Freebie Friday – Feb 19, 2010 – Freebies for High School

February 26, 2010 at 7:18 am (Uncategorized)

Welcome to Freebie Friday!

I frequently am asked about freebies for the high school level. Now that I have a highschooler I am realizing how handy it can be to have some free online resources bookmarked.  This week I am sharing resources for highschooler.  Although if you are not ready for high school freebies be sure to keep reading anyway.  The last freebie is a really cool new No-Cost Curriculum that is being developed for preschool through 8th grade. (Preschool through second grade is currently online.)

This first freebie is an amazing resource for Literature Units.  Titles are listed alphabetically and each one has a free printable pdf to use with your student.  My sophomore son is currently using the one on The Canterbury Tales.

Ambleside Online is completely free and most of the books in the reading schedule can be downloaded and read for free or even printed.

Another wonderful free curriculum is An Old-Fashioned Education:  It currently covers through 11th grade and 12th grade is being developed currently.

Free World U a free flash card curriculum for K-12.

If you are looking for a way to teach your student computer programing check out Alice! This is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web.

For younger kids check out Head of the Class free online curriculum!

Happy Homeschooling,



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Happy Birthday My Girl!

February 25, 2010 at 8:32 am (Uncategorized)

9!  She is NINE!  YIKES!  We are in her last year of single digits….Time passes soooooooo fast! 

Happy, Happy Birthday to my sweet little girl!

Here are a few pics taken 9 years ago today…..

Happy Homeschooling,


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Mad Science – Dry Ice

February 24, 2010 at 7:34 am (Uncategorized)

For our second Mad Science class at my house we explored the wonders of dry ice!

Here is some of what we did and learned this week:

  • Dry Ice is frozen carbon dioxide and has a temp of -109F (Don’t touch!)
  • There are 3 states of matter – solid, liquid and gas.
  • Sublimation is when a solid because a gas without turning into a liquid.
  • We watched dry ice sublimate!
  • We talked about how carbon dioxide gives soda it’s bubbles.
  • We tasted carbon dioxide bubbles. (It taste like flat soda or a burp! LOL)
  • We trapped carbon dioxide inside a soap bubble and then popped them.

Freezing water in a spoon that is touching dry ice.

Blowing up a balloon with carbon dioxide.

Playing with the gas!

Making bubbles….

All the kids wanted their mom’s to touch the bubbles because it was SO cool!

:Passing out a taste of carbon dioxide!

Having a taste.  It’s NOT so yummy!

Happy Homeschooling,


Read my other posts on Mad Science:
Mad Science Kid’s Day
Mad Science at My House – Watt’s Up?

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Valentine Party

February 23, 2010 at 8:23 am (Uncategorized)

Well, due to snow our Valentine pary had to be postponed a week…but we finally got to have it a week late!

Here is the party in pictures.

Bean Bag Toss game…

Parachute game…

Lots of food…

And the story of St. Valentine…

We also had our bookmark craft, a valentine exchange and LOTS of FUN!

Happy Homeschooling,


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February 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm (Uncategorized)

Yep, I turned 45 this weekend!  WOW!  That is a BIG number!  LOL  My family treated me very well, they took me away for a resort weekend!  We had a great time hanging together and having fun as a family!  I am very blessed!

Me with my littles.

With all 3 of my kiddos…

With my hubby! I keep telling my self 45 is just a number.  (Although it is the number that means I am half way to 90!  LOL)  I closed my eyes this weekend (while I was in the hot tub) and pondered this question…If I woke up tomorrow and didn’t know how old I was….how old would I feel?  Homeschooling and keeping up with my kids keeps me feeling young!  I don’t think I feel a day over 30!  ;^)

Happy Homeschooling,


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Scanning Electron Microscope Opportunity

February 19, 2010 at 8:34 am (Uncategorized)

You all know how I love a good FREEBIE!  Here is a really COOL free Science opportunity! 

ASPEX Corporation (a leader in automated microanalysis) is offering FREE scan of ANY item you choose to mail them on their Scanning Electron Microscope! Here is how it works:

1. Download and print this form from the ASPEX website.

2. Fill out the form and mail it along with the sample you want scanned to:

ASPEX Corporation
Free Sample Submissions
175 Sheffield Dr.
Delmont, PA 15626

3. Once ASPEX has completed the scan, the images and report will be posted on ASPEX’s website here.

Note: It should take about 2 weeks for the results to post to the ASPEX website, and they will also notify you via email. Samples scanned for free will not be returned.

This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to see an item on a super high power microscope!  Have you ever seen the little hairs on the eye of a fly?  Or up close in the crack of a piece of granite? What does dog hair look like magnified thousands of times?  Want to know what moldy cheese really looks like up close? Whatever you are curious to see they will scan and post your pictures online.  This would be a great group project!  You could get all your homeschool friends together and send in your items.  Then you could complete to see who had the grossest, coolest, most unusual, smoothest, most spiral, etc. item.  The kids could write reports about the difference.  I bet you could even work a lapbook into this somehow! 

You can find out everything you need to know about this HERE.

And it’s all free!

Happy Homeschooling,


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Glow Stick Man!

February 18, 2010 at 9:41 am (Uncategorized)

This week at youth group the kids had a black light night.  They were suppose to come dressed to glow!  There were prizes for brightest costume, best use of materials and best overall costume.  My son won best overall costume! 

Here he is!

In the light he looked like this…
To make his costume we used ten 22 inch glow sticks, clear packing tape and saftey pins.  I activated the glow sticks and then taped together 3 for the legs, 3 for the arms, 2 for the body and 2 for the face. Most of the places it is pinned to his clothing.  At the wrists and ankles it is taped around him.

Here he is in full black light glory!  LOL

If you look close on this one you can see a tiny bit of his shilouette behind the glow in this shot.

Standing out in the crowd!

Needless to say, he had a FUN night!

Happy Homeschooling,


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Wordless Wednesday – Snow, Snow, Lot's of Snow!

February 17, 2010 at 8:42 am (Uncategorized)

Happy Homeschooling,


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Dragon Parade Puppet

February 16, 2010 at 8:16 am (Uncategorized)

In March our homeschool groups Kid’s Day will be Soups Around the World.  There are 6 locations that we will have tables and soup from: China, Italy, Mexico, Africa, Hawaii and Alaska.  Our family is assigned to group that is doing the China table.  Since Chinese New Year was last weekend it was a perfect chance to kick off our China study!  Saturday we joined another family in the group to go to the Dragon Parade at a local Chinese Mall.  Sadly I forgot my camera!  But, the kids had a blast and are SO excited to learn more about China now. 

Since they loved the Dragon Parade so much I thought I would have them make their own dragon puppets. 

Here they are!

My little man LOVED it at the Dragon Parade when the dragon breathed FIRE!  Notice we had to add fire to his puppet!

Here are my wiggly-giggly littles having fun with their puppets.

I found the free printable for this HERE.    You will also find free printable dragon masks and several other great Chinese New Year crafts at the link above.

Happy Homeschooling,


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Haitian Creation Purse Party Fundraiser

February 15, 2010 at 7:39 am (Uncategorized)

First off I wanted to post an update on my 2 friends who were personally effected by the earthquake in Haiti.

First off my friend R******* has evacuated to the United States with her 2 children.  This was a very difficult decision for her, but the right one.  Her husband remains in Haiti running the school they both worked at, which is now a hospital. Please pray for this family.  They have been through a lot since the earthquake and being apart is hard.  (I speak from experience since my husband and I were apart over a year when we moved from Las Vegas due to not being able to sell our home.)  Add on top of this the trauma of the earthquake, losing so many people they loved and leaving the place they have chosen to live as missionaries.  It’s A LOT to handle!

Also, our friends who were adopting the 2 children from Haiti now have them HOME!  It was quite and adventure with much stress for all involved.  But, they have been in the USA about 10 days now!  They are all adjusting well, learning to communicate and loving every minute of it!  Thank you for your prayers for this family too!

Now about that purse party!  My friend R******* let me know about an ministry in Haiti that helps women and children.  One of the ways they do this is by training women to sew purses and then selling them through purse parties in the USA.  ALL of the money raised by having a purse party goes directly to Haiti!  Right now half of the money goes to the women who sew them and half go to the relief efforts.  This is something fun and easy that any of us can do to raise money for Haiti!  I signed up and got my bags in the mail last week.  They are GORGEOUS!  My daughter and I had a hard time picking which ones we wanted, because we wanted them ALL! 

These are the ones we finally selected.
This is what the boys in our house are buying us for our birthdays this month!

If you are interested in raising money for Haiti I encourage you to have a purse party.  It doesn’t cost you a thing.  You get to have a PARTY with your friends and you will be helping with the relief efforts and blessing mom’s in Haiti!  This has been a great way to get my kids involved in raising money for Haiti.  They are so excited to tell everyone about the party and they can’t wait to see how many we sell! 

You can learn more about this ministry HERE.

And if you don’t want to have a party you can still help by buying a bag for yourself!  You can shop online HERE.

Happy Homeschooling,


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