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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!

 

ABC Letter Crafts for Kids

If you’ve been around my blog for any amount of time, you may remember the many upper and lowercase letter crafts I worked on with our kids and preschool co-op classes. Finding ways for kids to visualize letter sounds is definitely something that we’ve seen make a difference in our home (and besides, the crafts were super cute!). 

Recently, a site I love began sharing some hands-on ABC crafts that I know your family will adore. Each week they are posting a new uppercase letter craft based on a different animal. Take a look at some of the ones they have shared so far: 

 

 

Click on any of the images above to go directly to those posts and learn more about the weekly alphabet crafts here. 

*NEW* Weekly Homeschool Planner – SALE!!

For the past three years I have been working on something behind the scenes, but never got around to actually DOING anything about it – as in sharing it with you. If I’m being honest there are a lot of things I’ve started and never completely finished. The main reason is perfectionism. 

It’s something I’ve struggled with for a very long time. While it may seem like I procrastinate on projects (which I do, in a way), the honest truth is – if it isn’t matching up to what I picture in my head, something inside me shuts down and doesn’t keep going. My brain has a million ideas, and there isn’t enough time. I can’t get it put together the way I envision, so it gets pushed aside. 

The last few years have been a process of me working toward getting over that hump, one baby step at a time. I’m definitely not all the way there yet, but maybe you can relate? 

One of the things I’ve been working on is a paper and pen version of my homeschool planner. I’ve been using it the past few years and love it – it’s simple but pretty. Efficient. While I love my other planner, staying off my laptop during school time has been important to me. This planner makes me smile (and that’s a great thing) and keeps my focus on the four people in front of me, rather than off on a rabbit trail. For my brain too, putting pen to paper really helps me connect the dots and remember things.

Because I love it so much, I really want to share it with you all – and I truly appreciate your patience in waiting with me.  I’m still tweaking a few things, but the best part is, I can share those tweaks via a bonus download page available only to those who purchase the planner! 

A Peek Inside the Weekly Homeschool Planner 

A few things to know about this planner: 

  • 8.5” x 11” undated pages – over 150 pages to use year after year (just like our Student Planners)
  • Colorful – not overly crazy, but subtle. Pretty makes planning fun!
  • Plenty of room for both weekly planning and a month-at-a-glance overview.
  • 10 subject areas with lined planning space
  • Planning pages include a month-at-a-glance, a weekly layout, homeschool vision, homeschool requirements, curriculum planning, daily schedules, and more.
  • Bonus download page (password protected) where you can find additional pages to add to your planner: curriculum wish list, field trip planning, goals for children, names/addresses, notes, unit planning, yearly attendance, and (coming soon) editable monthly and weekly pages.
  • 2 layouts: one labeled Monday-Friday and another with no days of the week so you can write in your own schedule 

A quick note: Our printer will print BORDERLESS. It is one of the paper choices in our printer settings. 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.

Purchase Your Copy of the Planner 

If you would like to purchase a copy of the new Weekly Homeschool Planner, you can do so by clicking the link below. Until Sunday, September 17th you can save 30% using the code RELEASE. 

This planner is undated so you have the option of printing off a new copy each year. The pdf planner is available for $10 and you are more than welcome to print off copies for yourself – this year and in years to come. Please note the Weekly Homeschool Planner is only available as a pdf download and prints off double-sided. 

Your purchase also allows access to a ‘buyers only’ page where optional pages will be added including additional dated covers and other pages as readers/users request.

I truly hope this planner is a blessing to you all!