Currclick Easter Freebie Egg Hunt and Sale is Here again!

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Currclick is having their annual Easter egg hunt for freebies and their sale starting today until April 7!

The sale includes discounts of 10 – 60% off regular prices on both resources and live classes.

Easter Sale

Plus there will be an egg hunt with 10 Easter-themed freebies hidden behind blue, pink, green, and yellow Easter eggs. Hunt the CurrClick site to find the hidden Easter eggs. 

We can’t tell you exactly where they are, but here are the freebies that will be offered when you click through the 10 hidden Easter eggs:

  1. Here Comes Peter Cottontail Lapbook by Hands of a Child
  2. Resurrection Sunday Activity Booklet by Fortunately For You Books
  3. Spring Notebooking and Coloring Pages by A Journey Through Learning
  4. Easter Skip Counting Cards by Eastern Wind Academy
  5. Peter and Polly In Spring by All That’s Good Publishing
  6. Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children by Heritage History
  7. Learning About Plants by Amazing Grace Learning Centers
  8. Splendid Spring by Knowledge Box Central
  9. Notebooking Easter by M.K. Harllee
  10. Easter Vocabulary Activities (1st – 3rd Grades) by Christian Homeschool Publishing

So get out your basket and start hunting!

Free Abraham Lincoln Mini Unit Study using Charlotte Mason Methods

Abraham Lincoln Mini Unit Study

Primary Ages

Read Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner – your child can read to you or you can read aloud.
Meet Abe Lincoln by Barbara Cary
As your child narrates to you the events of the story, you can write it for him/her on a notebooking page to place in a notebook. (See notebooking page links you can choose from below.)

You can have your younger child listen to some of the reading suggestions listed below for the older child and have them narrate to you events from these stories as well, while the older children write their own narrations.

Make a hat and have the child put notes in it and wear it just like Abe Lincoln. Make a donut shape out of black posterboard that fits over the child’s head, roll th top part of the hat and tape it and attach to the inside of the donut shape to stick up like Lincoln’s hat. Then cut a circle out to tape to cover the hole at the top of the hat.

Your child can also make a log cabin like the one Abe lived in when he was a boy. Cut out of a cereal box or light weight cardboard the sides and pointed roof of the cabin and tape together in the shape of a cabin. Cut out a door or any windows you wish to add, and glue craft sticks to the cardboard cabin to completely cover the cardboard. When the glue is dry, paint the craft sticks with brown paint.

If you would like some worksheets and more information to read with some unit study activities, click on the following link from School Express http://schoolexpress.com/ishop/software/lincoln_dg86.pdf

Intermediate and Junior High and High School Ages

Read any of the following living books:

Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, Leader, Legendby Justine and Ron Fontes (younger readers)
Abraham Lincolnby Ingri and Edgar Parin d’ Aulaire
Abraham Lincoln by James Daugherty
Abraham Lincoln’s World by Genevieve Foster (this gives you a world view of Lincoln’s time)
Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz
Abraham Lincoln the Writer: a treasury of his greatest speeches and letters by Harold Haolzer (for older students, a great resource for primary documents for study, copywork, dictation, memorization, and analysis)

After reading any of these living books, have your students narrate the events from chapters as you read them together aloud as a family or individually and then have them write their narration on any of the notebooking page options listed below.

You can copy nicely worded or key sentences from the books for copywork for the children to write on any notebooking pages. After they have studied these sentences and copied them, you can dictate any sentences to them at the end of the week while they write them down.

When there are key events mentioned in the books from his life or from events occurring around the world, put these into a timeline. (an example of a timeline notebook page can be found here http://www.notebookingpages.com/index.php?page=Free-History-Notebooking-Pages )

Copywork can also include lines or the entire text from the Emancipation Proclamation or the Gettysburg Address. You can find these online or from the collected works mentioned in the book above.

A unit study for Abraham Lincoln for elementary age students can be found here in lapbook form http://www.homeschoolshare.com/abraham_lincoln_boy_who_loved_books.php

For more activity ideas, read Abraham Lincoln For Kids: his life and times with 21 activities by Janis Herbert

Have your older and high school students write an essay or prepare a persuasive speech for debate about Lincoln’s actions and reasons for instituting the Emancipation Proclamation. Did he do it for the slaves or save the union? Look at this link to analyze and prepare for this discussion and write your position. http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/pdf/liberty_and_justice_for_all.pdf

Notebooking links to choose from

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/docs54367/AbrahamLincolnNtbkpgs.pdf (this one is written to work with the
d’ Aulaire book)

http://homeschool.consumerhelpweb.com/basics/notebooking-pages.htm (you can use the blank biography notebooking page or the 1/2 inch Abraham Lincoln page)

http://www.notebookingpages.com/index.php?page=Free-Biography-Notebooking-Pages (a variety of blank biography notebooking pages to choose from)

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:

http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson335.shtml

http://schoolwires.henry.k12.ga.us/1516101031153910823/blank/browse.asp?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=68630

http://www.mobot.org/education/megsl/pi.html

http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/

http://www.teachpi.org/activities.htm

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…
Ebook
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
http://www.cindyrushton.com/pdfs/GearingUp1.pdf

Download Part Two
http://www.cindyrushton.com/pdfs/GearingUp2.pdf
PLUS! Companion Audio! :)
Let’s Get Ready for a New School Year–Audio

Download by Mp3
http://www.cindysdesktop.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/GetReadyNewSchoolYear.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
 
OR

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

To ENTER:

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!

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