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World Watch News – Current Events and News for Families

World Watch News is a blog sponsor and we received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. All opinions expressed are my personal, honest opinions. You can read my full disclosure policy for more details.

Talking about current events, especially when it involves politics, isn’t typically something at the top of my list. Do I try to stay on top of what is happening in the world around us? Absolutely. However, when it comes to getting my kids involved – well, that’s where things get a little more iffy.

More and more, we are inundated with news stories on every known topic and from a variety of views and opinions. Some of those news stories involve difficult or sensitive issues, and of course we don’t want our children stumbling onto something inappropriate. That said, we do want our kids to be aware of what is happening in the world around us and intelligently take part in conversations about important topics.

This year, the boys and I have started watching a new subscription-based video program: World Watch News. The program is targeted toward middle and high school students (younger students may participate as well, but parents may want to watch a few episodes before everyone jumps in). We are really enjoying the format and have found a few ways to use the 10-minute weekday program to add learning opportunities to our homeschool day.

What Families Need to Know about World Watch

In each weekday 10-minute video segment, viewers learn about a variety of topics: science, technology, politics, arts and culture, politics, natural disasters, and more. The stories are short, but well-developed, allowing students the opportunity to hear top news stories and discuss opinions after hearing the news briefs.

WORLD Watch delivers the news with age-appropriate current events, including issues ranging from science and technology, business and economics, natural disasters, military action, family and society, arts and culture, politics, and more. The program is the newest offering from the trained Christian journalists and editors at WORLD News Group, a news organization producing daily coverage of global, national, and cultural current events, with news stories and commentary grounded in facts and biblical truth.  

Parents will enjoy watching the series alongside their children as well (in fact, I would recommend it). Set aside some time each day to talk about at least one of the stories in depth with your children.

Be sure to watch my video review as well, where you’ll see a bit of the site and can hear my thoughts in person – because sometimes it’s nice to hear instead of just reading!

Our Thoughts on World Watch News

The daily segments have opened up some great conversations between the boys and myself regarding some of the recent news stories (COVID-19, wildfires in California, Supreme Court justices, and our upcoming election). Even though we’re all in the same family, we do have some different perspectives on issues, so this has been a good exercise in sharing differing views with grace as well.

Each day’s news segment include some “feel-good” portions as well, looking at stories that are happening around the world. Over the last several weeks, they have covered the restoration of Michelangelo’s Bandini Pieta, street-side classes in India, the US Open, and a look at the jury systems in the United States.

In addition to watching and discussing the program together daily, we’re using World Watch News to work on writing activities with our boys. After the program is over, the boys take a few minutes to summarize their thoughts on our daily news summary sheet (see end of post for the download).

For us, this has been a great way to “see” how the boys are interpreting what’s happening in the world around and also discuss how friends or others are viewing the same situation. While we don’t want our kids to just mimic us and our beliefs, we do want them to dig deeper and understand WHY they believe what they believe, and we are thankful we have the opportunity to be a part of that process!

One thing that I appreciate, especially with all the crazy that seems to be happening lately, is WorldWatch.news always brings the focus back to the key point: “Whatever the news, the purpose of the Lord will stand.” No matter where you stand on issues right now, that alone is a gentle reminder and encouragement to me each time – and there are many days I need to repeat it.

In short, do we love it and recommend it – yes. And we’re positive it would be a great addition to your home as well.

Start World Watch in Your Home!

Families can start their World Watch News subscription with a monthly option ($9.99/mo) or a yearly subscription ($79.99/yr).

Homeschool Creations readers will receive a SPECIAL limited-time rate of $69.99/year using THIS LINK.

Want a look at how WorldWatch.news is put together? Be sure to visit them on these platforms for video clip samples as well as a full episode:

WorldWatch.news | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook

Recommended ages: middle and high school. Parental pre-viewing is recommended for lower grades – you know your kids and what they are ready for. :)


Download the News Summary Printable

If you’d like to add WorldWatch.news to your daily homeschool time and also use the printable news summary we created, feel free to download it by clicking below!

Alphabet Tracing Pages – FREE Printable

Today we have a brand new set of printables for you – Alphabet Tracing Pages! This free alphabet set includes a guide for writing both the uppercase and lowercase letters from A to Z as well as some additional fun learning.

A Peek Inside

Each of the alphabet tracing pages is 8.5″ x 11″ and shows the letter formation at the top, includes two lines to practice both the uppercase and lowercase letter, a “find the uppercase and lowercase letter” space, and an area to trace the beginning letter and color images that start with the letter sound (A for apple, Z is for zebra – please note, all vowels images are for the short vowel sound).

All pages are in grayscale (to help you save on ink!). Please note this is a large file, so the preview may not show. :)

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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FREE Zoey and Sassafras eBook for Kids

My guess is with schools closed you and your kids are feeling a little stir-crazy (and let’s face it homeschool moms – our kids are still feeling the quarantine crazy). Our local library is closed as well at the moment due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but I have some FUN news.

Fun at Home with Kids, the author of the Zoey and Sassafras books, is offering the first book in the series, Dragons and Marshmallows, completely free. It is a great early chapter book for kids and follows scientific methods – and can be used as a read-aloud, independent reader, or a fun bedtime story. (Click HERE to download the book for the duration of school and library closures in the Spring of 2020.)

FREE Go-Along Printables!

As a bonus, there are a TON of printables to go along with the story. Enjoy and have FUN learning together!

FREE Printables ———> Find them HERE

July 2019 Planning Pages – FREE Printable

The days of June (and summer in general) have been flying by for our family. 

Since mid-April it feels as though life has been a perpetual whirlwind. We’ve had major swim meets, an 18th birthday, family visiting from overseas, a high school graduation, a kiddo flying (and leaving us for a year) to Africa, the start of new jobs for two kids, and summer swim team  starting. 

Whew! In short, we’ve had a lot going on. All good things, but still a lot. 

Laundry has gone unfolded. Many days we are up and out the door early for practice and then don’t return home until late at night. 

And confession: I have done zero planning for the upcoming school year. Honest truth. My goal this month is to declutter the house. A bag a day if possible. Eating following a menu plan, and staying focused on the stuff that really matters (ignoring the squirrels). 

Needless to say, my calendar and to-do lists are part of my sanity at the moment!

If you’d like to lay out your upcoming month along with me, I have a free download of my July 2019 Personal Planner Pages – try them out this month and see how they work for you.  If you like them, grab the complete 2019/2020 Yearly Planner and get a jump on planning the next few months. 

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 pens (the convenience of pencils, but erasable ink!).

Take a video tour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0XDM7yu9BA&t=31s

 

July 2019 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the July 2019 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 and also starts into May. 

By the way, if you like using pen, but are prone to making mistakes (like me), GO BUY YOURSELF A SET OF THESE PENS (referral link). They are not only pretty, but they are erasable! And don’t ask how many sets I have, ok? 

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Please note: the left facing page for the weekly layout is a little different in the free monthly download. Lots of great planning space, but the full planner includes a few different options for that page – just a little bonus for those who purchase the 2019/2020 Yearly Planner.

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

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

 

Love the planner layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now? 

Purchase the 2019/2020 Yearly Planner for $4.99!

The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2020. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner.

Be sure to check out our undated student planner and weekly homeschool planner (with editable pages) now 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!

 

 

April 2019 Personal Planner – FREE Printable

April is essentially me trying to keep my head above water, people. Not going to lie about it. 

Our entire family is traveling to Florida for Zachary’s big ol’ swim meet, we will be celebrating Laurianna’s 18th birthday (ALL THE TEARS), and then having family from the Netherlands visiting with us for two weeks (which includes a trip to Philadelphia to see where the 76ers play).

It’s really a good thing we homeschool and have some flexibility, isn’t it? 

A huge help for us this past month was McKenna getting her driver’s license – yay!! Now I have another person we can throw into the mix and help with some of the back and forth shuttling that needs to happen. 

Needless to say, my calendar and to-do lists are part of my sanity at the moment!

If you’d like to lay out your upcoming month along with me, I have a free download of my April 2019 Personal Planner Pages – try them out this month and see how they work for you.  If you like them, grab the complete 2019/2020 Yearly Planner and get a jump on planning the next few months. 

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 pens (the convenience of pencils, but erasable ink!).

Take a video tour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0XDM7yu9BA&t=31s

 

April 2019 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the April 2019 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 and also starts into May. 

By the way, if you like using pen, but are prone to making mistakes (like me), GO BUY YOURSELF A SET OF THESE PENS (referral link). They are not only pretty, but they are erasable! And don’t ask how many sets I have, ok? 

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Please note: the left facing page for the weekly layout is a little different in the free monthly download. Lots of great planning space, but the full planner includes a few different options for that page – just a little bonus for those who purchase the 2019/2020 Yearly Planner.

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

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

 

Love the planner layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now? 

Purchase the 2019/2020 Yearly Planner for $4.99!

The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2020. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner.

Be sure to check out our undated student planner and weekly homeschool planner (with editable pages) now 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!

 

 

February Personal Planner – Free Printable

Just when we were finally getting it a groove with our evening schedule it went all nutso crazy on us again. And part of me may want to cry just a little bit. 

One of the pools our team uses for practices (there are three total) was being repaired this past fall, so our boys were focused on one pool. At the start of the year Zachary was asked to move to a different practice group (more intense) and Kaleb’s group is now moving to the pool that has been repaired. Practice times are all wonky and it’s a little overwhelming to my brain, if I’m being honest. 

Especially when McKenna has a new job – and well, life. I’m feeling a little attached to my van at the moment and craving quiet moments at home. 

That said, I’ve been hesitant to even really plan much for the upcoming bit because putting it all down on paper is just a little hard to see (and makes my head want to explode). Rick and I are balancing back and forth, but it’s hard when what was the “ideal” in my head is shifted to a very different reality. But still I need to plan the upcoming month (or two)

If you’d like to lay out your upcoming month along with me, I have a free download of my February 2019 Personal Planner Pages – try them out this month and see how they work for you.  If you like them, grab the complete 2019/2020 Yearly Planner and get a jump on planning the next few months. 

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 pens (the convenience of pencils, but erasable ink!).

Take a video tour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0XDM7yu9BA&t=31s

 

February 2019 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the February 2019 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 and also starts into March. 

By the way, if you like using pen, but are prone to making mistakes (like me), GO BUY YOURSELF A SET OF THESE PENS (referral link). They are not only pretty, but they are erasable! And don’t ask how many sets I have, ok? 

Download button

Please note: the left facing page for the weekly layout is a little different in the free monthly download. Lots of great planning space, but the full planner includes a few different options for that page – just a little bonus for those who purchase the 2019/2020 Yearly Planner.

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

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

 

Love the planner layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now? 

Purchase the 2019/2020 Yearly Planner for $4.99!

The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2020. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner.

Be sure to check out our undated student planner and weekly homeschool planner (with editable pages) now 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!

 


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