FREE Month by Month Creative Planner

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Month by Month Creative Planner

I’ve updated my monthly planning notes for the 2014-15 school year. I use these pages as a creative brain dump – a place to jot down seasonal notes, crafts, field trip ideas, and our Funschool theme of the week. My plan is to gather my favorite Frixon erasable gel pens, curl up in a comfy chair, and spend some time searching through my seasonal Pinterest boards. Download your 12-page freebie below and start planning the fun!

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5 Days of Homeschooling Preschool for Free {Nursery Rhymes}

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Homeschooling Preschool for Free

Nursery rhymes are a fun and simple way to homeschool preschool for free. There are several methods to organize them for the year. The easiest is to just pick from a list each week. You can order them using the alphabet – An Apple a Day, Baa Baa Black Sheep. If you put your thinking cap on, you could sort them seasonally.

A few seasonal ideas:

  • Back to School – Mary Had a Little Lamb, Wheels on the Bus
  • Fall/Halloween – Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Little Miss Muffet
  • Christmas – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Little Jack Horner, Christmas is Coming
  • New Year’s – Hickory Dickory Dock, Months of the Year
  • Spring/Easter – Humpty Dumpty, Hot Cross Buns, A Tisket a Tasket

Day 2 Nursery Rhymes

Once you decide which nursery rhymes to study, you will need to search for activities to match your theme for each week. I am using Mary Had a Little Lamb to show you the types of free resources available. I used a 3-step process to find the following links.

  1. I browsed through my list of links for Teaching with Nursery Rhymes.
  2. I did a board search (not pin) on Pinterest for Mary Had a Little Lamb.
  3. I did a Google search for Mary Had a Little Lamb Preschool.

These are a few of the activities I found for Mary Had a Little Lamb:

Trace and color Mary & her lamb.

Print out a sheep in several colors to play a color game.

Act out the story with sequencing cards.

Color and fold a mini book.

Practice pre-writing skills with these tracer cards.

Practice cutting & gluing with this sheep craft.

Play a shape game that is similar to Candy Land.

Combine snack time and craft time by making a popcorn sheep.

Do a letter L hunt with the poem.

Discuss rhyming words and patterns.

I found  few activities for older kids too:

I created a simple 2-page planner to help you keep track of your year of nursery rhymes. It has space for 36 titles (based on a typical school year), and a place for that week’s theme if you are using one (alphabet, season, animal, etc.).

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Read all of the days in this series:

Day 1: Learning Lifestyle
Day 2: Nursery Rhymes 
Day 3: Printable Packs 
Day 4: Letter of the Week 
Day 5: Theme of the Week (coming Friday)

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December Assignment Sheets

December Assignment Sheets

Add a little Christmas cheer to your schoolwork with these printable December Assignment Sheets. I  included a color-your-own version this month that I think your kiddos will enjoy. Make learning fun!





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December Cat & Dog

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December Color Your Own

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Christmas Tree Assignment Sheets & Linky Party

In addition to my usual monthly printable assignment sheets, I decided to try out a new style with the picture in the background. It adds a fun colorful feel to our weekly list.

Enjoy printing these for your kiddos!

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Download these fun assignment sheets:

Snowman Tree

Santa Tree

Penguin Tree

Polar Bear Tree

Oh Christmas Tree - Tons of ideas relating to Christmas Trees!

A few other FUN bloggers and I are teaming up with Blessed Beyond a Doubt to share all of our Oh Christmas Tree ideas with y’all. We want you to join our Christmas party and add a link to the link up! The only rule is that the post must be in some way related to a Christmas Tree. Have FUN!

Simple Christmas Countdown Giveaway

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My good friend Jill of The Sassy Slow Cooker and Blessed Beyond a Doubt has a brand new Simple Christmas Countdown Planner!

She created her planner years ago as a tool to avoid the craziness of an over-planned, stressed-out Christmas season. I’ve seen glimpses of it over the years and am thrilled that she has now made it available to everyone.

One of the things I love about Jill is that she is super organized but keeps it uncomplicated, so organizationally-challenged people like me can easily follow along. Simple Christmas Countdown comes with all of the pages, dividers, and covers that you will need for TWO years! This means you can navigate a peaceful Christmas season and then immediately start on next year’s plans. Don’t we all love a fresh start in January?

The pages you will find in this 2-year Christmas Countdown Planner:

  • 2013-2014 Calendar Pages for the months of November and December
  • Notebook Cover, Dividers, and Spine Covers
  • Budget Planner
  • Inventory List
  • Homemade Gift List
  • Stocking Stuffer List
  • Advent and Tradition Ideas
  • Christmas Card List
  • Master Gift List
  • Individual Gift List
  • Cleaning List
  • Menu Plan
  • Recipe Section

Jill also adds in her tips for using each of the pages, and shows you how to keep the planning going all year long instead of waiting until the last minute.

The Simple Christmas Countdown Planner is only $3.99. Such a small price to pay to be able to focus on what really matters this Christmas!

I get to give away TWO planners – ONE for you and ONE for a friend!!

Giveaway ends Thursday, November 7th

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I received a free planner to review for this post. All opinions are my own – I really do like it! My affiliate link is included. Thank you for purchasing through my site!

Monthly Planning Notes {Free Printables}

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At the beginning of the school year, I created some monthly planning notes to give me a creative overview of our year. They have worked so well that I want to share them with you!

I wanted to be able to schedule out seasonal themes and activities, but a monthly calendar wasn’t giving me enough space. My planning notes are broken into weeks with plenty of room for writing.

A few of the things I list in my notes:

  • the week # (so I can coordinate with our school calendar)
  • our weekly Funschool theme
  • letter & # of the week for my preschooler
  • holidays
  • field trips
  • craft ideas

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September Weekly Assignment Sheets

My kids love it when I write their weekly assignments on these cute sheets! I fill in all the work for the week and they are in charge of making sure everything is checked off by Friday.

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Theme of the Day for 2013-14

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We had great success last year with our Theme of the Day Chart!

With 5 kiddos needing my attention, it was hard for us to fit in the fun stuff like crafts or artist studies. Adding them to our morning homeschool routine allows us to stay on track without the extras slipping through the cracks.

I am changing it up just a bit this year by using Wednesday to focus on Geography instead of Writing. Last year’s Theme of the Day Chart is still available if that suits you better.

{All of the links below are FREE, but that could change so double check!}

~ Our 2013-14 Theme of the Day Chart ~

~ Monday with the Masters ~

~ Creativity Tuesday ~

~ Around the World Wednesday ~

~ Poetry Tea Thursday ~

~ Nature Fun Friday ~

–> Download the 2013-14 Theme of the Day Chart <–

{Note: You need to choose the landscape setting when printing}

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