Stomp Rocket Science: Free Lesson Plan and a Giveaway

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After being cooped up all winter with textbooks and indoor activities, even moms get spring fever! With the sun starting to make its debut and the weather turning warmer, now is the perfect time to get out from behind those text books and get some hands-on science lessons outdoors.

Give Spring a Science Boost with Stomp Rockets

Maybe you remember Stomp Rockets as a kid, or you’ve seen them in the store? After all, they have been around for almost 25 years. If you have’t played with them yourself, you can tell it’s going to be fun, just from the name. Stomp Rockets!

Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is 100% KID powered: Run, jump and STOMP to launch these rockets up to 150 feet in the air! Click to turn on the powerful LED light inside, and these Stomp Rockets will really shine in the night sky, so it’s fun to play outdoors after dusk and on gloomy days too. Light up the night with vibrant color. The LED lights inside these rockets make them bright enough to double as a flashlight! Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is strong and durable, and great for active, outdoor play. Stomp Rockets have won lots of awards from industry experts, including iParenting Media, Dr. Toy and Creative Child Magazine. Includes a Stomp Launcher and 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets with bright LED lights inside. Refill rockets also available (item #20502). For kids ages 6 and up.

As if running, jumping, stomping and launching rockets into the air wasn’t just great all by itself, there are a TON of science experiments and concepts to learn from all of this fun.  Concepts include force, gravity, trajectory and so much more.

You can do a quick Google search to find some activities but did you know there is a corresponding curriculum you can use with your Stomp Rockets???

Use the “Stompin’ Science” book with Stomp Rocket Launch Sets to make science a blast! Kids can learn about things like gravity (what goes up must come down), trajectory, force and more by running, jumping and STOMPING to launch rockets — so learning is fun, interactive and active! Plus, the “Stompin’ Science” book makes teaching easy. It contains lessons for students of all ages and grade levels. Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents who’d like to have some educational fun with their kids.

Here’s a peek at the lessons included in this book:

  1. Top Secret Toy Testing (grade K-8)
  2. Exploring Force and Motion (grades 3-12)
  3. Exploring Force and Mass (grades 3-12)
  4. Angling for a Stompin’ Good Time (grades 3-12)
  5. Speed Rockets (grades 3-8)
  6. What Goes Up ….. (grades 3-8)
  7. What Goes Up … May Not Come Down (grades 8-12)
  8. Up, Up and Away (grades 8-12)
  9. Get a Blast of Energy (grades 10-12)
  10. Analyzing Projectile Motion (grades 10-12)

Those are just the lesson plans. There’s another 16 pages dedicated to science fair projects!

Aren’t you super excited to get outside and use your stomp rockets to teach science now?!?!

To give you even MORE motivation, I’ve got a two special treats for you!

First, I’m give you lessons plans to teach Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion using your Stomp Rockets. This lesson plan has 3 adaptable experiments you can do in your own back yard and note booking pages to use too. This lesson plan is free, but for a very limited time only, so be sure to grab yours while you can (link at the end of this post).

Here’s the other special treat (I’m giddy with excitement!) …. one lucky Modern Homeschool Family reader is going to win his or her own Stomp Rocket set and science project guide!

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If you just can’t wait to get started using Stomp Rockets and the lesson plans, you can find them on Amazon Prime:

Stomp Rocket Science Lesson Plan with Printable Worksheets and Notebooking Pages

As promised, here’s the lesson plan. Don’t forget, it’s only free through May 3rd, so download yours now!

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Free New Years Resolution Printables for Kids

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It’s almost the New Year, and it’s the best time to celebrate a new beginning. And for kids ages 6-12, this is the perfect stage to learn to make resolutions.

At this point in their lives, their habits are not firm yet. Though they know what resolutions are, parents are still in the best position to guide them – and the best way to do it is by putting them in writing!

We’re sharing with you this free printable, hope you and your kids have a blast with it!


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Wouldn’t it be a lot of fun if we can turn back time and look at what we did at some point? Kids will definitely love this idea! So why not get them started with his fun Time Capsule printable?


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Free Printable Christmas Activities for Upper Elementary Students

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Here’s another fun FREE printable activity for our Modern Homeschool Families!

This printable pack is best suited for upper elementary students, roughly grades 4 – 6. In it, you’ll get a cryptogram, word search and a maze, all with a fun “Cookies for Santa” theme. The best part is they are completely free! Just click any of the images below to be taken to the download page.

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If you’re looking for more fun holiday activities, here’s more:

Christmas Around the World Unit Study

The Ultimate List of Christmas Books to Read for Homeschoolers

10 Homeschool Science Experiments for December

Fun Winter Science Experiments for Homeschoolers

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Free Thanksgiving Unit Study Guide

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This free Thanksgiving Unit Study guide contains some of the best resources for putting together your own theme unit to use in your homeschool. Ok, not just “some.” There’s actually nearly 100 resources … and they are all FREE!

Free Thanksgiving Unit Study Guide

In this guide you will find ideas and resources covering a range of topics including:

  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Fine Motor & Cognitive Thinking Skills
  • Crafts & Hands-On Activities
  • Recipes
  • Complete Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Each of these resources are completely free!

To create your unit, simply browse through each of the categories, select as many (or as few) as you want to use and decide what order you will use each resource. You may want to complete one item from each category each day, or one item a day.

Grab your Free Thanksgiving Unit Study Guide below. That’s it!  No strings, no catch!

 

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Free Thanksgiving Kindergarten Skills Printables

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The holidays are upon us and you know what that means…..more fun, free printables for homeschooling!

This fun and FREE Thanksgiving-themed printable worksheet package includes 5 pages to help your little one develop hand-eye coordination, find motor and counting skills.

Just click any of the images below to download this free Thanksgiving Kindergarten skills printables pack!

Free Thanksgiving Kindergarten Skills Printables

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More Fun Thanksgiving Resources and Ideas

Look for more? Here you go!

Free Thanksgiving Activity Sheet for Homeschoolers

The Ultimate List of Thanksgiving Books to Read for Homeschoolers

Free Thanksgiving Memory Match for Preschoolers

10 Easy Thanksgiving Treats Kids Can Make

Free Thanksgiving Themed Printable Worksheets for Preschoolers

How Kids Can Keep with Thanksgiving

10 Fun Turkey and Thanksgiving Themed Desserts

Easy Kids Craft: Monogrammed Thankful List

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The Best Books for New Homeschoolers

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For parents who are newcomers to homeschooling or are just considering the idea, how-to books can be goldmines of information. The trick is to glean what will work for your family, and leave the rest. Here are some great resources.

The Best Books for New Homeschoolers

Cathy Duffy’s 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

Duffy is a respected curriculum reviewer and a veteran homeschool mom. This book, written from a Christian perspective, is very helpful in figuring out learning styles, for both parents and children. Duffy guides parents in deciding what their homeschooling goals are and helps to match up families with curriculums they’re likely to enjoy. She categorizes the curriculums by such measures as parental prep, hands-on activities, amount of writing, ease of use, etc.

Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling

Weighing in at 620 pages, this book takes its title seriously. It covers everything a new homeschooler would possibly need to know, from learning styles to homeschooling methods to organization to support groups and co-ops. Pride, who is publisher of “Practical Homeschooling” magazine and mom of nine, includes other voices and opinions throughout the book. She also offers recommendations for further reading.

The Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson

This down-to-earth book answers 101 of the most common questions about homeschooling, like “How will my child make friends?” “How much does it cost?” and “Is it possible to homeschool my child with special needs?” Dobson and her contributors provide honest answers, including the good, the bad and the ugly of homeschooling. It is realistic as well as idealistic. Dobson has also written other helpful books for newbies, including “Homeschooling the First Year” and “The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas.”

Things We Wish We’d Known, compiled and edited by Bill and Diana Waring

Full of been-there, done-that advice from some of the country’s most famous homeschooling parents, this book is a treasure trove of wisdom that comes only through experience. These pioneers and leaders share their secrets with us so that we can avoid their pitfalls and re-create their triumphs.

Educating the Whole-Hearted Child

Written from a Christian perspective, this book provides a glimpse into the home of Clay and Sally Clarkson, homeschooling advocates and parents of four. They emphasize using whole books and turning your home into a place where children will love to learn. For newcomers who don’t want to re-create school at home, this book is a breath of fresh air and inspiration.

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Free Online Resources for Teaching Geography and a Giveaway!

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We know the words “fun” and “Geography” don’t generally go together. But we bet you’d agree that they should! Get great ideas for a geography-rich classroom, discover lessons and activities to help increase your kid’s knowledge on geography!

Free Online Resources for Teaching Geography

Scribble States

Kids will have fun (and most likely – adults too!) “connecting the dots” with a virtual pencil. Then they have to answer a multiple-choice question about which state (in the United States) they just drew.

Sporcle

More geography games & quizzes than I’ve ever seen in one place! You’re sure to find the country or region you are studying here.

Overlap Maps

Quickly compare the size of countries, states, provinces, and some bodies of water by selecting one country from the “Overlap This” menu and select one country from the “Onto This” menu.

Maps of the World

You can get loads of free map printable here.

World Geography Games

This website brings many entertaining and stimulating map games to improve your geographical knowledge.

Capital Toss

Capital Toss is an educational geography game for kids. The object of the game is to match states and countries to their capital cities.

Math Trail

Here’s a fun way to combine Geography & Math! This features a series of map based math trivia challenges.

Homeschool Geography Giveaway!

To give you even more inspiration and to help make teaching geography super-fun, we’re giving away these amazing map-making resources to one lucky reader!

Make Your Own Maps

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This multimedia book and DVD kit covers the entire world! Featuring 160 ready-made maps of every country and major geographical area, it’s a revolutionary new resource for the home (to remember a vacation, for example) and the classroom.

 

Globes in A Box

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This includes everything you’ll need to create your own unique models of our world, this kit features a globe stand and a CD with a variety of map projections that can be printed out on adhesive inkjet paper (included).

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Simply enter to win by completing the form below.  And of course, you’ll get extra entries for sharing on your favorite social networks too! 🙂

Free Online Resources for Teaching Geography and a Giveaway!

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Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School

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One of the most common struggles parents face when homeschooling high schoolers is helping them learn how to manage their time and priorities effectively. It’s a skill that will help them now and later in life.Teaching your child how to organize and manage his or her time is one of the most valuable skills you can teach.  Not only will it help prepare them for college and work, but it will also give them a sense of security and control in knowing exactly what is expected each day.

It took a bit of trial and error but by the time my oldest daughter was in her “junior” year (I use the term loosely. I know you homeschool parents know what I mean, though), we finally found a system that worked for us. Based on what I created for my own children, I worked with a designer (because, no, I’m really not good at fancy graphic design) to make one for you and your high schooler.

Take advantage of this Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School by simply printing out what you need and use a simple three ring binder to keep it all organized.  Every Monday, have your high schooler fill out his or her schedule for the week in the schedule column. You can work together to complete the assignments and chores portion in advance as well, but we found it better to complete those at the beginning of each day, since there are times when assignments and chores need to be more flexible. You can even have your teenagers put all of their completed assignment behind that day’s page and you have a neat, tidy, way of keeping your homeschool records together!

Just click the image below to be taken to the download page for your Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School!

The daily planner page is absolutely free but if you’re looking for something more, be sure to take a look at the entire planner system. It’s packed with 23 printable planner pages for high school homeschoolers that include a weekly planner, project planner, study guide, monthly calendars and so much more!

PS – If you’re looking for a Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for Kids, you can find it here!

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Awesome New Magic School Science Club Kits

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SPECIAL OFFER: Through the end of the week you can receive 50% OFF a year’s subscription through Educents… and FREE shipping in the Continental United States! Ships to Canada for $2/month. This deal is amazing… just $10 per month, DELIVERED!

 

If you have children (ages 5-12) who enjoy the Magic School Bus books or videos–and if you like doing science experiments with them–then you’ll LOVE The Magic School Bus Science Club!

Developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the award-winning Magic School Bus Science Kits are delivered monthly right to your doorstep. Children will explore science through experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science.

Each kit includes a colorful manual based on The Magic School Bus characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme.

What is included?

1 year subscription includes 12 Magic School Bus kits + FREE SHIPPING in the Continental USA (Ships to Canada for $2/month).

Each kit includes:

  • Detailed, large 12-page colorful manual that is full of experiments and topic information
  • Each manual is based on the popular Magic School Bus books and TV series
  • Includes an adult section so that adults with no science background will find the kits easy to use
  • Materials and information necessary for a range of interactive experiments
  • Online Clubhouse for further exploration on each kit topic
  • Certificate of Completion
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Would your family have fun with this? If so, now’s a great time to sign up:

Through the end of the week you can receive 50% OFF a year’s subscription through Educents… and FREE shipping in the Continental United States! Ships to Canada for $2/month. This is an incredible deal! It’s just $10 per month, DELIVERED!

You can even create and print off your own gift cards to let your children know about the surprise.

Enjoy your exploration alongside Ms. Frizzle!

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Free Printable Thanksgiving Puzzle Activity Puzzle for Homeschoolers

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Last week, we gave you a fun little printable Memory Match game from preschoolers; this week, we’ve got something for the older ones.

This Free Printable Thanksgiving Puzzle Activity for homeschoolers has a maze, word search, dot-to-dot and more!

Click the image below to download and print. Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate List of Thanksgiving Books to read too!

 

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