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Learning all about the community around you and your family is important. With that in mind I would like to introduce you to my next FREE printable, My Community Coloring Pack.  In this community themed coloring pack your child will find almost all the places they need to know about in their community from the police station to your house.  Each page is...

Has your child or student ever asked you who that was or what is that person doing when you are out and about in your community?  I know that Beck and Elizabeth do and I like to take those opportunities to discuss what those people are doing.  The communities that we all live in are filled with people that assist us from teachers to nurses to librarians,...

This month we are all selecting a storybook by Donald Crews. This month was slightly hard for me to select a book to use with Beck and Elizabeth because the author’s books are all fun to read, but they are typically more suited for younger readers.  Because of this the children discussed the books we found at the library and they chose the storybook: Truck and...

  When I first found out about the wonderful project that Growing Book by Book was putting together called Booking Across the USA, I knew that it was right up my alley. I love exploring our states through storybooks since the engaging nature of a storybook and project can draw a child’s interest right in and mold it for the lesson. While I do not live in the...

While teaching Beck and Elizabeth about some of the symbols of our country I decided to make some simple writing prompts.  I plan to use these writing prompts to help reinforce their lessons during the next few days about the symbols of America.  I have included short writing prompts for the American Flag, Bald Eagle, Liberty Bell, Mount Rushmore, the President,...

While most children begin learning about community helpers in preschool and kindergarten, I personally still feel that it is important to instill the importance of appreciating those around you and how they help to contribute to making your life better in both of my children. Now that Beck is in third grade he is starting to stretch his independent wings more and...

I am proud to present my next read with the topic of American Treasures. President’s Day is right around the corner. We celebrate the accomplishments of former President’s George Washington and Abraham Lincoln every February. I decided to make this reader not specific to President’s Day, but rather I included other American Treasure related items as well. This...

  I LOVE a good Thanksgiving Day Parade! It has long been a tradition in my family to get the turkey in the oven just as it is time to watch the parade on Thanksgiving morning. While I have never been able to see the parade live it is still just as magical to me watching it on television each year with loved ones. I was inspired to do a little learning with...

Our family has been homeschooling for 5 years now and sometimes when I am planning and setting up our lesson plans I find some topics that I need to update or upgrade to our new grade levels.  While I was planning for this November I realized that the way I teach the children about The First Thanksgiving needs a little refreshing and a jolt of new life. I created...

This year I wanted to touch on the beginning foundation of Beck learning about the 3 branches of the government. I was shocked to find that there really are not many resources floating around for anything below a 4th -5thgrade level (and this is a required topic to touch on in the 3rdgrade in our state). I put my thinking cap on and went to work.   We did the...