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Sneaky Educational Gift Guide for the Homeschool

Keep checking this page, which will be updated throughout the rest of the week and next week with current deals to help you achieve the goals of your homeschool. 

Black Friday Deals

Subscription Boxes: 

Little Passports has a deal offering their best deal all year, save up to $40! LOVE this subscription box that teaches culture, language (indirectly), and geography. Take monthly field trips around the world through Little Passports. Promo Codes available: BF10, BF20, BF40.

Bramble Box available in Canada, also! Mom hand-curated activity boxes for kids age 3-7. Perfect for keeping the younger children occupied while learning and teaching a Math lesson with an older child! They have a 10% OFF for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Mona MELisa Designs is 20% OFF right now. Their products promote Hands-On learning. Great for any curriculum, honestly. Several match up with Classical Conversations; could also be used with Charlotte Mason. 

The Maestro Classics 12 CD Music Collection comes with music cds and 24 page activity book. I mean, talk about a way to teach classical music. This beautiful set, a total investment for your homeschool. Classical music relaxes and teaches melody, composition, and the beauty of the arts. Check the link to see what it includes. 

Scholasticlots of fun things to do and educational.  FREE SHIPPING!

 

 

 

Cyber-Monday Sale

Kids Cook Real Food:

Bonus Buy: Any new member will get the premium content snack videos ($20 value) absolutely FREE.

There will be 4 videos showing your children how to use the food processor, how to separate eggs, and how to find healthy snacks.  There will be engaging demo videos that will teach your children to make homemade crunchy granola, energy bites, and pumpkin pie bars. Check it out here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Gifts for the Young Child Learning Spanish

You want your toddler, preschooler, early elementary child to learn Spanish in a fun way, hands-on, without it really seeming like a language class.

Red se dice rojo. Repeat.

Two se dice dos. Repeat.

Here you will find a running list of ideas for games and ways to teach content in Spanish to young children. These are the very same things they will need to learn in their first language (i.e. English). Using these items, they will be expanding their Spanish vocabulary in an effortless manner.

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The kids will find entertainment putting this large cardboard Spanish floor puzzle together. Melissa & Doug Spanish Alphabet Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle. It promotes early literacy, letter recognition, letter-object recognition, and Spanish language skills.  Another great puzzle option is this wooden one, Melissa & Doug See-Inside Spanish Alphabet Wooden Peg Puzzle.

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Practice color-name recognition with this egg-puzzle that teaches names of colors in Spanish, matching, and sorting. BeginAgain Color ‘N Eggs Matching Puzzle – Educational Puzzle – Learn with the Color Puzzle that has English AND Spanish! – Fun Puzzle Game + Perfect Preschool Puzzle 

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You could also put word-object puzzles together like this one that uses a picture, the word for the object in English at the top, the Spanish on the bottom. This puzzle could be used for a long time, a great asset for the homeschool as well. You could work on spelling, making sentences (or silly ones!), story starters, etc.  It can be done independently as well, since it is self-checking. Ingenio Spellable Bilingual Spelling Game helps children build vocabulary in English and Spanish. 

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Children love to learn new songs, dance to music. Why not get them a new Music CD with fun Spanish songs? They will build on vocabulary and learn to say new sentences without even meaning to! Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish is available as a CD. You can hear a preview of each of the songs and purchase one at a time if desired. Another option for Spanish music is José Luis Orosco  de Colores. It has traditional songs, his voice sounds really nice, nice music. I even sing along!

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Gift Guide for the Nature Loving Child

 

 

Nature Study is a VERY important component of our eclectic homeschool. We enjoy spending time outside, walking, observing plants, bugs, trees, leaves, etc.  God’s Creation is so beautiful and intrinsic; there is always something new to learn about outside.

Charlotte Mason hit the nail on the head when she coined that children should spend time outside playing, in nature, observing, LEARNING from nature. 

Since even before we officially began to homeschool, we had spent time outside just in nature. Sometimes walking a trail, other times even in the backyard observing the plants that are in our home. 

My advice to you is to become familiar with the flora and fauna you have in your area. Visit natural museums or look up books about your state’s nature. Palm trees are local to Florida whereas Michigan has willow trees and pine trees everywhere. Take advantage of those geographical differences to discover and learn about nature right where you are.  

 

 

 

 

 

So many times when going on nature walks, we stop to observe tiny caterpillars or worms. The kids wish we could take them home to continue observing them. This Bug Catcher and Viewer helps us transport the bug to our garden to continue our observations. This set comes with an Insect Magnifier, a Catcher, and 2 tweezers to pick up bugs without actually touching them.

We have found that using a Bug-Catching Net is really useful for catching butterflies, look at, and release. Sometimes we snap a quick picture of it, or another insect, to read about in the book Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide (Take Along Guides) . 

This Outdoor Set for Kids – Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass & Magnifying Glass is actually in my wish list. It is a very complete set that would be great to use when going on a hike, so the kids could bird watch from a distance through the binoculars. They could also use the compass for finding the direction we are walking while looking at a map.  

Books for the Nature Loving Child and Books for Nature Study

Books for Nature Study

 

  1. The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms

  2. Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (Julia Rothman)

  3. Trees, Leaves & Bark (Take Along Guides)

  4. The Burgess Bird Book For Children 

  5. The Burgess Animal Book for Children

  6. The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature (Dover Children’s Science Books) 

Games for Nature Study

  1. Outdoor nature scavenger hunt card game for families

  2. Bug Bingo 

Nature study is a natural way of learning and appreciating the world around us. It also raises consciousness in caring for everything around us like animals and plants.

Go ahead and go to your backyard to enjoy, discover, and learn about what surrounds you!

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Homeschooling and Preparing for a Hurricane in the Same Week

Little did we know this week we would be preparing for Hurricane Irma, right after watching out and praying for our friends in Texas who endured Hurricane Harvey a week ago. 

Irma looks massive. So many people have left. So many people are staying. The streets are quiet, all shelves are pretty much empty with a few exceptions here and there. Most people have been pretty calm out on the street, which is great. People have been lining up for water, facebook groups have served as a means to share information and encouragement for those who are new to hurricanes. 

I keep on hearing this is the first time people have seen such a massive hurricane about to hit Tampa. This is the first time we have witnessed fellow friends having to evacuate from Clearwater and St. Petersburg area. 

While we are here at home, waiting, watching the news, homeschooling, we have also been preparing to face the hurricane. 

First of all, we are praying. Praying hard the hurricane will loose strength and for people’s safety. 

Secondly, we have been taking the necessary precautions to be ready for Hurricane Irma. 

 

Hurricane Essentials to Have at Home – Home Preparedness Kit in case of Emergency

 

The light can be used as a lantern when expanded or as a flashlight when compacted, making it a dual-purpose light. It also works for charging cell phones, using as a flashlight. It can charged with batteries, electricity, or SOLAR in case of power outages.
It is very light. Very easy to use. Just got it out of the box, plugged in, and that’s it.

I am glad we got it because it can help us charge our cell phones. It comes with a USB cord to charge, or it can get charged solarly. This light is VERY bright, it will light up a whole big room. It also has a button that allows you to set an intermittent light in case of emergency to let others know you need help. You can also use the energy from this lamp to charge a cell phone.  We are really happy with this purchase! 

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Suaoki Led Camping Lantern Lights Rechargeable BatterySuaoki Led Camping Lantern Lights Rechargeable Battery

We got this large Brita water filter that comes with a dispenser. It yields 18 cups. We got this so we can filter tap water. The filter comes with it. Be sure to grab extra filters

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This is a item we are going to be getting. I keep seeing to put important documents in the dishwasher, but honestly, i think having a water proof case is the best option for permanent storage.

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This is another item we will be getting to have for next season. Gas lines can be very long (or short!), but the scarcity of gas may make it more difficult to contemplate evacuating on short notice. I actually saw some people filling up their gas cans and thought that was really impressive. So definitely adding this item to my list to get ready for next hurricane season!

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In case of any emergency, I strongly recommend having a first-aid kit at home. We have one from Ikea, but if you don’t have a store you, this kit from Amazon looks just as good. it comes with 299 pieces. This is also really easy to pack and store in a suitcase in case of evacuation.

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Homeschooling the Week of Hurricane Watch

 

Make a hurricane out of cardstock – draw a spiral on paper. The small spiral will be at the center which will become the “eye” of the hurricane.  Really simple, great activity.

Notebooking – We watched a few YouTube videos and then the children did some notebooking in which they wrote in a sentence what is a hurricane, then they drew a picture. 

Discuss Safety Measures – Where to go? What to do? Listen to phone alarms, check weather reports. 

Write down lists – This was so important!!! 

  • Things to pack
  • Things to purchase 
  • Priorities 

Most importantly, we discussed the importance of keeping CALM. In times when things go out of the norm, it is very important to pray, have a plan, and stay calm.  God will guide our steps, every step of the way. 

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalm 119:106

 

Trust in God, above all. 

 

Keep safe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Books in Spanish to Teach Feelings and Emotions

Books to Teach

 

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From a very young age, children learn about their emotions. They understand they feel something and may very well act on it. As they grow, they will be learning how to identify their emotions as well as learning how to process them.  If you are a bilingual teacher or if you are teaching Spanish to young children, I recommend the following books to teach the emotions in Spanish

 

El Monstruo de Colores

This book will give clues in colorful pictures for children to be able to learn and identify their emotions. This book does really well with young children. A must have in a Spanish library.

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El monstruo de colores (Spanish Edition)El monstruo de colores (Spanish Edition)

The English version of this book illustrates common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calmness. This book gently encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers about their feelings. Kids will LOVE the bright illustrations and amazing 3-D pop-ups on every page!

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Asi Me Siento Yo

 

Picture book filled with illustrations on a variety of feelings.

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Así me siento yo (Spanish Edition)Así me siento yo (Spanish Edition)

 

Alexander y el Dia Terrible, Horrible, Espantoso, Horroroso: Spanish Edition

 

This book is FAVORITE in English and I am so glad to have found a Spanish edition. The best part of this story is that it puts the names of emotions into context making it easier for Spanish Language Learners to really learn the names of the emotions and know how to use them in context. Great book to have in your Spanish library!

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Alexander Y El Día Terrible, Horrible, Espantoso,Alexander Y El Día Terrible, Horrible, Espantoso,

 

What books would you add to this list? 

 

Other Book Lists in Spanish that might interest you: 

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Back to School Shopping List – Homeschool Edition

School Supplies

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My favorite section to shop is school supplies. LOVE it!!! My type A personality wants to plan and make sure I have everything needed to keep things running smoothly in our homeschool. Some school supplies we have to purchase every year, sort of like consumable workbooks; other things we have bought once, having worked so well, we haven’t had to purchase a new one. 

Since my children are still young, the list is focused on school supplies geared towards preschool and elementary age students. 

RelatedResources to Teach and Learn about the Human Body in Homeschool inspired by Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, Montessori. Spanish Materials included.

I am only recommending what has worked for us or plan on getting based on reviews and friends comments. Hope you find this list helpful!

Yearly Homeschool Supply Materials  – 

Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased #2 HB Pencils, Box of 96 

Ticonderoga pencils are pretty much the B.E.S.T. They sharpen really well and they write well. Most my teacher friends recommend them as well.  We got the 96 ct box. We may have some pencils to last us through all elementary school! 

Everything Crayola: coloring pencils, markers (thin and thick), crayons. This Crayola pack for K-2 is pretty neat.  Thinking about adding these Watercolor Tube Artist this year, also. 

We like to go on Nature Walks, following Charlotte Mason’s philosophy that children should spend time observing nature. This set comes with 2 pads so it is perfect. You can also find it at Jo-Ann and get it with a coupon for an additional discount. I think they sell them as a single book there, though. The spiral makes it really easy for the kids to turn pages and draw their leaf and write down their observations. 

This is the journal my kids use for writing their creative stories and drawing a picture. They also have this one that we use for copywork or to write down their spelling words. It works great for dictation as well. 

We use A LOT of paper!!!! So I keep printing paper on hand that we use for lapbooks, notebooking, or writing additional things that we then cut and glue to our notebooks.  This box comes with 1,500 sheets which lasts a while even though we use it so much! 

For colored printing paper, Astrobrights has the best deal on Amazon. I use it for printing memory verses, color coding memory work, signs for our homeschool area, etc. It is very useful! We save a lot of ink by printing on colored paper.

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The very first thing I bought for our homeschool was a laminator. I use it ALL the time. It saves me time from going to the store to get stuff laminated. It is very convenient for laminating memory verses, signs for our classroom, phonics cards, syllable cards, and so many other things that we use on a regular basis. It makes them last so much longer, that way I don’t have to print the same papers over and over. My laminator is so old, it is no longer online but this one has really good reviews and a lot of moms say the use it. 

If you get a laminator, be sure to grab a package of laminating sheets

Another investment we made right at the beginning was purchasing a printer. Are you familiar with the site Teachers Pay Teachers? Well, you can download SOOO many activities, guides, resources for teaching your own children! If I need a novel guide for a book, I just go there and get one. In less than 5 minutes I have a file and printed in my hands! Printers that use toner will go a long way!!! Amazon has toner made by off brand that are compatible with most printers. You can get toner for as low as $20! Check the reviews before purchasing to make sure you are getting a good product. 

Brother makes GREAT printers, also. Check this one

Tip: To find off brand toner, search “Toner compatible with __________” fill in with the brand and model number of your printer. 

Pencil Sharpener – where do I begin? Hmm we bought 3 last year. We got an electric one that didn’t work well. The X-acto one has great reviews and a lot of my friends use it. My ideal sharpener is this one…just can’t install it right now. Someday, though, we will get this metal manual pencil sharpener

Sheet Protectors – I keep them in stock for keeping papers we will be using in our portfolio assessment review.

File folders and hanging files useful for sorting lessons, activity pages, and additional resources.

Binders for portfolio evaluations and a binder for my morning meeting / homeschool organization.

RelatedHow to Organize ABeka Assignments for the Year

Last, but not least, a planner. Somewhere to write down all the appointments, get togethers, information of co-ops, friends’ birthday parties, lesson plans, logs, etc.

 

Supplies from Dollar Tree

 

Clipboards – very useful!!! We use it for holding paper to trace maps or for drawing.

  Shop For Pencils, Markers, Pads and Other Crafts Today! Only $1 Each!

Educational posters, although other stores like Michaels are carrying a good selection. 

 

Hope you found this list helpful and at a convenient time to help you plan and get ready for a new school year. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments below. 

Have a wonderful day, 

Fabi

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Resources to Teach and Learn about the Human Body in Homeschool inspired by Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, Montessori. Spanish Materials included.

 

Resources and Materialsto teach about the Human Body (1)

 

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The human body is a very common topic of discussion around our dinner table. We like to discuss where the foods we eat come from and how they can HELP our bodies. Because of this, we often end up talking about the digestive system, bones, joints, brain, etc. 

Therefore, I have put together a list of books, materials, and games that we use at home and ones that we will be using  to learn about the human body. I also have posters like this one for us to look at in our spare time or for the kids to look at when they want to a picture of the digestive system. 

 

Learning is so fun and we want to provide as many materials and opportunities in order to enrich their understanding and knowledge. 

 

Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, and Montessori strongly recommend using hands-on materials to engage young learners so they can discover, make connections, and really learn material beyond what is presented in a textbook. 

 

 

Below are the materials I am going to be using with my children to learn about the human body. Hope you find them useful. 

 

Materials to Learn about the Human Body

 

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  1. Make and Move: Human Body 
  2. See Inside: Human Body
  3. Human Anatomy Coloring Book (Dover Children’s Science Book)
  4. The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body
  5. The Human Body and Anatomy
  6. Anatomy Bundle Set
  7. See Inside Your Body
  8. Melissa and Doug Human Body Magnetic Set
  9. Learning human body parts game – FREE app
  10. Painless Learning Human Body Placemat

Resources in Spanish

mi cuerpo scholastic

  1. El cuerpo humano 
  2. Scholastic: Mi cuerpo humano
  3. El libro de los huesos
  4. ¿Puedes ver lo que yo veo? (Spanish Edition)

Picture Books about Human Body

 

  1. Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
  2.  My Bodyworks: Songs About Your Bones, Muscles, Heart and More! 
  3. Why Do My Teeth Fall Out?: And Other Questions Kids Have About the Human Body (Kids’ Questions)
  4. Parts (Picture Puffin Books)

  5. Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It

  6. The Tooth Book (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

  7. Germs Make Me Sick! (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) we have learned so much from this one!

  8. A Drop of Blood Very good!!!

Related Post: Good Enough to Eat Picture Book  –excellent book! 

 

Games and Toys to learn about Human Body

melissa and doug magnetic human body

  1. Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Play Set With 24 Magnetic Pieces and Storage Tray

  2. Janod Body Magnet

  3. Kids First The Human Body Kit

  4. Learning Resources Stethoscope this has been excellent for us to have as read about the heart, listen to each other’s heartbeats, count heartbeats per minute. 

  5. Educational Trivia Card Game – Professor Noggin’s Human Body

  6. The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body 

 

There is also this HUGE list of STEM-tastic Science Kits by Scientific Explorer on Amazon. 

scientific explorer encourage exploration

 

They have a kit about the heart, a Disgusting Science one, and soooo many more!!! I keep going back to decide which we will be getting next. So far the reviews look really good and often times I read about them being used in different homeschool groups.

Hope you find these resources useful!!!

Let me know in the comments what should be added to the list!

 

 

 

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