March Holidays and Fun Days

Try these activities for March Holidays and Fun Days to help break the monotony and add excitement, interest, and learning to your homeschool day.
Try these activities for March Holidays and Fun Days to help break the monotony and add excitement, interest, and learning to your homeschool day.

March Holidays and Fun Days

March 2 – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

March 11 – Johnny Appleseed Day

March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day

March 20 – Spring Begins

March 23 – Chip and Dip Day

Your kids will love you for letting them celebrate this day. Any chip or dip will do, as long as you put them together! Try these dip recipes:

March 30 – Take a Walk in the Park Day

No explanation needed here. Go to a local park and enjoy the outdoors while getting some exercise.

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6 Ways to Build Family Culture Around Books

The following is a guest post from Jamie Martin

As a homeschooling mom, do you ever feel that you’re not doing enough to help your family fall in love with books? I know – we sometimes layer the mommy guilt on thick. But it doesn’t have to be complicated to make reading a natural part of your family’s life.

It doesn’t have to be complicated to make reading a natural part of your family’s life. Here are six ways to build your family's culture around books.

Here are six ways to build your family’s culture around inspiring books.

1. Use the library in a way that works for you

When it comes to using the library, my family has been through different seasons. At one time, taking my children there didn’t work because of their young ages. During that time, I still used the library by going alone and choosing books for the kids.

If you can’t make it to a library right now, think about what you can substitute instead. Do your best using what’s available to you.

2. Don’t feel tied to bedtime reading

Rarely in my life have I enjoyed bedtime reading with my kids. It’s a fact I tried to hide for ages because it felt like the parenting police might show up and take me away. In all honesty, by the time evening arrives, I lack the patience to enjoy stories with my children.

Bedtime isn’t the only acceptable reading time. I prefer mornings when I have the most energy. If you try and fail, don’t assume that reading aloud won’t work for you – just get creative with your timing.

3. Invite the whole family

Several years into forming our reading foundation, I realized my husband missed out on most of it. So we began a family reading time after dinner, while everyone is still at the table.

Our most successful readings have been short (10 – 15 minutes) even if that means stopping in the middle of a chapter. It’s better to leave them wanting more than to have everyone give a sigh of relief when you’re done.

4. Drop a book if it isn’t connecting with everyone

Recently, we started reading the Narnia series and reached a title that didn’t connect with everyone. I pulled out all the stops – doing crazy voices for characters, making the readings shorter, and taking the time to talk about what we were reading. But it wasn’t much fun since not all of us were enjoying it.

Family reading time is about bonding and deepening relationships. You need everyone “in” for it to work. So return that well-written book to the shelf for another season.

5. Talk about what you’re reading

Our kids need to see that reading isn’t only a child’s activity. Or worse – something assigned to endure until you can move on to something “fun.” Do this easily by setting the example yourself.

There’s no pressure to read from someone else’s list of official classics. Begin with your own interests, whatever they may be.

6. Travel the world through books and have a life-changing adventure

Traveling expands our horizons and takes us out of our comfort zones. As we discover new cultures, we bond with each other and enlarge our vision. But few families have the savings accounts needed to spend a year seeing the world first-hand. Why not do it from your living room sofa instead?

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time

Using my book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, you can literally travel around the world, all from the comfort of home. Your whole family can fall deeper in love with books, God’s world, and each other page by page. There’s not a better adventure to take this side of eternity!

Jamie C. Martin lives a global life at home every day with four countries (England, India, Liberia, and the USA) represented under her roof. She blogs at SimpleHomeschool.net where she’s been writing since 2010 about mindful parenting and intentional education.

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Free 2016 – 2017 Homeschool Planner

It's time to plan for next year, and this amazing free homeschool planner will help you easily organize your school year with printable logs, calendars, and more.

With the current school year ending for most of us, it’s time to plan the next school year. And Lisa of HomeschoolPlanners.com has an amazing free resource for you to help you easily organize your homeschool year.

The homeschool planner includes:

  • Attendance logs
  • Field trip logs
  • Reading logs
  • Student forms in six different colors so that you can color-coordinate a set for each child
  • Monthly calendars for August of 2016 through July of 2017
  • Weekly calendar pages in a vertical format (perfect for those who love to decorate their planners with washi tape or stickers)
  • Plenty of room to write your daily agenda, whether you prefer to block it out by morning/afternoon/evening or by time slots
  • And more!

Download your free planner here:

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About Lisa: I am a stay-at-home mom raising three incredible kids with the most wonderful hubby. I created this planner for other moms, just like me, that are desperate to keep their sanity while juggling our many responsibilities. Homeschooling can be challenging. I’ve offered this planner for free because, as a homeschooler myself, I understand that our budgets oftentimes are stretched to the limit. My prayer is that this planner helps you to organize your time so that there is more of it to spend with your precious family.

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Cooking with Kids FREE Resources

Today we have a couple of great free downloads for you from Michelle Stern of What’s Cooking with Kids. While these resources aren’t designed for homeschoolers, they can certainly be used by them.

Michelle is the founder of What’s Cooking with Kids, a certified green business focused on educating parents and teachers about healthy cooking with kids. Michelle’s mission is to inspire families and teachers to cook with kids, eat healthy ingredients, and pay attention to the environmental impact of their food choices.

You would normally have to pay for these resources, but Michelle is offering them to you for FREE. Just click on the images below to download.

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking in the Classroom includes:

  • Why Should You Cook with Students (including subject area learning targets)
  • Setting Up for Success
  • Tips on Getting Organized and Reducing Food Waste
  • Suggested Tools for Cooking with Children (in a kitchen or a classroom)
  • Age Appropriate Cooking Tasks
  • Safety Suggestions
  • Tasting Activities and a Produce Tasting Chart
  • Optional Teaching Extensions
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Would You Rather…Food Edition

Would You Rather, Food Edition is a fun and interactive activity that can be used to build vocabulary, develop critical thinking skills, and evaluate student understanding of food-related concepts.

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