Archives for December 2013

Creating New Year’s Family Traditions {free printable!}

New Year’s is such a fun time for families to create traditions that will last a life time! I have found the most fun ideas for celebrating New Year’s with kids from around the web . . .

So, let’s get to CELEBRATING!

Creating New Year's Family Traditions @homeschoolshare.com

Several times over the past few years I have done little interviews with my children. I absolutely love this idea so much that I asked Ami to create a special New Year’s interview printable for you all! And for me! yay! And after you ask your children all these interview questions, make sure you SAVE it! Put it in a scrapbook, a school portfolio, a baby book . . . something! Years from now this will be a precious memory that you will love reading over!

You can download the interview page by clicking on the image below. You can also TYPE right on this form (in the blue fields)!

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In addition to interviewing your children, here are some more fun ideas to help you celebrate New Year’s with your families!

Fun Ideas for Celebrating New Year’s with Kids

 

Snacks & Foods for New Year’s

We hope you find some ideas here that you can use to create your own family traditions as you celebrate bringing in the New Year together!

Happy 2014 from all of the Homeschool Share family!

 

January Make the Days Count Activity Calendar

Soon the 2013 holidays will be good memories, and the next hunk of the homeschool year can be a bit of a slump.

Our recommendation? Take a peek at our January Calendar and choose some activities to keep you enjoying your time together while you learn and grow.

January Homeschool Activity Calendar from Homeschool Share

Make the days count!

Merry Christmas with Virginia Kahl!

If you have ever enjoyed the classic story The Duchess Bakes a Cake, then you are already familiar with children’s author, Virginia Kahl. Kahl’s fun rhyming stories are sure to put a smile on your face, and we are happy to announce that we have a brand new unit study at Homeschool Share–Plum Pudding for Christmas!

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We’ve also added lessons and lapbook printables to go with any Virginia Kahl book you choose! Study includes lessons for The Middle Ages, Europe, Germany, Austria, Coat of Arms, the seven continents, castles, and more!

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And, we are thrilled to announce that we now offer a complete unit study and lapbook for one of our all-time favorites–
The Duchess Bakes a Cake! Lessons include: Medieval Occupations, archery, feudal society, leavening, catapults, repetition, alliteration, prepositions, dozens, copywork, skip counting, drawing motion, complementary colors, and more!

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You will find all three of these studies and coordinating printables right here. Keep your eye on that page because there just might be more units for Kahl books in the near future!

Enjoy the new studies and these delightful stories. Merry Christmas!

A Christmas Tree in the White House

If you asked your kids what they think it would be like to spend Christmas in the White House, they would probably envision parties, gifts, and huge, decorated Christmas trees. This may be how things are done now, but back in Theodore Roosevelt’s day, things were very different, as they will learn from A Christmas Tree in the White House.

Gary Hines tells the story of how Teddy Roosevelt decrees that because cutting down trees goes against his conservationist views, there will be no Christmas tree in the White House. Roosevelt’s six children are understandably upset that their traditions are being changed and the youngest two make a plan to have some kind of tree for Christmas at the White House. With the help of their Aunt Anna—and using skills their father taught them in a previous game–the boys sneak a tiny tree into the White House and are able to keep it hidden for a while. When their father discovers it, though, he takes them to visit his friend and chief forester, Gifford Pinchot. To Roosevelt’s surprise, though, Pinchot tells the boys that cutting down some small trees can actually be beneficial because it gives the other trees more room and sunlight, so he allows the boys to keep the tree.

At the end of the story Hines includes some biographical information about Theodore Roosevelt as well as his children to provide some context to the story. Without knowing that the entire family enjoyed rambunctious play and crazy antics, this may seem like a tale of rebellion being excused or rewarded, but when you read more about them, you realize that this was the way they interacted. Even though the children did sneak the tree in, I don’t think this is a book that’s going to encourage your children to rebel! Hines also reveals what we know is true about this story and what details have been changed or added.

This is not your typical Christmas book, but your children will enjoy it.  The children’s efforts to hide the tree are amusing and you wonder how they think they’re going to pull this all off–and how is the president going to react?  You may also learn a bit of science as the chief forester tells the Roosevelts about why it’s okay to cut down some trees.

Alexandra Wallner’s charming illustrations are a great accompaniment to the story. They are simple and colorful and draw you into the story without distracting from it. If you enjoy this book, you may want to look into the other books on historical figures that she has written and illustrated.

When you see all the photos and news stories about Christmas in our nation’s capital this year, take some time to pull out A Christmas Tree in the White House and learn about a time two little boys worked to bring a little tree home to the White House.