Friday, 19 August 2016

Camping Word Search

This week's theme for the Unit Study Roundup is Camping. Here is another word printable search item from Tales of Education at Home.

I went to Puzzle Maker and typed in my word list for camping.
I went to this site for a clip art image of a tent.

The word list is below:


To download the word search and the solutions, please go here. You can get it on my Google drive.

Enjoy! :-)

Please take a look at the other blog posts for this unit study roundup:

Exciting Roundup of Yummy Campfire Recipes from Crafty Mama in ME

Books about Camping for Kids from Look! We're Learning!

Camping Activities for Kids from iGameMom

Best Camping Gear for Families from Bambini Travel

Create a Camping Scene with Shape Exploration from Play Dough & Popsicles

Camping Packing List from FrogMom

Fun Camping Ideas that Boost STEM Skills from Schooling a Monkey

Camping Word Search from Tales of Education at Home

Camping Preschool Printables from Living Life and Learning

Camping - How and Why it's Great for Homeschool from School Outdoors!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Not Back to School Picnic

'Tis the season - Back to School season -  that is!  This week's Unit Study Roundup theme is Back to School.  In some areas schools have resumed for the academic year, but where I live, they don't resume until the about the first of September. 

We don't take a summer break from formal lessons because we do things very differently.  Where we live, as home educators or homeschoolers, we do not have to follow the school timetable.  This means that we follow our own schedule and timetable.

We have activities that happen during 'term time' meaning when schools are in session and we follow the school term structure for those.

In September, some home educators like to have 'Not Back To School Picnics'.  This is a celebration of not having to go back to school.  We like any excuse for a picnic in the park. :-) 

These picnics take place all around country and are organised by various local groups.  

If we have a local one to go to in September, I might be able to post photos from it.

For those of you who have started back to your formal lessons, happy schooling!  For those of you who have not started back yet, happy summer holidays!

Here are the other blogs in this week's Unit Study Roundup:

Back to School Teacher Gift {Free Printable Bag Topper} from Crafty Mama in ME

The Best {Back To School} Books For Kids from Play Dough & Popsicles

Back to School Interview for Kids from CraftCreateCalm

Free Kissing Hand Songs, Poems, & Videos to Ease Separation Anxiety from Living Montessori Now

How to Help Kids Back to School from iGameMom

Middle School Student Organizers for Tweens from Look! We're Learning!

Back to School Party Ideas from Schooling a Monkey

Not Back to School Picnic from Tales of Education at Home

Back to School Hand Washing Water Play from Play & Learn Every Day

52 Preschool Themes (& FREE 2016-2017 Preschool Theme Calendar!) from Preschool Powol Packets

Homeschooling? Have a Not Back to School Day from Adventures in Mommydom

Books for Kids About Starting Middle School from Planet Smarty Pants

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

We Are Famous (sort of)

We were involved in a film shoot last week.  M played a school child being picked up from school at the end of the day and I played her mom.  She had to come to me and give me a slip of paper (a little note from the school) and then we were interacting with each other on camera.

I asked her how her day was and she told me it was 'Awesome' and then we had to slowly walk out of the playground.  We had to do the same thing over and over again.  We also needed to do it the same way each and every time.

We were filmed doing this scene 18 times.  14 of those times the camera was in the playground and the other four times the camera was outside of the schoolyard gate.

14 times we had to do the scene without making noise.  We had to mouth our lines to each other.  This was to make sure that the main characters could be heard as they walked through the school playground.  On the takes that we were allowed to speak (when the camera was outside of the gate), we had a hard time actually speaking because we were so trained NOT to speak.  It was a fun time.

The film is called Harry and Grace and is a modern day take on Hansel and Gretel.  It explores the father's culpability in what happens to the children. The director of this film is a 13 year old girl who is also home educated.   Here is a 30 second preview of the film - it is the opening scene:

Harry & Grace - opening shot from Holly Jacobson on Vimeo.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Lighthouse Word Search - Free Printable

This week's Unit Study Roundup is on Lighthouses.  I decided to do a printable word search.

Last week, I also created and shared a word search, here.   I did the same thing by going to Puzzle Maker and I entered the words that I wanted in the lighthouse word search.  This week's words are:





For the images I went here and here downloaded them and inserted them into my word search.

This word search has been DD tested and she rates it as  10/10  for difficulty.  I have put the answer sheet on the second page and explained how the answers work.

I saved this on my Google Drive and you can download it here.

Enjoy :D

Here are some more blogs from the Lighthouse Unit Study:

Visiting the Point Arena Lighthouse with Children from Crafty Mama in ME

Childrens Lighthouse Books from Look! We're Learning!

Lighthouse Printable Number Sequencing Puzzle for Preschool from Schooling a Monkey

Cupcake Liner Lighthouse Craft from Play Dough & Popsicles

Marblehead Lighthouse Marblehead, OH from Something 2 Offer

Lighthouse Word Search from Tales of Education at Home

20 Kid-Friendly Lighthouse Hikes around the World from FrogMom

Friday, 8 July 2016

Moon Word Search - Free Printable

This week's topic for the Unit Study Roundup is Astronauts, Moon, and Space.  I decided to create a word search for this post.

I went to Puzzle Makerand I had a few options for setting up the word search.  I entered the number of words that I wanted to use that all have to do with the moon.

The words that I chose to use for this are:


For the images, I went to Clip Art Lord and downloaded two free images to use with my word search.  In this case, both images have come from and Clip Art Lord credits the creator of all of the images that they share.

This word search has been DD tested and she rates it as  10/10  for difficulty.  I have put the answer sheet on the second page and explained how the answers work.

I saved this on my Google Drive and you can download it here.

Enjoy :D

Please hop on over and read the blog entries from the other bloggers in this roundup:

10 Fun Children's Books about Space from Crafty Mama in ME

Learning about the Solar System for Kids from Look! We're Learning!

Children's Astronaut Books from The Jenny Evolution

Melted Bead Planet Mobile from Schooling a Monkey

Stargazing Apps for Kids from iGameMom

Space sensory salt tray activities from The Usual Mayhem

How to Spot Meteors When Camping from FrogMom

Galaxy Art & Science from Preschool Powol Packets

International Space Station Unit from Bambini Travel

Night Sky Printable Activity from CraftCreateCalm

Outer Space Coloring Pages from Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading

Kids' Books about Mars from Books and Giggles

Outer Space Word Search from The Letters of Literacy

Astronaut Ten Frame Matching Game from The Kindergarten Connection

Armstrong Air and Space Museum Wapakoneta, OH from Something 2 Offer

Moon Word Search from Tales of Education at Home

Astronomy for Kids: The Moon from Planet Smarty Pants

Friday, 24 June 2016

Road Trip Activities

This week's Unit Study Roundup theme is Road Trip Activities.  Everyone has put together some fantastic ideas and resources.  I'm going to share some games that we play and songs that we used to sing on long road trips.

Favourite Songs

When my youngest was a baby, the song that soothed her in the car was 'The Wheels on The Bus.  In case you don't know the song, here is a video with the song/tune.  There are different variations to the verses and this one is fairly close to what we used to sing.

When my eldest was a baby, the song that soothed her in the car was Radetsky March by Johann Strauss.  Here is a video of the march being performed by AndrĂ© Rieu who happens to be one of my favourite performers/conductors.  He conducts the orchestra as he plays his violin.

Number Plate Bingo

In the UK we have a completely different system for number plates.  In Canada and the USA, you can tell where people are from by the number plates on their cars because each province or state has a distinct plate.  In the UK, the plate goes with the car and not the owner.  

You can tell what year a car was registered by looking at the number plate.  It used to be letters that were the indicator and one system had the letter at the end of the number plate and when they ran out of combinations, they moved the letter to the front of the plate.  In 2000, they ran out of combinations so they moved to another system again.  The first one or two letters tell you where a car was registered because they represent the postcode area. The second two numbers tell you which half of the year the car was registered in.  For example, 2001 - 2009 the numbers were 0 for the first six months of the year and 5 for the second six months of the year.  The next three letters on the plate are just random combinations.

A car that was registered in Manchester in 2001 could have M 01 *** or M 51 *** as the first few characters of the number plate.  01 would mean that the car was registered in Manchester between January and June of 2001 and 51 would mean that the car was registered between July and December.  For 2010 to 2019 they use 1 and 6 so a car registered in 2016 in Manchester would have M 16 *** or M 66 ***.

Why have I just said all of this?  Well, it means now we can play number plate bingo!  You can't play number plate bingo unless you know what the number plates look like here.

We could either look for cars registered in a particular area so the first letter or two letters of the number plate, or a car registered in a particular year and keep track of that.  Because the system is so complex, we can't really make a bingo square up in advance so we just make them up as we go along.

Spot The Car

I always ask if they want to play spot the car and they say yes.  Then I start this: there's a car, there's a car and then I get groans from the back seat.  Seriously though, spot the car is a fun game.  You can set up a bingo square and either choose colours of cars or types of cars.

Funny or Interesting Place Names

Some place names are funny and make us giggle and other times they are really interesting.  In Wales, there is a place name that is really long!  It has 59  letters.  Here it is for you with the way to pronounce is in English and its meaning.  I've been told that double Ll is pronounced like a Kl.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (lan-vire-pool-guin-gith-go-ger-u-queern-drob-ooth-clandus-ilio-gogo-goch) is a Welsh word which translates roughly as "St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave".

Please comment with some of your local place names that are funny or interesting. :-) 

Silence Game

Who can be the quietest for the longest?

Nature I Spy

Similar to spot the car but instead of looking for cars, you are looking for something that is in nature along the roadside.

Spelling Bee

Have a spelling competition in the car and obviously you will need to choose age/ability  appropriate words for your smaller children.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

To play this, each player makes a fist and says out loud, "Rock, Paper, Scissors," swinging down his or her fist on each beat. After the third beat, each player makes one of three hand gestures: a closed fist representing "rock," an open hand representing "paper" or a V representing "scissors."

The winning player makes the gestures of the object that will defeat the opponent's object. Since a rock can destroy a pair of scissors, rock beats scissors. Scissors cut paper, so scissors beat paper. Since paper can cover a rock, paper beats rock. If opponents use the same gesture, the game is tied.

Team Storytelling

One person starts a story and the next person adds on to the story.  You can either time them or let them move from person to person when they are ready.

The Banana Game

This is a variation on spot the car, however, people are limited to yellow vehicles.  You can set a time limit i.e. the winner is the one who spots the most yellow vehicles in 15 minutes or half an hour.

Here is topic on Pinterest that has thousands of ideas for you:


Here are the other posts in this blog roundup on Road Trip Activities:

How To Stay Busy On An RV from Crafty Mama in ME
Road Trip Games for Kids from Look! We're Learning!
Best Children Audio Books for Road Trips from The Jenny Evolution
Alphabet Travel Tic Tac Toe from Letters of Literacy
Kids Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Game from Schooling a Monkey
How To Turn Family Travel Into Learning Experiences from iGameMom
Are We There Yet? Maps For Kids from Books and Giggles
5 Fun Things To Do On A Road Trip from The Usual Mayhem
Outdoor Breaks for Road Trips from FrogMom
Best Family Road Trip Music from Bambini Travel
Road Trip Notebooking Pages from Year Round Homeschooling
Travel Journal from Embark on the Journey
Printable Road Trip Games from Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading
Road Trip Activities from Tales of Education at Home
Car Scavenger Hunt from Planet Smarty Pants
Reasons to Make Pit Stops a Priority

Friday, 10 June 2016

Catch Up Post!

I decided that I wanted to blog more often and I also happened to do a search on Facebook for Unit Study groups.  I found a blogging group where everyone blogs to contribute to a unit study.

I have been blogging for that and not really about what we have been doing.  I also started a new blogging venture called Home Educated Not Invisible because I was tired of reading the articles in the news where home educated children were referred to as 'invisible' because they aren't seen by Local Authority 'professionals'.

To bring you up to speed, L is now finished college.  She finished her second year of college a year early.  This would not have been possible if she had remained in school for her entire education career.  She would only be finishing her FIRST year of college right now!

A family friend is finishing his second year of college TWO YEARS early and again this is because of home education.  If he had been in school the entire time, he would just be finishing his GCSE exams!  He is finishing up his second year of A Levels and has offers for university in September.  He's only 16 (in case that wasn't clear)!

M is continuing on the path of home education and has decided that she wants to take Art at college.  She goes to a local music school, Drama Group, Science Club, and History/Geography Club.  She really enjoys her music school and is disappointed when it's closed for school holidays.  All of the children in her class at the music school are home educated.  
Here are the experiments that we have done for Science Club:
 Mentos and Cola, dancing raisins (raisins in fizzy water and comparing the reaction to raisins in still water),  Lava lamp (water, oil, food colouring, denture tablets that fizz), Sound - how size affects sound - musical instruments, making straw reeds, how yeast works (inflating a balloon with yeast), Skeleton,  how fish breathe, sound and resonant frequency (making a wine glass sing) and we watched a video on shattering a wine glass with sound,  pressure and closed system.  We used a rubber glove and a jar.

For History and Geography Club, we did Egypt, Amazon Rainforest, William the Conqueror (Battle of Hastings and Battle of Stamford Bridge), Italy, Mary Cassatt - artist from the Impressionist circle, and Japan.

History and Geography Club and Science Club met every month and so we were quite busy trying to get ready for them.  We had two Science Clubs (due to such a high level of interest) and so we did our Science experiments for two different groups of families.

I also ran a weekly Music Group and our end goal was to get a concert programme ready to perform at a local care home.  It gave the children a chance to perform, it was a free concert venue, the children are learning the value of volunteering, and the residents love to have our group visit them!

We are also moving through our Charlotte Mason Method Curriculum and enjoying some of the stories that we are reading. 

What have you been doing?  Please feel free to share :-)