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Homeschooling And Education Freebies: Resources For Summer Learning

Updated August 28, 2012

Keep your children learning this summer with these fun lessons and activities:

  • Internet4Classrooms Summer Learning -Free daily and weekly summer learning fun. Sign up to receive fun activities, links to great learning games, and other educational resources that will help you get ready for the school year. Grades Pre-K to 12.
  • Thinkfinity Summer Learning -A collection of links to fun activities and educational resources created by some of the nation’s leading educational organizations. Includes hands-on and online science activities, math games, reading and writing activities,  American history theme units and much more.
  • Summer Learning Across the USA -A 10 page excerpt from the workbook “Learning Across the USA”. Includes several states that have popular spots to visit especially during the summer. Each sheet includes space for students to fill in information they learn about each state. Older students can do independent research to find the answers. There is an answer key at the back, which can be used to teach the facts to younger students. Free this week from CurrClick.

Summer Activities for Fun and Learning contains 5 educational activities for Kindergarteners. Also see the older version for 5 different activities.

Fun Summer Time Activities and Games consists of 12 activities for students in the 1st grade.

  • Just Read, Families! -Free summer reading resources from the Florida Dept. of Education include a K-5 Summer Activities Calendar, a Middle School Activities Calendar -both with a month’s worth of daily activities- and a Summer Reading Activities Kit (PDF) with creative ideas for fun summer reading you and your children can do together while on vacation, at home, or on the road.
  • Hot Activities for Celebrating Summer! -A collection of 7 summertime lessons for reinforcing summer safety rules, visiting some great vacation spots, building a roller coaster and more. Grades K-12.
  • 101 Nature Activities -Activities and lessons created and collected from teachers, outdoor educators and the staff of Sanborn Western Camps to help children deepen their awareness and enjoyment of the natural world. Activities include nature scavenger hunts, nighttime activities, sensory awareness activities, games, hikes and much more. PDF download.
  • Kidsgardening Parents’ Primer -Online guide for “taking advantage of gardening moments with your kids every week in your own backyard … and front yard and in the garage and at the windowsill and in the basement …. Turn  your kids’ questions into fun discoveries and get garden-building basics too.” Be sure to check out Family Gardening Ideas for fun activities for each season of the year, and School Gardening for gardening curriculum; classroom projects; lessons and activities; and greenhouse guide and activities.
  • Camping: A Complete Unit Study -Turn your camping trip into an educational experience with this fun camping unit. Includes activities for math, science and nature; reading list, vocabulary words and writing suggestions.

And don’t forget your public library! Most libraries have some sort of summer reading program for children and/or teens and include any or all of the following:

  • reading contests
  • writing contests
  • crafts
  • hands-on activities
  • presentations
  • demonstrations

Plus, your library’s summer reading program is usually free!

Happy teaching,


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Homeschool/Education Freebies: Chemistry Experiments Ebook, Summer Gardening Unit Study, America’s First Ladies Lapbook and Notebook Unit

A classic chemistry experiments ebook is today’s free resource at Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments (PDF ebook) – Here’s a great Chemistry experiments book from the 1960s that was actually BANNED and removed from libraries across the country for being too “dangerous” for young experimenters. Even though most of the activities and experiments in this Golden Book are safe, a few will need parental supervision should you decide to persue them.

Just in time for gardening season, American Montessori Consulting has a new unit study out:

Montessori PreK-Grade 8 Gardening Unit Study -This is an online unit study for a complete summer gardening unit study. Contains links to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises for reading, language arts, life skills, social studies, science, art, math and more.

In The Hands of a Child offers a free semi-annual project pack and right now you can get one about America’s first ladies:

First Ladies of the United States Project Pack -Contains a complete lapbook unit and notebook unit about the first ladies of the United States of America. For grades 3-6.



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Gardening Unit Study, Homeschooling Planner

Help your children build Christian character with a free gardening unit study by Dana Hanley at Roscommon Acres:

Developing Christian Character Through Gardening –This unit focuses on how Christian character is developed through studying the parable of the sower. Children are given an opportunity to help plant a garden and tend it through
the harvest, while the parent takes time to draw spiritual applications from the work being done, “here a little, there a little.” (Isaiah 28:10)

Need some spontaneity in your homeschooling days? Check out a new homeschooling planner brought to you by Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

Planned Spontaneity (PDF ebook) –Plan for spontaneity in your homeschool. With a simple, yet very effective approach, this planner is a great way to make your homeschooling time a lot more fun and creative. Loaded with great tips and ideas that you can put to use right away.



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Help For Beginning Gardeners

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Are you just getting started in gardening?

Here are some resources that might help you out:

Free Garden Plan: Beginner Garden in a Day –great for beginners, easy to follow instructions and diagrams

Beginner Gardening Advice & Free Gardening Ebook –beginning gardening questions answered

The Old Farmer’s Almanac: A Beginner’s Vegetable Garden –the basics

BH&G Beginner Perennial Flower Garden for Full Sun –register for free detailed planting guide which includes layout diagram, plant list plus alternatives and complete instructions.

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Happy gardening,


Homeschool Freebies: Free Garden Lapbooks

Here are a couple more resources for helping your children learn about gardening:

Muncha, Muncha, Muncha Lapbook –for preschoolers

My Garden Lapbook –also includes some garden journal/notebooking  pages


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Happy gardening,


Gardening Freebies: Printable Garden Journals, Beginners Preserving Guide And 101 Garden Recipes

Updated August 13, 2012


Keep track of your gardening with one of these free printable garden journals –plus learn how to preserve your harvest and get some free garden recipes.

You might also want to read:

Go Digital With an Online Garden Journal

  • New Vegetable Garden Planner -Sign up for a free account and get access to a free, online vegetable garden planner which includes a garden journal, a section for gardening “to-dos”, family feeder calculator, ability to add notes and upload pictures, smart phone apps, and much more. Please note: free account is for one garden and 50 garden plants.
  • New Your Gardening Journal from Dave’s Garden -Sign up for a free account at Dave’s Garden and create your own gardening journal and gardening blog.
  • New MyFolia Garden Tracker -sign up for a free account and write a garden journal, track your plantings, catalog your seed collection and much more

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Happy gardening,


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More Free Online Children’s Gardening Resources

Grow a Vegetable in a Bottle

The Great Plant Escape –interactive, unlock the amazing mysteries of plant life with Detective LePlant and his partners, Bud and Sprout.

The Adventures of Herman –the autobiography of Squirmin’ Herman the worm.

Composting with Willie the Worm

Start a pond or bog garden –create mini-ponds and a mini-bog garden. Teachers notes, curriculum and activity sheets.

The Butterfly Website: Butterfly Gardening

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Happy gardening,


A Gardening Conversation And Some Free Online Resources For Gardening With Children

A Gardening Conversation With My Children

Me: “Do you like to garden?”

Abby: “Yes!”

Daniel: “No.”

Me: “You don’t like anything about gardening, Daniel?”

Daniel: “Just eatin’ the stuff you grow and tillin’ up the bed and hoein’ –it’s fun.”

Me: “What do you like about gardening, Abby?”

Abby: “I like planting the seeds and watching them grow –it’s fun! I like harvesting vegetables because we can eat them. If we didn’t harvest them, they’d just go to seed.”

Me: “Do you like everything about gardening?”

Abby: “Almost. I don’t like hoeing and I definitely don’t like pulling weeds, I don’t like harvesting peppers –they smell and make my fingers sting, and I don’t like picking tomatoes –I think they stink! Eeeuw.”

Me: “What do you like to grow?”

Abby: “I like to grow flowers because they’re pretty. I like to grow carrots because I like to eat them! I also like to grow cauliflower, the colorful vegetables and the viney vegetables (the ones that climb). I don’t like onions but I plant them for Dad. I like apples –we planted some of them this year!”

Daniel: “More peas.”

Me: “Is there something new you’d like to grow this year?

Abby: “Yes, cotton and red and blue potatoes –fresh potatoes,yum!”

Daniel: “No.”

Me: “Is there  a gardening project you’d like to do?

Daniel: “No.”

Abby: “I’d like to make a scarecrow for our garden!”

Me: “Would you like to make a scarecrow for the garden, Daniel?”

Daniel: “Yeah!”

Guess what we’re going to do today. :)

Children’s Gardening Resources

Need some ideas for gardening with your children?

Gardening With Small Children – a good article on gardening with your little ones.

Indoor Gardening Projects For Children –simple indoor gardening ideas for children.

Denver Master Gardener’s: Gardening With Children –gardening fun, projects, “All About Honeybees” and more.

KidsGardening.com –from the National Gardening Association. Includes a Classroom Projects Library and Parent’s Primer with info on; plants kids love, structures, projects, theme gardens and gardening safety.

Gardening With Children (link fixed) -Ohio Master Gardeners Resource Guide for beginning or expanding children’s gardening programs with tips on designing gardens for kids and planning children’s programs, downloadable pdf format.

My First Garden -website from the University of Illinois for 4th grade students to learn the beauty, the care involved in planning, nurturing and enjoying the benefits of gardens.

Composting For Kids (link fixed) -slide presentation from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, also available in pdf format.

Gardening Projects for Children –make mini hothouses, make photographic image cards and make a barometer.

Kid’s Garden Crafts –paint flower pots, make garden markers, wind chimes and more.

Sunflower House & Bean Teepee

Winter Garden Project For Kids: Make A Hanging Carrot Basket

Something we’ve done that’s fun:

Go through the kitchen and plant a little of everything…

  • grains -rice, beans, whole wheat, barley
  • herbs –poppy seed, celery seed, peppercorns
  • seeds and tops from fresh vegetables and fruits -avocado, pomegranate, and lemon seeds, carrot tops, onion bottoms

…then see what grows!

Happy gardening,


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Learn to make planters, rocks, stepping stones and more!

The Greenthumb Family Toolkit: Share The Joy Of Gardening With Your Children

Do you love to garden? Would you like to share the joy of gardening with your children?

The Greenthumb Family Toolkit

Our friends the Erskines, of Homeschool Radio Shows and Homeschool Freebie of the Day, have a super deal on their Greenthumb Family Toolkit -only $5.95 through April 6th! This offer is expired. The regular price is $24.00.

The Green Thumb Family Toolkit is designed to encourage and inspire your family to learn together, work together and grow together and includes:

  • Great garden ideas, tips & projects
  • Tried & True Advice from Homeschool Families
  • Practical Character building resources
  • Homeschool Unit Studies
  • Vintage Living Books
  • Classic Audio Stories

There’s a total of 19 wonderful resources to help grow your Garden AND your Family…all Spring and Summer long!

Remember, this super deal is only good through April 6th!

Happy gardening,


Buy a Can of Campbell’s Soup and Get Free Tomato Seeds

Would you like to grow the same kind of tomatoes used in Campbell’s Tomato Soup?

Through June 21, buy any kind of Campbell’s condensed soup, enter the code on the can at HelpGrowYourSoup.com and request a free packet of Campbell’s tomato seeds.

Grow your own tomato soup!