Looking for Pi Day activities?

Looking for ways to celebrate Pi Day on 3/14? We’ve go you covered!

Try these ideas from an earlier post on our blog!

March 14 is coming quickly! Make your plans now to celebrate math with Pi Day using some of these neat resources, books, and ideas. We have links to tons of websites with activity suggestions for all grades. We also have a list of books that you can read and follow up with notebooking pages or lapbooks.

We have started out our day with headbands. On the front of the headband we attached a triangle resembling a slice of pizza pie or a circle resembling a whole pie. The kids colored in their favorite pizza or pie. Then wrote the word “Pi”, underneath that “3.14″, then “(the pi symbol).” We wore our headbands for the rest of the day, so that whenever we looked at one another, the “visual” learners had a reminder of Pi throughout the day.

We read a variety of stories involving the use of measuring a circle and all its measurements. At the same time, we happened to be studying ancient Egypt, so that we were reading a book about Archimedes at the time. Here is a list of books that relate to the study of Pi:

  • Sir Cumference and Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter (diameter of a circle) by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (circles) by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone (cone’s dimensions) by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick (the chapters near the end of the book look at Archimedes’ mathematical studies)
  • Piece of Pi: Wit-sharpening, Brain-bruising, Number-Crunching Activities with Pi by Naila Bokhari (activity book)
  • The Joy of Pi by David Blatner (middle to high school range)
  • A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann (high school) (reference to million years old earth on first page)

Part of our day we read books, writing a notebook page summarizing what we learned about Pi on the bottom half of a notebook page and on the top half, drawing diagrams and examples of using Pi in a formula. My younger son had a worksheet with a table to fill in as he measured the circumference, diameter, and radius of objects around the house. My older son had a similar table to complete, but had an extra column where he had to use Pi to calculate the different dimensions of various circular objects around the house. Some Pi activity worksheets can be found at http://search.enchantedlearning.com/cgi-bin/uncgi/search?key=pi and edhelper.com.

To obtain different notebooking pages to write your findings of Pi, go to http://www.notebookingpages.com/index.php?page=free-lined-paper-pages.

Other Pi activities can be found at the following websites:






If you want to have your kids do a Pi lapbook, join Live and Learn Press’s Yahoo group and receive a free wonderful lapbook at liveandlearnpress.com.

You can end your Pi Day celebration like we did, by making a pizza (or ordering one) and taking its measurements using the formula. Enjoy your day making memories no one will forget!

Notebooking Pages Winter Sale Event!

Debra at Notebookingpages.com is having a Winter Sale Event, now through January 13, 2012, HUGE E-gift Packages, Prizes, and Extended Memberships. Once you purchase a membership, you have access to all of her pages from now until your membership expiration – that includes all new ones she develops and puts on her site until your expiration! And you get to keep all of it forever!

What a bargain is that? Purchased individually, these notebooking packages would cost about $600! But with her membership offer and then the 25% discount she is offering, all of those same packages come to $56.21!

And she has 19 free ebook gifts to offer you with your purchase! They are great too! There are also monthly prize drawing opportunities that you will be entered into.

Take a look at Debra’s site to see some samples and download some free pages to try them out! I love her pages and use them frequently with my kids! You will too!

Remember to use the special code to receive this offer!  NOBUSYWORK

Fun Activities about the 2012 Elections

Now, more than ever, is the time to educate our children about our government, constitution, and the election process. And the 2012 election year is the prime opportunity for parents to bring this study into their homeschooling. Call it Current Events, Civics, American Government, Social Studies, Political Science, or basic life skills, it is key in raising children to be responsible, active, and knowledgeable citizens of the United States.

A study of this topic can be as simple as reading some fun and educational books about the election process and accompanying parents to the polls during the primaries and general election or completing a full unit study. The unit study can include a lapbook, a set of notebooking pages, or a series of hands-on activities and field trips to government offices after completing a research paper.

Here are some suggested resources and possible field trips to get you started in your study of the 2012 elections and the election process:

Activities To Do

Make Your ABC Book About … The 2012 Presidential Election
 A fun and educational way to assist your child in writing his own ABC book about the election process or the 2012 presidential election covering the current candidates for the Republican primary and current issues being discussed in the daily news and by all of the candidates.

 Free lapbook about the Election Process

Free lapbook about the Presidential Election Process (some reference to 2008)

Presidential Activities for Kids

Special Free Electoral College Map Poster and Activities from C-Span

Informative Websites

Election Process for Federal Executive and Congressional Offices

Election Process and Explanations of Electoral College

The Electoral College

Background information on all issues and all Candidates including President Obama

2012 Presidential Candidates from all Parties, Background Information, and Issues (very interesting site with lots of not well-known information

Hope you enjoy your study and get out and vote in the primary and general election!

New Thanksgiving Curriculum Solution

Just in time to add something different to your curriculum that’s fun, easy, creative, and educational in time for Thanksgiving! Never know what to do before a holiday to give you a break, but still give the kids something to work on that would improve some much needed skills but is still interesting to them?

The Make Your Own ABC Book About Thanksgiving is the perfect solution for you and your kids! It’s something they will enjoy doing because it is different and creative and lets them choose what topics they want to write about and become an author of their own book! It’s something you will enjoy because it gives you a break right before a holiday and you can be rest assured that your kids are learning and practicing the important skill of writing!

You can choose to focus on writing about topics to do with Thanksgiving as a family event and warm memories and traditions or your children can pick words to fill their alphabet pages with information about the first Thanksgiving and the pilgrims. A couple of book suggestions and a list of interesting, fun, and informative websites are also provided to assist you in your content for writing!

There are 5 pages per alphabet letter, each having a different line spacing and holiday decor, so your children can pick and choose what pages they wish to print and then compile to make their own books! Topics to choose from are included in an alphabetized list for easy reference, or your children can think up some of their own!

At only $1.99, this activity is a bargain for something ready made with no extra planning on your part, just in time for the holidays!


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Try it out today and start on the road to helping your kids become their own authors and publishers!

Free Gift for Planning Your New Year and Free Ticket Giveaway

It’s that time of year, again! Time to think, plan, and purchase new materials for the next school year. I love attending a yearly homeschool conference to gain fresh ideas and look at materials for the next year’s subjects. For me, it’s like spring – a time for renewal and fresh ideas.

If you are unable to attend a conference in person, there is another conference you can attend online and you have access to listen to it even after it is over, by purchasing a ticket and gaining access to the Ultimate Homeschool Expo resource library. I love attending this conference every year as well. It’s Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo!

This expo has live and recorded workshops on a large variety of topics covering all aspects of homeschooling and your family’s individual needs. Take a look at some of the many topics here: Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo

There are door prizes awarded as you listen live, as well as a goody grab bag full of free homeschool resources just for purchasing a ticket.

With every online event that Cindy plans, she builds a private, exclusive Membership Site that includes everything from the UHSE in one place–it has audios (from all of the sessions and from the bonus gifts that her speakers give to us), ebooks, complete unit study guides, articles, printable notebooking pages, cookbooks, on and on. I can’t believe all of the things that we receive for only $39.95. It is truly ULTIMATE!

Anyway, back to the reason that I am sharing with you…

Cindy just sent me permission to give you a sampler of one of her free gifts that is included on the Membership Site. I am so excited to give it to you! It is an audio and ebook set that she actually sells on her website, but she is giving away on the Membership Site. Here is the link:

Let’s Get Ready for a New School Year Super Set!

Let’s Get Ready for the New School Year Mommy Planner…
by Cindy Rushton

Need some help gearing up for the new school year? Wish you had a friend to take you by the hand and help you plan your year? You will LOVE this! It includes a quick Mommy Planner with a potpourri of planning sheets from all of Cindy’s products to help you get started on the right track with your homeschool planning. It is full of goodies! AND YOURS…

Download Part One

Download Part Two
PLUS! Companion Audio! :)
Let’s Get Ready for a New School Year–Audio

Download by Mp3

I hope you will love them and get as much use out of them as I do. I pull them out every year at this time and start jotting down my ideas for the new year.

You know the saying that a picture captures a thousand words,well…what about a a gift like this???  And, just think…this is only ONE of the awesome gifts included on the Membership Site. There are hundreds more!

I will be posting more gifts like this one during the next week leading up to the Expo which starts May 3. So be sure you have signed up for our newsletter.

Take my word for it, you will WANT a ticket to this event and access to all of the wonderful resources. Grab your ticket here:

Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo

You can try to win a FREE Ticket to the Expo in our GIVEAWAY HERE.


Post a link to this GIVEAWAY on your blog, sign up for our newsletter (you’ll want to do this anyway to receive updates on more free giveaways), and lastly, IN THE COMMENTS section for this post – leave me your email address where I can contact you if you win and the link where you have posted the link for this blog post and giveaway.

I will contact the winner by email the morning of April 30 and give your information to Cindy so you will have access to the Ultimate School Expo!

It’s that easy! Make sure you remember to sign up for our newsletter for more free gifts like today’s planner!

Carnival of Homeschooling and Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival

Just wanted to share with you the locations of this week’s Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival at http://counterculturalschool.blogspot.com. Neat site! Molly is also the powerhouse behind My Audio School. Very Cool site! Check her out. The Carnival of Homeschooling is at About . Com Homeschooling this week. I’m on her newsletter and love it. Always getting good homeschooling tips and unit lesson plan ideas from this site.

If you haven’t tried it check it out! I even receive a weekly newsletter about the 50 states to include in our state study.


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2009 Ultimate Homeschool Expo and Free Gifts for You

I have a free gift for you and some exciting news I wanted to share with you. A great resource and inspiration to me in my homeschooling journey for the past few years has been Cindy Ruston.

She has been hard at work gearing up for another year’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo, June 1-5. I have attended a number of her online workshops and seminars, including last year’s expo. I had to share this with you because every time I have participated in these seminars, I have not only thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned new things, but I walk away with renewed energy, excitement, and fresh ideas for my family’s homeschool journey. I also feel like I am attending these workshops with good friends who can truly relate to my homeschooling experience.

As a free gift to you as one notebooking lover to another and in celebration of this upcoming Utimate Homeschool Expo, Cindy has allowed me to share with you a sampler of one of her free gifts that is included on the Membership Site. I am so excited to give it to you! It is an audio and ebook set that she actually sells on her website.
A Quick Start for Notebooking Mini-Set!

Need ideas for encouraging your young writers and QUICK?  Ready for a FUN way to encourage your most reluctant writer to write AND like it??? This fun-filled, hands-on workshop is one that you simply CANNOT miss!!  Cindy Rushton, who has become known through the years as THE BINDER QUEEN, uses Notebooking for EVERYTHING! She will show you how to begin whether your child is a toddler or the most skeptical high schoolers.  This workshop is sure to light a fire that will equip YOU to help your children deepen their studies and document learning all along the way!

TOPICS FOR THIS WORKSHOP INCLUDE: Hey! Do I Have A Chance At This??; Why On Earth Notebook???; Down to the Nitty Gritty…WHAT Do I Need and HOW Do I Do It?; Step-by-Step Through Notebooking; Scrapbooking! YES! You CAN Have Fun Homeschooling; Hey? What is Legal?  What All  Goes Into A Notebook???; Developing FUN Studies That Teach and Inspire!!; Copywork…Answers to ALL of Your Questions; Taking the Writer From Reluctant to Researching; Ideas, Ideas, Ideas, There’s Gotta Be One for You; PLUS Much, Much More! PLUS! Cindy doesn’t stop with the workshop, she also includes the Q/A Session after the workshop AND her handouts/samples of student notebooks.  And this is just one of the many, many workshops at this expo.

Let’s Try Notebooking Audio Mp3:
(Cindy’s Workshop)

(Questions and Answers)

Samples of Student Notebooks:

I purchased a membership to last year’s expo and because there are so many resources and audio files to look at, use, or listen to, I’m still not finished working my way through them. I enjoy them so much, I relisten to many of them before moving onto the next.

This Ultimate Homeschool Expo (UHSE) is looking even better with the number of workshops, speakers, goodies you receive, and the large variety of topics. There are over 50 speakers and workshops, including kids’ classes, with lots of e-books, lesson plans, and mommy grab bag items.

As an added bonus, I so want to encourage you to participate in this expo and share my wonderful experience I’ve had with this event, I am offering you the gift of my Insects: A Unit Study using Charlotte Mason Methods and More e-book, if you purchase your expo ticket through me.

Take a look at some of the workshops being offered here, or to purchase a ticket click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page:

2009 Ultimate Homeschool Expo

There are even online classes for your kids!

When you purchase a ticket to the UHSE, you will be able to participate live and have access to all of the resources, free gifts, and audio files for years to come after the expo week is over. You will be able to listen to the seminars and refer to all the handouts, lesson plans, ebooks, notebooking pages, and other resources whenever you need some refreshment or new ideas! That’s what I do.

You have the option of purchasing one ticket for yourself at $39.97. Or, you can purchase two tickets for you and a friend for $59.97. If you purchase two tickets, you and your friend will each receive a copy of my e-book.

2009 Ultimate Homeschool Expo

You can PREVIEW what the expo is like by attending some of her preview chats FREE this week (May 26-29).

Check out this schedule of preview chats:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mom-to-Mom Radio Show

Building Your Home Library with Molly Evert from www.counterculturalmom.blogspot.com


 How to participate: 

Join Us Live Online:


 Call-in (Call in on your phone, cell-phone, or SKYPE):

(347) 215-7321

Godly Girl Time–Instilling Spiritual Disciplines with Alyssa Avant from www.BeautybyDesignOnline.com/


 How to participate:

 Call-in (Call in on your phone, cell-phone, or SKYPE):

(347) 205-9175

 Join Us Live Online:


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

 Life in the Fishbowl: The Homeschooling Pastor’s Family with Regina Hicks


 How to participate:

 Call-in (Call in on your phone, cell-phone, or SKYPE):

(347) 205-9175

 Join Us Live Online:


An Afternoon with Janice Campbell 


 Get a Jump Start on College: Save Thousands of Dollars and Give Your Teen a Safe Head Start on College!


 Decoding the Classics: How to Read, Enjoy, and Teach Great Literature


 How to participate:

 Call-in (Call in on your phone, cell-phone, or SKYPE):

(347) 205-9175

 Join Us Live Online:


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Writer’s Radio Show


 TOPIC: Self-Publishing 101 (and MORE!) with Cindy Rushton

 How to participate:

Tune In Online:


 Or! Call In:

(646) 727-1339


 Taking the Mystery Out of Science Fair Projects with Felice Gerwitz from www.MediaAngels.com  


 How to participate:

 Call-in (Call in on your phone, cell-phone, or SKYPE):

(347) 205-9175

 Join Us Live Online:


 Discovering Creation with Living Books and Hands-on Science with Maridel Willer from www.MaridelWiller.com


 How to participate:

 Call-in (Call in on your phone, cell-phone, or SKYPE):

(347) 205-9175

 Join Us Live Online:


Friday, May 29, 2009
 The Hurting Homeschooler with Regina Hicks


 How to participate:

 Call-in (Call in on your phone, cell-phone, or SKYPE):

(347) 205-9175

 Join Us Live Online:


Staying Sane, Keeping On with Kathy Kuhl from www.learndifferently.com/




 How to participate:

 Call-in (Call in on your phone, cell-phone, or SKYPE):

(347) 205-9175

 Join Us Live Online:


Can the Bible Really Tell Me How to Succeed at Homeschooling? with Anne Elliott from www.AnneElliott.com

 3:30PM CT

 How to participate:

 Join from your computer:


 Call in:

1.            Dial: (724) 444-7444
2.            Enter: 48783 # (Call ID)
3.            Enter: 1 # or your PIN

Remember, as soon as I receive a confirmation of your ticket purchase through me, I will send you a copy of my e-book FREE.

I plan on participating in a preview workshop this Wednesday, May 27 at 2:00 EST with Janice Campbell, a former College Admissions Counselor – Get A Jump Start on College: Save Thousands of Dollars as Give Your Teen a Safe Start on College! and Decoding the Classics: How to Read, Enjoy, and Teach Great Literature. I have a link to her website and materials on my blog for her High School Literature/Writing Classes and More.

I also plan on attending Expo sessions and listening to the workshops long after it is over! You can too!

To purchase your ticket, click on this link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to make your purchase:

2009 Ultimate Homeschool Expo

and receive my ebook (Insects: A Unit Study using the Charlotte Mason Method and More) Free.

I’ll see you at the Expo!

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