Category Archives: Printables

Weather Unit

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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.

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Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Earthquake and Tsunami Unit Study and Lapbook

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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 

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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.

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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

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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

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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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.

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The Toy Maker has some gorgeous free printable Christmas toys.

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

 

 

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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.

Education.com has this cute printable for kids to make Christmas tree centerpieces. Christmas Tree Centerpiece-1

 

 

 

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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.

 

Education.com 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

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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Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Printables Round-Up–Thanksgiving Printables

Here are some free Thanksgiving printables from around the net.

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Montessori for everyone has these beutiful Thanksgiving matching cards.

 

 

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Education.com offers a fun drawing game that works a lot like Cooties.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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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

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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