Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Unit Studies

SCIENCE UNIT STUDIES:

BEARS 
Unit Study and Lapbook



BEES 
Bees - A Great Start
Bees - Field Trip


BUTTERFLIES
Unit 
Catching Butterflies


DANDELIONS
Dandelion Study 

DINOSAURS 
Dinosaur - Book List 
Entire Unit


FROGS
Frog - Book and Craft
Frog - Book List
Frog - Unit
Frog - Field Trip


HUMAN BODY
Human Body - Overview
Human Body - Book List
Human Body - Senses, Exercise and Feelings
Human Body - Heart and Lungs
Human Body - Bones - Part 2, Experiment
Human Body - Digestive System
Human Body - Starting Out 

OCEAN 
Ocean Study - Links 
Ocean - General
Ocean - Animals  
Ocean - Book List  
Octopus Unit  

PENGUINS
Mr. Popper's Penguins Unit

PLANTS, SEEDS AND FLOWERS
Books
Flower Story and Craft
Leaves 
Leaves - Part 2 (MFW) 
General Unit - Lapbook Links Included 
B4FIAR - The Carrot Seed, Getting Started and More

SNAKES
Snakes - Book List
Entire Unit



SOLAR SYSTEM 
Sun Unit Part 1
Sun Unit Part 2
Sun Unit: Books
Moon: Getting Started and Resources


SPIDERS
Entire Unit

SUPERHEROES
Spiderman & Superhero Unit (mostly Spiderman, our favorite)

SEASONAL and NATURE

CHRISTMAS SYMBOLS
Starting Out and Overview
Update and Continuation
Advent 2010 - Homemade Calendar & Advent Activities

WINTER and SNOW
Nature Study: Snow (Week 2)
Nature Study: Snow 

THANKSGIVING 
First Thanksgiving & Pilgrims

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Resources & Links: Phonics

Phonics 
Kidzclub - Phonics Activities (Printables) 

Have Fun Teaching - Free Phonics Worksheets - look around this site, they have printable flashcards, and worksheets for other subjects and grade levels as well.  

Kidzone - Free Phonics Printables  

Sight Word Activities  

Games to Make - A variety of printable games, sight word uno, flip it down reading, money game, etc. 

Sparklebox - resources for beginning reading - lots of printables - they actually have alot more than just phonics/reading, take a look around and you will certainly find something you like!

Resources & Link: Science and Nature

Science 
Science for Kids - has science experiments, cool facts, online games, free activities, ideas, lesson plans, photos, quizzes, videos and science fair projects.

Sid the Science Kid - based off of the PBS cartoon series, this site offers videos, experiments and resources you can use. 

Have Fun Teaching - offers science worksheets

Science with Me - a hands on educational science site.


The Naked Scientist - Kithcen science experiments


Science for Preschoolers - as the name says, it's a site dedicated to preschool level science.

Kids National Geographic site

Christian Answers - A christian science site for kids

Discovery Magazine - not affiliated with discover magazine or kids discover

Nature 

Nature Detectives - ideas, printables, lessons, coloring pages, games, nature walk, crafts all related to nature, outdoor, seasons and the like 

National Wildlife Federation for kids - the makers of Ranger Rick and Your Big BackYard Magazines, lots of nature and science activities, crafts and ideas

Resources & Links: Bible

Bible

A Kids Heart christian games, printables and activities 

EBible Teacher 

Danielle's Place - you need a membership to access all of the things available, but you are able to access many ideas without a membership. I have found it useful and do not have a membership

DLTK Bible bible lessons, crafts, coloring pages, songs, veggie tales

MSSS Crafts - This link takes you to the Old Testament page but I think there is a NT page as well, this site offers links to other sites and resources on the story that you are looking for

Garden of Praise - has links to great Bible lesson websites which include resources for: coloring pages, story telling sites, activity and craft sites. (some of the ones I already have listed here are listed there as well as well as more)

Calvary Chapel Children's Ministry - an entire page to lesson plans for lots of Bible Stories 

Children's Chapel -  A collection of Bible Stories and devotions written for children, I didn't see any activities.

Mission Arlington's PDFs - more lesson plans (in PDF forms) from a Children's ministry
 

Bible Class Curriculum - a collection of free Bible curriculum covering MANY stories of the Bible, complete with worksheets and review questions 


Sabbath School - offers curriculum with both student and teacher pages you can download and print. 


Sermons4Kids - click on 'sermon index' there is a story, coloring page, craft ideas and fun work pages (for different ages) for some of the different stories - a great place for resources and go-alongs.

Bible Friends - Spiritual themes for Paper Doll Friends
 

Bible Story Hour Blog - Lesson Plans for a variety of Bible Lessons

A good and free Bible curriculum at ABC Jesus Loves Me, for 3 and 4 year old – 36 weekly lesson plans, completely planned out for you. This is an excellent resource!!

Hubbards Cupboard Memorization - help your student memorize verses set to popular children's songs, with posters, copywork and/or word strip game.  

Storytime and More Blog had a list of Bible links I found helpful

Resources & Links: Lapbooking

Lapbooking Resources
Homeschool Share - absolutely one of my favorites, and one I have mentioned before and recommended to most of my friends.
As a part of homeschool share they have a section of miscellaneous lapbook templates (I was able to find a really awesome book log for our ocean lapbook here) - as well as blank lapbook templates
Lapbook Lessons - you do have to become a member to use this site but it is free and it is well worth the time to sign up! They offer some free lapbooks, which are great, but my favorite part is the laplinks and places they have to share your own lapbooks... I have found TONS and TONS of awesome resources through them.
Kidzone - this site doesn't have a lot of different themes but the ones they do have are great - I found both snakes and spiders on this one (as well as sharks) that have been extremely helpful.
Perpetual Preschool a site with lots of different themes there are different crafts, songs, games, science, food/snack ideas for each topic. Some themes are OVERLOADED with ideas... a great resource for putting units together for younger students 
Homeschool Helper - offers free unit studies, free lapbooks, worksheets, notebooking pages, and even record keeping forms
Making Learning Fun - I found a lot of age appropriate printables to go along with our units at this site.
Extra Resources
Lapbooking on Squido - tutorials, lapbooks, articles, how to get started, etc. 
Create your own crossword puzzle 
Create your own word search puzzle 
The Homeschool Mom - list of lapbooking resources

Resources & Links: Worksheets & Printables

Worksheets and Printables 
Map Printables

Science With Me - offers worksheets, games, coloring pages and more 

Printable Share - printables for all different type units and themes, used this site to get a bunch of cute Solar System printables for both Alexa and Treyton. 

PreKinders - printables, lesson plans, themes and more!! Love this site

Sparklebox - resources for beginning reading - lots of printables - they actually have alot more than just phonics/reading, take a look around and you will certainly find something you like!

Making Learning Fun - Free printables (and some activities) for Pre-K through second grade covering LOTS of themes 

ABC Teach - Worksheets and activities by themes

Have Fun Teaching - Worksheets, Flash Cards, Coloring Pages and more

KidzClub - worksheets, printables, flashcards, crafts and more

Chaos Appreciation has an entire homemade Alphabet Coloring Book available for print and download.

Twinkl  offers lots of printables and worksheets in every category/subject. It is a british site so the money printables are not American currency.

Make Your Own 
Create your own crossword puzzle 

Create your own word search puzzle 

Create your own copywork/handwriting pages --- this is a COOL site!

Resources: Preschool

Preschool Sites 

Confessions of a Homeschooler - phenomenal letter of the week curriculum FOR FREE, with loads of printables, games and resources. Created by a fellow homeschool mom.

1 +1+1=1 has lots of preschool packs (little lapbooks) ideas and is home to the Raising Rockstars curriculum (you do need to pay for a membership for some of these resources but most of free). Also home of the Tot School link ups. She has a great list of recommended tot educational toys.

Delightful Learning - has a great series on their B4FIAR experiences, love her ideas!!

The Perpetual Preschool - organized by themes, offers, songs, science, snacks, games, crafts and misc. categories 

Step-by-Step Preschool - arranged by theme, offers crafts, snacks, songs, book recommendations and links to other websites as well for each theme  

Preschool by Stormie - has LOTS of themes, a little disorganized once you get into the themes but some of the ideas are fabulous!  

DLTK Teach - this site goes beyond preschool but falls into the same category as the others so I'm putting it here for now.

Resources & Links: Units & Themes

General: Lapbooks, Units/Themes, Lesson Plans, Curriculum

Homeschool Share - absolutely one of my favorites, and one I have mentioned before and recommended to most of my friends.
As a part of homeschool share they have a section of miscellaneous lapbook templates (I was able to find a really awesome book log for our ocean lapbook here) - as well as blank lapbook templates

Kidzone - this site doesn't have a lot of different themes but the ones they do have are great - I found both snakes and spiders on this one (as well as sharks) that have been extremely helpful.

Perpetual Preschool a site with lots of different themes there are different crafts, songs, games, science, food/snack ideas for each topic. Some themes are OVERLOADED with ideas... a great resource for putting units together for younger students 

Homeschool Helper - offers free unit studies, free lapbooks, worksheets, notebooking pages, and even record keeping forms

Making Learning Fun - I found a lot of age appropriate printables to go along with our units at this site.


Lesson Plans at Discovery Education

PBS Lesson Plans

Nick Jr. Lesson Plans

Scholastic Lesson Plans

National Geographic Site - offers lesson plans, crafts and teaching geography 
The Education Cafe offers free homeschool resources: worksheets, lesson plans, unit studies and more!

Hubbard's Cupboard - I have heard so many people recommend this site and have never really had the time to check it out (it's quiet large) but today I took a little time to sit down and do it and I'm impressed!! Lots of information on this site.

Classroom Snapshots - things that I saw here that I was interested in included, calendar binder (very similar to what we use, with links to printables), mini offices, science and social study themes - complete units)


PreKinders - printables, lesson plans, themes and more!! Love this site

Twinkl  offers lots of printables and worksheets in every category/subject. It is a british site so the money printables are not American currency. 

Making Learning Fun - Free printables (and some activities) for Pre-K through second grade covering LOTS of themes 

ABC Teach - Worksheets and activities by themes

Have Fun Teaching - Worksheets, Flash Cards, Coloring Pages and more

KidzClub - worksheets, printables, flashcards, crafts and more

Chaos Appreciation has an entire homemade Alphabet Coloring Book available for print and download.

Resources & Links: Miscellaneous

Activity Ideas - Workboxes/Activity Box 
Preschool Activities - list of ideas compiled by moms of ways to entertain and teach young ones - it seems as everyone has their own system (whether it is shoe boxes/ workboxes, baggies, bins, etc.) but the ideas are great!

Workbox Blog Roll at Sunflower Schoolhouse a list of blogs that use workboxes

Create Your Own(s) -- Awesome Category! 

Create your own crossword puzzle 

Create your own word search puzzle 

Create your own copywork/handwriting pages --- this is a COOL site! 


Arts and Crafts 

Kid Stuff - easy craft activities and projects for kids 

4KraftyKids - has 100s of crafts divided into categories and themes


Refined Metals Academy 

Our Schedule and Organization Printables 

Unit Studies we have done - most of them compiled by me from resources listed here and include lapbooks

Our Daily Board with links to the printables and sites I used  

Our School Room -Where We Do School


Geography  

Map Printables