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July 14, 2011

Crickets, Unit Study and Activity Book

Crickets, Unit Study and Activity Book

via Crickets, Unit Study and Activity Book.



Not all the tiny creatures you see creeping and crawling and flying are truly bugs. When somebody says, “Ooh, look at the bug!” he might be pointing at a beetle with six legs, or a spider with eight legs, or a centipede with many legs. Or he might be pointing at a stink bug, which belongs to the only family scientists call bugs. But in this book we call them all bugs to make it easier.

This book is on the singing bug called the cricket, and also talks about the cricket’s cousins, the grasshopper, cicada and katydid.

This activity unit is suitable for early and more advanced learners, and for a theme within your homeschool classroom.


June 16, 2010

Website Updates St Aiden’s Homeschool

Dear Friends, Subscribers & customers,

Thank you for downloading one or more of our products at either our website or from!

This is one of two emails – and I apologize in advance if the 1st one did in fact go through, apparently it did not. This is a preview of new unit studies recently uploaded. As always the unit study prices have been kept to an affordable $4,95, unless otherwise stipulated. On the website the units are free. Notwithstanding this, if this mail is successful, a further mail will be sent out with specific new free downloads! Please bear with me.

Come with me to Africa

I am hoping in the next day or two to have our FIFA World Cup Printable/interactive Unit Study iploaded and published – this in itself is 35 printable unit studies in one, with each unit being spread over a week. Bonuses are appropriate recipe books for Mom, craft projects, full schedules and teams and more. Interactive activities make this a MUST!

Hopefully my email will be successful this time , I do apologise for dysfunctional and erratic mails – we are working on resolving the technical issues J

Have a beautiful week . Please remember that printables and ebooks, teaching resources etc. are still available for free on St Aiden’s website.

Blessings on your Homeschooling Journey


St Aiden’s Homeschool at Currclick

You may not care how much I know, but you don’t know how much I care.”

The information is presented language that can be geared towards older or younger students. The language and terminology as is is thus suitable for around Grades 4-5, but with discussion and explanation it is suitable for younger learners. Older learners will be able to study the information and complete the activities with a minimum of assistance. The Activities, Comprehension and Revision exercises are ranged from young learners to older learners.

To cover all elementary age groups I have also included crossword puzzles, word-searches, lesson plans, crafts and activities for the range Pre-K upwards. Particularly for the kindergarten/grades 1-2 age groups I have included squirrel thematic printables that can be used in a classroom theme or Homeschool room setting.

Teaching Guides, Lesson Plans and ideas, as well as the geography, history & location of the very many species of these beautiful creatures, many of which are endangered, have been included.

Simple & healthy snacks and recipes are sure to delight any child (and adult), while riddles, songs and finger plays, Squirrel Games complete the early learning thematic unit. A special section on learning/teaching Haiku is a fun inclusion in this unit.

This book is on the topic of ‘Ants’ with the target audience being those who are 6-13 years old. The project will cover many species of ants, (and a few other bugs), that children have heard of, or that may be particularly interesting to them. A comprehensive unit study, this book comprises lessons, activities and guides which will assist in providing a complete study of ants in their various forms.

Learning about ants is fun! With a little creativity there is no end to the learning opportunities which may be based around the theme of ants. Maybe it’s their amazing societal structure, feats of strength or ability to survive almost anywhere on the planet that have caused children (and many adults!) to be fascinated by ants.

Learners should be encouraged to record observations. Brief descriptions of the appearance and development of insects, the injury they do, and remedies for the same, will help fix in mind facts which otherwise might soon be forgotten. Drawings, whenever possible, should also be required. The learner who can record observations accurately with drawings will not soon forget them. The pages of this book may be printed and kept in a file-folder together with any notes, drawings or observations made by your child. Pages have been included within this unit study for the recording of such information. By making use of a file-folder you will be able to make use of the unit study for reference purposes and also as a gauge in assessment at a later stage.

This book has been compiled as a result of extensive research and from my own learning experiences and homeschooling journey with my beloved children. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the requirements of homeschooling in your area as each country/State has different requirements. At the end of the book you will find a selection of reports, registers and logs that you can make use of in your homeschooling schedule. I wish you and your family the very best and applaud your decision to home educate your child. After all we, as parents, we around a lot longer than the man-made public education system and who better to teach our children than their parents? May you be blessed in this decision and remember that learning is fun!!

Our gift to you: With this book you will receive a download link for a zip file containing additional mini unit study Notebooks. All files are in PDF format. You will require Winzip (or a similar programme) to unzip the files. The Gift Books are all between around 54 & 70 pages in length.


From Plastic Bags to Soccer Balls #worldcup #southafrica #Eco #Recycle

In time for FIFA 2010 World Cup Soccer, hosted by South Africa

Plastic bags are so cheap to produce, sturdy, plentiful, easy to carry and store that they have captured at least 80 percent of the grocery and convenience store market since they were introduced a quarter century ago, according to the Arlington, Virginia-based American Plastics Council.

As a result, the totes are everywhere. They sit balled up and stuffed into the one that hangs from the pantry door. They line bathroom trash bins. They carry clothes to the gym. They clutter landfills. They flap from trees. They float in the breeze. They clog roadside drains. They drift on the high seas. They fill sea turtle bellies.

“The numbers are absolutely staggering,” said Vincent Cobb, an entrepreneur in Chicago, Illinois, who recently launched the Web site to educate the public about what he terms the “true costs” associated with the spread of “free” bags. He sells reusable bags as a viable solution.

According to Cobb’s data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2001 on U.S. plastic bag, sack, and wrap consumption, somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. Of those, millions end up in the litter stream outside of landfills—estimates range from less than one to three percent of the bags.

The American Plastics Council said the industry works with its U.S. retail customers to encourage recycling of plastic bags, which are in high demand from companies  for use in building materials.

“We also feel it is important to understand that plastic grocery bags are some of the most reused items around the house,” the spokesperson said. “Many, many bags are reused as book and lunch bags as kids head off to school, as trash can liners, and to pickup dog”s droppings off the lawn.”

But like candy wrappers, chewing gum, cigarette butts, and thousands of other pieces of junk, millions of the plastic bags end up as litter. Once in the environment, it takes months to hundreds of years for plastic bags to breakdown. As they decompose, tiny toxic bits seep into soils, lakes, rivers, and the oceans.

Plastic Fantastic

The Film and Bag Federation, a trade group within the Society of the Plastics Industry based in Washington, D.C., said the right choice between paper or plastic bags is clearly plastic.

Compared to paper grocery bags, plastic grocery bags consume 40 percent less energy, generate 80 percent less solid waste, produce 70 percent fewer atmospheric emissions, and release up to 94 percent fewer waterborne wastes, according to the federation.

Robert Bateman, president of Roplast Industries, a manufacturer of plastic bags—including reusable ones— said the economic advantage of plastic bags over paper bags has become too significant for store owners to ignore. It costs one cent for a standard plastic grocery sack, whereas a paper bag costs four cents, he said.

Adapted from:  National Geographic

These bags are known as green bags in Australia due to their relative environmental friendliness and usual (though far from universal) green colour. Green Bags and similar reusable shopping bags are commonly distributed at the point of sale by supermarkets and other retail outlets. They are intended to be reused repeatedly to replace the use of hundreds of HDPE plastic bags. Most green bags are made of 100% Non-woven Polypropylene which is recyclable but not biodegradable. Some companies claim to be making NWPP bags from recycled material, however with current manufacturing techniques this is not possible.

A reusable shopping bag, sometimes called bag for life is a type of shopping bag which can be reused several times: this is an alternative of single use paper or plastic bags. It is often made from fabric such as canvas, woven synthetic fibres, or a thick plastic that is more durable than disposable plastic bags, allowing multiple use.

Reusable shopping bags are a kind of carrier bags, which are available for sale in supermarkets and apparel shops. Reusable shopping bags requires less waste of natural resources such as oil and less emission of carbon dioxide to produce than plastic bags.

Here we teach youngsters how to make soccer balls from plastic bags.

What You’ll Need:

Plastic shopping bags, carrier bags or plastic grocery bags  are a common type of shopping bag in several countries. Most often these bags are intended for a single use to carry items from a store to a home: reuse for storage or trash (bin bags) is common. Heavier duty plastic shopping bags are suitable for multiple=

  • Old Newspaper, cloth or sponge
  • Old Plastic Shopping bags, bubblewrap and a Burlap sack if you can find one (The strong ones used to carry compost)
  • Some string, sticky tape and/or elastic bands

What to do:

  1. Start by taking your newspaper, cloth or sponge and roll it up into a ball.
  2. Take the string or elastic and tie it around the ball.
  3. Place the ball into a plastic bag and tie a knot with the two ennds.
  4. Then tie some more elastics or string around the plastic bag.
  5. Repeat step 3 a couple of times until you are happy with the size of the ball.
  6. Lastly, place the ball into the surlap Sack, if you found one, to give it a strong outside layer and then securely tie it down one last time with your strong, elastic bands and sticky tape.

Many children living in poverty love soccer, but have never played with a real soccer ball. They make them out of rags or corn husks. This boy made one out of plastic bags. World Vision’s “Get a Kick Out of Sharing” project allows you to donate new or gently used soccer balls to bring joy to these kids. Contact Mike Lane at 1-800-642-1616, ext. 2, or


Here’s AIDS orphan Paulo on how to make a Malawian soccer ball:

1. You take an old blanket.
2. Rip the blanket into strips.
3. Tie the strips together to make longer strips of fabric.
4. Weave the strips of fabric into a ball shape.
5. Wrap the ball with an old plastic bag.
6. Wrap the plastic ball with more blanket strips.
7. You will get a Malawian soccer ball.

Hmm, sounds like they could use sports equipment, too. Donations to Canterio International, the registered charity the Malawi Pangea Project is working with, here. Anyone who wants to donate supplies can contact the group via the email listed at the top of the Malawi Council’s most excellent and very active site.

Okay, not quite Jabulani, the official match ball of the 2010 FIFA World Cup – but hey, they do the job 🙂

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