FREE Thinking skills/ busy work course for elementary grades

This has become my children’s favorite class that I write for them.  I mix up lots of different things that I think they should know.  When I am looking to write their curriculum, I do it off the basics that they need to know.  But I usually come across something else that I want them to learn but I didn’t fit it in their regular classes.  This where “thinking skills” was born from.   It includes lesson on art, vocab, grammar, thinking skills, etc.   For the elementary version I have included a speed reading word list that covers words that 4th and 5th graders should know.

I will be doing this with my 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grader.   The 2nd grader will need more practice on the reading list, but they will get a good start in learning words.

It is FREE and provides extra learning and extra busy workbook pages if you need that.  Have your child do 1 page per day.  It is enough for an entire year.

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Enjoy.

Free elementary math curriculumn

If you are a homeschooling mom you are probably like me, where you might skip over a few things over the years and then by the time your child enters middle school you wonder if you taught them everything they are supposed to know.

For myself, we teach at different levels for each child.  What one grasps easily another may struggle.  We glide over things that are difficult and fly through the easier things.  I have found most math textbooks are way too repetitive and pointless.  I know, but that is just me.  After teaching my older ones, I realize what really needs to stick and what you just “need to know.”  That is why I revamp and write my own.

This elementary Math curriculum covers everything required from 1st grade up to 5th grade.  It is repetitive in  the “important” things and teaches the “less important” things.

I will be having my 5th grader do this as well as my 2nd and 3rd grader.  The 2nd and 3rd grader will work at a slower pace but my 5th grader will work at a faster level.

Use it for the 5th grader who needs a good review or use it as a challenge for our younger grades.  Use it for a couple of years, since it covers up through 5th grade.

If you need a rough estimate of where each grade level begins and ends—as you know you review every grade level as you get older, but here is the breakdown:

1st grade goes up through page 30;  2nd grade ends on page 80;  3rd ends on 120;  4th ends around 140;  and the rest is 5th and lots of review.

Again this is a FREE printable PDF file.  Print it off and give your child 1-2 pages each day of school.  They will learn much and it won’t cost you more than paper and ink.

Enjoy and be blessed.

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DIY silverware holder

Having a large family has made me encounter things that probably don’t bother most people, but become bothersome when serving food for large amounts of people.

One big issue, was drinks.  Getting drinks for 6 little ones takes up extra time.  We solved that by getting every child and adult their own water bottle.  Each child get’s their own before meals and that solves that issue.

Another thing that slows down my time, is getting out silverware from the drawer for every meal.  Now that may not seem like a big deal for most, but when you are scooping out plates and getting out silverware for at least 6-8 children three times every day, it can become more work.

I used to have a nice heavy crock container that fit all of my spoons and forks into it and that set out on my server window in our old home.  It was a great fix for getting out extra silverware but unfortunately it did not make the move in one piece.  Since we moved here, I just put the spoons and forks into the drawers like most people do.  But I have noticed that it has become an issue again, so I decided to do something about it.

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I took some cans and pounded down the inside where the metal sticks up from tearing open the can.  I then covered the inner ring with some electrical tape to make sure no one would cut their fingers.  I spray painted them different colors and then hot glued them together.  Don’t be frugal with the glue, coat it nice and thick to hold it tight.  There you go a DIY silverware holder.  Simple and easy.  When meal time rolls around, this sits next to my scooping out area and I just grab what is needed for meals.  Easy—simplified.

FREE bible and animal study curriculum elementary

Need a good, easy, and most of all FREE bible study curriculum for your elementary aged student?  We have it.  Plus we have an animal study that ties into the bible learning–so you get two classes in one!

For our bible study for the elementary aged children, we are using the Illustrated Family Bible from DK as our main source.  It is easy to read and I felt it covered the main stories we wanted to learn.  We read a new story 4 times per week.  After each story, we have bible trivia on the stories we have already learned.  Each week, we memorize a bible verse that the child practices writing each day.

We also are using Character Sketches books from Institute in Basic Life Principles.  These well made books have a vast wealth of information.  The books take an animal and give you an in depth account of how it functions in nature.  It then goes on to relate it to a character trait of a person in the bible.  Very neat.  We enjoy these books for teaching animals study as well as biblical study.    I chose 2 animals from the books each week.  Usually it pertains to what we are learning in the bible that week.

I then did a search for my own printable images of each of the animals—I included a list at the end for you to do a search yourself for and printed them off for each child.  As I am reading about the animal, the child will copy down some interesting facts about the animal as well as color the image in.  We will then put them together in a book to have an animal study.

I have also included  printable bible trivia questions from all of the lessons taught.

These are another great FREE resource for bible and animal curriculum choices this year.

You do have to purchase the following books to make it happen, but still an inexpensive route to homeschooling:

I bought the Illustrated Family Bible DK  and Character Sketches Vol 1,2,3 from Institute in Basic Life Principles.

I found these books relatively cheap online.  The character sketches are a little more, but they are big and heavy and nicely made books.  Don’t worry about getting a newer version, we use the old version and the bible and animal information is still the same—it doesn’t change.  They are a good in depth animal study as well as biblical person study, we don’t absolutely love that many books but these have stayed on my shelves for many years.

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Click here for FREE printable bible trivia to go with the curriculum

FREE complete elementary Grammar course

This elementary Grammar course was written to include ALL of the information needed to satisfy curriculum requirements through the 5th grade.

I have a child who will be doing the 5th grade this year and I wanted to make sure that he did EVERYTHING that was required of him before he starts middle school, so I covered it all.  We start out with the basics and move up through a 5th grade level. Some of the material will be a review of what he has already learned, but in case he forgot some requirements, he will be redoing them to reinforce his lessons.

But wait………I also have a 2nd and 3rd grader who will be doing this same curriculum.  They will learn, probably not at the same speed as the 5th grader, but will work at their own independent levels.  Maybe they will take a couple days for some of the new concepts, while the 5th grader will fly through it faster.

If you are looking to review all of the concepts taught in the elementary levels, then this book is for you.  Maybe you skipped over some years from teaching Grammar–I know we did–then this book will be an excellent source for you.  Maybe you want a little more challenging source for your 2nd or 3rd grader, then this course will be good for that.  Whatever your reason, you can’t go wrong because it is FREE.  Download and try it, it’s risk free.  No more wasted curriculum books that you bought only to go through them half way and decide they were NOT going to work for you.  We have been there and done that.  That is why I write my own, I like to give my children the information that they will need and not waste our time doing things that don’t matter.

Since I will be using this course with 3 children this year, I printed off the course and then put it in plastic sleeves in a 3 ring binder.  This way my pages stay nice and whatever page they are working on, they can just turn to it.

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