Archives for June 2016

Owls in the Family

A Book Worth Reading: Owls in the Family

Do you have one of those adventurous children who always loves to try new things?  Or perhaps an animal lover who wants to rescue every creature he sees?  Then Farley Mowat’s Owls in the Family needs to be in your family reading basket!  (Or perhaps not, as you may not want to have owls in your family!)

Owls in the Family begins with two young boys, Bruce and Billy, hunting for an owl’s nest on the Saskatchewan prairie.  Their plan is to get some baby owls that they can raise as pets, but mama owl foils their attempts.  After a storm, though, they go back to check the nest and find it has been destroyed.  A single owlet has survived, though, and they and take him home to care for him, deciding to call him Wol. A couple of weeks later, Billy comes upon some boys tormenting a small owl and trades his pocket knife to the bullies in exchange for the tiny animal.  This owl, named Weeps, also comes to live with Billy’s family.

The owls become part of the family–along with the rest of Billy’s menagerie–and develop their own personalities.  There are so many funny stories in the book, like the disastrous pet parade and the visiting minister who is shocked to find an owl on his shoulder.  Owls in the Family has lots of sweet stories that will make readers laugh, and at the end, will make them a little sad as Billy has to find them a new home.

Owls in the Family is a short chapter book (just under 100 pages), so it makes a good choice for a younger reader to tackle independently or for a short read aloud for the whole family.  Either way, you will enjoy this sweet and funny story–and probably learn about owls, too!

2016 Summer Olympics Unit Study & Lapbook

Free Lapbook for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

The Summer 2016 Olympics are coming, and now is the perfect time to start planning your Olympics unit study!

The official dates for the games are August 5th-August 21st, providing a fun way for you to start your school year.

Stop by Homeschool Share and  pick up some free lapbook printables for the Olympic games.

Olympic Unit Study & Lapbook

This lapbook includes:

  • Geography: Mapping the route of the Olympic torch; Flags;
  • Math: Graphing medals;
  • History: Traditions & Symbols of the Olympic games; Olympic Timeline; Ancient Olympic History; Modern Olympics
  • Science: Health & Nutrition;
  • Language Arts: Write an athlete’s biography; other writing exercises
  • Art: Design an Olympic Logo

Summer Olympics Bonus Lapbook Materials

We also offer a few lapbook items specific to the Summer Olympics. These include:

  • Tracking the weather in Rio
  • Matchbooks with descriptions of events for the Summer Olympics
  • Shape books to record track events as well as water events

Brazil Lapbook

Since the 2016 Olympics are being held in Rio, you may want include a study of Brazil within your Olympics unit study. This lapbook provides a simple overview for Brazil with mini-books on the following topics: time zone, population, culture, sports, religion, animals, landmarks, the flag of Brazil, and simple phrases in Portuguese.

In addition to the lapbooks above, you can find more fun ideas on our Olympics Pinterest Board.

Happy Homeschooling!

20 Amazing Activities for Learning about the Rainforest

Children are fascinated by the rainforest! Incredible animals, giant plants, yummy fruit, chocolate–the rainforest is packed with learning possibilities. If you are planning or considering a rainforest unit study for your homeschool, check out these 20 learning activities including games, lapbooks, snacks, crafts, coloring pages, a famous artist connection, and art projects!20 Rainforest Learning Activities from The Homeschool Share Blog

1. The Great Kapok Tree Unit Study & Lapbook

2. The Parrot Tico Tango Unit Study

3. The Umbrella Unit Study

4. Chocolate Unit Study & Printables

5. Sloths Lapbook

20 Rain Forest Learning Activities from The Homeschool Share Blog

6. Manatee Lapbook

7. Brazil Lapbook

8. Play with a Pineapple and Learn All About Bromeliads

9. Fruit Tree Snack

10. Virtual Visit to the Rainforest

20 Rain Forest Learning Activities from The Homeschool Share Blog

11. Interactive Learning Activity from Sheppard Software

Click on the animals (sloth, jaguar, macaw, tamarin, and poison dart frog) to learn!

12. Chalk Pastel Rainforest Animals

13. Read about famous artist, Henri Rousseau, and create your own Rousseau Jungle

14. Rainforest Habitat Diorama

15. Toco Toucan Drawing Lesson

20 Rainforest Learning Activities from The Homeschool Share Blog

16. Make a South America Animal Map

17. Rain Forest Coloring Pages

18. Animal Mosaic Art Project

19. Twisty Snake Sculptures

20. Rainforest Survival Challenge iPad app

20 Rainforest Learning Activities from The Homeschool Share Blog

Happy Learning! Be sure to check out our Rainforest Connections Page, too!