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Have a Little Poetry Fun with Your Kids!

Poetry is one of those areas that I’ll admit to having dropped the ball on a bit with our kids. It’s an area we plan to tackle more in depth in the upcoming year. 

BUT – April is national poetry month, and WriteShop has a freebie for us to use and get moving on some poetry learning: Let’s Write Imagery Poems

 

The unit study is geared toward children in 3rd-9th grade with a focus of learning to write three different poems that come to life through the use of imagery and sensory detail:

  1. Color Poems Using similes, metaphors, and emotion words, students compare a favorite color to objects and experiences they can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. Their five senses will help them come up with descriptive words and phrases. The result is a vibrant sensory poem that paints beautiful word pictures.
  2. Comparison Poems How is a fox like a cloud? How is a toaster like a dragon? While most poetry includes some form of imagery, the poems in this lesson are especially rich in figurative language. Children learn to combine poetic devices with descriptive adjectives, strong nouns, and active verbs to create a striking, imaginative poem.
  3. Shell Metaphor Poems As your kids study a seashell from every possible angle, they’ll begin to see how it reminds them of many things. From one angle, a shell might be a unicorn’s horn or a mighty drill. From another angle, it could be an ice cream cone or an Olympic torch. Your child’s point of view and vivid imagination will bring their Shell Metaphor to life!

The freebie includes twenty printable activities and worksheets with: 

 

  • practice exercises
  • brainstorming worksheets
  • poem planning worksheets
  • word banks
  • colorful lined writing pages

The best part is – it’s free (and we all like that!) for their subscribers. This study is a great way to wrap up your year or give yourself a little “spring” break from your day-to-day studies and still learn together. Here’s to lots of fun poetry! 

 

 

Kindle Freebies To Grab!

 

If you are anything like me, my Kindle is one of my best buddies. It’s easy to drop in my purse and at night my lighted cover makes it easy for me to read without keeping my hubby up. 

But even better are FREE Kindle books! Here are a few current freebies, and below I’ve listed a few $1.99 deals as well. Both are listed in their own sections. Please note: these were free or extremely discounted at the time of posting, so check the prices to make sure they still are if you click over to Amazon! 

(Feed readers, you’ll need to click the post title above to view the books in your browser – sorry, Amazon terms of service.)

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Books $1.99 and up


 

Happy reading!! 


Spin a Story StoryBuilders – Free Printable

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WriteShop is a writing program our family has been using for years and currently they have a FUN freebie for their subscribers: Spin a Story StoryBuilders

I’ll tell you something I love about their StoryBuilders: we used a freebie like this many years ago (after nearly killing our girls’ joy for writing with another program) and it is what kick-started our girls back into creative writing and ENJOYING the writing process. One of them even wrote her own short book based on the StoryBuilder prompts. 

It was something simple, but made a HUGE change for our girls, and for that I am so very thankful. 

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This freebie includes 4 printable story prompt spinners in both full color and grayscale options (8 spinners total) plus directions.

  • Exciting Adventures Spinner
  • Animal Adventures Spinner
  • Fantasy & Fairy Tales Spinner
  • Historical Adventures Spinner

Children will spin to choose CHARACTER, SETTING, and a SITUATION. Once the three elements are chosen, it’s up to them to create the whole story!

Spinners may be used by students of various ages. Though they are designed for grades 3-8, younger children and even teens can enjoy them too. This freebie is a special gift for subscribers of the WriteShop site (and you’ll get other great tips and freebies along the way!). 

Alphabet Mazes – Letters K to O

Letter Mazes letters K to O and coloring pages from Homeschool Creations

Ready for a brand new set of printables? Today I have the a set of Alphabet Mazes from K to O to share with you! This FREE alphabet maze and coloring pack includes letter mazes for the letters K-O 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 Teachers Pay Teachers shop where you can purchase the full set.) 

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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 (K for kite or N for nuts). 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. :) 

Memorial Day Printables – Free Printables

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Every year families around the country gather for parades and get-togethers to observe Memorial Day, but do we fully understand the history behind Memorial Day? Over the last bit, we’ve been talking about how the holiday first began. 

To go along with our learning, I put together a set of Memorial Day Printables to use with our kids this upcoming week, and I am more than happy to share them with you all!

The Memorial Day Printables include thirteen pages of copywork, trivia cards, a word find, and coloring pages – a little something for kids of all ages. 

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The below clip from the History Channel has a quick history of the holiday as well…

Books for Kids About Memorial Day

 


Ready to Download? 

Feel free to download a copy of the Memorial Day printables by clicking on the download button below! :) Enjoy!

Are you planning to do anything special to celebrate Memorial Day? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.

 

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Don’t Miss These Printables

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You may also enjoy these Constitution Day printables as well in the upcoming months. 

Every Mom Has Hard Days – FREE Video Series

The kids are behind where your school plans say they should be. Housework is completely overwhelming you. Dinner? Let’s just say it might not be balanced again. And attitudes are running rampant – from both the mom-end and the kids. 

We ALL have days like this. Trust me – the tears flow on my end and there are moments when I hide in the bathroom for a few moments to pray and gather my wits together. But I feel like a failure more often than I care to admit. 

It’s so easy to let the “I’m not a good mother/wife…” rant cycle through my head over and over. Maybe you feel the hashtag #momfail should be added on to your entire day. 

(Can I encourage you in this area???)

As much as we feel we fail our families and ourselves over an over again, it really isn’t true. I know that it is so very hard in today’s Pinterest-heavy culture to get caught up in what we are not, rather than focusing on the truth of who we are as moms and women in Christ

That’s why I am SO excited to share a brand new and FREE video series from two moms in the trenches – with 8 kids and almost 20 years of mothering experience. Together they’ve put together an encouraging three video series for moms called “The Truth About #MomFail Culture: 10 Things You Need to Hear on the Hard Days”.

These moms understand how tough days can be! While they won’t solve all the problems you may have, they CAN offer a fresh perspective and encouragement from another mom who really gets it.

Each video is short – around 10 minutes, and you can watch it on any sort of device and whenever you’ve got a few spare minutes. To watch the free video series, just click this link and enter your name and email to sign up. You’ll get access to the first video today, and then one per day after that.

And meanwhile, if you need some encouragement right now, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll pray for you today! You don’t have to say why – just say, “Please pray!” Hang in there, momma. You are NOT alone and I’m giving you a hug from here.