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Creation Illustrated Review – Enriched Education Through Interactive Articles

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If you love nature, storytelling, cooking and MORE, then you are going to enjoy the Creation Illustrated Magazines that show Mother Nature at her finest. These beautifully crafted and action-packed magazines provide a perfect balance of an enriched education by challenging you mentally, spiritually and physically. The stories told and lessons learned are great for religious-based homeschooling or Sunday school. The magazines come in clusters of four, parallel with the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall), and each article is coordinated to that season. Beyond nature’s beauty, stories of biblical creations, sciences, plants and animals are featured in-depth.

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One article is called “Life Sustaining Soil” where you learn what makes dirt ready for planting a garden. Can anyone guess what makes dirt ready for planting!? You got it – WORMS! The story continues by providing the facts on why and how worms help us grow a garden. How fun is it to learn something new and then do it yourself at home! But that’s not all! In every magazine you can look forward to the “Genesis Cuisine Recipe” that features one vegetable in every magazine (squash, yams, peas, etc.,) and provides a variety of different recipes such as; squash risotto, yam bundt cake and spring pea hummus! The Creation Illustrated Magazines include articles that are great tools for expanding mental development while preparing for physical work. Learn how to garden and cook delicious meals through stories and then DO IT at home!

CI3Some other articles that are enjoyable include The Disobedient Fawn, Subduing the Earth (weeding with a tarp is genius!); He’s the King (why Jesus is likened to be a lion), and The Busy Woodpecker.

Keep in mind the magazines are not just limited to stories, they also feature “Creation Stewardship” with plenty of information regarding food and water conservation, a Photography Contest for youth to get out of the house to explore nature, and an ending poem to wrap it up!

If you’re interested in learning more and seeing a magazine up close, you can click here for a FREE magazine!

 

 

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Factors and Multiples

How do you teach factors and multiples?  Whew!  What a question!  While the concepts may not seem that difficult, kids seem to have a problem remembering which one is which!  And, they don’t really understand WHY they need to learn them in the first place!  Please tell me I am not the only one with this problem!!



BrainPop has come to my rescue, once again!  Our family uses these videos often, especially my son.  He is visual (and has a TON of questions) so these videos are great for him.  Plus, he is discovering humor right now (he’s 11, but his autism prevents him from figuring out humor sometimes) so he likes the funny parts with Moby!  Here is a link to the Factoring video (this is NOT a free video, unfortunately, but if you already have a subscription or your school has one, you can access it!).

 

Factors from math is fun

Math is Fun has a great little lesson on factors and multiples as well.  If you have checked out their website before, you should head over there to see their kid-friendly lessons, games, and even worksheets.

Another way to help students understand factors is by creating arrays.  You can create arrays with any kind of manipulatives (cubes, beans, counters, lids, etc.).  But, if you are allowed to bring food into the classroom or you are practicing at home, it is always fun to bring in edible “counters” to practice factoring!  Skittles, M&Ms, goldfish, marshmallows, and grapes are all perfect for this.  Just have the kids count out a certain number of counters and show you all of the different arrays you could make with them.  You can track what numbers were used and reinforce the word “factor” while doing it. 

 

For multiples, you can use a hundreds chart.  Kids can color in the multiples for a certain number or they could put the manipulatives they were using for factors directly on the hundreds board.  It is fun to see the patterns show up!  In this picture, you can see the diagonal lines that show up with the multiples of threes!  If you have multiple colors of highlighters, they can do more than one pattern at a time!  If you want a FREE version of a blank hundreds chart, click here (I have a version that begins with 0 and a version that begins with 1).  

 

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If you are looking for some more practice with Factors and Multiples, check out my BUNDLE.  It includes all you need to teach factors and multiples, as well as practice finding Greatest Common Factors and Least Common Multiples.

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This bundle includes:

*A poster showing the difference between factors and multiples

*Color-By-Number pictures to practice finding GCF and LCM

*Practice pages for finding GCF and LCM

*A cut-and-paste activity to show the differences between factors and multiples

*A Monster Mash game board and instructions

 

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GCF and LCM board game

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Cut and Paste organizer

You can grab this bundle from Educents for only $5 this week (it is normally $10, so it is a great time to snag it!).  That means it is less than $1 per activity!!  

I would LOVE to hear how YOU teach factors and multiples!  Leave a comment below to share your ideas.

Until next time,

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Homeschool Curriculum Review – Engaging Chemistry Units

Looking for homeschool science curriculum? Lisa of Squishable Baby paired two of our science units together to create a comprehensive chemistry unit for her 4-6 grader. Her son learned about atoms, elements of the periodic table, and more! To read her entire review of the Periodic Table Assignment and Bill Nye Worksheets, visit The Squishable Baby website.

Engaging and enlightening chemistry assignments for your 4-6 grader @Educents

 

Wow, these assignments worked really well for my older son.  Through these assignments, he learned the basics about Atoms, how they work and how they combine together to create matter.  We then learned more about the periodic table, how the elements are grouped into rows and groups, what the atomic numbers mean – and about groups of elements and how they behave.  We then took it one step further to research 1 specific element and create a 2-3 minute Power Point presentation.  These activities provided a comprehensive introduction to chemistry.

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I started with this.  I purchased this on the Educents website.  My son enjoys Bill Nye.  He presents often complex material in a fun way a child can understand and appreciate.  Since we were finally working on the periodic table, I thought the Atoms unit would be a good place to start.  I think it was useful since he gave us an introduction to Atoms and matter.  My son watched the video, and then answered 10 questions based on the video to reinforce learning and understanding.

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After acquiring an introduction to Atoms, we dived into the WebQuest Periodic Table and Element Assignment.  There were a few different parts to this assignment.

  • Your child will look-up various website (given in the assignment) and answer the accompanying questions.   In this work, we learned about the Periodic Table and it’s layout and then properties of: Alkali Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals, Transition Metals, Metalloids, Non-Metals, Halogens and Nobel Gases.
  • Additional research – some of the questions require doing additional research.  I loved this aspect.  Your child will be able to perform Google searches to and look for more detailed information.  I like that every single question is not answered in the reading.
  • Lastly, your child will take the new-found information, pick an element he/she is interested in learning more about – and studying it more in-depth.  He/she has the option of using the stated pages, but is also encouraged to go out and find new information.  From that, he/she will create a 2-4 minute presentation on the element.  All recording sheets and skills that should be reviewed is in the assignment pack.

What I Like about The WebQuest Periodic Table & Element Assignment

  1. I really like how I was able to incorporate both the information from the Bill Nye Assignment in with the WebQuest assignment.  I think they worked really well together – especially for my child – who is just starting to learn the fundamentals of chemistry.  Note:  The Bill Nye and the WebQuest Assignment are TWO DIFFERENT Assignments.  I just happen to put them together to make one unit.
  2. I like that independent research was incorporated.  It wasn’t just about spitting back information.
  3. There are no rules.  You can do your independent research on the web, in the library, asking questions of scientists or a combination of those.
  4. The organized Power Point presentation.  This gives the homeschool student the opportunity to create an organized presentation on their own.
  5. The unit can be completed in 2-4 days.  It’s not a long and drawn out saga.  It’s quick and easy – and the time depends on how extensive the research is.  If you start this unit on Monday, you will for sure be done by Friday.

To read more about how Lisa uses Bill Nye and WebQuest assignments in her homeschool, go to her website, The Squishable Baby.

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Educational Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Today marks what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday, so educators across the world are finding creative ways to celebrate! We’re all rhymes in the Educents office today. We’re also very excited about these fun and educational ways to honor Dr. Suess in lessons in the classroom or at home. Check it out! drseusscolorsandshapes

Teach young children ages 3 to 5 to recognize colors and shapes with these fun and durable Dr. Seuss flash cards. Kids will learn vocabulary from classic characters drawn in vibrant colors.

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Dr. Seuss was famous for his rhymes, so his poetry inspire your learners to write their own. This Poetry Writing Pack by Proud to be Primary includes writing activities to teach 1st to 4th graders how to write different types of poetry. The types of poems included are shape, five senses, limerick, acrostic, alphabet, color, cinquain, diamante, free verse, haiku, list, rhyming couplets, and autobiographical poems. In this pack you receive a poetry banner, poetry notebook, posters, vocabulary cards, creation/brainstorming pages, practice pages, and templates. Everything you need to get started!

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Let poetry become a weekly activity for your learner(s). In Erin Waters’ March Interactive Poetry Notebook, students reinforce sight words, reading, rhyming, and word families by using a poem each week.

 

Dr. Seuss would probably encourage you to incorporate poetry in your lessons for an entire month! Ms. Fultz has an amazing month-long poetry pack that includes 17 mini lessons. She usually uses these lessons for National Poetry Month in April.

 

How do you plan to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday? Here’s a few photos of our friends celebrating in homeschools and classrooms today. Awesome!





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St. Patrick’s Day Puzzle Fun Review by Book Wishes

When Kris and her family asked to review the St. Patrick’s Day Puzzle Worksheets, we had no idea she would have costumes and music ready to make this educational packet loads of fun! Let’s see this homeschool mom’s take on a teacher’s “early finishers” packet. Read her entire review and step-by-step directions on a St. Patrick’s Day sensory bottle activity on Kris’s blog, Book Wishes.

St Patrick's Day Puzzle Fun from Educents only 3.99 Plus St Patrick's Day Sensory and Crafts for Children!Can you believe St Patrick’s Day is almost here? Neither can I. We just flew threw the winter and here comes spring. Get your children excited for St Patrick’s Day with this fun, printable pack from Educents!

St Patrick's Day Puzzle Fun from Educents only 3.99 Plus St Patrick's Day Sensory and Crafts for Children!

St. Patrick’s Day Puzzle Fun is a printable pack that you can download instantly from Educents. This pack includes:

  • Wordsearches
  • Secret Word Trails
  • Code Breaker Fun
  • Word Shapes
  • Alphabetical Order
  • A couple coloring pages
  • Bookmarks to color and more St Patrick’s Day Fun!

After I downloaded and printed out this St Patrick’s Day Puzzle Fun, since we are a homeschooling family, I split the items in the packet up. Allowing all my children to take part in the fun. With my oldest Einstein, I had him do the hard word searches. Then, with my littlest Elion, she colored the bookmarks and 2 coloring pages that are included. We did all this St Patrick’s Day fun while wearing our Irish hats and listening to Irish music. We had a blast.

St Patrick's Day Puzzle Fun from Educents only 3.99 Plus St Patrick's Day Sensory and Crafts for Children!

 

This packet is created as busy work for early finisher for teachers in a classroom. We did all the pages as a fun exercise to get ready for our day as homeschoolers. The entire packet consists of 43 pages mixed color and black and white. My children loved the green colors and the graphics (the bear on the front, adorable).

The only item I would have liked to see in this pack was for instruction for the word challenges because I have no idea how to do them. Although the packet comes with a simple answer key, there is no instruction for the word challenges and as homeschoolers we have never done them before.

I would recommend this packet for 1st grade and up. Simple, Fun, and Festive for St Patrick’s Day!

Purchase your St. Patrick’s Day Puzzle Fun for only $3.99 on Educents HERE and hurry before you get pinched by all your little leprechauns!

St Patrick's Day Puzzle Fun from Educents only 3.99 Plus St Patrick's Day Sensory and Crafts for Children!

Kris and her creative kiddos really got into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit and crafted Sensory Bottles full of gold glitter and green slime! There’s only 5 items needed to make these fun sensory crafts. Read more about the sensory bottle activity on Kris’s blog, Book Wishes.
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Check out the St. Patrick’s Day Puzzle Fun Packet for early finishers, available for $3.99 on Educents!

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Wars Around the World Lapbooks Review by Book Wishes

All-Star Blogger and homeschool mom Kris B. from Book Wishes uses Lapbooks quite often in her classroom. Kris received the Wars Around the World Lapbooks in exchange for an honest review of the units. Based on the big smiles in her picture, we think Kris’ kids loved the lapbooks from Knowledgebox Central. Read her entire review on Book Wishes.

Our family fell in love with lapbooks a few years ago! I love how they engage each of my children in the material and give them a completed project at the end for future reference. Then when they are done with that unit or book they have a resource to look back on for questions later on. Recently, we added Wars Around the World Lapbooks by Knowledge Box Central to our homeschooling. I added Wars Around The World by Knowledge Box Central to Einstein’s (age 12) and Curie’s learning (age 11). Since we are studying black history this month, focusing on slavery, Einstein and Curie worked on the American Civil War Lapbook together.

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With Wars Around the World: American Civil War lapbook, right after I printed the packet we were able to dive right into learning about the civil war. There is no guess work on where to place each lapbook piece or how to use the lapbook. Knowledge Box Central gives simple to follow instructions for me the teacher, as well as, simple to follow instructions for the student. Your student can just complete the lapbook very easily themselves or, in our case, I helped Einstein and Curie with each booklet asking questions along the way and making sure they were understanding the material in each section or booklet.

Although there is some suggested websites for further information, I loved that I didn’t have to purchase an additional book to go along with this lapbook. It gives you everything you need to learn about the American Civil War. The complete Civil War study guide is full of information. My children understood each section they read. I had them read it aloud and take turns reading so they could help each other. The images are clean and crisp for your student, no blurry pictures. The total lapbook printed out including the information given is 64 pages.

With the American Civil War lapbook, when you complete the entire study guide your student will have 4 lapbooks in total and you can put them together as one big book!

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My children look forward to completing the other lapbooks in the Wars Around the World.

  • War of 1812
  • French & Indian War
  • American Revolution
  • Spanish American War
  • American Civil War
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • World War I
  • World War II (package of 2 lapbooks for this one)
  • Holocaust

As a homeschooling mom, I know these lapbooks will make a great addition to our learning. They are recommended for ages 5-15, however, I would use your judgement as a parent. These are lapbooks about wars in history so, personally, I choose to use these lapbooks with my middle schoolers. Curie, age 11 and in the 6th grade, and Einstein, age 12 and in the 7th grade.

If you would like to add these wonderful historical lapbooks to your homeschool, head over to Educents where you can download all the wars mentioned above for 73 percent off at $14.99. Each book comes with a complete study guide and all the resources of information are citied at the end of the packet!

I cannot wait to complete the next book. We started working on the Holocaust.

Lapbooks can take some getting used to, but there are so many educational benefits to giving these projects a try!

How to use lapbooks as learning tools:

  • Visual learners – Integration of color psychology challenges brain development through visual stimulation and pattern seeking.
  • Kinesthetic learners are ‘do-ers,’ and love learning by completing the activities.
  • Logical learners will love the step-by-step order and pattern seeking.
  • Social learners – Lapbooks are great for the social setting (i.e. classroom or co-op).
  • Solitary learners – Student instructions are included for independent workers to follow on his/her own.
  • Multi-age classrooms – Lapbooks can be adapted to any age group. Older students can expand on study guides through more research and activities. Younger students can be guided more closely with supervision and help in order to understand the material.

Want to start your own lapbooks in your homeschool or classroom? Educents has a collection of lapbooks available at an affordable price. Thanks for sharing your feedback, Kris!

 

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Lego Rainbow Build Challenge for Kids

Little Liam took on the Lego Rainbow Challenge and built a variety of awesome rainbow structures with Legos he already had around the house. This is a great activity for kids ages 4 to 10 to develop their math, visual, motor, and problem-solving skills.

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Visit Little Bins for Little Hands to learn more about the Lego Rainbow Challenge.

Want more Lego activities? Check out the Lego-themed units on Educents!legothemedcalendar_1

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Presidents’ Day Sale – Save on Toys That Will Make Kids Think

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Looking for ways to make Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day fun? Save an extra 10% on your entire purchase on Educents today through Monday. Use code GEORGE10 at checkout! Toys that make little learners think are a great treat for any classroom or home. These science kits and puzzle-like toys are sure to be a hit with your kiddos!

Get an extra $15 off the Science Club Subscription 

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Save up to $28 on Magformers 30-Piece Building Set

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More than $100 off on Superchraged Science DVDsVols1-2-3_1

Get more than $40 off Four Nature Science Kits weatherlab-600_1_1

Looking for a last-minute Valentine to pass out to friends, family, classmates or colleagues this weekend? Check out our FREE Valentine’s Day Card, printable book to read to loved ones, bouquet of Valentine’s gifts from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, adorable and festive Printable Party Pack, and more Valentine’s Day items!