Frog Unit Study and Lapbook

FREE Frog Unit Study

You can start planning your frog unit with Homeschool Share’s FREE Frog Unit Study & Lapbook.

FREE Frog Unit Study & Lapbook from Homeschool Share

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All About Frogs by Jim Arnosky

Frogs by Gail Gibbons

Frogs, Toads, and Turtles by Diane Burns

Growing Frogs by Vivian French

Watch Me Grow Frog by DK Publishing

Art Ideas

Royal Frogs

by Very Mom

Paint and tissue paper collide in this bright royal frog art project.

Royal Frogs by Very Mom

Texture Frogs

from Art with Mrs. Seitz

Texture Frogs from Art with Mrs. Seitz

Frogs with Woven Eyes

by That Artist Woman

Frogs with Woven Eyes by That Artist Woman

Rizzi Frogs

From Art with Mrs. Seitz

Frogs in the style of famous artist, James Rizzi.

Rizzi Frogs from Art with Mrs. Seitz

Craft Projects

Paper Plate Frog Mask

from My Little 3 and Me

Paper Plate Frog Mask from My Little 3 and Me

Jumping Frogs

from Free Kids Crafts

Jumping Frogs from Free Kids Crafts

 

Food Fun

Frog Sandwiches

from The Chaos and the Clutter

Fun Frog Sandwiches from The Chaos and the Clutter

Grape and Apple Frogs

from Clean and Scentsible

Apple Frogs from Clean and Scentsible

Pin Board

Find even MORE Froggy Fun on our Frog School Pinterest Board!

Frog Theme Pinterest Board

Younger Student Hopping Along?

Try our Frog Frolic Kindergarten Kit

Frog Frolic Kindergarten Kit from Homeschool Share

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Election Time Teaching Helps

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Question:

With all the media attention on the presidential debates and upcoming election, I want my kids to understand what it is all about. Where do I start?

Answer:

As “the principal part of everything is the beginning,” that is where I would start.

This article, Presidents of the United States by Gregory Allan, tells who the first nine Presidents of The United States of America were, and they aren’t who most think! This article is a great discussion starter and can lead to many rabbit trails.

Then I’d check out the Elections Connections Page at Homeschool Share.

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Here you’ll find a list of recommended books, and FREE Lapbooks, Unit Studies, and other Printables.

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This FREE Elections Lapbook explains the history of the election process, as well as political party structure.

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Your elementary age children may enjoy reading and completing the FREE Unit Study for The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCulley, a picture book about women’s right to vote.
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They may also enjoy So You Want to be President, which Jen reviews HERE.

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If your children want to learn more about the individual presidents, check out Homeschool Share’s Presidents Connections Page.

There you will find a recommended book list, and FREE Unit Studies and Lapbooks, including this Presidents Lapbook with oodles of printables that can be used individually or assembled into a lap-n-note.
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Teens may want to dig a bit deeper into understanding the differences between political parties. Richard Maybury’s book, Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused? is a great primer. There are FREE Notebooking Pages HERE.

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As you are watching the debates with your children, it will benefit them to understand the basics of argumentation and how to recognize bad reasoning. The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn is a great introduction to propaganda techniques.

You can encourage older children to answer some critical thought questions, such as:

Does my vote really count?

What are the pros and cons of electronic voting versus the paper ballot?

Stalin said, “Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.” What are the stop gaps in place to prevent vote fraud and are they sufficient?

Is it ok to choose the lesser of evils?

Do you agree with this statement made by Lysander Spooner: “A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.” Why or why not?

Not enough resources for ya? Ok then…

How about a FREE copy of Presidential Elections, A Complete Resource with Historical Information Activities and Ideas by Julia Hargrove!
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It has everything you need to make learning about the elections an easy, exciting and meaningful experience. I’ll send a free book to the 30th commenter. Rules are simple:

-Post a comment to this post, being sure to include an active e-mail address for me to contact you if you win.

-You may post up to two comments

-Winner will need to reply to my e-mail requesting snail mail address so I can ship the book to you!

Good luck and have fun!

 

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Tea Time with Great Artists

Have you tried Tea Time yet?  Brew a hot pot of tea (or mix up some cold lemonade), light some candles, read some books together, eat a delicious snack, and then, if you are inspired, try an art activity. Tea Time can be a special memory making time in your homeschool.

Tea Time with Great Artists (would make a fabulous homeschool co-op class!) from Walking by the Way

Another way to incorporate Tea Time is to facilitate a class at your local co-op. If you don’t have co-op, find a few families and take turns hosting Tea Times. Once you try it, you will probably be hooked! It won’t be hard to start a Tea Time with Great Artists class because we already have ideas ready for you; check the artists list below to find biography information, book title suggestions, snack suggestions, and art project ideas.

Artists –

Michelangelo (1475 – 1564)

Raphael (1483-1520)

John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)

John James Audubon 1785-1851

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Van Gogh (1853-1890)

Grandma Moses (1860 –1961)

Wassily Kandinsky (1866 – 1944)

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

Paul Klee (1879 – 1940)

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986)

 Norman Rockwell (1894 –1978)

Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976)

Rene Magritte (1898 – 1967)

Jackson Pollock (1912 –1956)

Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997)

Andy Warhol (1928 –1987)

Enjoy learning about these amazing artists while at the same time inspiring yours!

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Cook with Books: The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit

Cook with Books: The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit

We recently read Carol Ryrie Brink’s The Highly Trained Dogs of Professor Petit.  If you haven’t read this sweet story before, you’re missing out! There’s humor, adventure, and mystery in this short chapter book and it’s a good read for the whole family.

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It’s also a great book to read for National Puppy Day on March 23rd–and a great time to cook up some yummy treats for the puppies in your family!

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This recipe comes from my friend (and fellow homeschooling mom!) Nancy, and our dog has liked them so much, so I’m thankful she shared this recipe with us!  I love that it uses ingredients I usually already have on hand.

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Just mix your flour, egg,…

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pumpkin, and peanut butter!

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Roll out the dough and cut out shapes–How cute is this set??  All that’s left is the baking.  Easy peasy!

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If you are talented like Nancy, you can melt candy melts or yogurt chips to decorate them, too!  Wouldn’t these make cute gifts?

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Hobo was so happy to get to be the official taste tester!

Here’s the full recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together well
  2. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, depending on how soft or crunchy you want them
  4. Melt candy melts or yogurt chips to decorate treats

Your puppy will thank you!

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