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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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Milkshake Recipe Contest

Do you like to create yummy milkshakes? You could win some great prizes this summer in the Below Zero Hero Milkshake Recipe Contest!

Below Zero Hero Milkshake Recipe Contest -Starting June 1st and ending August 28th, 2010, submit your milkshake recipes -one per week- and be  automatically entered into a drawing to win a Hamilton Beach 12-Speed Blender. When all entries have been collected, judges will select the overall top 10 milkshake recipes and put them to a public vote. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 Visa check card, second place winner will receive a $4000 Visa check card and third place wins a $1000 Visa check card!

Don’t forget, you may enter one recipe per week and the recipe submission deadline is August 28th, 2010 -entry form and complete rules are on the Below Zero Hero website. Be sure and check out the Just For Fun page for a milkshake mixing tip sheet and coloring pages for children.

Hmmm…I wonder what a Wineberry milkshake would taste like! :)

Blessings and happy shaking!


A Night At The Races

Toad races that is…

The Three Caballeros

The Three Caballeros are out of the gate…

Wrong Way Jones

Big Daddy takes the lead, the Middle Man is second and Wrong-way Jones is… going the wrong way!

Racing to the Finish

Hopping to the finish line…Big Daddy is still in the lead!

Big Daddy Over the Wall

And the winner is…Big Daddy! And he’s going over the wall and into the stands to meet his fans!

Tune in next week for another exciting night at the races -if we can find some more toads!




Free And One Dollar Family Movie Matinees This Summer

I know, I said I wouldn’t have any posts ‘til this weekend -but I heard about a couple of super summer movie specials and just had to pass them along!

Regal Theaters Free Family Film Festival

At 10am every Tuesday and Wednesday, through July, participating Regal theatres are showing ‘G’ and ‘PG’ movies –for free!

Tickets are available at the theater box office on the day of the show and seating is limited to theatre capacity –first-come first-served.

Regal has theatres all over the United States and there are three in the Knoxville area:

    Knoxville Center Stadium 10
    3051-B Mall Road North
    Knoxville ,TN 37924

    West Town Stadium 9
    7600 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville ,TN 37919

    Pinnacle Stadium 18 & IMAX
    11240 Parkside Drive
    Knoxville ,TN 37922

To find a participating Regal theatre near you and to see a list of movies that will be playing during the Free Family Film Festival, please visit the Regal Entertainment Group’s website.

Carmike Foothills 12 Cinema $1 Summer Movies

For those of you in the Maryville/Blount county, TN area who don’t care to drive to Knoxville:

Every Tuesday, at 10:30am, you can see a family movie at Foothills Cinema -for only $1 and get $1 popcorn and drinks!

Foothills Cinema is located at:

    Maryville , TN 37804
    Phone: (865) 977-4489

Today’s $1 movie is Charlotte’s Web –please call the theater to find out what’s playing in up-coming weeks.

Thanks so much, Jennifer and Monica, for the heads-up! :)