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Teaching the Scientific Method & a Free Printable

Earlier in July, I posted a terrific article (if I do say so myself) on the science behind slime and all the cool lessons and activities you could do to teach real science concepts like viscosity and non-Newtonian fluids. Buried in that post was this printable, and I was afraid it might get lost in the sliminess. So, below is the section from that post explaining what the scientific method is and how it can guide any experiment you do or answer (almost) any question you and your kids have about a sciencey subject. I love the scientific method, and … Read more

Snakes and Ladders – A Free Printable Learning Game for Kids

Free printable learning games for kids - This fun Snakes and Ladders game can be used a variety of ways for teaching reading skills, numbers, counting, and more. Best for preschool and elementary, but fun for adults and older kids, too!

I didn’t know what to call this post because it’s partly about how I feel like I’m failing as a homeschool parent, and partly about how I made up a super fun printable Snakes and Ladders game for Allie and me to play to practice her numbers, counting, and reading skills. Working full-time and homeschooling are two things that do not appear to mix on the surface, and actually do not mix well in practice either. I am tired when I get home from work, and the kids are tired when I get home from work. No one wants to … Read more

Fortune Cookie Valentines – Free Printable Valentine Fortunes

Fortune Cookie Valentines with 4 pages of printable Valentine fortunes

I was looking at punny (you know, full of puns) Valentines a few days ago, and I had a brilliant thought. My paper fortune cookies would make awesome Valentines. “I am fortune-ate to have a Valentine like you.” “You will soon get a kiss from your Valentine.” So of course, I made a bunch. The paper fortune cookie tutorial below is an abbreviated version of the paper fortune cookie tutorial I wrote last month, so if you want more detailed instructions, head over there. How to Make Fortune Cookie Valentines Materials Pretty paper – My first set of fortune cookies (the … Read more

Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself (Free printable affirmations for women)

i am good

Yesterday, my friend, Cindy, left a comment on my blog. Though we disagreed in the particulars, her comment made me see that I was making the situation into more than it should have been. I was making it about me, and it was not about me at all. Immediately, I jumped into self-bashing mode. Why do I always do that?, I berated. Lousy feelings abounded. They weren’t insults necessarily, but the feelings that insults produce your heart. They are the feelings that follow years of bullying, being voted most annoying by classmates, of insecurity, of not being enough. You know the … Read more

A Printable Valentine Card

printable valentines

Grace had the opportunity to participate with her cyber school classmates in a Valentine card exchange. The idea is simple. Each kid sends a Valentine through the mail to the other kids on the list. In my opinion, it’s even better than a traditional classroom Valentine exchange. Who doesn’t like to get real mail in the real mailbox? I considered printing a Valentine that someone else had made, but in the end, decided to make my own. After I cut them all out, Grace helped me to glue them onto little heart-shaped doilies. And then Grace gave the girls silver … Read more

Printable Reading Log

A lot of summer reading programs going on now require children to record the number of books they’ve read or the number of minutes they’ve read or the names of the books they’ve read. I didn’t have an easy way to record the books when summer started, and I got behind. After an hour or more of searching online, I didn’t find a reading log that had the columns I wanted and listed more than 10 books per page. We read a lot of books around here. 10 books per page would take an awful lot of paper. So. I … Read more