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Periodic Table of Elements Cards – Free Printable


Learning the periodic table with your kids – or at least having them work on it? Last year while we were working on Christian Kids Explore Chemistry I put together some hands-on cards for our son to use while researching different elements. Today I am excited to offer this and they are FREE especially for my email subscribers – yay!!

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The Periodic Table of Elements Cards  will help your child learn and record more about each of the elements on the periodic table – the atomic number, atomic weight, symbol, state at room temperature, melting point, boiling point, characteristics, and interesting facts. The set includes: 

  • a full page of periodic table of the elements, color-coded by subcategories
  • 60 pages full color-coded element cards based on subcategories
  • blank element cards 

Using the Periodic Table of Elements Cards

One app we have found very helpful in learning about the various elements is Popar’s Interactive Periodic Table of Elements. It is a FREE app in the iTunes store (search Popar Periodic) and it allows you to view information about various elements, combine elements, and discover different compounds. All you have to do is click on one of the elements and it will share all of the information needed to fill out each of the cards. Another great resource is this site which allows you to click on various elements and find out different information as well. 

The master color code for the periodic table of elements is the first page in the printable. Print off the cards you would like (they print front/back nicely so you don’t have to worry about reloading your printer all the time). 


The front of each card lists an element symbol and provides room on the card for kids to write the element name, the atomic number, and the atomic weight. 


(my son’s lovely handwriting)

On the back, kids can list the following information: 

  • state at room temperature
  • melting point
  • boiling point
  • special characteristics and notes
  • interesting facts


The cards print off four to a sheet and after cutting around the borders, I used our paper cutter to get a nice straight line. :) We recommend printing on cardstock for added durability. Punch the corner of each card and put them on a jump ring to keep handy. 

Download the Periodic Table of Elements Cards


This is a FREE download for email subscribers – and it is really easy to subscribe by simply clicking HEREor by entering your email in the box at the bottom of this post. 

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After you subscribe by email, you will receive a confirmation. Once you confirm your subscription, you will be redirected to a page with a link, password, and directions to get your FREEBIE!! You can always email me if you have any questions and I’d be happy to help you out. Please do not share the file with friends, but feel free to encourage them to subscribe as well. :) 

Save 15% on Christian Kids Explore Science series


Throughout the month of October 2016, Bright Ideas popular science curriculum, the Christian Kids Explore (CKE) Science series, is on sale at 15% off. (No coupon needed. The products are automatically reduced.) The Christian Kids Explore Science series is an elementary and middle school science curriculum with five volumes.

We used Christian Kids Explore Chemistry for our fifth grader last year along with these cards. He loved the hands-on experiments and learned so much over the course of the year. 

Build a Model of the Periodic Table


As you are working on learning more about each element, be sure to build a model of the periodic table of elements. This tutorial from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers is wonderful! 

Periodic Table Battleship


Learn chemistry without even realizing it using the Periodic Table Battleship game from Teach Beside Me


Printables from A to ZEnjoy free printables? If you are looking for something in particular, be sure to check out my Printables from A to Z list, a complete list of every printable I’ve created over the years. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Leave a comment and I’d be happy to help you out!

Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle Printables


Everyone in our home has been watching the butterfly tank the last week. No matter how many times we observe the process, it is still fascinating. Even though we’ve talked about the process over and over again, it never hurts to review the vocabulary, stages, and take some time to savor every step of the process. 

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We released two caterpillars this past week and have two in a chrysalis, waiting their turn. In the meantime, while we wait for a butterfly to emerge, we’re going to have some fun with our monarch butterfly life cycle printables – and I’d love to share them with you too! 

  • a mini-pack freebie for everyone to download
  • a subscriber only freebie (be sure to check the footer of your email for all the information!)
  • a HUGE 50 page set packed with full color and black and white printables, great for homeschool or classroom use. 

Mini-Pack Freebie


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Grab the 5-page mini pack which includes a monarch butterfly life cycle poster, nine vocabulary word cards, and life cycle sequencing strips. The clip art in this kit is gorgeous and your kids will love it! 

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Subscriber Freebie Pack


As a special “thank you” to my subscribers, I have an extra bonus pack for you all! This set includes all of the mini-pack printables plus 4 coloring and journaling pages, a life cycle mini-booklet, the parts of a butterfly activity sheet, and a life cycle activity sheet – eight additional pages to extend the learning! To help with printing costs, this set is all in black and white. 

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To download, be sure to check the footer of your email under the subscriber section, click over to your special page, and grab the pack. Not a subscriber? Become a subscriber HERE and receive instant access – there are even a few other bonus freebies there for you to enjoy! 

50 Page Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly Learning Pack


I’ve also put together a larger learning pack on the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. This 50 page pack includes both full color and black and white pages (for those who want to save on a little ink or have a larger classroom). Inside you’ll find the following: 


  • 4 full-page color posters of the life cycle of a monarch butterfly
  • full color mini life cycle cards (print 4 to a page)
  • 12 trivia cards 
  • 2 drawing a butterfly activity sheets (full color and black/white)
  • 11 page mini-booklet (full color and black/white)
  • 5 color and journal pages (full color and black/white)
  • 5 trace and learn pages (full color and black/white)
  • monarch butterfly life cycle poster (full color and black/white)
  • 2 life cycle activity sheets (full color and black/white)
  • parts of a butterfly activity sheet (full color and black/white)
  • life cycle sequencing strips
  • 9 vocabulary picture/word matching cards
  • 8 mini sequencing cards with added stages (full color)

Purchase and download the 50 Page Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly Learning Pack in my Teachers Notebook Store for $3.00


I hope these printables are a help to you all as you have fun watching monarchs grow – it’s such a fun process! 

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear Vocabulary Cards – Free Printables

Brown Bear Brown Bear Vocabulary Cards

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. is such a classic children’s book, and with my nieces and nephew working on books together with their mom, I put together these Brown Bear, Brown Bear Word Cards for them to use in the upcoming weeks – and thought you all might enjoy them as well!

 Brown Bear Brown Bear vocabulary word cards for Read Build Write Mats from Homeschool Creations

There are three different pages of word cards – a total of 35 vocabulary words in all for Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Words include: bear, sheep, bird, dog, frog, horse, duck, fish, cat, teacher, students, as well as color cards. 

You will need TWO downloads (both free!!) to use the word cards – both the word cards and the Read! Build! Write! Mats.

All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page

The Read! Build! Write! Vocabulary Mats

Not familiar with the Read! Build! Write! mats? Basically, they are a fun way to work with your child on word identification and spelling.

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Here’s how the mats are used:

Read: Place one of the vocabulary cards in the top box and read the word together.

Build: Use letter tiles or magnets to build the word in the second box.

Write: Finally, practice writing the word in the bottom box.

Print the mats onto cardstock and then laminate them so that you can use Vis-à-vis markers or dry erase markers on the mats.

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Check out the Read! Build! Write! page to find additional themed vocabulary cards to go along with all of the Early Learning Printable Packs that I’ve put together so far.

All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page



Hope these help you all out! Feel free to ‘pin’ the printables and share them with others! If there are some other vocabulary cards that you would like to see me put together, leave a comment and let me know!


Student Planner PDF Download – TWO Choices! (and a SALE!)

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Last fall I shared the student planner I had created for our daughters and after a full year of using it, both she and her sister decided they love it! It has been a perfect fit for our family, but several of you emailed and asked if there was another graphic option available – because a few sons felt it wasn’t quite for them. 

After some digging, we found one that our family loved, so another graphic choice for the Student Planner is now available – yay! To celebrate, be sure to read through to the bottom of the post because we are having a sale for one week only! 

About the Student Planners

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The planners are undated, so you can save the file to your computer and reprint them year after year. At the back of the planner you’ll even find a link to a ‘secret’ page where you can download bonus pages to go along with the planner (and if you have a suggestion, feel free to email me and ask!). 

Want a peek inside? I promise it’s super simple – because we found we really didn’t need so much extra stuff, full of color, and ready to download and print. This is a look at our planner from last year (the circle graphic version). 

Email subscribers can watch the video here.

A quick note: I figured out that our printer will print BORDERLESS. It was one of the paper choices in settings. In the video you’ll see some of the pages that we experiments with (ones that were or weren’t printed all the way to the edge). Our front and back covers were printed onto cardstock and then laminated for extra durability. We use a heavy weight paper (24 lb.) to print the planner and make the pages a little thicker.

The Student Planner contains:

Weekly Student Planner layout from Homeschool Creations

  • 8 1/2” x 11” undated pages – use it year after year!
  • year at a glance dates
  • student information and schedule page
  • 12 blank monthly planning pages
  • weekly planning pages for 8 subjects
  • planning for every day of the week (smaller spaces for Saturday/Sunday)
  • goals, notes, and ‘what I learned’ section
  • tracking for books read
  • 2 layouts: August through July or January through December
  • link to a password protected page where you can download updated calendars and bonus pages for the planners

Two Great Designs

Choose the student planner that best fits your family’s needs – or choose both (there’s a special bundle price for purchasing two).

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The abstract circle graphic student planner features the colors green, dark blue, and a turquoise blue color for the monthly layouts. 

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The hexagon graphic student planner features the same inside layout with the colors green, orange, and a medium blue for the weekly layouts. 

Purchase a Student Planner

Each student planner is undated so you have the option of printing off a new copy each year. Each planner is available for $10 and you are more than welcome to print off copies for each of your children – this year and in years to come. Purchase both planners together in a bundle and save even more! There are THREE different purchase options.

Meal Planning Master List – Free Printable

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Meal planning can be time consuming – and I’m all about saving as much time as I can so I can enjoy time with my family and the food that’s going on our table! These meal planning master list were created to go along with my Weekly Meal Planner so I could quickly pull meal ideas by category and plug them into the meal planner and go.

There are often meals I forget and this helps stay out of the “same old-same old” rut we can easily get into. This list gives me a place to write down go-to breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, sides, and family favorites to keep handy when meal planning. 

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There are several different versions included in the download, including ones with light grey lines (in case you are worried about keeping your writing straight) and two different layouts depending on your preferences. Be sure to look below in case you would like an editable version of the file as well! 

Editable Meal Planning Master List

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As a thank you to my email subscribers, you’ll find an editable version of the master list available for download. Rather than writing in all of your meal ideas, you can type directly into the form, save it to your computer to edit later, and print it off. (p.s. the blue areas you see above show the editable fields in the file.)

Simply check the footer of your email and you’ll find the link to the subscriber only page where you can download the bonus file

Not a subscriber? Go ahead and click here and  subscribe by e-mail {Daily or Weekly}.


Download the Meal Planning Master List

If you’d like a copy of the meal planning master list, simply click the download button below. Thanks for visiting and I hope it helps you out! 

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Don’t forget to grab a copy of the go-along weekly meal planner and see how we plan our week out in less than 15 minutes

Alphabet Mazes – Letters U to Z (Free Printable)

Alphabet letter maze set from U to Z - free printable set from Homeschool Creations

Ready for a brand new set of printables? Today I have the final set in the series of Alphabet Mazes from U to Z to share with you! This FREE alphabet maze and coloring pack includes letter mazes for the letters U-Z and additional coloring space for words that begin with the corresponding letter sound. (If you don’t want to wait for all the letter sets, visit my Teacher’s Notebook shop where you can purchase the full set.) 

A Peek Inside

Each of the letter sheets is 8.5″ x 11″ and has a maze based on one letter along with coloring images that start with that letter sound (U for umbrella or Z for zebra). If you’d like to reuse the sheets, slide the page into a sheet protector and trace the maze and color using dry erase markers. Otherwise, print and have fun! 


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Hope you family enjoys these! Thanks for visiting and downloading. :)