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Weather Unit

Clouds

For the last few weeks, I have been doing a weather unit with Gohan for science. We haven’t quite finished it, but I thought I’d share it now anyway. If you notice any errors, let me know and I’ll fix them. Just click the image below to download the unit.

Weather Unit Study-11

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Printables, Science
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Earthquake and Tsunami Unit Study and Lapbook

Fault Foldable

Gohan was already studying earthquakes in K12’s earth science course when the big earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. I had already been planning to switch to more of a unit study/lapbook approach for science anyway, so I decided to create a unit plan/lapbook for Gohan to study earthquakes and tsunami’s in more detail. I’m going to post the foldables that I created now, even though we have not finished the lapbook ourselves, just because of the timeliness of the subject. As such, there could be some inks that I have not worked out. Please let me know if you find any mistakes.

My lesson plan uses Brainpop videos. Currently, Brainpop is making their Earthquake and Tsunami videos free for everyone, in order to help kids better understand what has happened in Japan.

Fault Foldable 

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Freebies, Printables, Science
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Pushpin Map of Europe

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Gohan has started studying Europe and I made the pushpin map for him to use. These work really well for him as he can focus on geography, free of the stress of having to spell and write the labels himself. If you would like to use these yourself, you need to simply mount an outline map on to foam board or cardboard. I have an outline map from the Trail Guide to World Geography curriculum, but good free maps can be found at infoplease, worldatlas, National Geographic’s Xpeditions Atlas (be sure that detail level is basic and country borders are on) and Eduplace. I use Mod Podge to give a protective coating to the map. Then print out the labels and wrap them around a pin. This time, I used glue tape to glue the two sides of the label together. I’ve also used regular glue and suspect that tape would work.

Europe Map Pin Labels-1

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Geography, Printables, Social Studies
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Color Matching Printables

This week, we continued to work on colors with Dora. I made a couple of printables for her that I thought I would share. All of these items work best if printed out on card stock. Please let me know if you have any problems with these printables.

Feel free to use these printables for your personal use. If you want to mention them on your blog, great, just please be sure to send your readers to this post. Thanks!

Color Matching File Folder Game – Glue the paint cans to the insides of a file folder, leaving the top side of each paint can open. Have your child sort through the various items into the matching paint cans. If your child has trouble matching the items, you might have him look at the colors book (below) first so he can learn which items go with which color (I added a few items that are not in the book to further challenge Dora).

Colors File Folder Game Sample

Color Matching Memory Game – Pairs are made by matching a color to an item of that color. If your child has trouble matching the items, you might have him look at the colors book (below) first so he can learn which items go with which color.

Memory Game Sample

Colors Book – This is a little book about colors. When you print it out, it may look like the pages are messed up, but when you put them all together and fold the booklet in half, it will be right. It is intended to be printed double-sided. If you cannot do that, you will need to glue or tape the pages together or else you will have blank white pages in between the actual pages.

Colors Book Sample

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Printables, Toddlers
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

South America Pushpin Map Labels

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I made another pushpin map for Gohan. These work really well for him as he can focus on geography, free of the stress of having to spell and write the labels himself. If you would like to use these yourself, you need to simply mount an outline map on to foam board or cardboard. I have an outline map from the Trail Guide to World Geography curriculum, but good free maps can be found at infoplease, worldatlas, National Geographic’s Xpeditions Atlas (be sure that detail level is basic and country borders are on) and Eduplace. I use Mod Podge to give a protective coating to the map. Then print out the labels and wrap them around a pin. I glue the two sides of the label together, but you could probably use tape if you wanted.

South America Map Pin Labels-1

You can read my more detailed instructions more making a push pin map in this post.

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Geography, Printables, Social Studies
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Reindeer Printable for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Dora’s learning theme for the week was “Reindeers”. I tried to find good printables for her to work on counting with and couldn’t find any. She is really trying to learn to count right now, though she’s not ready for counting past five right yet. So I bought these really adorable reindeer clipart from J. Rett Graphics (the downloadable version was on sale for only $4.99!) and made a little file folder game that I though I’d share with you. The goal is for the child to feed the reindeer the correct number of carrot bunches (up to five reindeer).

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Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Printables, Toddlers
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Asperger’s Syndrome Alert Card

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Many parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome end up homeschooling, simply for the fact that public school can be sheer torture for kids with Asperger’s. As our kids with Asperger’s Syndrome grow up, however, they do need to leave the nest, at least sometimes. Unfortunately, sometimes people with Asperger’s Syndrome find themselves in less than ideal situations. Medical emergencies occur, law enforcement personnel ask questions of innocent bystanders, and things can just go horribly wrong. As anyone who knows anything about Asperger’s will tell you, stress can aggravate certain behaviors in people with Asperger’s Syndrome. Someone who normally could converse quite well and make excellent eye contact, may suddenly not be able to communicate and may come across as shifty-eyed due to lack of eye contact. There have even been extreme cases where a person with Asperger’s has ended up confessing to crimes he didn’t commit just so the police would leave him alone or put into a psychiatric ward just because he behaved “abnormally”.

With all of this in mind, I recently read that it was good for such individuals to carry cards that identify their disability, inform strangers what to expect, and protect the person legally. I wanted to get one of these cards for Primo, but couldn’t find one made for the U.S. that wasn’t ridiculously overpriced (I actually should say that the cards I found weren’t overpriced, so much as I didn’t need 100 of them).

So I made my own card and thought I’d post it online for others to use. Feel free to download and edit it all you want for personal and/or other forms of non-commercial use. Please feel free to let me know if you have any problems with downloading or editing this.

Autism Alert Card - Blank copy

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Freebies, Printables, Special Education
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Halloween Printables Round-Up

I apologize for being a bit AWOL last week. Dora had to have oral surgery, so I needed to spend my time meeting her needs. I have been a bit slack about doing a craft or printable round-up and not for lack of great printables and crafts to post about. So here is a final Halloween printables round up.

imageBusy Bee Kids Printables has free Halloween Mad Libs, which are such a fun way to work on parts of speech.

Cute and Crafty by Victoria has these adorable free Halloween bookmarks. image

image And Classroom  Jr. has some fun Halloween-themed worksheets for preschoolers.

Along the Way has a seek and find cards for your October sensory tub. image

imageMeanwhile Gwenny Penny has these fun set of paper dolls for kids to dress up for Halloween.

imageAnd Printables4Kids has a Halloween Decoder puzzle to keep young minds active despite a candy-induced stupor

Fun_with_Pumpkins_Directions copy123 Learn has a free Fun With Pumpkins lapbook that you can download (scroll to the bottom of the page).

halloween_ejdr-12School Express has a Halloween-themed unit that you can download. If you don’t subscribe to their newsletter, I highly recommend it as they have a free downloadable unit every week.

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Holidays, Printables
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Pattern Blocks for You To Download for Your Homeschool

I made some pattern block puzzles for my daughter. They are simple, as she is only two, but I thought I would share them. They were made for my printable magnetic pattern blocks, but should work with regular pattern blocks also.

Bug - Level 1 Flower - Level 2Hex-Trap-Par - Level 3 Houses - Level 1

Rocket Ship - Level 2 Snowflake - Level 3 Sun - Level 3

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Freebies, Math, Printables, Toddlers
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Printables Round-Up

There are so many great printables out there, but part of the problem is weeding through them all. So I thought I would do an occasional printables round-up to share some of the great resources I come across. This time, I am going with a fall/Halloween theme compilation.

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Holidays, Printables
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff