Unit Study is free through June 19th. Use the code moneysavingjune

Part one is a structured, knowledge-based section focused on important European explorers from the Vikings to Columbus to Hudson. Students read about each of these explorers and complete a related assignment.

Part two focuses on explorers relevant to Canada. Part three has a series of optional activities and part four has a collection of seven diagrams depicting each of the explorers.

This History lesson provides a teacher and student section with a variety of reading passages, activities, crossword, word search and answer key to create a well-rounded lesson plan.

3 Dinosaurs is offering an Ocean Pack for ages 2-7.

Ocean Pack has over 60 pages:
3 Part Cards, Beginning Sounds, Matching Cards, Read Write the Room, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next, Pre Writing Practice, Pattern Cards, 10 Piece Puzzles, 4 Piece Puzzles, Clip and Count Cards, Size Sorting, Color the Pattern, Shadow Matching, and more.

Tot Pack:
Basic Prewriting, 2 Part Puzzles, Matching, Coloring the Fish, Counting, Cutting Practice, 9 Piece Puzzle

 

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Free Egypt & Africa Notebooking Pages

Motherhood on a Dime is offering a set of 186 different ancient Egypt and Africa notebooking pages. The site says the pages are geared for ages 5-13, and goes on to say:

About the download:  “This set of 186 notebooking pages covers a variety of topics pertaining to Ancient Egyptian and African cultures. Each topic includes a variety of notebooking layouts as well as varying amounts of lines, frames, and graphics. Perfect for all ages and writing abilities.”

Please note:  Notebooking pages are plain pages designed for your child to fill with quotes, stories, and information about whatever you are studying.  These are not worksheets, but the author has given a great outline for study of these cultures with her topics and page designs.

 

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Essay Contest

Poetic Power contacted me about several upcoming contests they are running. Their next contest involves essays and has a deadline of February 15, 2012. The contest is open to homeschoolers as well as public and private school kids.

Here are the details:

Students submit one non-fiction essay, 250 words or less on any topic. The essay can be submitted online or mailed in.

Online submission— http://www.poeticpower.com

Mail submission–Creative Communication, 159 North Main Street, Smithfield, UT 84335.

There are three contests each year with upcoming deadlines of Feb 15 and July 18. There are 10 winners in each grade division of 3-6, 7-9, 10-12.

Winners receive $25 and a book that includes their essay. Other writers of merit will be invited to be published. There are no costs to enter, or to be published.

 

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Fan Fiction: One More Time

*If you are an email or Twitter subscriber, you may have received this post this morning. Word Press accidentally suspended my blog shortly after this post due to a glitch. I removed the original “Fan Fiction” post because the suspension messed it up. I hoped this re-post would correct any problems, but sadly I am now on my second re-post. Please let me know if you have any problems reading this post or any post on my blog.  Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Jackie

I hope everyone is back in the saddle again so to speak. I know some of you have changed curriculums or just started homeschooling. January and August seem to be the two start-up times for homeschooling.

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that as part of my daughter’s homeschool writing curriculum, she writes her very own anime fan fiction blog and we edit together. Anime continues to grow by leaps and bounds in this country. There is a huge fan base here in the United States. .

Because of my daughter’s great love of anime, it only seemed natural to merge it into her home school lessons. She is very into sketching, so her art lessons include anime drawing. She has her anime sketches posted all around her room. She even posts them on an anime artist site. She creates AMV’s ( anime music video ) and posts them on YouTube. Here is a link to some of her AMV’s. Recently a particular site invited her to submit a Christmas AMV for a contest they were running. She was so proud! Being recognized for her work was a thrill for her. I must admit, I was a very proud Mom too! Smile For theater arts or drama, she has anime cosplay outfits. She acts out various scenes. Her dream is to attend one of the many anime cons such as MegaCon, Dragon Con, A-Kon, AWA…

Here are a few of her anime drawings.

Rin Okumura Drawing By Hannah  Yuki Sohuma Drawing by Hannah

Writing fan fiction is so very different from what I learned about traditional writing as a student. I embraced that difference and learned something new myself.  Blogging is not our only avenue for writing lessons, but it is her favorite. If you would like to take a peek at her blog, it is Bleached in Anime. The lingo is unique to anime lovers. If you are not an anime fan, it might be a little strange. It has taken me a while to become a fan (o.k., I am still traveling the anime road hoping to become a fan, but shhhh, don’t tell my daughter).

The blog is a little behind now due to all the holidays, and she has writer’s block. Sad smile It’s not too bad for a dyslexic, CAPD kid. I think her success with blog writing just proves that Special needs learners can succeed if we give them the right tools.

I truly want you to share how you teach writing in your homeschool, so please don’t be shy! If we all share ideas and techniques, we have the chance to learn something new. I would love to get some dialogue going.

 

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