Free printable Catholic Christian Advent calendars, Advent wreaths, holiday crafts, Christmas craft activities

Will you be celebrating Advent this holiday season? Advent is the Catholic Christian season leading up to Christmas. For four weeks, prior to #Christmas, Catholics practice Advent values prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Each week focuses on hope, expectation and joy. Here are free printable advent calendars for kids to make, to guide Christmas devotions. Free printable Catholic Christian Advent calendars, Advent wreaths, Christmas crafts

Halloween candy leftovers use-up recipes, ways to reuse stale candy from Trick-or-Treat

So trick-or-treat is over and now your kids have a haul of #Halloween candy. And of course you want them to eat all that sugar as soon as possible (not!). Or maybe you're stuck with stale candy you couldn't give away because it rained on Halloween or you didn't get as many trick-or-treating children. Or maybe you gave out yucky kinds like Mike-N-Ikes or Mary-Janes, tsk-tsk. You could blow your diet, eat all the treats and then regret it. Or you could try one of these healthy ways to use up leftover trick-or-treat goodies.  Halloween candy leftovers use-up recipes, ways to reuse stale candy from Trick-or-Treat

Kids summer activities: Sand castle science lessons, social studies at the beach

 Parents and homeschoolers, looking for a way to keep the educational momentum this summer? How about kids summer activities at the beach? You can actually homeschool at the beach by building a sand castle. Teach social studies connections and science lessons. in sand castle building. A sand castle is a great art medium. In fun kids summer activities, children learn earth science lessons on biomes. They also explore engineering and physical science lessons messing with sand at the beach. If you can't do sand castle science lessons at the beach, you can make a sand castle in the backyard or even inside.  Kids summer activities: Sand castle science lessons, social studies at the beach | Examiner.com

Kitchen science experiments, home science lessons, chemistry science activities

Science lessons are the most commonly hated subject in school. Science activities are often dull textbook, paper and pencil and lecture and less fun science experiments. But science activities shouldn't be boring. If taught correctly, using interactive kitchen science experiments, science lessons will be the favorite subject, especially in K-8 grades. And when students start out loving science lessons, it carries over to upper grades where content is more challenging and text-driven.  Kitchen science experiments, home science lessons, chemistry science activities | Examiner.com

Mothers Day gift crafts for kids: Homemade potpourri crafts from recycled trash | Examiner.com

 Do you love potpourri? How about homemade holiday potpourri gift crafts for Mothers Day? You can repurpose and reuse food scraps in recycled crafts of potpourri. Potpourri makes great holiday gift crafts for kids. Keep a small saucepan of your favorite potpourri recipes simmering for holiday scents all year long! These recycled crafts double as gift crafts for kids to make for Mothers Day or Fathers Day or birthdays. Plus children get a fresh healthy vitamin C treat from these recycled crafts.  Mothers Day gift crafts for kids: Homemade potpourri crafts from recycled trash | Examiner.com

Repurpose and reuse recycled milk jugs: Homemade bird feeders, bird seed crafts

Do plastic milk jugs overflow your recycling bin? Would you like simple homemade crafts to repurpose and reuse recycled milk jugs? Here are homemade bird feeders made from recycled milk jugs. These homemade bird feeders are great National Bird Day or Earth Day crafts for kids. Homemade bird feeders from recycled milk jugs help the environment in three ways: when you repurpose and reuse recycled milk jugs you reduce the number that go into landfills. Homemade bird feeders support wildlife and the ecosystem. Making bird seed recipes from recycled kitchen scraps cuts waste.  Repurpose and reuse recycled milk jugs: Homemade bird feeders, bird seed crafts | Examiner.com

Marketing lesson plans: Recycled inventions, cross-curricular business math unit

Looking for a way to teach marketing and business in elementary school, middle school or high school? Here are cross-curricular business math lesson plans with recycling connections. Use these business math lesson plans to teach environmental science in Earth Month. Students design, manufacture and sell inventions made from recycled materials. These marketing lesson plans are perfect for school, homeschool, 4H clubs, scout troop merit badges, Destination Imagination (DI) teams and Junior Achievement clubs. Plug business math lesson plans into a science unit on technology or simple machines. Tie in activities on inventors for social studies, history and biographical literature lesson plans. Of course marketing has plenty of business math and consumer math applications too. These marketing lesson plans include a component on advertising which addresses design, writing and public speaking activities. . Here is a scope and sequence for each content area. This lesson covers the higher order thinking skills of analysis, application, synthesis and evaluation.  Marketing lesson plans: Recycled inventions, cross-curricular business math unit | Examiner.com

Homemade shoebox dioramas: Social studies crafts, science projects, book reports

It's 8 pm and darling daughter is wailing. She forgot to make her book report diorama project and it's due TOMORROW! Have you been there, done that, parents? Were you tempted to tell her "tough luck. You were told to do your homework and didn't. So take the F." Perhaps you wanted--like this mom did-- to put her on the street wearing a sign "free-- please take." But I am an eleventh hour girl myself and understood. So we bailed out Last Minute Lucy out. The whole family helped--dad and three older teen siblings. We made an awesome woodland Native American Indian diorama with stuff around the house--and made happy family bonding memories. From that experience grew this guide to making homemade shoebox dioramas for social studies crafts, science projects or book reports. All you need is a recycle bin, craft scraps, household junk and a little ingenuity.  Homemade shoebox dioramas: Social studies crafts, science projects, book reports | Examiner.com

Mystery story starters writing prompts: Crime fiction whodunit detective stories

March is National Reading Month. Mystery readers, are you tired of cracker-bland mysteries you put down in sheer boredom? Dear mystery writers, are you sick of writing dull-as-plain-toast plots that readers barely nibble at? Here are mystery story starters for tales readers will gulp down whole and beg for more before the first even digests. Use these writing prompts and mystery story starters to write gulp-down-whole stories. This article covers detective stories and mystery story starters for crime fiction, affectionately called the whodunit.   Mystery story starters writing prompts: Crime fiction whodunit detective stories | Examiner.com

Valentine candy heart cookies, conversation hearts math game, craft, lesson

Looking for ways to use up leftover valentine candy hearts? Here's a cute Valentine craft and snack that teaches math using Valentine's Day Necco Sweetheart conversation hearts. They're an edible flashcards to help children practice counting and other mathematics skills.  Valentine candy heart cookies, conversation hearts math game, craft, lesson | Examiner.com

Catholic Lenten devotional: Easter gospel Bible object lessons with jelly beans

Catholic Christian parents, looking for Lenten devotional to share with your children? Here's a Easter gospel devotional using jelly beans. Ya gotta have jelly beans in a Easter basket, but kids don't usually eat 'em till the chocolate candy is gone. By then, jelly beans are stale and yucky (they weren't too great before they went stale!). So use up those ubiquitous jelly beans that collect everywhere (and mate).in Bible object lessons! It's edible, hands-on, fun, educational and devotional.   Catholic Lenten devotional: Easter gospel Bible object lessons with jelly beans | Examiner.com

Free printable chemistry worksheets for National Mole Day

Nerd is the new sexy. In fact, Party City named geek and nerd costumes in the Top 10 Halloween costumes for 2014. And National Mole Day (as in chemistry not animals or that Mexican paste stuff), October 23, celebrates nerds and geeks. Did that send you scurrying to Google to refresh on what the heck a mole is? No need. The NMDF (National Mole Day Foundation), the folks who originated the idea, explain. National Mole Day is celebrated from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm to connect with Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023), a chemistry measuring unit, from whence come the term "molecules." A molecule's mole number in grams equals its molar mass. The point of Mole Day is to get kids interested in chemistry (the class subject, not the interpersonal kind!) To celebrate, here are free printable chemistry worksheets, charts, games and lesson plans.   Free printable chemistry worksheets for National Mole Day | Examiner.com

Free printable animal classification worksheets, taxonomy charts and diagrams

Parents, are you homeschooling your kids are thinking about it? Then you'll want to avail yourself of the many free printable lesson plans and worksheets online. Maybe you're needing resources for science homework help? Here are free printable animal classification charts, worksheets and taxonomy charts and diagrams to use for lesson plans. Animal classification or taxonomy, is a system of organizing creatures according to a hierarchy. It originated in Carolus Linnaeus's Systema Naturae. Creatures are organized by Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species (abbreviated KPCOFGS in science classes). Here are free printable animal classification lesson plans and activities. Free printable animal classification worksheets, taxonomy charts and diagrams | Examiner.com

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