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!

5 Free Unit Studies Based on Don Freeman Books

Don Freeman was born on August 11, 1908.  He loved writing and illustrating children’s books, and he is famous for bringing to life a beloved bear named Corduroy.

We happen to like Corduroy and Don Freeman a lot at Homeschool Share; we offer FIVE unit studies based on his books.

1. Corduroy Lapbook Printables and Activities
For your youngest students (ages 2-4), we have a Corduroy Lapbook. Color, cut, paste, learn about rhyming words, find a mystery toy, make button patterns, and more! Don’t miss this one.

2. A Pocket for Corduroy Unit Study Lessons and Lapbook Printables
If you enjoy the Corduroy Lapbook with your preschooler, you should also try our A Pocket for Corduroy Unit Study. Lisa takes her beloved bear to the Laundromat where Corduroy realizes he doesn’t have any pockets. Corduroy goes on a funny journey looking for one. In the end, Lisa sews a pocket on Corduroy’s green overalls, and tucks his name inside.

3. Dandelion Unit Study Lessons and Lapbook Printables
Ages 4-6 will have fun with a Level 2 unit based on Freeman’s book, Dandelion. Dandelion reminds us all that we don’t need to try to impress our real friends. Lessons include: lions, weather, listmaking, being yourself, counting, shapes, occupations, learning your address, and more!

4. Squirrel Unit Study Lessons and Lapbook Printables
Earl the Squirrel is one of Freeman’s lesser known books, but Earl’s adventure is one worth reading. Our Squirrel Unit Study and Lapbook incorporates this book for the main lessons. Targeted age group: ages 4-8.

5. Norman the Doorman Unit Study Lessons and Printables
Our unit based on Freeman’s Norman the Doorman is for ages 8-10 and includes a wide range of topics for study: Greece/Greek Myths,  armor, museums, hobbies, mice, snow, iron, bronze, cheese, simile, singular/plural, capitalization, homophones, fractions, doing your best, sculpture, and more!

You can choose one (or more) of these units and celebrate the work of Don Freeman this month!

iHomeschool Network is celebrating lots of birthdays! Check out the other Birthday Lessons in August posts.

March {Name the Mystery Study} Giveaway! Part 3

This month we are teaming up with Amanda Bennett Unit Studies.

Every single blog reader can win. Yes, you read that right.

Every single one of you can win a FREE Download N Go unit study
{of your choice} from ABUS!

This is your last chance to win. Here is how it works:

Amanda Bennett FREE Unit Study Contest

Can you figure out which Download N Go  Unit Study the excerpts are from? Scavenge through the Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett website and determine which study goes with the clues! It might be tricky–lots of terrific topics are covered in one single study, but I think you can do it!

Get started with the Rafflecopter below. Have fun. I hope YOU win!

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March {Name the Mystery Study} Giveaway! Part 2

This month we are teaming up with Amanda Bennett Unit Studies.

Every single blog reader can win. Yes, you read that right.

Every single one of you can win a FREE unit study
{of your choice} from ABUS!

You’ll have three chances this month to win. Today is your second. And this week you will win a FREE Passport Geography Unit!

Amanda Bennett FREE Unit Study Contest

Can you figure out which Passport  Unit Study the excerpts are from? Scavenge through the Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett website and determine which study goes with the clues! It might be tricky–lots of terrific topics are covered in one single study, but I think you can do it!

Get started with the Rafflecopter below. Have fun. I hope YOU win!

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Summer Olympics 2012

Something’s coming in July; it’s the 2012 Summer Olympics!

You can easily sneak in a few extra school days by viewing the exciting athletic events and using the free printables from Homeschool Share!

There are a variety of mini books for your lapbook as well as a few notebooking pages for older students.


Since the Olympics are being held in London this year, it would also be the perfect time to use the England Country Study and Lapbook.

If you’re looking for more hands-on Olympic Game fun, be sure to check out the Homeschool Share blog team’s Olympics Pinterest Board!