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8 Free Middle School Math Activities

What makes kids “get it” is bringing math to real life. Middle schoolers aren’t thinking about balancing a checkbook or figuring out miles per gallon on their vehicle, but we can help them make those connections. Taxes are at least a few years away, and most have mastered counting back change. Understanding the practical applications for Math practice today can help
students apply their learning into adulthood.

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Free Printable Moana Coloring Sheets and Activity Pages

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new feature film “Moana” is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people. The film will be released on November 23, 2016 but you can get your FREE printable Moana themed activity sheets now. Just click the link to read more.

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Free Sea Turtles Lesson Plan

This is a homemade Sea Turtles picture book project, designed with homeschoolers in mind. It’s fun, relaxing, and is a great way to assist children in learning about one of our planet’s most fascinating endangered species.

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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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Finding Dory Printable Educational Worksheets and Activities

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Many of us fell in love with Dory in the original Finding Nemo movie and we’re super excited that she’s getting her own movie in June!

To celebrate, Disney Pixar Studios have made available 6 adorable printable worksheets and kid’s activities!

Finding Dory Printable Educational Worksheets

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Finding Dory Memory Match

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Finding Dory Printable Craft: Character Mobile

 

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Finding Dory Printable Kids’ Calendar

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Finding Dory Printable Maze

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Finding Dory Printable Dot-to-Dot (set of 5)

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Finding Dory Printable Coloring Pages (set of 5)

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Official Move Information:

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute,

a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016. For more information, like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PixarFindingDory, and follow us on Twitter, https://twitter.com/findingdory and Instagram, https://instagram.com/DisneyPixar.

 

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Free Printable Thanksgiving Puzzle Activity Puzzle for Homeschoolers

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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