FREE May 2015 Writing Prompt Calendar

Free May Writing Prompt Calendar

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FREE April 2015 Writing Prompt Calendar

Free April 2015 Writing Prompt Calendar

The April Writing Prompt Calendar is ready to go. If you already get my post updates in your email, just look for the button at the bottom of your next email to get your freebie. For best results, adjust your printer settings to borderless or whole page.

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St. Patrick’s Day Research for Independent Learning

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St Patrick's Day Research for Independent Learning

My kids seem to really retain the info that they dig up on their own rather than being spoon-fed dry facts. A research assignment can easily overwhelm younger kids, however. They are unsure about where to start and what information is needed. Plus there is the matter of internet safety – you can’t just turn your kid loose on Google search!

I created some St. Patrick’s Day Research printables that will encourage independent learning while giving some guidance. This series of questions uses four articles to learn about the life of St. Patrick and the history of St. Patrick’s Day.

The articles are on these websites:

I use LiveBinders to organize links for my kids. Each link opens up inside the online binder. I put the above links into a St. Patrick’s Day Binder to provide a simple way for you to share them with your child.

If you want to take it a step further, you can assign a paper using the facts gathered on these worksheets.

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Additional Resources

The Legends of St. Patrick  free ebook

St. Patrick’s Journey  interactive website

St. Patrick  free audio story

Patrick: From Slave to Saint  told in 1st person

St. Patrick’s Day  free educational videos

St. Patrick’s Day Funschool

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FREE March 2015 Writing Prompt Calendar

Free March Writing Prompt Calendar

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Christina Rossetti Poems to Color

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It is time once again for Poppins Book Nook. This month’s theme is: Poetry! Please join in the fun with the linky & giveaway at the end!

Christina Rossetti Poems to Color

My kids were introduced to Christina Rossetti through First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. Her simple poems are easy to learn and appealing to young children. Sing-Song is a collection of her nursery rhymes. This sweet set of children’s poem can also be found online for free.

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If A Pig Wore A Wig

If a pig wore a wig,
What could we say?
Treat him as a gentleman,
And say “Good day.”

If his tail chanced to fail,
What could we do? –
Send him to the tailoress
To get one new.

I decided to use a few of Christina Rossetti’s poems to create some coloring pages for my kids. (I also have a set for Robert Louis Stevenson.) These can be used for copywork, or print the poems on cardstock and place in page protectors for a memory work notebook.

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Poems included in the set:

  • The Caterpillar
  • Mother Shake the Cherry Tree
  • Who Has Seen the Wind?
  • If I Were A Queen
  • Hopping Frog
  • Kookoorookoo!
  • The Horses of the Sea
  • What Are Heavy?

Don’t forget to print out your February Lapbook to document your adventure this month.

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Take a look at what the other Poppins Book Nook bloggers are up to this month:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

Kid’s Poetry Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Kid’s Poetry Bundle. The winner will enjoy two books full of poetry for children. The two books that they will win is the Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry and Poetry Speaks to Children (*kindly note that these are affiliate links and your purchase helps to run this book club). These two magical books will help your children learn about and have fun with poetry.

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Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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FREE February 2015 Writing Prompt Calendar

February Writing Prompt Calendar

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Poppins Book Nook: The Christmas Star

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Beyond Our Planet

It is time once again for Poppins Book Nook. This month’s theme is: Beyond Our Planet. Please join in the fun with the linky & giveaway at the end!

We didn’t really have time in our schedule this month to fit in an outer space unit, so I put my thinking cap on to figure out something that would fit the theme AND our current interests. I know it’s a bit early, but The Christmas Star fills both of those requirements. We had such a good time creating a sparkly star garland to display at Christmas time.

We chose Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story  as our companion book. It is a sweet story about all of creation looking forward to the birth of Christ. I am reminded of these song lyrics…”And Heaven and nature sing”.

 Song of the Stars

There are a couple of videos about stars that my older kids love:

The Star of Betlhehem

The Star of Bethlehem is a fascinating look at the science and history behind the star in the nativity story. Rick Larson explains what could have caused such a bright star, and how the wise men would have tracked it. So amazing!

Indescribable

Indescribable is full of mind-blowing photos and facts about stars and solar systems. Louie Giglio is a very engaging speaker, and he shows how the heavens declare the glory of God.

Sparkly Christmas Star Garland

Our star garland is so simple but soooo pretty. I wish I knew how to take a decent pic so you could see all the sparkle. :)

Our supplies:

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We have a giant bag of assorted buttons, so Sweetpea got busy picking out the white, ivory, and pearl ones while I was cutting out stars. I made a printable pattern of four different sizes of stars and just printed several copies out on cardstock, but you can use them as tracing patterns if you don’t want to use all of the sizes. 

–>> DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE STAR PATTERNS <<–

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Next, I outlined the stars with white school glue and Sweetpea enthusiastically sprinkled the glitter. We gave each size of star its own design. I used a hot glue gun to add button to the centers of the stars.

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Finally, I hot glued the stars to a long piece of the baker’s twine. We are so pleased with our star garland and can’t wait to pull it back out in December.

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Don’t forget to print out your October Lapbook to document your adventure this month. 

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Take a look at what the other Poppins Book Nook bloggers are up to this month:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

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Beyond Our Planet Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a bundle of fun for the theme of Beyond Our Planet.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons and a Space & Astronauts Bucket Playset.

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Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Assignment Sheets for October

October Assignment Sheets

I made these October Assignment Sheets last year for my kiddos  to use. They are not dated, so we are using them again!

FREE Celebrating October Printables

Celebrating October

Oh it thrills my heart to know that so many of you enjoyed last month’s new freebie idea! I had fun putting together this Celebrating October set, and I hope it is a blessing to your family.

The contents:

  • An easy but delicious recipe to make wih your kids
  • October Nature Observation Calendar – write or draw observations each day & keep as a record to compare with next year (this can also be used for a regular calendar)
  • Halloween & Reformation Day Countowns – color them, put a sticker on each day
  • Bible verse to display in your home
  • October Gave a Party poem

October set 1

Poems:

  • When the Frost is on the Punkin
  • Gathering Leaves
  • Merry Autumn
  • Writing pages for copying poems, or creative writing assignments

October Set 2

 Nursery Rhymes & Stories:

October Set 4

Vintage prints from old books:

October Set 3

The Celebrating October set is free for my email newsletter subscribers**. The link for the file will be at the bottom of every post update email. Not a subscriber? Sign up today! For best results, make sure your printer is set to borderless or whole page. I recommend printing on cardstock.

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Edited to add: I mistakenly listed October Gave a Party as October Threw a Party on the contents page.

Autumn Books to enjoy:

{Homeschool Fall Pinterest Board}

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{Homeschool Halloween Pinterest Board}

http://www.pinterest.com/amyswandering/homeschool-halloween/

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Poppins Book Nook: Leapin’ Lizards

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It is time once again for Poppins Book Nook. This month’s theme is: The Wild West. Please join in the fun with the linky & giveaway at the end!

We decided to focus on the critters of the Wild West. Lizard’s Home is a cute story about a lizard who has to outwit a sneaky snake that has invaded his home.

We have lizards everywhere around our home, and we enjoy studying their patterns and colors. I printed out a lizard outline for Sweetpea to decorate. She colored it, cut it out all by herself, and glued on pieces of brightly-colored chenille stems. She even added accessories. Doesn’t every lizard need a bright pink scarf?

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Feel free to download the lizard pattern if your child would like to decorate one too.

Don’t forget to print out your September Lapbook to document your adventure this month. 

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Take a look at what the other Poppins Book Nook bloggers are up to this month:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

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Wild West Learning Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky cowpoke will strike gold and win a bundle of fun for the theme of the Wild West.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook Westward Ho!: An Activity Guide to the Wild West (Hands-On History) and one Wild West Toob. So mosey down to the corral for your chance to win today!

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Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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