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The past week we've been working on a Civics and Government Unit. We've covered the 3 branches of government and the structure of state government, the responsibilities of the federal, state and local governments, why we pay taxes and what kind of taxes there are, as well as some basic civics information (with the card set you see in the photo below on the left).  This is a 40-page packet.

http://homeschoolden.com/2015/03/30/civics-and-government-constitution-worksheets/ #civics   #government  #homeschool
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Free St. Patrick's Day Multiplication Pages -- These were worksheets I made for DD a couple of years ago. Hope someone can use them! ~Liesl 

http://homeschoolden.com/2014/03/08/st-patricks-day-multiplication-pack-2/
Here are some multiplication pages I made for DD when she was working on memorizing her multiplication facts last year.I put together a number of different practice pages. There are 8 pages. As always, it is free to download. St Patricks Day Multiplication Pack. Other St. Patrick's Day Materials ...
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Today we have some new and updated resources to share with you. Over the weekend, I put together a page that has some of the books we use a lot in our homeschool. And I also updated our long list of free homeschool and teaching resources. Hope you find something useful there! 
http://homeschoolden.com/2015/02/23/blog-news-homeschool-resource-page-and-updated-list-of-free-homeschool-and-teaching-resources/
Homeschool Resources: Today I have several great resources for you. The first is a new page of some of the books we use in our homeschool. You'll see that new button in the left side bar. I hope to keep a fairly current list of recommended books from different subject areas (history, science, ...
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Free Dragon Themed Math Worksheets 
I made these Dragon-Themed Math Pages for my daughter who is just beginning to work on Multiplication, They also include Addition-Subtraction pages
http://homeschoolden.com/2015/02/16/dragon-themed-math-pages-beginning-multiplication-addition-subtraction/
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Tomorrow, Valentine's Day, is the last day to get our 50+ page Earth Science Packet free! Be sure to spread the word! http://homeschoolden.com/2015/02/04/earth-science-packet-layers-of-the-earth-plate-tectonics-earthquakes-volcanoes-4-types-of-mountains-and-more/
For a short time only, this Earth Science Unit is free! Please share the news! ~Liesl. Earth Science Worksheet Packet-50pages - Homeschool Unit. This 50+ page Earth Science Packet includes worksheets about the solar system, the layers of the Earth. You'll find worksheets about plate tectonics, ...
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The writing workshop is more than just sitting down together and putting pencil to paper. This is also our time to learn about the writing process, to talk about different writing genres, and to learn about different literary techniques. During our writing workshop, we take the time to explore ...
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This week for science, we took a few days to learn about photosynthesis. I talked about our activities and shared the notebook pages I made for the kids over on the blog. 
http://homeschoolden.com/2015/03/20/photosynthesis-worksheets/
Have a good day! ~Liesl
This week we spent a few days talking about photosynthesis. We covered the basic differences between plant and animal cells last week and I wanted to briefly talk about the process of photosynthesis before moving on to our Human Body unit. We used Botany: Plants, Cells and Photosynthesis ...
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A Study of Cells Unit: Cell organelles and their function, how cell theory developed, the types of cells (eukaryotes vs prokaryotes), animal vs plant cells, cells of the body and more!

This packet is appropriate for upper elementary and middle school (my kids are 11, 9, 7) and it covers the organelles and their function, animal vs. plant cells. We also talked quite a bit about how proteins are made (on a kid-level that is!).  
Our packet includes 35 pages or so of cell worksheets and activities. Enjoy! ~Liesl

http://homeschoolden.com/2015/03/10/cell-unit-cell-organelles-cell-functions-eurkaryotic-vs-prokaryotic-cells-animal-vs-plant-cells-and-more/
We have had such an amazing time with this cell unit. The goal has been not only to help the kids learn the parts of the cells (organelles), their function, and the difference between animal and plant cells, but also to understand the process of protein synthesis (on a kid level).
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Preschool at Home Page
I finally put together a new page which makes it super easy to find our activities for 2-5 year olds. This page has links to dozens of posts... Math Activity ideas for 2-3 year olds, letter activities, phonics-pre-reading games, science experiments to do with young kids, arts and crafts, how to teach handwriting, Montessori activities, and much more. 
http://homeschoolden.com/preschool-at-home/
Preschool activities that include math, science, letter activities, and pre-reading skills can (and should!!) be fun and exciting to a young child! This is a long list of our posts with activities you can do with your 2-5 year olds! We have made a lot of printables over the years, ...
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Viking, Norse Myths & Woodburning Craft: 
We had SO much fun last week for this first section of our Middle Ages unit. If your kids haven't tried woodburning, you might give this a try. My kids loved it! And it involved dragons and fun designs! 
http://homeschoolden.com/2015/02/17/viking-unit-norse-myths-woodburning-craft/
Last week, we combined our study of the Vikings with a new art project — woodburning! We have just started a new unit on the Middle Ages. Last week, we focused on northern Europe and the Vikings/Norsemen. We started by learning the location of the Scandinavian countries.
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Free World Biomes Pin Map -- If you are studying animal habitats or the world biomes (rain forest, desert, savanna/grasslands, deciduous and boreal forests, tundra etc.) you might want to make your own pin map. There's a new post over about it on the blog today. I fixed some links that were not working (after my move from Parents in Jan.) 

http://homeschoolden.com/2015/02/14/world-biomes-pin-map-rainforest-desert-savanna-tundra/
If you are studying about different animal habitats or the word biomes, you may be interested in this free download. I made this world biomes pin map for the kids years ago. It includes a world biomes map and legend has pictures of the boreal and deciduous forests, rain forest, ...
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We made our own shake table to test out the strength of our building projects. This was one of the activities in our Earth Science unit.
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We are a homeschooling family with three kids. We started our blog when the kids were tots and preschoolers... and have shared our educational journey on our blog. A couple of years ago we joined the Parents.com team and moved our blog there.  We call ourselves eclectic homeschoolers... using bits and pieces of whatever works!  When the kids were small we did a lot of Montessori activities.  Now, we do a lot of unit studies, really delving into topics when the interest and passion is there.  These days we share our day to day activities... which include a lot of hands-on activities.  We also share our science and history packs, math and grammar printables and more.  Come visit us at the Homeschool Den!
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