5 Free Unit Studies Based on Don Freeman Books

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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.

January’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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Don’t you just love new things?   As a Christian, I know that each morning brings new mercies, new beginnings, new chances, but there’s something about the start of a fresh, new year that is extra special.   Perhaps it is the hope that is contained in the start of another year.   We reflect on the past year and often resolve to do things differently in the new year.   The bright beginning of  a new year sparks a chance to renew our commitment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a chance to do more with our loved ones, a chance to rejuvenate our homeschooling.  We are so blessed to have this time with our children. Let’s endeavor to hug them a little more, to remember that the education of our children is about more than just the three Rs, to remember to make each day count.

(Click on the image to get your FREE January Activity Calendar.)

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again
By Diana Loomans

If I had my child to raise over again,

I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less.

I’d do less correcting, and more connecting.

I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

I would care to know less, and know to care more.

I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.

I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.

I’d run through more fields, and gaze at more stars.

I’d do more hugging, and less tugging.

I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.

I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.

I’d teach less about the love of power,

And more about the power of love.

It matters not whether my child is big or small,

From this day forth, I’ll cherish it all.


From all of us at Homeschool Share, may you and your family have a happy, blessed New Year!

November’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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November’s Making the Days Count

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Another month of wonderful opportunities to create some fun memories with your children!  Choose a few and make your days count!

I have a couple of special prayer requests relating to this month.

November is National Adoption Month.  As you probably know, the Brainerd family–owners of Homeschool Share–are trying to adopt a sibling set from Colombia.  Please pray for their adoption journey and their future children.  If you’re able, please help their current adoption fundraising efforts by purchasing a bag of coffee beans either for yourself or as a gift for someone you know.

On November 8 in 1922, surgeon Christiaan Barnard was born.  In 1967, he and his team would perform the first human heart transplant.  What does this have to do with my second request?  Well, one sweet little 9 year old girl I’ve met has already benefited once from Dr. Barnard’s pioneering work.  However, that heart got damaged by illness, and now Maxine is awaiting a new heart.  I’m asking y’all pray for her, the wait, the surgery, and the recovery.   You can read Maxi’s story on her Facebook page Maxi Needs A New Heart.

And on behalf of everyone at Homeschool Share, may you and your family have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

October’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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Making the Days Count

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Woo hoo . . . it’s the one year anniversary of our Making the Days Count activity calendars!  We hope you’ve enjoyed them over the past year, and that you’ve made lots of wonderful memories with your children.

We’re kicking off our second year with lots of fun!  This month you can plan a trip to the roller rink, eat pizza, learn about explorers or earthquakes, bake apple brown betty and oatmeal, create art like Ed Emberly or Picasso, and so much more.  Go through the possibilities and choose some that your children will enjoy.  Not only will you be creating great memories with your kids, but you’ll really be making the days count!

September’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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Making the Days Count

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September . . . what does it mean to you?  I always think of new school supplies, warm days, cool nights, apple picking, baking apple strudel, local fall festivals, and leaves starting to change.

September is one of my favorite months.  There’s just so much to do!  I hope you’ll pick out some fun activities to do with your students this month and make your days count!