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April 24, 2012

Teachers Pay Teachers – 27830 Free Educational Downloads

 

From Paul Edelman, founder of TPT

 

This is our 100th 10 Free Downloads newsletter which means we’ve highlighted 1,000 great free downloads to help make your teaching life easier every week. To celebrate, I came up with a contest with $1,000 in prizes plus a $1,000 bonus for your favorite plus another $1,000 for our favorite. I guess that makes it $3,000 total!

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December 3, 2011

Free Vintage Santa Christmas Playing Cards and Games for Kids

Vintage Christmas Playing Cards

via Vintage Christmas Playing Cards.

vintage christmas cards

If you’re hosting a Children’s Christmas Party you might want to consider a few board or card games. This full deck of full color cards includes Jokers, and blank cards (if you’re feeling inspired). The cards are created using beautiful assorted vintage Christmas images from the public domain. Enjoy with our compliments!

Playing card games is a great way for children to learn a variety of basic skills, including counting, taking turns, basic strategy, and being a good sport. Here are some ideas for the best traditional card games for children. All of these games can be played with a standard 52-card deck. While these games are mostly aimed at the younger generations, people of all ages can join in.

Simply print all pages onto cardstock, laminate for protection and durability and cut out cards.  Fold on the dotted line and paste the front and back of each card together.  (Bonus here is that if you need more than one deck, just print two sets of the cards)

Full instructions for each game as well as variations are at the end of the book.

GoFish

Spoons

Old Maid

Snap

Hearts

Concentration/Memory

Christmas Bingo, Printable Christmas Games for Kids

Christmas Bingo

via Christmas Bingo.

Bingo is an easy game to play and also easy to teach.  A popular choice when teaching phonics and numbers, Bingo is also often used for picture/word association in early learning.

While away a chilly Sunday afternoon, or use this game as a party activity building up to the excitement that fulfills our homes at Christmas.

This Packet contains 2 versions of Bingo; one version is a “picture match” version using picture calling cards, while the other uses word calling cards while the Bingo Mats are pictures.

With a total of 28 different Bingo Mats, 6 sheets of printable counters and 2 sets of calling cards this game is sure to keep little ones (and their adults) occupied for hours.  $2.99

printable christmas bingo, printable christmas games

Christmas Scrabble Word Game, Printable Christmas Games for Kids #Education #Homeschool

Christmas Scrabble Word Game

via Christmas Scrabble Word Game.

Printable Christmas Games, Christmas Scrabble Word Game

Children Learn by Play, and what better time than at Christmas when everything is madly exciting!  This game gives a whole new twist on the traditional board game of Scrabble.

 

Teaching your child phonics and phonemic awareness needn’t be dull and uninteresting. From a very early age your child will begin to recognise the shape and sound of letters, and be able to sound and associate the correct words to pictures shown. Once your child has learnt the alphabet a whole new world of fun learning experiences opens up to him or her.

 

I devised this Letter Tile game which worked wonderfully for my children when they were younger, and who, after successfully “spelling” out simple Dolch words with the letter tiles, pushed their own envelopes and sounded letters and words to pictures, thereby gaining awareness of more complex words and far advancing their initial knowledge. And the kids didn’t even know they were learning!

 

I have included 215 picture cards, all with a Christmas Theme,  blank cards with instructions on how to make your own, a storage envelope and 2 sheets of letter tiles, both upper and lower case, as well as educator notes on the importance of phonics and phonemic awareness.

 

Have fun!

 

Wishing you and yours a very safe and blessed Christmas and holiday season.

 

From St Aiden’s Homeschool
$5.99 $2.99

October 18, 2011

St Aidens Homeschool ~ Free Grammar & Vocabulary Printables Uploaded

Hello everyone,

A large number of updates have taken place at the all-new St Aiden’s Homeschool website.  The new look is not universal as yet but we’re working on getting it finished as soon as possible.  This will make for quicker loading pages, easier access to downloads and more user friendly navigational areas.

I’ll highlight but a few of the most recent updates where you can download free printables, worksheets, eBooks, activity books and resources.

St Aidens Homeschool ~ Grammar & Vocabulary Index.

This section is ideally suited to elementary and slightly older learners and encompasses inter alia vocabulary and
grammar exercises such as parts of speech, tenses, antonyms, homonyms, homophones and synonyms.

The activities and worksheets available through this website are by no means exhaustive, and many far more complex
words can be included in the activities for older learners who have a higher level of vocabulary/comprehension.
Exercises are ideal for student/educator interaction and perfect for homeschooling fun.

Affixes ►This is a letter or a series of letters which is added to the beginning or end of a word to change the meaning e.
g. -ful added to “mouth” creates “mouthful” which means the mouth is full.

Antonyms ► An Antonym is a word that has a meaning opposite to that of another word.  Example: Old is an antonym
of new or young.  Origin: From Greek, “anti” – against.

Adjectives ► “describing” words e.g. happy, annoying, and lazy and can be used to modify or intensify a noun or verb.

Adverbs ► words which are used in a sentence to give extra information about the verb, adjective or another adverb.

Articles ► There are three articles in the English language –  a / an and the.  They are often used in sentences before
nouns that are common and countable.

Compounds

Contractions ► a shortened form of a word or words

Homonyms ► Words that have the same spelling & pronunciation but different meanings, e.g. can, can – orange &
orange

Homophones 2 or more words having the same pronunciation, but different meanings & spellings – e.g. no, know –
red & read – hair &hare

Homographs ► Words which have the same spellings but different meanings and (sometimes) pronunciation.

Idioms ► Spoken or written sentences where the meaning is not obvious from the individual words used e.g. “Your
account is in the red”.

Nouns ►  Nouns are words used to name something that has a physical form, i.e. something that one can touch or feel
e.g. food, animals, clothing etc.

Proper Nouns ► “naming” nouns e.g. Boston is a proper noun.  It is the name of a city.  Jane is a proper Noun.  It is the
name of a person.

Plurals More than one of anything  (On Affixes Page)

Synonyms ► Words having the same meaning but are different word/s or phrase/s – “shut up” & “Be quiet”

Tenses ► Past, present, future tenses e.g. swam, swimming, swim

Verbs ► “action” or “doing” words e.g. fishing ◄ “I am going fishing.”

Our little more-than-two-legged friends have had a major overhaul and a comprehensive index on insects will direct you to where you want to download your free printables, worksheets and ebooks.

Halloween is upon us, as is Thanskgiving and fall, and once again I offer you literally thousands of pages of free resources, lesson plans, ideas and printables to make use of to enhance your holiday season.

I will post another update in the very new future with links to more free homeschool resources.

In the meantime I’d like to mention that today is the 1st day of CurrClick’s most exciting promotion of the season: Our Trunk or Treat Sale and Freebie Event! Today, October 18th (around 10:00 CST) through October 31st, customers can search for 8 FREE education products hidden all over CurrClick.com. And even better, fall (and Halloween and Thanksgiving) themed titles will be discounted by up to 75%! You will not want to miss this exciting and fun event.

 

These are a few of the most recent major updates for now, so I’ll end off by wishing you a very safe and festive Holiday Season.

Best wishes

Donnette Davis

St Aiden’s Homeschool

September 27, 2011

Ghoulish Halloween Party Treats

Ghoulish Halloween Party Treats.

Ghoulish Halloween Party Treats

Make Your House The Coolest House In The Neighborhood With These Great Halloween Recipes And Crafts…!

Halloween.. Boring? NEVER AGAIN!

Find all the tips and techniques necessary to make a great Halloween craft party for your child. (Or yourself) you WILL want to Preview Halloween Recipes and Crafts

This 296 page book (ridiculously low price of $9.95) provides a unique selection of extremely edible and totally delicious and ghastly recipes suitable for kids parties, themed parties, adults only parties…

Try your hand at:

Edible Spiders
Eerie Eyeballs
Creepy Witches’ Fingers
Jack-O-Lantern Cheese and Crackers
Spooky Sandwiches
Creepy Crispy Crunchies
Devilled Eggs
Decayed Corpse Chips with Entrail Salsa
Witches’ Brew
Bleeding Human Heart
Halloween Sandwich Figures
Jack-O-Lantern Burgers
Creepy Cheese Fries
Eyeball Tacos
Gooey Pasta with Cheese
Bat Wings
Pumpkin Face Cookies
Spider Cookies
Ice Cream Filled Witches’ Hats
Alien Pops
Monster Fingers
Spooky Spider Treats
Spider Web Cupcakes

and loads more…

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296 Pages of freakish fun, as well as

a Free ebook of Halloween Jokes
a Free ebook containing 19 Ghost Stories
2 free ebooks, one for Pumpkin Seed recipes and another for pumpkin recipes,
a free ebook of pumpkin patterns
6 Halloween Coloring and Crafts eBooks for kids

Preview all of these Halloween Crafts, Activities and Recipes

All the little extras you’ll get…

PUMPKIN CARVING PATTERNS

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS AND RECIPES

AND NOW FOR ALL THE EXTRAS YOU’LL GET! (11 additional FULL eBooks)

PUMPKIN CARVING PATTERNS FULL EBOOK

19 CLASSIC GHOST STORIES

PUMPKIN RECIPES

PUMPKIN SEED RECIPES

6 HALLOWEEN COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOKS FOR KIDS

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS AND RECIPES

Here’s a sample of the ghastly and delicious menu:

Brittle Meringue Bones

Makes 4 to 5 dozen small bones.


3 large egg whites
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/8 tsp. salt
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

What to do:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line A cookie sheet with brown paper bag or parchment.

In a medium sized bowl at high speed, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt till fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Add vanilla. Place in pastry bag fitted with a medium plain piping tip.

Pipe 3″ bone shapes onto parchment or brown paper bag. Bake for 1 hour until set.

Turn off oven, dry in the oven for 1 hour.

SOURCE: http://www.squidoo.com/ghoulish-halloween-party-treats

September 23, 2011

Great Women in History, , Women Who Helped to Change the World, a PDF Unit Study for Elementary School

Great Women in History

via Great Women in History.

 

 

great women in history, pdf unit study for elementary schools by Donnette E Davis, st aidens homeschool

This unit studies briefly the lives of 16 extraordinary women, with extension activities to study further. The unit can be extended quite extensively as much of it is research based.

It is only over a little more than the last century that women have begun to be seen as more than “second-class citizens” – that is,being equal to men.

If you can think of a list of great people over the last 100 or 200 years, inventors, presidents, doctors, scientists, explorers and rulers of nations, most of the names on that list will be the names of men.

Women, if they do appear on that list usually had to struggle for success and to be recognized. Often the obstacles that faced them were presented by the society in which they lived and also very often by their families.

One of the major obstacles women faced in the past was a lack of education. While boys were sent to school so that they could learn to take their place in the world, women were expected to aim at making a good marriage, learning to take care of a home and having children.

As well as fighting for themselves, women have tried to change the world for others too.

Florence Nightingale set out for the Crimea to nurse wounded soldiers during the war. She ended up changing the way hospitals are run all over the world.

Former slaves Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman fought for the abolition of the terrible injustice of slavery.

Eleanor Roosevelt helped to forge the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Eglantyne Jebb was among those who put it into practice all over the world.

In this book you will learn about 16 determined women who finally won equal rights, and also those women who helped to change the world in some way.

From rulers, explorers, former slaves, musicians, writers – women from all walks of life – women feature among the greatest on any list.

In this book we will meet some of the greatest women of all time as we commemorate Women’s History Month during March in celebration of these outstanding people. Of course we are not able to mention every great woman so we have selected a few whose names you will already be familiar with and some who may not be that well known to you.

Each section contains reference and reading, as well as activities and review questions, and a section for your own research either in your local library or on the internet. Although aimed at middle elementary school, this unit can be adapted to either younger or older learners with the inclusion of additional activities and lessons.

Labelled and blank Index Cards have been included for research on other women who have helped to change the world.

GET IT NOW FOR THE LOW PRICE OF $1.99!

 

September 13, 2011

Our World of Wonders, Eiffel Tower Thematic Unit Study

Our World of Wonders, Eiffel Tower Thematic Unit Study

via Our World of Wonders, Eiffel Tower Thematic Unit Study.

 

 

With 3 free “Learning French” ebooks.

This book discusses the symbolism and history of the Eiffel Tower, as well as snippets of information about Paris and France.

The 3 free “Learning French” ebooks will help you gain a basic knowledge of French, and can be used for vocabulary exercises with your children.

Intended for elementary school learners, the information can be adapted to older students.  A few activities for the very young will keep them happily occupied.  Family activities and crafts will involve everyone in some fun “together” time while discussions around the Eiffel Tower and related subjects will assist with knowledge and understanding for the kids.

Included are worksheets, crafts, activities and lesson plans suitable for elementary school, Grades 3 to 6, but can be adapted to older or younger learners, depending on vocabulary and grammar fluency of the learner e.g. when using the vocabulary flash cards.  An entire thematic unit for your classroom or homeschool room has been incorporated into this book, and include sight word cards, vocabulary and counting exercises and even ideas for a themed party, games and food.  This would be ideal when studying France, Paris or Bastille Day.

For only $1,99 for over 120 pages of activities, this book is a must-have! Preview this Unit Study here

September 2, 2011

Our World of Wonders, The Eiffel Tower, a Thematic Unit Study

Our World of Wonders, The Eiffel Tower, a Thematic Unit Study.

 

the eiffel tower clipart

 

The information on this page has been adapted from various sources, cited in my “references”, with the main intention of compiling a thematic unit study for young learners through to older students, but essentially providing a one-stop location for parents or educators to obtain everything they need to enhance and successfully complete this unit study with their children. The appropriate ages will depend on “how” the information is presented to the student. For older students with a more advanced vocabulary much of the information can remain very much “as is”. There are even activities for adults, yes it’s true. Try some of the cryptic puzzles as a starter.

This Unit Study examines the How, Why and Where of the Eiffel Tower and provides links and resources, as well as activities for the whole family to enjoy, to enhance your study.

August 30, 2011

Wonders of Our World, a Study of the Pyramids

Wonders of Our World, a Study of the Pyramids

via Wonders of Our World, a Study of the Pyramids.

 

This book contains information for parents/educators to utilize with young children in Grades 3 to 6, but is easily adaptable to suit older and younger learners. Some activities included are specifically for very little people, and others for much more advanced learners.

Included in the book are lesson plans, worksheets, a crossword puzzle, fallen phrase activity, wordsearches, paper crafts, vocabulary and grammar exercises, math and counting activities, vocabulary word cards, coloring pages, a comprehensive list of references, printables and further lesson plans, as well as a few puzzles requiring little ones to use their thinking caps…

The theme printables include:

Days of the Week Word Wall Cards
Calendar Pieces
Number Cards
Alphabet Flash Cards
Tic-Tac-Toe board game
Concentration Game.

 

Wonders of Our World, a Study of the Pyramids

From St Aiden’s Homeschool
$1.99

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