Wild Kids Magazine

I’m not sure if everyone who follows this blog knows or not, but I’ve been creating a free online printable nature magazine, Wild Kids Magazine.  The August issue is out now if you want to take a look.

It’s always free and printable (in PDF format), generally around 16 pages.  Every issue has pages for nature logs and also foraging information and specific monthly themes.  It’s ad-free and I pay for it myself.  So many folks visit the site every month that it’s been costing about $25 in fees a month for my web hosting on top of what I pay annually for the Magical Childhood site that I added it to, but I am looking at it as a charitable donation I’m doing to help make the world a little.  🙂

Also, if your kiddos would ever like to submit photos (of themselves or nature finds), artwork or (especially) articles or poems, please send them in!  I’d love to feature most content from other kids.

 

Fiona’s First Grade Math Goals

Fiona is loosely doing first grade this year (and some second grade).  You know we don’t strictly follow any skills lists or curricula, but I like to keep track of what kids her age would be covering in school and find ways to playfully teach those concepts through hands-on activities like using Cuisenaire rods, playing games, playing with math tools, measuring and making things, and so on.

a week's worth of fun mathI found this great resource at Houghton Mifflin that provides outlines, teaching tools, free printouts and family homework assignments to correspond with the concepts their textbooks teach in each year’s math books.  Here’s the general outline for their first grade math:

I plan to play with all of these concepts in the following months, and to make up some fun worksheets to reinforce the concepts.  I don’t generally print out worksheets and instead I write out problems myself in my kids’ homeschool notebooks.  It allows them to be more personal (I’ll often write out silly word problems or have sweet or funny copywork that is tailored to them, for instance), saves ink and cost, and makes it more fun for them.

They also provide these great teaching tools for the year:

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.