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February 28, 2013

Calling all teachers, homeschoolers, parents, educators, this is for YOU! 83000+ FREE teaching printables

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“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t”.


First Phonics for elementary school pdf download

The Christmas Story as Told in the Bible

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September 23, 2011

Free Halloween eBooks and Activities for Kids and Families

St Aidens ~ Halloween.


246 pages absolutely jam-packed with Family
Fun Activities & Teaching Resources. This book
includes lesson plans, crafts, recipes, Jokes &
Riddles, Crosswords, Wordsearches, Vocabulary
7 counting  exercises, Handwriting & memory,
numbers, phonics, colouring, Halloween Safety,
Superstitions, History, Sight word cards,
fingerplays, scrapbooking pages, tags, bags and
labels, incitations and more.
this link to preview

Halloween (also spelled Hallowe’en) is a holiday celebrated on October 31.   It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints’ Day. It is largely a secular celebration, but some Christians and pagans have expressed strong feelings about its religious overtones.

All Saints’ Day (also called All Hallows or Hallowmas), often shortened to All Saints,is a feast celebrated on November 1 in Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. In terms of Western Christian theology, the feast commemorates all those who have  attained the beatific vision in heaven. Specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church,
the next day, All Souls’ Day, commemorates the departed faithful who haven’t yet  been purified and reached heaven.

Irish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America during Ireland’s  Great Famine of 1846. The day is often associated with the colours orange and black,  and is strongly associated with symbols such as the jack-o’-lantern. Halloween  activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes, ghost tours, bonfires, costume  parties, visiting haunted attractions, carving jack-o’-lanterns, pranking people,
reading scary stories, and watching horror movies. For

A brief look at the Origins and History of Halloween will assist the educator/parent in gaining a broad background and insight into the traditions and concept of Halloween, and how the occasion has evolved over time.









To commence our Halloween Journey we will need to take a look at some of the more common questions that children are likely to ask, and with brief answers, each question opens up the possibility of an entire independent lesson plan.  Again this  information will be used at the discretion of the educator to create an age appropriate lesson plan.Briefly we will look at

Feel free to explore the hundreds of other Halloween pages in this site.  Fun &  Educational activities can be printed out, or completed online.  For extra fun try your  hand at some Halloween interactive games.  Or perhaps you would like to have your  own Halloween Interactive Jigsaw Puzzles on your own computer.  Click here for a  large selection of Free Puzzles. Additional printables, including notepages,  scrapbooking pages and stationery can be accessed from this link.

Our free printable Halloween Activity Books (incorporating lesson plans) can be
downloaded in
PDF format here.

Halloween electronic Books, puzzles & Downloads

Watch a beautiful Classic Halloween Art Slideshow


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.



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.

March 5, 2011

Meet Benjamin Franklin, A Unit Study – St Aiden’s Homeschool | CurrClick

Meet Benjamin Franklin, A Unit Study – St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa | CurrClick.


Pages: 172
File Size: 11.51 MB

Price: $3.95


Meet Benjamin Franklin, Unit Study, Donnette E Davis, St Aiden's Homeschool


“A system of education that fails to nurture memory of the past denies its students a great deal: the satisfactions of mature thought, an attachment to abiding concerns, a perspective on human existence.” – Mrs. Lynne V. Cheney

A Comprehensive Unit Study on Benjamin Frabklin, tracing back to his birth, through his early childhood, education, first official “job”, to his careers in the poat office, politics, his involvement in the signing and drafting of the Constitution of United States, Declaration of Independence and the Treaties of Alliance and Paris, culminating in his death and the legacy he left America.

Take a look inside the heart of this “Real Flesh and Blood Man of Extraodrinary Mind and Quality”, meet his (extended) family and follow him on his journey through life, his experiments and inventions and his dedication to the service of his country and the town and townsfolk of Philadelphia.

This beautifully illustrated book includes

lesson plans,

activities and puzzles,

vocabulary exercises,

spelling exercises,

Sequencing exercises,

revision, research and writing,

coloring for younger children,

a Cut and Paste Word game

Mini lapbook unit; and a

19 page Parents/Educators’ Guide for Teaching History.

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