Fun free printable to teach kids the branches of government

I love this free printable from Layers of Learning. She writes:

Using a copy of the Constitution go through the “Three Branches by the Constitution” worksheet. Each of the powers granted to the Federal Government are written in the boxes on the worksheet. Color code each box to show which entity of the government has the specific power mentioned. You’ll have to consult the Constitution for the answers.

The Legislative branch should have two colors in the same color family to designate it, like orange and yellow, and the President and vice president should also have two colors in the same color family to represent them, like dark blue and light blue. The Supreme Court justices can all be in the same color, like green. Many of the legislative functions are shared by the House and Senate, these can be colored with both orange and yellow.

If you like, you can obtain and print portraits of each of the people currently in office to paste into the boxes. Images should be about 80×100 pixels and can be re-sized with photo editing software or using Paint.

Head on over to print your B&W copies!

A Billion Homeschooling Pages

Looking for some new resources?  This page looks like it hasn’t been updated for a while, but my goodness, it’s certainly full of links for homeschoolers!

Some are arranged by grade level and others by subject…

Subjects…………………………………………………………………………………….1
Art
Computers & Keyboarding
Geography
Health & Safety
History/Social Studies
Language Arts
Library: Internet Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Math
Music
Science
General: Sites of general, educational interest, homework help, etc.

Worksheets………………………………………………………………………………2
Free worksheets online, as well as software to help you create
your own!

Homeschooling Links…………………………………………………………………3
Links to some other sites that may be helpful in answering
questions and finding ideas, tips, etc.

Teachers Corner……………………………………………………………………….4
All help for you, the teacher! Lesson plans, unit studies, resources.

How Do I Start?………………………………………………………………………5
Some ideas and suggestions on how to get started.

Products & Services…………………………………………………………………..2
A whole page created with products and services specifically
for homeschoolers!

Grades……………………………………………………………………………………….6
I have searched through hundreds of links to find some of the
best lesson plans, activities, and unit studies that have been
specifically designed for a homeschool setting, or that can be
adapted to homeschool.
Preschool
Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
4th Grade through 8th Grade
9th Grade through 12th Grade

Follow the links above or check it out from the front page here:

Homeschooling Adventures on the Web

What a great resource!


Free Periodic Table Printables from CurrClick

Right now CurrClick is offering this set of Periodic Table cards etc. for free.

I’m not sure if I’ll download it.  I’m burned out on printables that just cause clutter in my house.  🙂  It looked good though and could make for some fun games.  In my first 7 years of homeschooling I know I would have printed it without second thought.

Boy that makes me feel old!  Yep, Victoria is in 6th grade and started kindergarten at home 7 years ago.  That doesn’t even count preschool, where we probably did more “school” stuff than any other years!

No wonder I’m so lackadaisical!  But see, I still work in vocabulary.  😉

Wonderful HS Resource

I stumbled upon this wonderful page of forms, planners, coloring pages, report helpers and more for homeschoolers at Oklahoma Homeschool and am so impressed!

If you’re new to HSing (or you just feel like a change in how you do it), check out the curriculum planner worksheet.  It’s very interesting!  It will help you determine if you most closely match a Charlotte Mason style or a unit study style or quite a few others.

There are sample high school plans (for college and alternate careers), scope and sequence checklists for history, report forms for sciences, biographies and more and so much more.

While you may have to tinker to make it fit your needs, there’s lots of stuff I want to go back and use.  🙂

Fun Early Elementary Games and Printables

I just stumbled onto Carl’s Corner and thought I’d recommend it to parents with little ones.  The games and activities seem designed for preschool to around grade one, depending on the child.  There are lots of board games, activities, bingo sheets and other fun games designed to teach sight words, reading skills and other early elementary skills.

The one caveat is that this is a teacher site and many of the games are really designed for multiple kids of the same age.  This would still work if you have young kids close in age, twins, a HS coop or otherwise work with several kids at once who could use these.  It will be a bit trickier around here, since Jack is my only child who fits the age group now.

Flag Day Goodies Galore!

Happy Flag Day to those in the U.S.!

Here’s a cool little Flag Day poster from 1917 to print out.   There’s a little math in there for the kids too, figuring out how many years have passed since the first one and since the poster.  🙂

Here’s a fun Flag Day craft from The Holiday Spot (typos corrected and simplified!)…

Creating the First Flag

All you need:
red, white, blue construction paper
pencil
eraser
ruler
glue
scissors

Suppose you were given the exact directions given to Betsy Ross for making the first flag:

“It was resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes of alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

Within these guidelines, you are free to design the flag as you wish. 

Did you know….

  • Flag Day was observed for the first time in 1877, the 100th anniversary of the adoption of our country’s red-white-and-blue banner.
  • In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day as an annual national celebration.
  • Congress officially recognized Flag Day by passing the National Flag Day Bill in 1949, during President Harry Truman’s administration.
  • Most historians today believe that Betsy Ross did NOT design our flag.  They believe it was Francis Hopkinson, a delegate to the Continental Congress from New Jersey.  In 1870, William J. Canby claimed that his grandmother, a seamstress from Philadelphia named Betsy Ross, made the first U.S. flag and she’s gotten the credit ever since!
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister. He designed it to be short and able to be said in 15 seconds and the original did not include the words “under God” (that was added more than 50 years later) or specify it was the flag of the United States of America.  He had initially also considered using the words equality and fraternity but decided they were too controversial since many people opposed equal rights for women and blacks.

Here’s our original Pledge of Allegiance:

I Pledge Allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

Here’s our modern Pledge:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Here’s info on how you can purchase a flag that was flown over the capitol.

And finally, here’s some printables like coloring pages and crossword puzzles for Flag Day.

(Note: I realize none of this will be in the least helpful for anybody other than slackers like myself who wait till the last minute to make a plan!  It’s the thought that counts!)  🙂

More Great Freebies

Here’s two wonderful freebies that CurrClick is offering this week.  Get them while you can…

This secular Baroque Era unit study is massive and comprehensive.  It’s a PDF file with clickable links to streaming videos, printouts, interactive games and tons more.  It’s designed to be used for multiple K-12 ages and is creative, interesting and just really well designed from what I can see.

They’re also offering this smaller download, a 26 page set of Father’s Day notebooking pages.  Kids can fill in the writing prompts about their favorite times with Dad, draw pictures and even present him with an award.