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This Gray Printable Pack is the last printable pack in our colour series. Aimed for children aged 3 – 9 and contains a variety of activities including handwriting practice, simple math concepts and hands-on activities. 

Materials Needed

This massive Gray-themed Printable Pack contains over 120 pages of fun, educational activities. There are eight gray items that are focused on: clouds, building, wolf, elephant, shark, koala, stones, and mouse.

Many activities such as the flashcards, vocabulary cards, shadow and math cards can be reused multiple times once they have been laminated. The Colour Book and the Crown are great activities that children will enjoy colouring in and making before showing them to their family.

I have included both a colour and a black and white version of this ‘Gray’ Printable Pack, so when you go to the download page, you can download both or just the version you want.

The activities included in this printable pack are:

Literacy Activities

  • Flashcards – large rectangle
  • Flashcards – small rectangle
  • Decorate the Letter
  • Decorate the Word
  • Word Tracing
  • Fingerprint / Q-Tip activity
  • Missing Letters
  • Match the Word
  • Let’s Print
  • Trace the Letters
  • Read, Write, Stamp
  • Spot and Dot
  • Follow the Letters
  • Vocabulary Cards
  • Story Writing Pages
  • Word Search
  • Sentence Building
  • My Colour Book

Hands-on Activities

  • Colouring Pages
  • 4 piece puzzle
  • 5 piece puzzle
  • Size sequencing cards
  • Odd One Out
  • What comes Next
  • Finish the Patterns
  • Crown
  • Do-a-Dot
  • Trace then Cut
  • Shade then Cut
  • Shade the Pictures
  • Sort the Pictures
  • Colouring Activity
  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Shadow Matching Cards
  • Pattern Cards

Math Activities

  • Shape Tracing
  • Shade the Shapes
  • Count and Clip
  • I Spy
  • Dice / Graphing Game
  • Count the Objects
  • Simple Addition
  • Size Sorting Graphing
  • Number cards
  • Simple Subtraction
  • Number Puzzles

With the different spellings of grey, I have completed two different packs. One has the spelling of Gray with an ‘a’, the other has the spelling of Grey with an ‘e’.  When you go to the download, you will receive a copy of both of the spelling.

To download your copy of this printable pack, click on the link below:

*** Gray / Grey Printable Pack ***  You can find all the Colour Printable Packs here.


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Cows are creatures that are very helpful to humans.  Through completing this Cow Life Cycle Printable Pack, children will learn more about cows, and how we use them for milk and beef.

Materials Needed

Cow Life Cycle Printable Pack

 This 75 page printable pack contains a variety of activities including:

  • Alphabet Cards – Cut out, laminate and use to match the lower case letters to the uppercase ones. Can also be used to spell words.
  • Trace the Letters – Improve handwriting skills while learning to spell.
  • 3 Part Cards – Can be used to match the words to the picture or in games such as memory. These cards can also be used together with the alphabet cards. using the alphabet cards to spell out the words.
  • I Spy – Count the Objects – Count the objects.
  • Counting Puzzles – Cut out, laminate and use the numbers to place the puzzles back together.

  • Counting Cards – Cut out, laminate and use a peg or paperclip to clip or place a pom pom or candy onto the correct answer.
  • Addition Cards – Cut out, laminate and use a peg or paperclip to clip or place a pom pom or candy onto the correct answer.
  • Subtraction Cards – Cut out, laminate and use a peg or paperclip to clip or place a pom pom or candy onto the correct answer.
  • Size Sequencing Cards – Cut out, laminate and place in order from largest to smallest or vice versa.
  • Coloring Activity – Color in the object using the color listed below.
  • Do-A-Dot Letter Activity – Using a dot marker or bingo marker, dot out all of the correct letters.
  • Dice / Graphing Activity – Cut out the dice and glue together. Roll the dice and graph each object the dice lands on.
  • Size Sequencing Cards – Great for practicing order from largest to smallest or the other way round.
  • What I Know/ Want to Learn about Cows – Write what you want to know and then research cows and write the answers to your questions.
  • Cow Life Cycle Writing Pages – Research the cow life cycle and write our what you find.
  • Cow  Life Cycle Pages – Place / write the cow life cycle in the correct order.

  • Nouns or Verbs – Is is a noun or a verb? Place the words the correct column.
  • Cow Life Cycle Emergent Reader – Print out this book and have children read it to you. As they read, they will learn all about cows, their habitat, their prey and predators and the life cycle of these amazing animals.

For all the cards and puzzles activities, I prefer to print them out on white card stock and laminate them for durability and repetitive use.

To grab your Cow Life Cycle Printable Pack, click on the link below:

*** Cow Life Cycle Printable Pack  Colour*** *** Cow Life Cycle Printable Pack  Black and White ***


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If you are looking for a way to teach your child the alphabet, then this Printable Alphabet Puzzle Pack is just what you need.
 
 
Materials Needed:
These alphabet puzzles come one letter per line, up to 5 letter puzzles per page. They are also fairly easy to prepare.
 
There is one puzzle for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Each of these puzzles are broken down into four pieces. The pieces contain:
 
  • Uppercase letter of the alphabet
  • Lowercase letter of the alphabet
  • A picture that beings with the letter
  • The name of the picture written in word format

Preparing Your Puzzles
 
Print out your puzzles on white cardstock.
I then recommend you laminate for extended use, though this is purely optional.
 

To Use

Once all the cards are prepared, place them all in a pile on the table. If you have really young children, you may decide to give them the pieces to one puzzle at a time.

Allow your child to match the correct letters and corresponding pictures. While completing this, ask them to say the name of the pictures and the sounds of the letters.

To download your copy of these Alphabet Puzzles, click on the link below:

*** Printable Alphabet Puzzle ***   

For more alphabet activities, check these ones out:

 

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This Black Printable Pack is the next printable pack in our colour series. Aimed for children aged 3 – 9 and contains a variety of activities including handwriting practice, simple math concepts and hands-on activities. 

Materials Needed

This massive Black-themed Printable Pack contains over 120 pages of fun, educational activities. There are eight black items that are focused on: bat, crow, swan, bear, cat, jellybean, spider and cauldron.

Many activities such as the flashcards, vocabulary cards, shadow and math cards can be reused multiple times once they have been laminated. The Colour Book and the Crown are great activities that children will enjoy colouring in and making before showing them to their family.

I have included both a colour and a black and white version of this ‘Brown’ Printable Pack, so when you go to the download page, you can download both or just the version you want.

The activities included in this printable pack are:

Literacy Activities

  • Flashcards – large rectangle
  • Flashcards – small rectangle
  • Decorate the Letter
  • Decorate the Word
  • Word Tracing
  • Fingerprint / Q-Tip activity
  • Missing Letters
  • Match the Word
  • Let’s Print
  • Trace the Letters
  • Read, Write, Stamp
  • Spot and Dot
  • Follow the Letters
  • Vocabulary Cards
  • Story Writing Pages
  • Word Search
  • Sentence Building
  • My Colour Book

Hands-on Activities

  • Colouring Pages
  • 4 piece puzzle
  • 5 piece puzzle
  • Size sequencing cards
  • Odd One Out
  • What comes Next
  • Finish the Patterns
  • Crown
  • Do-a-Dot
  • Trace then Cut
  • Shade then Cut
  • Shade the Pictures
  • Sort the Pictures
  • Colouring Activity
  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Shadow Matching Cards
  • Pattern Cards

Math Activities

  • Shape Tracing
  • Shade the Shapes
  • Count and Clip
  • I Spy
  • Dice / Graphing Game
  • Count the Objects
  • Simple Addition
  • Size Sorting Graphing
  • Number cards
  • Simple Subtraction
  • Number Puzzles

To download your copy of this printable pack, click on the link below:

*** Black Printable Pack *** You can find all the Colour Printable Packs here.


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These cute Bubble Alphabet Matching Cards are a great way for kids to learn the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet. Kids love bubbles and will enjoy using this theme when learning the letters of the alphabet.
 
 
Materials Needed:
 
Set Up
 
To set up these Bubble Alphabet Matching Cards, first, print them out on white paper or cardstock.
Next, cut them into pieces.
I recommend you laminate them for durability, but this is optional.
 
To Use
 
There are many ways that these cards can be used. Some ways we have used them are:
  • In memory games
  • In matching games
  • In games like Snap
  • These cards can also be used to practice spelling simple words as you can print out as many copies as you need.
  • Your child could also glue them onto coloured card once they have matched the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet together.
Click on the link below to download your free copy.
 
*** Bubble Alphabet Matching Cards ***
 

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Cleaning the toilet is one of the jobs that I would prefer not to do. I have been researching more natural (and easier) ways to clean the toilet. I make and use the toilet cleaning bombs which I find are great to pop in once a week to help with keeping the bowl cleaning. To do a more deeper clean, I have been using this toilet bowl cleaning powder.

  

While the commercial products work very well, they do contain bleach and/or hydrochloric acid which are very harmful to our respiratory system when we breathe them in and can easily aggravate asthma symptoms. 

The combination of baking soda (bi-carbonate of soda) and the citric acid in this recipe produce a fizz and a bit of magic to help clean the toilet bowl. The essential oils are optional, but I love the smell they bring, as well as their antibacterial properties; depending on which oils you choose.

You will need:

  • 1 cup baking soda (bi-carb soda)
  • ⅓ cup citric acid
  • 20 drops Essential Oils

Add the baking soda (bi-carb soda) and the citric acid to an airtight, glass container. Add 20 drops of essential oils such as Citrus Fresh, Purification, Thieves, Tea Tree or a mix of Lavender and Lemon, and mix well. Add lid to jar.

To use, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the bowl of the toilet. Scrub lightly with the toilet brush and then flush once mixture has stopped fizzing.

I have added my cleaning powder to a metal shaker like this one, though mine has larger holes and is sealed with a clean plastic lid. This makes it easy to just shake some into the toilet bowl.

Homemade, All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaning Powder
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup baking soda (bi-carb soda)
  2. ⅓ cup citric acid
  3. 20 drops Essential Oils
Instructions
  1. Add the baking soda (bi-carb soda) and the citric acid to an airtight, glass container. Add 20 drops of essential oils and mix well. Add lid to jar.
  2. To use, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the bowl of the toilet. Scrub lightly with the toilet brush and then flush once mixture has stopped fizzing.
Notes
  1. Essential oils ideas: Citrus Fresh, Purification, Thieves, Tea Tree or a mix of Lavender and Lemon.
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To download a copy of the Toilet Bowl Cleaning Powder labels, click on the link below: *** Toilet Bowl Cleaning Powder Labels ***

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We love strawberries and currently are trying to grow our own. We have visited a strawberry farm in the past and loved it.  This Strawberry Patch Printable Pack is so much fun and filled with lots of math and literacy activities for kids in preschool and kindergarten.

Materials Needed

Strawberry Patch Printable Pack

 This 75 page printable pack contains a variety of activities including:

  • Alphabet Cards – Cut out, laminate and use to match the lower case letters to the uppercase ones. Can also be used to spell words.
  • Trace the Letters – Improve handwriting skills while learning to spell.
  • 3 Part Cards – Can be used to match the words to the picture or in games such as memory. These cards can also be used together with the alphabet cards. using the alphabet cards to spell out the words.
  • I Spy – Count the Objects – Count the objects.
  • Counting Puzzles – Cut out, laminate and use the numbers to place the puzzles back together.

  • Counting Cards – Cut out, laminate and use a peg or paperclip to clip or place a pom pom or candy onto the correct answer.
  • Addition Cards – Cut out, laminate and use a peg or paperclip to clip or place a pom pom or candy onto the correct answer.
  • Subtraction Cards – Cut out, laminate and use a peg or paperclip to clip or place a pom pom or candy onto the correct answer.
  • Size Sequencing Cards – Cut out, laminate and place in order from largest to smallest or vice versa.
  • Coloring Activity – Color in the object using the color listed below.
  • Do-A-Dot Letter Activity – Using a dot marker or bingo marker, dot out all of the correct letters.
  • Dice / Graphing Activity – Cut out the dice and glue together. Roll the dice and graph each object the dice lands on.
  • Size Sequencing Cards – Great for practicing order from largest to smallest or the other way round.
  • What I Know/ Want to Learn about Strawberries – Write what you want to know and then research cows and write the answers to your questions.
  • Strawberry Life Cycle Writing Pages – Research the strawberry life cycle and write our what you find.
  • Strawberry  Life Cycle Pages – Place / write the strawberry life cycle in the correct order.

  • Nouns or Verbs – Is is a noun or a verb? Place the words the correct column.
  • Strawberry Life Cycle Emergent Reader – Print out this book and have children read it to you. As they read, they will learn all about strawberries.

For all the cards and puzzles activities, I prefer to print them out on white card stock and laminate them for durability and repetitive use.

To grab your Strawberry Patch Printable Pack, click on the link below:

*** Strawberry Patch Printable Pack  ***  


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Most homeschooling families are trying to balance life on just one income which can make meeting ends difficult. To be good stewards of the income we receive, homeschooling with a budget is essential. Sometimes this can be hard, but there are many ways to homeschool on a budget.

List and Track Your Supplies

Write a list of the supplies for each of your children. Work out what you already have and what you will need to purchase for the coming year. Keep a record of all your purchases and the prices you paid. By writing down what you spend this year, will help you have an idea of what you are likely to spend in future years. It will also give you an idea of what you already have and won’t need to purchase for the following homeschool year. You can even start putting a little money away each pay to be used for supplies when needed.

Creatively combine Subjects ~ Think out of the Box

You don’t need to buy each child their own curriculum for each subject. By combining subjects, and purchasing just one set of curriculum instead of multiple ones, you can really save a lot of money. Science, history and geography are great subjects that can be combined, just have each child work at their level on the same subjects.

Reuse and Borrow Curriculum

This is particularly useful when you have more than a couple of children. Photocopy pages or have your children complete the answers in a cheap notebook so that you can reuse the curriculum with the younger children when the times comes. You could also borrow curriculum from other homeschooling friends. This is particularly great when you are interested in a new curriculum and want to see if it will work for your family. 

The Library and Field Trips

The library is a fabulous resource for homeschooling families. Borrowing books instead of purchasing them not only saves money, but also saves you space (storing books) in your house as well. Many libraries also supply e-books, audio books, dvds, or even free internet! So take advantage of this amazing resource! Our boys have their own library cards which they fill every time we go. This is also a great way to teach the responsibility ~ learning to keep the books in good condition and taking them back by the due date.

Field trips are a great way to learn. Many museums or places of interest are free to enter and offer wonderful educational activities. Many businesses also have open days, where you can learn how they operate which can be an amazing experience for kids. We recently visited a dairy farm on their open day where we learnt about how they use robotic machinery to milk cows! It was amazing to watch these machines milk the cows!

Free Curriculum

There is lots of free curriculum out there that for all ages. You can find free trials, samples, sales and classes from many homeschooling companies. The internet is one of the best resources for a homeschooling family! Check out this Mega List of Homeschooling Resources.

Some other great places you can find free curriculum from are:

Shop the Sales

Look for sales! Shop at homeschool group used book sales, library sales, garage sales (yard sales), even Op Shops will sell second hand resources. Many places have sales throughout the school year as well, so have a list of things that you are looking for and when you see them on a good sale, grab them. Also, ask for discounts. Many places will give you a discount if you tell them you are using their products to homeschool their children. Check online for discounts or coupon codes as well.

I purchase many products online. Not only are PDF files usually a lot cheaper than printed books, you also save on postage which is getting rather expensive and unreliable these days. A lot of these pdf resources can be completed online, so no need for printing either, though a good quality black and white printer is all that is needed for the majority of printing. A great way to stock up on resources is with the Build Your Bundle ~ Homeschool Sale.

 

The 5th Annual Build Your Bundle Sale is the largest one yet. Take a look at what you will find:

  • 20 individual bundles that include homeschooling (by grade levels/themes), homemaking, parenting, character building, and more
  • Over 250 products & 128 authors/publishers
  • Bigger bundles and lower prices
  • Buy 2 and get 1 FREE (individual bundles and Build Your OWN Bundles – see site for details)
  • Bundles priced 86%-95% off
  • 17 courses/memberships priced 50%-70% off retail (high school science, homeschool conventions/conferences, music courses, full curriculum, and more!)

You only have one week to save – the sale ends 5/14/18. Click here to shop now!

At the end of the day, homeschooling is more about having a strong commitment and a loving environment, in which to help your child learn. Homeschooling on a budget is not difficult, and expensive curricula is nice, but not always necessary. Like many things in life, the best opportunities are free!

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This White Printable Pack is the next printable pack in our colour series. Aimed for children aged 3 – 9 and contains a variety of activities including handwriting practice, simple math concepts and hands-on activities. 

Materials Needed

This massive White-themed Printable Pack contains over 120 pages of fun, educational activities. There are eight white items that are focused on: egg, clouds, snowflake, sock, tooth, polar bear, Arctic fox and sheep.

Many activities such as the flashcards, vocabulary cards, shadow and math cards can be reused multiple times once they have been laminated. The Colour Book and the Crown are great activities that children will enjoy colouring in and making before showing them to their family.

I have included both a colour and a black and white version of this ‘White’ Printable Pack, so when you go to the download page, you can download both or just the version you want.

The activities included in this printable pack are:

Literacy Activities

  • Flashcards – large rectangle
  • Flashcards – small rectangle
  • Decorate the Letter
  • Decorate the Word
  • Word Tracing
  • Fingerprint / Q-Tip activity
  • Missing Letters
  • Match the Word
  • Let’s Print
  • Trace the Letters
  • Read, Write, Stamp
  • Spot and Dot
  • Follow the Letters
  • Vocabulary Cards
  • Story Writing Pages
  • Word Search
  • Sentence Building
  • My Colour Book

Hands-on Activities

  • Colouring Pages
  • 4 piece puzzle
  • 5 piece puzzle
  • Size sequencing cards
  • Odd One Out
  • What comes Next
  • Finish the Patterns
  • Crown
  • Do-a-Dot
  • Trace then Cut
  • Shade then Cut
  • Shade the Pictures
  • Sort the Pictures
  • Colouring Activity
  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Shadow Matching Cards
  • Pattern Cards

Math Activities

  • Shape Tracing
  • Shade the Shapes
  • Count and Clip
  • I Spy
  • Dice / Graphing Game
  • Count the Objects
  • Simple Addition
  • Size Sorting Graphing
  • Number cards
  • Simple Subtraction
  • Number Puzzles

To download your copy of this printable pack, click on the link below:

*** White Printable Pack *** You can find all the Colour Printable Packs here.


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These gorgeous Mother’s Day Coupons are a great gift idea for that special person in your life. With Mother’s Day so close, these coupons can be printed on white cardboard and children can give them as a special gift to their mother, or other significant person in their life.
 
 
Materials Needed
These printable Mother’s Day Coupons come in five different colours; pink, purple, orange, blue and green. There are three varieties as well: Mum, Mom and You. There are some already written on coupons as well as blank ones for children to create their own personalised coupons for their special person.
 
 
Once you have collected all the coupons, you can decorate or clip them together to present them nicely.
 
  • Laminate, punch a hole in the top left hand corner and clip them altogether with a binder ring
  • Laminate, punch a hole in the top left hand corner and tie together with a pretty ribbon
  • These cards can also be attached to a box of chocolates, added to a gift bag / box or presented with other presents as well
 To download your free copy of these gorgeous coupons, click on the link below:
*** Mother’s Day Coupons ***

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