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22 FUN Homeschool Amazon Stocking Stuffers + HUGE Christmas Giveaway

Today, I am sharing 22 awesomely FUN homeschool stocking stuffers!! Plus, as a bonus, check out the BIG homeschool Christmas giveaway at the end of this post!! Ok, we’ve all been there — We fall into this trap as homeschool mamas thinking that everything we buy for our kids needs to have an educational component to it! Stop that! ✋🏽 It’s okay to have FUN while learning — or even just take breaks for straight up, non-educational FUN! And that’s what these homeschool stocking stuffers are going to bring to your kiddos on Christmas morning! 🥳 There’s some sneaky educational stocking stuffers in this list, but everything here will add a lot of FUN to your homeschool this Christmas! I promise!! Bonus points — Everything you see below is linked to Amazon Prime! You won’t even need to leave the house! 👏🏻 Look — I am the BIGGEST Christmas fan out there. You’re not going to find me chatting about how we only give four gifts per kid, or how we don’t “lie” to our kids about Santa, or any of that. Christmas was always MAGICAL for me growing up and I never want to take that away from my babies! No matter how old they are! If you do not believe, you do not receive — End of story. 😂 I say all that to say this… Make Christmas whatever YOU want it to be. Do not let the unintentional mom-shaming happen because you choose to celebrate and believe in the MAGIC of Christmas! 🥰 Santa stuffs that stocking full each year! Because it’s FUN and MAGICAL to see it overflowing with goodies! 🤭 But you do you. There are no rules for stuffing stockings! 🎅🏽 Now, click through this list of FUN stocking stuffer ideas + ship that wishlist right on to the North Pole Prime! 🤭 Set of two wooden paddle ball games with a carrying bag 16 Brain Teasers with Pouch Smelly Pencils!! Wikki Stix Scratch Art Notes Monkey Noodle Sensory Strings Pop Tubes Math Dice Jr. Rail Twirler!! Moon Torch Mini Gliders Animal Paw Socks Tabletop Bowling Watercolor Paints Sensory Modeling Foam Space STEM Flashcard Game Stacking Rocks Simple Tape Measure Math Whiz Electronic Game Montessori Wooden Tops Dry Erase Scavenger Hunt Boards Blank Comic Book    ... [read more]

12 days of christmas freebies for your homeschool
12 Days of Christmas Freebies for your homeschool

Quick jump: ↴ Day 1 Christmas Freebies Day 2 Christmas Freebies Day 3 Christmas Freebies Day 4 Christmas Freebies I am so excited to host the 12 Days Of Christmas Freebies series here on the blog! If you love amazing homeschool freebies, BUCKLE UP!! We are FULL of them this month!! 🥳 Beginning December 1 (and every other day after!), 12 new freebies will be added to this blog post! This series will end on December 23 – and you’ll have a total of 144 EPIC Christmas / Winter themed homeschool freebies for your homeschool! These freebies will add so much fun to your homeschool this season! There are activity sheets, worksheets, games, time-fillers, crafts, and more – all here to help you homeschool through the winter season, stress-free! It’s the most wonderful time… For Free Christmas Homeschool Printables! Our Christmas trees have been proudly shining through our windows since November 2nd… We’ve even overheard neighbors commenting on them — I won’t share the comments. Haha 🙂 But I have no shame… I am one of “those” Christmas people. I absolutely LOVE this time of year! I don’t really understand why people wait so long to embrace it! 🎄 Nevertheless, each year around this time in our homeschool, we get restless. Waiting patiently for Christmas is no small feat in this house. So I do whatever I can to incorporate Christmas fun into our homeschool- Because, why not! | Related: Check out our current Cyber Week Deals Actually, this will be our third year incorporating A Connected Christmas from Treehouse Schoolhouse! We love it so much! And Lyndsey just updated the study for 2022 and it is so beautiful! Click here to check it out. In addition to the study, we like to add in more FUN! That’s where my search for Free Homeschool Christmas Printables came into play! Then, after seeing how many amazing printables there are… I KNEW I needed to share what I found with you here on the blog! So – Get ready!! The 12 Days Of Christmas Freebies for your homeschool starts SOON!!! 🥳 DAY 1 of Christmas Freebies Check out these fun Video Lessons and printables from Katie at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage that teach Literary Devices and Figurate Language using a Christmas Theme! These videos review the terms and definitions for common literary devices and figurative language and provide practice in identifying them in two fun Christmas themed written pieces. How fun is this Winter Nature Hike Scavenger Hunt from Susan at Susan’s Homeschool Blog!!  Have a more restful and joyful Christmas by using this free Christmas planner From Clarissa and add in some of the Christmas tradition ideas to your family this year! I know. You want the nativity to be front and center in your Christmas celebrations, but you worry about chubby, little hands loving on it a little too much. Why not make yourself a kid-friendly, indestructible, but still beautiful set with these FREE DIY nativity set printables from Amy at Orison Orchards!  Teach your child to read even if they’d rather be watching their tablet with these fun Winter Learn to Read Activities from Sarah at Homeschooling 4 Him! Each activity takes less than 15 minutes to complete- so they’re perfect for kids with short attention spans. Celebrate the season with this 20-page bundle of FREE Christmas printables from Dana at The Art Kit Blog!  Use this super cute Nativity Tot & PreK-K pack from Annette at In All You Do with your Littles as the Christmas season approaches! I love these Christmas Symmetry Pages from Charlene at Hess Un-Academy!  Grab FREE 15-Minute Music Lessons of your favorite Christmas songs from Gena at Music In Our Homeschool!  Here is a sweet Nativity-Themed memory game with 15 matches, 30 total cards from Betty at Peace Creek On The Prairie.  This game can be enjoyed through the days leading up to Christmas as your learn more about the wonderful Birth of Jesus! This Nativity-Themed counting activity if so cute! Grab it from Danielle at Let’s Stay Home Blog and enjoy it with your family this season!  DAY 2 of Christmas Freebies What could be better than a few activities for the kids and a fun planner for mom?! Enjoy the holiday season and make memories to last a lifetime with this EXCLUSIVELY free holiday bundle from Jenn + Anita at All Things Printables! Use code: 12DAYS at checkout to get it free!  This Christmas Planner from Totally The Bomb is SO cute!!  I love this ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas printable pack from Deana at The Frugal Homeschooling Mom! Don’t spend money on Christmas thank you cards! Simply buy a pack of cardstock and print your own at home with these free printable Christmas thank you cards from Heather at Mom For All Seasons! This collection of Christmas trace pages from Tara at Homeschool Preschool will keep little ones busy. These pages provide fun fine motor practice with a holiday twist! Have fun singing carols with your little this season with this cute Jingle Bells Shaker craft + free song book from Simple At Home!  Use this Christmas Tree STEM printable from Little Bins For Little Hands to learn more about your Christmas tree! I love this print-and-go Christmas craft for adorable gift tags from Amy at Rock Your Homeschool! Just add candy canes and you’ll have an awesome Christmas activity for the season!  This online Christmas Around The World Unit Study Series from Freedom Homeschooling is jam packed with awesome activities, videos, recipes, and more!  Get your kids interested in the study of Reindeer this season with this awesome Reindeer Unit from The Waldock Way!  This Christmas Sequencing Mini book + Handwriting Pages from Real Life At Home is perfect for teaching littles a little more about the Nativity Story!  DAY 3 of Christmas Freebies Here’s a super cute Christmas Tree Decorating Activity from The Natural Homeschool!  Kelli + Kristi from Lolly Jane has these beautiful printable Thank You Cards!  Love...... [read more]

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Shop the NEW CYH Shop SALE!! — Grand Reopening Info!!

Can I share a dream with you? For a while now, I’ve had this tugging on my heart to completely revamp this space on the internet. I want to make Create Your Homeschool a space where homeschool mamas like you can feel supported, encouraged, and have everything you need at your fingertips!  I’ve been working non-stop (literally, ask my family!) to bring this dream into reality. I’ve updated products, started writing blogs again, created content on our Facebook Group, started an incredible membership community, and it has truly be amazing to watch all of this passion and vision inside of my head burst into reality! Now, I’m ready to launch the next phase of Create Your Homeschool. Want to hear more about it? Keep reading. Create Your Homeschool is a space where you can get resources + support to help you create a homeschool that brings you joy. We don’t do traditional homeschooling around here… We create a learning experience that is unique to our family and something we are love!  One thing that has been lacking in this space, that I wasn’t quite sure how to make happen, is to provide resources for every walk of life in homeschooling. Mamas love my vision and mission, but often can’t find something that fits their specific needs in that moment.  And I needed to fix that! So, I was doing what every great woman is doing when she has her best ideas – taking a shower – and it hit me. 🤯 I don’t have to be everything for every person – I just need to provide a space inside of Create Your Homeschool that can be everything for every person!  And that’s how the idea to shift my entire resource strategy came to be!  I set out to find the best of the best homeschool resources creators and extended offers to them to create resources for YOU inside my shop! And now… I am SO STINKING PROUD AND EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE – The brand new, one-stop-homeschool-shop, is launching SEPTEMBER 1!! 🥳 The shop is quickly becoming one of my favorite spaces inside Create Your Homeschool! We’re creating a collection of incredible resources for your homeschool and the goal is to have at least one resource for every grade by the end of the year!  Our new shop vendors are SO excited to share their products with you and I can’t wait to share them with you too!! We’ve got tons of worksheets, homeschool printables, teacher planning resources, printable homeschool room decor, and more!... [read more]

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3 Free Art Projects for Your Homeschool

Free Art Projects for Your Homeschool We all know art is a vital part of homeschooling, but… Sometimes it can be so overwhelming! That’s why I’ve put together this resource for you. I’ve gathered free art projects that you can do with your kids or that they can do on their own. These projects span ages 3-13, and I’ve listed them in age order. Enjoy! Teal Things Project Ages: 3-6 Supplies: clipart packet, teal paper, scissors, glue, teal craft items Is anyone else’s favorite color teal? Lili at Barefoot and Bilingual loves this color, so she put together a free teal clipart packet. I’ve outlined a teal things sorting craft. This helps young kids identify a color NOT on the rainbow which helps their observation skills and color awareness. Here’s how you can use this for your littles! -Download this free clipart packet. -Print out on paper. -Cut out/have your child cut out clipart pieces. This will depend on your child’s skill level. -Glue to a piece of construction paper. -Gather other things around your craft room to add. -Have fun! Click here to get this freebie!   How to Draw a Tiger Art & Writing Activity Age: 5-10 Supplies: printable worksheet, guided instructions, pencil, eraser, black marker, crayons. Did you know art is a perfect medium for learning skill subjects? I have found that even reluctant writers enjoy writing when their story is accompanied by a drawing they just made! In this art & writing activity, students learn to draw and color a tiger step-by-step. Then they write a story to explore their tiger even more. I differentiated this activity into 5-6 year old steps and 7-10 year old. A 5-6 year old will likely need a grownup’s help with the instructions and writing. A 7-10 year old will likely be able to complete this project on their own. Click here to go to this resource!   One Lantern to Rule Them All Ages: 8-13 Supplies: a pencil, white pencil, xacto knife with fresh blade, black paper, a ruler, and a space to cut on. Any other Lord of the Rings fans out there? This project is a great family collaboration craft that will bring you and your elementary-aged children together. Here’s an excerpt from the blog Raising Seidlings where you can find this free tutorial! “Then my son took a glue stick and glued together the scenes for each lantern. He started with the largest piece first, the background piece. Then the second largest and so on until we were adding final details. In this one it was the purple sky glued to the white, then the larger mountain scene, then smaller, then smaller. After that we added the stars and moon. We glued it all into the back of the lantern.” Click here to go to this tutorial! Wishing an art teacher could just come and teach for you? Here are some online art teachers I’ve reached out to who are offering a free class if you just ask! Click their link, claim your free $20 credit, then message them for your free class. Andrea Violet | Early Elementary Art Teacher  Alexandra McCarty | Art – STEAM – Dinosaurs & More! Raymond Mullikin | Professional Cartoonist & Credentialed Teacher Abbey Allen | Art Teacher of ARTventurous Animals Hope you enjoyed! Post a picture of any completed projects in the comments below. -Abbey Allen | Art Teacher of ARTventurous Animals... [read more]

How to Choose a Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

You’ve decided to homeschool your preschooler, but you’re unsure where to begin. Luckily, homeschooling doesn’t have to be a complicated process. A quality homeschool curriculum will save you time and energy and ensure your child is set on a path to success. Follow this guide to learn how to choose a preschool homeschool curriculum! Sample the Curriculum The first step to choosing a preschool homeschool curriculum is to sample it! You can read all the articles and reviews you want, but you won’t know if a curriculum will work for you and your kid(s) until you try it. Once you receive a sample of the curriculum, you’ll need to ask yourself a couple of questions. We’ll go into each question in more depth later in this article. Is this curriculum conducive to homeschool learning? Will the curriculum keep your child engaged? Does the curriculum align with a scope and sequence? Is the curriculum accessible/easy to use? Does the curriculum offer resources and support? As you preview curriculums, keep these questions in mind. Answering them will help you determine if the curriculum is a good fit. Find a Curriculum Designed for Homeschooling While there are many great curriculums out there, not all of them are specifically designed to meet the needs of homeschoolers. When considering what homeschooling style was right for you, you most likely looked for a style that would best fit your family’s needs. You need to do the same with the curriculum you choose. Standard curriculums are designed for classroom learning. They assume that your preschooler will have peers to interact with and access to materials that you may not have. Consider Montessori Homeschooling Structured homeschooling methods like virtual school, school-at-home and the classical style may be quicker and easier to implement than others, but they require significantly more from you and your children in terms of time committed to instruction and paperwork. And, they disallow one of my favorite benefits of homeschooling: schedule flexibility. Montessori homeschooling is an incredible choice to make when looking at what homeschool curriculum to choose for your preschooler. That said, it does require conscious efforts in terms of parenting that you may not be used to. You will need to be able to guide them gently, without limiting your child’s ability to choose what, how, or when they learn. If you and your children can self-direct and have respect for one another, Montessori may be a good fit. Ensure that Your Curriculum is Designed for Student Interest One of the key principles of Montessori education is that when a topic interests people, they’re likely to learn better. The goal is for your child to want to learn rather than feel forced to learn. Homeschooling provides a unique opportunity for you to control your child’s learning environment. Preschool is a time of critical development for children. During this time, you want your child to learn to love learning, not loathe it. The main goal of your curriculum should be to ignite curiosity in your child. You want them to feel proud of what they’ve learned. A curriculum with a child-centered educational approach will aid in this process. Choose a Curriculum with a Scope and Sequence It’s no secret that homeschooling a preschooler can overwhelm parents. If you’re just starting, you may feel like you’re drowning in standards and topics! You need a learning program that meets or exceeds standards. A scope and sequence can help you determine the order in which skills should be taught. The goal of Montessori learning is to follow your child, but a simplified scope and sequence can help you maintain a sense of structure. A quality curriculum will include a scope and sequence that lays everything out for you. This will make it easier for you to guide your child toward learning opportunities. Select an Accessible, Inclusive Curriculum As a homeschooling parent, your goal should be to support your child as they engage in self-regulated learning. You shouldn’t have to spend hours searching for instructional resources. Save yourself time and frustration by choosing a curriculum that does the planning for you. Wouldn’t it be nice if all you had to do was select a lesson, print it, laminate it, and cut it out? An accessible curriculum will be easy to navigate. You should love working on schoolwork with your child. If they notice your frustration with the curriculum, they’ll subconsciously take on that frustration as their own. With Multisori’s preschool homeschool curriculum, the lesson instructions are direct. We list the supplies needed and a “What to Do” section. Kids, especially at preschool age, love to ask, “why?” They’re learning and exploring, and it’s important that they feel comfortable enough to ask questions. Multisori’s curriculum also includes a “Why Multisori Provides this Material” section. You can use this section to answer the never-ending “why” questions. By providing a solid answer to “why,” you’re able to encourage curiosity in your kid(s). Look for a Curriculum that Offers Support One of the downsides to homeschooling is that you may feel alone in your educational journey. When choosing a preschool homeschool curriculum, choose one with a supportive community that you can turn to for help. A strong support system can make or break a homeschooling parent. Homeschooling your preschooler doesn’t have to be complicated, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! Studies have shown that parents want to be involved in their students’ education. A homeschool support group provides a way for parents to continue to grow and learn alongside their children. In addition, parents will be surrounded by other homeschooling parents in the same walk of life. With the Multisori curriculum, you’ll unlock access to a support group full of resources and friendly faces. Homeschooling moms say they love the M3 curriculum because it allows them to connect with other parents. Purchase a Quality Preschool Homeschool Curriculum Today With this advice in mind, it’s time to do your research to find a curriculum that works for you. Sampling a curriculum will allow...... [read more]

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How to create a curriculum map for your homeschool

A curriculum map is perfect for organizing your thoughts around all the things you’d like to teach in your homeschool for the year. They work for any age / grade by creating a structure that will help you look ahead and make a plan for how to reach the goals you’ve set in your homeschool. To get started, you’ll want to determine the number of days you’ll be homeschooling in a year. Then divide the year into smaller groups. For example, if you’re homeschool requirement is 180 days of learning per year, then that would be 36 weeks of school. When you divide that number by the number of weeks in a month (four), it comes to nine months total. You could create a map with nine “semesters” (or whatever you’d like to call them). Or, you could divide it out even further to have shorter learning markers. It’s up to you! Once you determine the number of semesters or units in your homeschool year, you can move on to the content and set some goals. The name of the curriculum map game is to simply work backwards. You’ll want to start with the end in mind. What big goals do you want your child to reach this year? Are there any specific learning objectives you need to conquer? Then, you’ll make a list of all major topics you’d like to teach! Consider bringing your kids into this part of the planning process! Ask them what they’d like to learn about. Determine if there are any areas they’re struggling in or lack confidence in. Write all of these things down… It’s the beginning of your curriculum map! From this point, you can assign each topic to a month or week that makes the most sense (learning about things that happen in the spring in September, probably won’t be that much fun). But keep in mind that some topics will build on each other. So you’ll want to plan them accordingly with enough room to add on. Once you’ve completed an overview for the year, you can then break down each unit even further. Simply repeat this same process on a smaller scale. Rather than writing “BIRDS” for the month of March, you’ll break it down by week and even by day. Example: North American Birds – Types, diet, habitat, etc. Here’s another example of how you can work backward to create a Curriculum Map. | Related: Summer Sensory Bin Ideas In pre-k phonics, a low-hanging fruit to teach would simply be to work your way through every letter of the alphabet! Learn each letter’s name, the sound it makes, and how to create it. So, It would be fairly easy to simply spend a full week on each letter. Then, add a few “review” weeks built in. EXAMPLE: Week 1- Letter A Create a lesson plan that would provide a lot of opportunities with the letter A. Eat foods that begin with the letter A (applesauce, avocado, asparagus, bake something with all-purpose flour, etc.) Create the letter out of different materials (pom-poms and glue, play-doh, sticks, etc.) Read books that had main ideas or main characters with the letter (The Lady With The Alligator Purse, Amazing Airplanes, Hey Little Ant, etc.), Work on sight words for the letter A (and, add, any, etc.). You may realize that you do not need a full week for each letter, and that’s okay! If so, simply adjust the map as you go along. Nothing is set in stone in homeschooling, mama. To make curriculum mapping a little bit easier for you, I’ve created a curriculum map template that you can download and get started with asap!   Here’s a few things to keep in mind when you’re creating a curriculum map for your homeschool: Check your homeschool laws (if your location requires any). You’ll always want to make sure that whatever you are planning will be aligned with what’s required from you as a homeschool teacher each year. Does the curriculum you’ve purchased for the year have a set timeline in place for completing it? If so, consider using it to help guide your mapping! Personally, I do not bind myself to the exact days they have listed to complete each page in a curriculum we have. But I do like to use it as a guide when planning. If there’s a subject or topic you think your kids would like to spend more time on (like a really cool unit study!) then don’t be afraid to allow extra time in your curriculum map for that! The goal is to create a passion inside of our kids to keep learning… If they can have fun while doing it, even better! Don’t forget to include time for holidays and scheduled breaks in your curriculum map! Using these tips, and grabbing the curriculum map template, will help you get started with setting goals for your homeschool and stay organized! I’d love to hear more about your plans to use a curriculum map for your homeschool! Leave your thoughts in the comments below or over on Instagram! And if you loved this post and found it helpful for you, I’d love for you to share it with a friend!  Pin these!... [read more]

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Morning Basket Ideas

If you’re looking for morning basket ideas… Well, there’s only a million 🙂 But having a morning basket or morning time in your homeschool is so beneficial for everyone, especially you, as a mama! So I highly recommend adding a morning time or morning basket routine to your homeschool! What is a morning basket? A morning basket is basically everything you can do together, as a homeschooling family, in one space. Many mamas choose to put their morning time items in a basket in the living room or their homeschool area, which is where the term “morning basket” came from! What do you put in a morning basket? There are so many things you can put in a morning basket! I’m sharing a few morning basket ideas with you here on the blog, but the possibilities are endless! However, there are specific categories or subjects that work really well in morning baskets for your homeschool, so consider these ideas when you’re looking for things to put in yours! Art Music Poetry Read-Alouds Unit Studies Bible / Devotionals Morning Menus Journaling | Related: Grab the printable weather chart for your morning menu here + the traceable calendar set for 2021 here. How do you use a morning basket? There’s no right or wrong way to use a morning basket! It’s YOUR homeschool, after all 🙂 You don’t even have to use it in the morning! It’s just a really neat way to bring all ages together to learn something new, hear a story, or create something fun. Depending on how many things you have in your morning basket, you could divide the subjects up by day – or “loop” them. For example, on Monday you could do the essentials (read-aloud, devotional, journaling, whatever is important for your kids to do daily…) and then only do art related things in your basket! Tuesday, the essentials and music. Wednesday, the essentials and math or geography. You get the idea! There are so many great resources and ideas for morning baskets in your homeschool! My friend, Pam, is well-known for her morning time ideas and goodies. Check out her website here and grab her book here. To get you started with some great ideas to fill your basket (or shelf), here’s a list of morning basket ideas for your homeschool! Everything links to Amazon through my affiliate links. Thank you for shopping my links and supporting our family in that way! It’s no extra cost for you and helps me continue to run this blog and share all of the idea and goodies for your homeschool with you! Enjoy! The Action Bible | The Random House Book of Poetry | Where the Sidewalk Ends |One Question A Day for Kids | Poetry for Kids by Emily Dickinson | The Adventure Bible | Dry Erase Markers | Dry Erase Pockets | The Chronicles of Narnia Set | 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science | My Kid’s Prayer Journal | Our Read-Aloud Family Journal | The Beginner’s Bible | The Art Book | The Classical Music Book | The Drawing Book | Maestro Classics CD Collection | Morning Menu Covers | Laminated World Map | Introduction to the Orchestra | BrainBox Nature Edition | BrainBox World History Edition | World Country Flag Flash Cards | 34 Mini Mysteries to Untangle | Indescribable Devotional... [read more]