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Pattern Block Mats and Cards – New Printables

We have a huge bin of colorful pattern blocks in our house that I just can’t bring myself to give away. There’s something about sitting down with them when kids come to visit (or we just want to have a little fun) that makes me want to hang onto them for quite some time. 

To go along with the blocks, we now have a few sets of alphabet pattern block cards inside our bin so we can pull them out for learning fun with the nieces and nephews that visit.

And I would love to share these printables with you all as well! 

Mini Pattern Block Cards – Subscriber Freebie!

The Mini Pattern Block Cards are a brand new subscriber freebie. These cards print off four to a page (so each card is quarter-page size).

There are two sets included in this printable: one set of uppercase letter cards and one set of lowercase letter cards. 

Each card also has a small uppercase and lowercase letter in the upper right corner showing the represented letter, so children can use the cards as an uppercase/lowercase matching opportunity as well. 


Personally, I suggest laminating the cards for added durability – little hands might make a mess of them otherwise! :) Somehow I don’t think that just our house, right? 

 

If you’d like to download this freebie, simply click the green button below to subscribe. You’ll be sent an email with the password (and you’ll receive emails from me). 

Are you already an email subscriber? Please go to this private page and enter the NEW password. You can find the password in your most current email at the very bottom. Become a subscriber HERE and receive instant access. 

 

If you would rather not subscribe, you can find this printable in my Teacher’s Notebook store and purchase it HERE for $1.50

 

Uppercase and Lowercase Pattern Block Mats

I also put together two additional sets that I absolutely love: pattern block mats for both uppercase and lowercase letters. Both sets are full-sized (8.5 x 11 sheets) and work with a 1:1 size for each of the pattern blocks, so kids can place the blocks directly onto the mats as they build the letters. The uppercase and lowercase sets are each 52 pages. 

There are two sets included in each 52 page printable set: one includes a letter page with the alphabet letter only and the second includes the letter as well as several pictures of words that begin with that letter sound. 

For added learning, use the “how many?” area at the bottom of the pages to count how many pattern blocks of each type are used in creating the letters.

Number Pattern Block Mats

The Pattern Block Number Mats feature numbers from zero to twenty. Each mat includes the number word at the top, a space for children to build the number using pattern blocks, and then an area to count the blocks used to build the number (21 pages).


 

Purchase the Pattern Block Mats

Each of these sets can be purchased in my Teachers Notebook store by clicking on the graphics or the below links. 

December 2017 Planner Pages – Free Printable

DECEMBER IS IN A FEW DAYS, PEOPLE!!

You know how long the year seems on the first of January, and then suddenly you are scrambling to grab the things you need last minute for Christmas. Yeah, that’s about where I’m at right now. 

We still have some school to wrap up for this month before we take a break, but hopefully we will be able to get it all in before my hubby has his vacation time. As much as we try, it’s so hard to work on anything when he is home (and he reads my blog and is likely nodding his head in agreement). For us, that means a good solid three weeks (maybe three and a half depending on cooperation levels) and then we have a nice break and some travel days planned in as well. 

Laurianna will be wrapping up her first semester’s classes at the community college in two weeks, so it will be nice to have her home a bit more, at least until her next round of classes start in January. Again – time is flying and I can’t believe she is just four class periods shy of completing her two classes. It’s really been exciting for both of us and a great learning experience! 

Needless to say, December is a great month to feel like I am on top of things, especially with all the social events that are coming up as well.  If you’d like to get organized along with me, you can download the December 2017 Personal Planner Pages and try them out this month. I truly hope they are a help to you in the upcoming days.  

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Yearly Planner example from Homeschool Creations-5

This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. It has worked wonderfully and I love it this way!!

December 2017 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the December 2017 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 14 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a page that finishes up the month of November as well as a bit into January. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

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Purchase the Yearly Planner

Otherwise, if you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and 2018 as well), purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2018. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner. 

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 
My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!

 

FREE Gratitude Journal Mini Lesson

Just in time for Thanksgiving, WriteShop has a full month of writing activities for children grades K-8 to encourage gratitude. The free mini lesson includes 13 colorful printable journaling pages including: 

  1. My Gratitude Journal
  2. It’s Good to Be Thankful
  3. 15 Things
  4. 15 More Things
  5. This Week I’m Thankful For
  6. The Best Thing About Today (for older children)
  7. The Best Thing About Today (for younger children)
  8. Today I am grateful for…
  9. Gratitude Is an Attitude
  10. Thankful for the Little Things
  11. I’m Thankful for You! (letter-writing template for older children)
  12. I’m Thankful for You! (letter-writing template for younger children)
  13. Journal Jar Strips

The Gratitude Journal is a special gift for subscribers of the WriteShop site (and you’ll receive other great tips and freebies along the way!). Our family loves the WriteShop reading programs, and this freebie is a great way to see if their lessons are a good fit for your family as well. 

Book Report Forms – Free Printable

Last week I shared a set of Scientific Method Printables with you all (a fun flipbook and poster). While this set of book report form printables is rather opposite of science, the clip art involved ties in with the Zoey and Sassafras series – but can be used for any book report your child may work on. (We just liked the clip art and thought it would be fun to make something else!)

These forms have been great for our children over the years (especially those who are more hesitant writers) because they have a limited space and clear direction. 

The set includes three forms that all include the following: 

  • space to record book information (title, author, copyright, etc)
  • story setting
  • characters
  • a brief summary
  • two vocabulary words
  • a book rating

The summary area is varies a bit on each form

. One page is blank so your child can write freely. If you have a child that needs a little assistance in keeping lines straight (or maybe writing a bit smaller), print off one of the lined pages. 

For those beginning the book report journey, this is a great look at important information to gather while reading and a fun way to document reading progress through the year. 

Enjoy!

The Scientific Method Printables

The last bit, Kaleb and I have been reading through the Zoey and Sassfras series by Asia Citro based on a young girl named Zoey, her cat Sassafras, and their adventures as they help care for magical creatures. The books are so very sweet, and they have been a great help in getting Kaleb back into the reading groove as we’ve started our school year. 

One thing that has Kaleb’s interest more than a normal book is the scientific processes that are included in the story. In each book Zoey is presented with a scenario where she has to make a hypothesis and follow through with an experiment and discover a solution to the problem: a sick dragon, a  monster with an embarrassing problem, and a stream being polluted. Throughout the stories we see Zoey’s notes as she asks questions, figures the steps in the process of her experiment, and draws her conclusions. 

Scientific Method Flipbook

Because Kaleb truly loves science, I thought it would be fun to create a few printables to go along with the book series – and the great thing is they can also be used to go along with any experiment we work on!

The printable flipbook focuses on the six steps of the scientific method: 

  1. Question
  2. Hypothesis
  3. Materials
  4. Steps/Experiment
  5. Notes & Data
  6. Conclusion

This free printable prints off on four pages. Once printed, simply cut along the outside edges of the rectangles, stack in numerical order, and staple along the top to create a flipbook. 

 

Scientific Method Poster

If you’d like a quick glance and reminder of the steps in the scientific method, be sure to grab a copy of the Scientific Method Poster as well. It prints off 8.5″ x 11″ and lists the various steps along with a short description. 

 

 

Additional Free Printables

I hope these two printables are a help to you all. If you’d like to find some more that tie into the Zoey & Sassafras series (and learn more about the books), be sure to visit the Innovation Press page

 

October 2017 Personal Planning Pages (FREE Printable)

Happy fall!! October is one of my favorite months because the temperatures begin cooling way down during the days and nights and it’s perfect camping weather. Add in the changing leaves and evening walks and it just feels like I can b-r-e-a-t-h-e. 

This October we don’t have a lot on the calendar other than one camping trip and a memorial service for my uncle. We’re hoping to squeeze in a few day trips with the kids when Laurianna’s community college has their fall break. My hubby still has a few vacation days that he needs to use, so we thought that would be great to take advantage of. 

One thing I really need to focus on this month: meal planning and planning ahead! I’ve been more “flying by the seat of my pants” even though I have a good stock of pantry and fresh food. There hasn’t been a specific meal plan in place and that’s something I’m really feeling behind on. Having something in place helps me out so much, so it’s back to using our weekly meal planner

For the blog I’m working on a few printables: more science to go along with Kaleb’s studies, a few fun ones that will tie in with a book series we are reading, and a few others I’m hoping to squeeze in along with updating my yearly personal planner with dates through June 2019. 

If you’d like to get organized along with me, you can download the October 2017 Personal Planner Pages and try them out this month. I truly hope they are a help to you in the upcoming days.  

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Yearly Planner example from Homeschool Creations-5

This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. It has worked wonderfully and I love it this way!!

October 2017 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the October 2017 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 12 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a page that finishes up the month of November as well. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

Download button

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

Otherwise, if you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and 2018 as well), purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2018. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner. 

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 
My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!