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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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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FUN St. Patrick's Day Activities for Your Family

Hello homeschool chicks! Are you ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? My house is starting to turn green and no worries- no one is sick. We are just super excited to start the celebration of St. Patrick. There are so many fun activities to do on March 17th, and below are a few of my family's faves.


For over twenty years, the leprechaun would visit my classroom and then my home when I began to homeschool. My kids have made countless traps all in hopes to catch the leprechaun's pot of gold. They haven't caught him yet, but they don't seem to mind too much since he always leaves them a special treat behind, such as one of theseIf you need a laugh, you have to read my post- A Funny and VERY TRUE St. Patrick's Day Story I promise you this is for real- I could not make this stuff up folks!

The day before St. Patrick's Day, we will be trying out something brand new and I CAN'T WAIT! I read about this A.DOR.A.BLE character on a good friend's blog- Miss Kindergarten, and I knew I had to get one for me (I mean my kids) right away. Silly McGilly actually visits your house on St. Patrick's Day (or even a few days before) and he loves to play tricks on little ones, such as: hiding toys, turning things upside down, changing toilet water green, and leaving cabinet doors open (oh wait, that's my 20 year-old son!)



I plan to sit Silly McGilly by our window and then my younger kids can write letters to him and keep a scrapbook of the funny tricks he plays on them.

   

On March 17th, we like to begin our morning with reading the classic Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham. Afterwards, we eat green eggs and ham. ☺



My favorite art project that my little ones have completed is the torn paper art project. It's also great for fine motor skills. CLICK HERE for the directions.

 

My three and four-year-olds are going to be using bingo markers to have some fun with these activities. CLICK HERE to print off some copies for your wee little ones to enjoy. 


My former students and my own children have enjoyed graphing Lucky Charms for as long as I can remember. This is a classic activity every year. Tip: Before you open the box, ask your child which type he/she thinks will be the most popular type of marshmallow. This is a terrific way to practice making predictions, as well as practicing graphing skills. CLICK HERE to print off a copy.




For a fun science activity, we like to do a Color Changing Milk Experiment. CLICK HERE for instructions. Tip: It does not work with the foam dishwashing soap.

For writing, I like to use these creative writing prompts.


HERE are tons of free St. Patrick's Day printables, such as: games, mazes, handwriting, practicing math skills, art ideas and much more!


My kids will not let me forget to make this crockpot potato soup recipe, which has become a family tradition. CLICK HERE for the recipe.


Here is a video of my kids and I making the potato soup and Shamrock Shakes (also called Yoda Soda or Lucky Lime).


For a fun dessert, we make rainbow cookies. CLICK HERE to see how we do this.
photo from LiveJournal

Even though I like doing fun activities for this holiday, I read The Story of St. Patrick to my older children. With all the not-so-family-friendly ways that people in the U.S. celebrate St. Patrick's Day, I want my kids to understand why the holiday originated and how amazing this heroic person really was.



Did you know that Saint Patrick was known for his intense prayer life and that he used the three leaf-clover to explain the Trinity to others? We use this visual and sometimes even make our own trinity shamrocks. CLICK HERE to print off a copy.

I'd like to leave you with this Irish blessing. ♥
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Wishing you a happy St. Patrick's Day!

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