Welcome to the Homeschool Chicks

Welcome to the Homeschool Chicks! We're so glad you flew on by. Homeschool Chicks is a fabulous community with tons of collaborative resources for home educators. Here you will find: great teaching tipspinboardslink-ups, and blogrolls. If you ever feel like the homeschool momma chick in the illustration below, you're invited to fly on over anytime and visit our nest for encouragement.

From The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons
by Todd Wilson at www.familymanweb.com
Happy Homeschooling!



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FUN ways to celebrate President's Day

Here are some ways you can have FUN celebrating President's Day with your kids!

Make President's Day Dessert Pizza!


Dump Cake is a family favorite! If your family likes cherries and pineapples, then you have to try this super simple recipe!


Write a letter to the President. Click here to read how to write it, where to send it, and what you will receive back from the White House.



Create "fun learning packets" using free printables from Education.com.


Learn about money and presidents. Even though we see money daily, do we really pay attention to it? This quiz will reveal how observant and knowledgeable you are with money.


Enjoy!
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Homeschool Language Arts {Virtual Curriculum Fair}


Hosted this week by

There are some wonderful homeschool bloggers sharing their thoughts and inspiration on Language Arts and your homeschool.  Be sure to grab a cup of coffee / tea and take some time over the week ahead to read over these posts

2015 dates and themes:

  1. January 5th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts---includes phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, etc., etc., etc. Latin and foreign language studies could also go here.
  2. January 12th---Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and Science---includes anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-y sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.).
  3. January 19th---Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science---includes history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc., etc., etc.
  4. January 26th---Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World---includes any of the arts, handicrafts, but really ANYTHING at all that adds beauty to your homeschool.




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FREE NO PREP Journal Prompts for the NEW YEAR!

I wanted to make a FREEBIE for you that included some New Year's Writing Prompts!  I love the New Year because it is a great time to reflect and make some "attainable" goals and to get kids writing!  

Writing is a skill that requires daily practice.  These simple journal prompts are designated to help BEGINNING and/or STRUGGLING writers build confidence, practice articulating thoughts, work on fine motor skills and use proper letter formation.  
Included on each journal prompt:
*I Can… statements with text and visual support to remind students to:
-use capital letters
-use finder spacing between words
-sound out and spell words
-use periods
-draw pictures to support their writing

*Illustrated Word Bank to help students spell words and generate ideas for their writing.
*Place to draw a picture to support their writing.

Hop on over to The Moffatt Girls blog to grab this FREEBIE!


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Looking for some FUN Christmas activities?

I am having such a wonderful time with my kids this month.


We've been busy reviewing skills and completing FUN activities
(gotta fabulous freebies that are educational),


creating lots of art projects


having FUN theme days, such as: Polar Express Day


Candy Cane Day


Reindeer Day



making (and eating) yummy recipes
This recipe has been pinned like a gazillion times because it is THE BEST CHRISTMAS TREAT EVER! Can you sense my enthusiasm? But literally thousands of people flock to my blog every week for this special treat! You have to check it out!

While you're there, make sure to also check out my Christmas Morning French Toast Casserole! I make this every Christmas Eve before I go to bed, place it in the fridge, and then pop it in the oven when we are opening presents Christmas morning. It makes the house smell so good, and I love having a warm breakfast with no cooking that morning.

And we can't forget about these A.DOR.A.BLE reindeer cookies. My kids love making these!


I invite you to grab a cup of hot chocolate and meet me at my little old blog to read more. Just click the image below and keep scrolling down to read all my Christmas posts.

Christmas Week

Enjoy this special time of year with your family!

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Coming soon - 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair

In three weeks the 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair will be coming to a blog near you.  We will be  taking a look at what blogging homeschool Mom's are really doing with their children and sharing what really works for us and why it works.

For some inspiration of what you will be seeing take a look at all the wonderfulness that was shared during the 2012 Virtual Curriculum Fair, the 2013 Fair, and the 2014 Fair!

2015 dates and themes:
  1. January 5th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts---includes phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, etc., etc., etc. Latin and foreign language studies could also go here.
  2. January 12th---Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and Science---includes anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-y sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.).
  3. January 19th---Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science---includes history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc., etc., etc.
  4. January 26th---Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World---includes any of the arts, handicrafts, but really ANYTHING at all that adds beauty to your homeschool.
Come read the VCF beginning Monday, January 5th!



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FREE Homeschool Ebooks for a limited time

Hello Homeschool Chicks! I hope you are having fun getting prepared for the holidays. Recently, I read this post on how you can give an Ebook when it's on sale or free to anyone with an email account? That is so cool!

(By the way, you don't have to own a Kindle- you can download Kindle books to iPhonesAndroidsiPadsMacs and PC's!)

And here is the sneaky but very clever part-
Amazon will let you select when the Ebook will be gifted, which means you can purchase books on sale or that have gone FREE now and then give them for Christmas!


To celebrate the holidays, I am offering 3 FREE homeschool Ebooks valued at $27.85!


You can grab them for yourself or gift them to friends and family. This deal will only be effective from Dec 12- 16 so knock out some Christmas shopping while treating yourself, too.

This deal has expired but you can receive a 30% discount when you purchase all three books! Use this code TS6CZUBJ  and begin shopping HERE.

Make sure to follow these simple instructions on how to gift a book, so they will not even know that you got them for free.

Enjoy!
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Back to Homeschool Encouragement

How has your first week back at school been ?  This past week the Schoolhouse Review Crew have been sharing some of their Back to Homeschool ideas, tips and insights.  So come and be equiped and encouraged by homeschool Mum's from around the glob for the year ahead.

Back to Homeschool Blog Hop


Marcy @ Ben and Me
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

Karen @ Tots and Me

Rebecca @ Raventhreads
Jennifer @ Milk & Honey Mommy
Lisa @ A Rup Life
Beth @ Weavings

Melanie @ finchnwren


Shawna @ Tenacity Divine
Adena @ AdenaF

Remember to visit Marcy over at Ben and Me and enter the Back to Homeschool Giveaway.  There are TWO major prizes up for grabs.




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2014 FIFA & Brazil Unit Study Resources


In celebration of the beginning of the FIFA World Cup 2014 which begins today I have put together a page of FREE resources for you.

In the 2014 World Cup Soccer Unit Study Resources post you will find links to YouTube clips, on line printables,  book lists, pins and a board on Pinterest,  resources covering information from the history to the science behind soccer and FIFA as well as a list of resources to explore the host country Brazil.




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Homeschool 4 FREE


With the advent of the internet and the generosity of many homeschool mothers there are some amazing resources available for us today.  In January I shared a long list of links to FREE resources available today on the net for Homeschool families.  Due to it's sheer length finding specific resources was a little overwhelming.  This list has now been broken down into the following pages

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Free Homeschool Science Lesson

It's always fun to get a free homeschool science lesson for a change of pace from the textbooks or workbooks, so I've loaded one to my website for you. You'll especially like this one if you are studying plants this year, but even if you're not, you can read over it yourself and learn some information that you have probably never heard before. There is even a little history and health thrown in on this lesson. A quiz is included at the end to make sure your children understood the lesson.

Look for this graphic on my site and enjoy!

http://www.homeschool-how-to.com/homeschool-science-curriculum.html 

http://www.homeschool-how-to.com/homeschool-science-curriculum.html

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


"On the NAUTILUS men's hearts never fail them.
No defects to be afraid of,
for the double shell is as firm as iron, no rigging to attend to,
no sails for the wind to carry away;
no boilers to burst, no fire to fear,
for the vessel is made of iron, not of wood;
no cove to run short, for electricity is the only power;
no collision to fear, for it alone swims in deep water;
no tempest to brave, for when it dives below the water,
it reaches absolute tranquility.
That is the perfection of vessels." 

- JULES VERNE
Have you heard of the Poppins Book Nook ? The Poppins Book Nook is a wonderful free monthly book club where a lot of your favorite bloggers share loads of fun things to do with literature.  There is something for everyone.  

This months theme is Where in the World ?  Pop on over to Every Bed of Roses for a Unit Study on Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea then take sometime to look through the linky at the bottom there are 61 books with ideas for you to explore.

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Tutorial: A Writing Portfolder (Assignments, Slideshows, and Step-by-Step Instructions Included!)

It's finished! The portfolder tutorial with eleven mini-books is ready for you to try with your students. You can find it here.
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Different ways to make dirt dessert cake FUN!



Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate the season than eating dirt cake!


This week my kids and I demonstrated how to make this classic recipe on FOX's Mom Squad.


Children (and adults) LOVE this recipe! It's simple to make and so delicious to eat, but I think it's the presentation that keeps kids asking for more. Rather you make a gross dirt dessert with gummy worms and insects or a spring dessert with flowers, this recipe never seems to get old!

Fly on over to my site to see all the different ways my family has made this FUN recipe.
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Queen Esther - Easy Reader & mini-book!

What a fun day we've had!  We made Hamantashen cookies, wove construction paper baskets, and read a little book about Queen Esther.  Purim is coming up this weekend.  It is the Jewish holiday celebrated in the book of Esther, in the Bible.  We are not done yet, we still have A LOT of cookies to make!

I just wanted to stop by and share my book with all of you:) It's a little virtual party favor for you... I hope you enjoy it!!!



Happy Purim!



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