Friday, April 29, 2016

Why Time Outside Is Essential For Kids


She sits at the kitchen table and does math.  In fact, she takes up to two hours to finish one math lesson if she's having a bad day and feeling easily distracted.  Even then, we're lucky if she finishes it at all.  It's not that the math in the book is hard for her, or that she's bored with it.  It's not that she doesn't like it.  Eyes wander up to the window leading into the back yard, and I can tell that she longs to be out there, not necessarily in our back yard, but anywhere out in nature.  Like mother like daughter.

I've been working a lot lately.  I went back to work part time 6 months ago, and three months ago I went full time on nights.  The more I work, the more I wish I could be 'out there somewhere' spending time with my daughter.  Where we had all the time in the world to spend together before, the time we have is few and far in between now.  The time I do have with her is spent doing chores, running her to baseball practice, and doing schoolwork.  Quitting my job isn't really an option, just like stopping math and not finishing the math book this year isn't an option.  It's easy for me to feel stuck in this cycle of work, sleep, school, chores, meals, work.  I imagine my daughter must feel the same way sometimes.  She does get to go out and play with her friends, but it's easy to feel like something's still missing in all of the day to day routine.

Freebie Friday - Free Multiplication Worksheets


Maybe I'm strange, but I happen to like multiplication.  It was always one of the parts of math that I was good at and thought was fun.  This past year I've really enjoyed teaching my daughter multiplication as well, and I thought I'd share some free multiplication worksheets with you for teaching your students.

These multiplication worksheets cover basic single digit multiplication with reviews, double and triple digit multiplication, and multiplication with carrying.  There is also a bonus 'mega' multiplication page for kids who really want to put their new skills to use.  Also included are tips for parents for how to use these multiplication worksheets, and step by step instructions for how to multiply double and triple digits and how to multiply with carrying.

This is a free download and you can print it and use it as many times as you want.  All I ask is that if you share it with people, that you link them back to this page.

To get the free math worksheets, click here, then click file -> print.  It will ask you to save the file.  The file will save as a PDF, which you can then open and print.

You might also be interested in free printable graph paper for math.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Homeschool Giveaway - Mega Dinosaur Learning Set



Welcome to our MEGA Dinosaur Learning Set Giveaway!  Read the giveaway rules here before you enter.  Entering the giveaway is your agreement to complying with all giveaway rules and regulations.

This giveaway is sponsored by: 

We are giving away one mega dinosaur learning set package to one lucky giveaway winner.  The package includes what you see in the photo above, which is:

Learn About Dinosaurs
  • 3D Explorer: Dinosaurs
  • Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers? (Lets Read And Find Out Science)
  • Digging Up Dinosaurs (Lets Read And Find Out Science)
  • Magic School Bus Presents: Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaurs Zoobook
Read About Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Treehouse Book 1)
  • Berenstain Bears Dinosaur Dig
Get Creative With Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaur Coloring Book (Dover)
  • How To Draw 101 Dinosaurs
  • How To Draw Dinosaurs
  • Origami Dinosaurs For Beginners
Enter the giveaway below.   Make sure to get all your entries in and enter the required information for each entry.  Giveaway runs from March 2nd 2016 to midnight March 31st 2016.  A winner will be drawn at random in the first week of April 2016.  Your personal information will never be sold or used for advertising purposes by the site owner.