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Printables Round-Up: Calendars

To be honest, I already have a calendar, a very big calendar. I record activities for a busy family of seven, all of whom are going in different directions. I color code the entries, each person has a color, so I don’t have to write down “Gohan Circus Arts”, I just write “Circus Arts” in Gohan’s color. I also have a color for family activities, houseguests, and our pets (our pets’ social schedule is fairly tame thankfully, but they do have vet appointments). I also recently settled on writing our weekly menu on the calendar (in pencil so it can be changed, if needed). This has stopped people from asking “What’s for dinner, Mom?” (Okay, fine, it has minimized the number of times people ask me that…. stopped one kid one time from asking me that…. it might get people to stop asking me that some day, in about thirty years.)

I have been seeing a lot of printable calendars in the blogosphere, however, and some of them are so cool that I have been trying to think of a reason to have another calendar. Here are some of the fun calendars that I have seen:

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Labels: Freebies, Printables
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Get the Funnix Reading Program for Free During the Month of January


Funnix is offering their reading program for free during the month of January (regularly priced at $249).

The free version of Funnix is electronic. You download the entire package of 220 lessons and other material onto your computer, and you have everything you need to teach the program. The steps of what you do and how you do it are spelled out in Teacher’s Guide, which you review before presenting the program. Workbook and textbook activities accompany the lessons. You print these.

I downloaded the program and it looks like it will be a great resource for Dora when she is a bit older. I wish I had it for Gohan when he was learning to read. You can download the program here.

Labels: Freebies, Phonics and Reading
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

ALEKS Offers Homeschoolers a 3-Month Free Trial



It’s the start of a new year and the perfect time to try out a new math curriculum with your children. For a limited time, ALEKS is offering a complimentary 3-month trial for homeschooling families.
ALEKS can provide you with the instruction and support that you need to homeschool your children in mathematics for grades 3-12. With a comprehensive course library ranging from elementary school math to complex subjects such as PreCalculus, ALEKS acts much like a human tutor to help take the stress off of homeschooling parents.
To take advantage of this limited time offer, you must request a trial by January 27, 2011 and activate it no later than January 31, 2011 at 11:59pm PT.

Begin 3-Month Trial


ALEKS is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course. ALEKS offers truly individualized instruction that meets the student at her learning level and instructs her on the exact topics that she is most ready to learn. As a result, no two students will experience the same learning path while working in ALEKS.



ALEKS is a registered trademark of ALEKS Corporation.

Labels: Freebies, Math
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

We Give Books Offers Free Books Online and an Opportunity for You to Make a Difference


We Give Books is a free site from Pearson. The site has many books online for you or your child to read. The books are good quality books, just like you would buy at a bookstore. Examples of titles that I have looked at are The Mitten by Jan Brett, Max’s A, B, C’s by Rosemary Wells, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, DK Books, and more. For each book that you read online, We Give Books donates a book to a leading literacy group on your behalf.

Labels: Freebies, Language Arts, Literature
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Scott Foresman Math and Science Online

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Happy 2011! I’m sorry that I kind of disappeared last week. In addition to the regular holidays, both Gohan and I have birthdays that fall between Christmas and New Year’s. So, things can get a bit crazy around here during the end of December and I just did not have the time to blog last week as a result. I hope everyone had a nice holiday season.

One of the things I did accomplish during winter break was to start going through a whole bunch of links that I have saved to my desktop and not had a chance to follow up on.

One link that I had saved was to these online math and science textbooks by Scott Foresman. The page says “Welcome to Prince George’s County” on top, so I am not sure if this page is supposed to be open to everyone like it is. The site was recommended to me by several homeschoolers though, so I’m going to pass it on. The teacher’s editions are not online.

Labels: Freebies, Math
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Teacher’s Domain Offers a Treasure Trove of Education Resources

WGBH: Nova WNET: Nature WGBH: Nova Science Now WNET: Cyberchase WGBH: Between the Lions

WGBH: Frontline WNET: Wide Angle WGBH: American Experience WNET: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

Yet another site that I finally got around to checking into, was Teacher’s Domain.  It is free, though you do need to register once you have viewed more than seven resources (under “school/organization” choose “homeschool”, then “find organization”, and it will bring up “homeschool, your city”). From the site:

Teachers’ Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.

Examples of shows the service supports are Nova, CyberChase, Between the Lions, Frontline, etc. You can watch video segments, download lesson plans, print out worksheets, and more. This is a really awesome resource!

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Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Online Grammar and Writing Handbooks


I just discovered that Scott Foresman has free online grammar and writing handbooks for grades 1-6. These are excellent free resources.

Labels: Freebies, Language Arts
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Christmas Printables Round-up

There are a lot of good Christmas printables in the blogosphere and I thought I’d share a few that I have found.

24357730-Doll-Xmas copybabalisme has another set of adorable paper dolls, this time Christmas-themed.





The Toy Maker has some gorgeous free printable Christmas toys.



Meanwhile, Canon offers this oh-so-cute pop up Christmas card.





Confessions of a Homeschooler has a whole free Christmas-themed preschool pack image


Kids Printables has Christmas-themed thank you notes for kids to fill out. has this cute printable for kids to make Christmas tree centerpieces. Christmas Tree Centerpiece-1









Craft Leftovers offers this free Advent calendar (sorry I’m a bit late on this one, as the countdown already began)image


Non Dairy Diary also has a cute house-themed advent calendar, which uses four houses





imageGingerbread Snowflakes also has an advent calendar that doubles as a fun Christmas tree fridge magnet set. also has a print out to make your own winter wonderland to color. Winter Wonderland-3



Labels: Freebies, Homeschooling in the Mainstream, Printables, Social Studies, This and That, Toddlers, Wrapping Up Our Week
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Printables Round-Up–Thanksgiving Printables

Here are some free Thanksgiving printables from around the net.



Montessori for everyone has these beutiful Thanksgiving matching cards.



image Scholastic has a game, story, and stationary for kids on their The First Thanksgiving site.

image offers a fun drawing game that works a lot like Cooties.






Another great activity to keep kids occupied with is this Thanksgiving Mad Libs from Family Fun.






Family Fun also has these fun placemats for kids.





imageAnd Space Station 42 has a fun printable Turkey paper craft.


For those who would like to incorporate a little Thanksgiving-themed learning into their homeschool, Learning Page has four Thanksgiving-themed educational units with worksheets, handwriting practice, puzzles, and more.

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Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Election Day Vocabulary Lesson


I happened to stumble on this free Election Day vocabulary lesson on Learning Page. Learning Page has lots of great printables and worksheets. Membership is required, but it is free.

Labels: Freebies, Homeschooling in the Mainstream, Printables, Social Studies, Spelling and Vocabulary
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff