Freebie Friday Linkup: Pirate Resources

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Pirate Resources

{free printable} pirate treasure map colouring page from Sweet Little Parties
Pirate Resources
Woohoo!! Our pirate party package is now officially available for hire!! You can find all the details and more photos here. We’d love to hear what you think!!

And, too celebrate, we wanted to share our treasure map colouring page for your little pirates!!

Pirates from Teaching Ideas
Pirate Resources
Our popular collection of pirates resources includes display posters, word mats, activity sheets and more. Download them today!

Pirate Printables: Cutting Practice Preschool from 3 Boys and a Dog
Pirate Resources
By age 4, your child should be able to do some easy cutting practice – supervised, of course! Let your child cut the lines to reach the pirate map, treasure, and more with this Cutting Practice worksheets from my Pirate Printables collection.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Playset from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Let the kids create their own pirate adventures in Never Land with this printable playset. It’s easy for a grown-up to cut out and assemble before handing off to the little Never Land pirate in the house.

Player: 2+

Pirate Fairy Paper Lanterns from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Light up the night in style with these easy-to-make printable lanterns inspired by Tink and her flitterific friends.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Coloring Page from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Ahoy, maties! Here’s a coloring page for the wee ones sure to send them off to Never Land. Let them dream up their own version of pirate life in a rainbow of color.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Matching Game from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Ahoy, Matey! It’s fun to play games, so try a matching game that you can play with your entire crew.

Pirates of the Caribbean Treasure Hunt Clue Cards from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Did you know… After your adventurous ride on the Jungle Cruise® attraction at Disneyland® Resort, you can ask one of the Cast Members for a souvenir map? The map features all of the magical places you’ve just ventured through and makes a fun addition to Disney souvenir collections.

Get ready for an amazing treasure hunt, Pirates of the Caribbean® style. Create your own map and use the cards to pen puzzling clues for your riches-seeking crew and see who finds the treasure first!

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Cake Topper from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Decorate your little pirate’s birthday cake with this colorful cake topper.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Thank You Cards from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Thank your friends for coming to your awesome pirate party with Jake and the Never Land Pirates thank you cards!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Stickers from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Add some pirate plumage to your notebook, your journal, or your captain’s log with these Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides stickers. Print as many as you want for all the would-be pirates in your life!

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Party Invitations from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Put out the call to little preschool pirates everywhere — it’s time to celebrate, Never Land style. Have the guest of honor help you stuff, seal and stamp the invites and get the party started!

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Treasure Chest from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Avast ye maties! Every pirate needs a treasure chest, and you’re no exception. This easy-to-make chest is the perfect place to store your riches — just don’t forget where you hide it!

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Birthday Banner from Disney Family
Pirate Resources
Wish your little pirate a Yo-Ho Happy Birthday with this banner inspired by Jake and his friends.

FREEBIE FRIDAY – Pirate & Princess lacing from Busy Little Bugs
Pirate Resources
One of our lovely customers had suggested this week a pirate theme for our “Freebie Friday” free printables, as they were having so much fun with our free pirate playdough mat a few weeks ago. So, for our freebie today, we have a cute little set of “Pirate & Princess Lacing Cards” for you all to enjoy with your little ones.

Daily 5 Center Rotation Headers from Elementary Chalkboard
Pirate Resources
I’ve got a pirate themed classroom, and I whipped these Daily 5 Center Rotation headers up for my learners. If you have a pirate themed classroom, you may want them for your learners.

Pirate Worksheets: Free Printables from The Happy Housewife
Pirate Resources
In this Pirate Worksheet Set:

Fill In the Missing Vowel – Fill in the correct missing vowel of each pirate-themed word (includes short and long vowel sounds)
Pirate Counting – Count each of the pirate-themed objects and find the correct number.
Letter P Practice – Practice identifying words that begin with the letter ‘p.” Includes handwriting practice.
Sorting: Pirates vs. Cowboys – Cut out each word or phrase and determine whether it should belong in the ‘pirate’ column or the ‘cowboy’ column.

Tuesday Kid Craft/Party Craft from Tangarang
Pirate Resources
Aaaaargh! My friend Jack is having his 5th birthday soon. And it’s a piratey affair…so I thought it’d be fun to create a blank treasure hunt template for Cap’n Jack (no relation) and anyone else who needs a fun afternoon of treasure huntin’.
It includes a blank map,

Captain’s Crew – R Controlled Vowels (ar, er, ir, or, ur) from Kerrie Sherrell
Pirate Resources
“Captain’s Crew” is a fun activity that reinforces “r” controlled vowels. (er, ir, ur, or, ar) Students will identify pirates with “r” controlled words. Then the students can record their findings on the sheet included in the packet. Enjoy! ARRGGH!

Shiver Me Letters Alphabet Cards from Melissa Freshwater
Pirate Resources
These pirate theme letters cards are perfect for “alphabet” games or assessments. Your students will love playing different games such as concentration, go fish, etc with these themed cards-

aaargh! pirate birthday party & free printables from Cottage Industrialist
Pirate Resources
Invitations (5″x7″, two-up)
Pirate Hats, Moustaches & Eye Patches
Ocean Cupcake Wrappers
Pirate Ship Cupcake Sails and Flags (12 per page)
Pirate Bunting (3 flags per page)
Pirate Ship Thank You Cards (4.25″x5.5″, folded; two-up)
Buried Treasure Envelopes (fits 4.25″x5.5″ thank yous)

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Musings of a Dance Momma ~ Roodepoort Dance Festival [Part 1]

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Roodepoort Dance Festival

Roodepoort Dance Festival

We are slap bang in the middle of Modern Dance Festivals and Fifi is doing exceptionally well. I am so proud of her. Her 2 groups took first place at the Roodepoort Dance Festival last week and her first ever solo took a second.

We are thrilled with the results again this year. Her groups danced in 2 age group sections, Under 8 AND Under 10. Fifi is 7,5 years old.

When She Loved Me was danced in the 8 and Under section and brought most of the audience to tears. It was SO beautifully danced. The girls had their expressions perfect for the sad music and told the story beautifully. The Adjudicators clearly loved this performance just as much as the audience. I was so glad that I’d thought to put a pack of tissues in my bag, they came in handy for all the momma’s watching their beautiful little girls interpreting this song.
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Anxiously awaiting for their turn on stage.

 
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Roodepoort Dance Festival

Guess who spotted Momma in the audience?

 
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The Adjudicator’s comments on the report. We couldn’t be more proud of this beautifully talented group of little girls.

Funky Town was their second group dance and fell under the Under 10 section. They won their section with this dance last year as well. They dance groups 2 years in a row, with technical changes added to the dance the following year. This is the last year they are dancing Funky Town. This dance always gets the audience’s attention and everyone loves this dance! I’m sad to see this dance go. The girls love that they are, so far, unbeaten at Roodepoort in their groups.
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Hamming it up for the camera backstage. These girls are old pros and LOVE performing this dance.

 
Roodepoort Dance Festival

She really does enjoy this dance. “It’s so much fun, Momma!”

 
Roodepoort Dance Festival

I love watching her on stage

 
Roodepoort Dance Festival

The finish, all these gorgeously talented girls deserved this win, hands down!

Tomorrow she does her first group dance, Funky Town, at the Gauteng Dance Festival. This is also the first Festival Pixie will be dancing in!!! *EEEEEK*

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Freebie Friday Linkup: Pet Printables

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Pet Printables

Vet Center from Kindergarten Night Owls
Pet Printables
Each month we change our dress up center based on a different theme. This month is the Vet center. We use stuffed animals, leashes, bowls, X-rays, brushes, etc. This is the sheet I made up for the students to fill out on their patient. (pictures on Animal Antics Art CD by DJ Inkers)

P is for Pets from Spell Outloud
Pet Printables
Children love to learn about pets! I’ve compiled some of the pet themed resources for preschool that I have used with my preschoolers plus others I’ve found to add to our unit when we do it again!

FREE Pet Worksheets from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Pet Printables
Is your toddler, preschooler, or kindergartner an animal fan? They are going to love these FREE Pet themed preschool worksheets!

from Confessions of a Homeschooler
Pet Printables
Since my Teeny Tot loves Puppies, we went with that for our Pet theme this month. She is currently 2.5 years old, so we’re keeping it light. She is excited about school this year, and is eager to have her own work to do! I want to point out that I do most of this because she has older siblings. If your toddler is your oldest, don’t feel pressure to do tons of activities with them! Let them lead you, if you sense they are frustrated, take a break for the day or move on to something else. At this age, just keep it fun and light!

Dogs Preschool Pack from Homeschool Creations
Pet Printables
Our kids love animals, so anything dog related is a
sure hit! This pack has lots of great learning
printables to use with your preschooler when
learning about dogs and pets.

C is for Cupcake from Totally Tots
Pet Printables
Now this ended up being one of the favorite activities from the unit. I wrote a cupcake poem and created a way for the girls to “give a cat a cupcake” (the cat is a decorated soup can). While we read the poem, the girls looked at the picture to see what kind of cupcake the cat was eating. Then they counted how many cupcakes and fed them to the cat.
Another activity we did was a letter “C” object sort. I placed various ABC objects on a tray. They had to feed the cat only the objects that started with the letter “C” sound (hard C). There are so many other ways to use this set. This project is included in the download link below.

Cats Preschool Pack from 1+1+1=1
Pet Printables
This is a Preschool Pack featuring many different FREE printables all about Cats!

Preschool Fish Theme from Spell Outloud
Pet Printables
Once again I created a paper bag science journal for the girls to use. I really like this size booklet because it’s not too overwhelming for beginning writers and readers. When asked to draw what they see, the size of the space on the page is not intimidating to fill.

Dog’s Colorful Day from Happy Brown House
Pet Printables
This pack is full of cards for matching games, color-by-number pages, and more! Download it free today!

Puppy Suffix Words Matching Game from Lesson Plans and Lollipops
Pet Printables
This matching game includes 9 puppy bones with words containing suffixes and 9 puppy cards with word meanings. I have also included a card with directions. Students may play this game as a matching game or they may play a concentration game by flipping the cards over and selecting one puppy card and one bone card to make matches.

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #127 ~ Literature

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Featured blogger with the most clicks last week ~ God Bless Our Fall By Hannah C. Hall and Illustrated by Steve Whitlow (New Life Overnight)
Literature

Mr. Popper’s Penguins Literature Study (A Moment in Our World)
Literature

Johnny Appleseed Printable and Hands-On Fun (Embark on the Journey)
Literature

Let’s Chat is here! And a sale! And a Giveaway! (Lit Mama Homeschool)
Literature

It’s Apple Season! (What to Read Wednesday) (Lit Mama Homeschool)
Literature

1st Grade Reading List (Every Star is Different)
Literature

R.E.A.D. Ready, Eager, Able and Determined to Read curriculum for my daughter (I Choose Joy)
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NEW! Questions & Writing Prompts for “Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics” (A Nest in the Rocks)
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Memorable Children’s Books About Dogs (The Jenny Evolution)
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Books About Fall Leaves for Childnre (Leaves Study Unit) (The Jenny Evolution)
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Jesus Talked to Me Today by James Stuart Bell (There’s No Place Like Home)
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STEAM Kids Book Review

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STEAM Kids – Hands-on Projects for Kids

STEAM Kids is an E-book dedicated to over 50 science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics hands-on projects for kids. I printed out and bound the e-book for the kids to page through with me. The excitement on their faces was infectious! They are super excited to work their way though this book.
STEAM Kids
STEAM Kids is all about inspiring our next generation of inventors, innovators and leaders to question like a scientist, design like a technologist, build like an engineer, create like an artist, deduce like a mathematician and play like a kid.
STEAM Kids
This book was written by these amazing bloggers:
Anne Carey from Left Brain Craft Brain
Ana Dziengel from Babble Dabble do
Amber Scardino from Wee Warhols
Chelsey Marashain from Buggy and Buddy
Dayna Abraham from Lemon Lime Adventures
Erica Clark from What Do We Do All Day?
Jamie Hand from Handmade Kids Art
Karyn Tripp from Teach Beside Me
Leslie Manlapig from Pink Stripey Socks
Malia Hallowell from Playdough to Plato
PR Newton from STEAM Powered Family
STEAM Kids

What I Love About This Book

This book has an amazing array of activities that your kids will love. Each activity comes with a complete list of materials required for that activity as well as a difficulty rating that gives you an indication which activities you can do with different ages.
STEAM Kids
At the back of the book, they have an eleven plag Activity Planner that provides week-long activity guides as well as shopping lists to make those hands-on learning opportunities easy for you.
STEAM Kids

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Assessing my homeschooled children

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Assessing my homeschooled children

Assessing my homeschooled children

How do you assess your homeschooled children?
This is one of the questions I am often asked. How do you know your children are up to par with their Public/Private schooled peers. This is honestly one of the harder questions, I have found, to answer. Every family is different. Most homeschooling families I know, don’t believe in standardised testing and couldn’t point me in the right direction.

Upon many late nights staying up and researching how to assess the children’s education, I decided that my best course of action would be to have the kidlets do the Annual National Assessments (ANA), set up by the South African Department of Education.

Last week Koko completed the Grade three assessments and Fifi did the Grade one assessments for English and Mathematics. They did well considering we are following the Cambridge International curriculum.
Assessing my homeschooled children
There are a few things I picked up from the assessments that we need to work on. One aspect of the CAPS mathematics curriculum hasn’t been covered yet in the Cambridge International Grade 3 curriculum and, after going through the books we are currently working on, will be covered over the next few months. Koko also seems to forget how to do his multiplication tables, so we’ll be working harder on those from now on.

Fifi is doing remarkable well and I’m very happy with her progress. She is a perfectionist, so she tends to take longer than necessary on her work for the day. This may become a problem when she is older and her workload increases, but we are working on helping her work through that little issue and she is getting better.

They both seem to rush through reading questions and most of the incorrect answers were purely from not reading the whole question and as a result not understanding what is expected of them.

All in all, I’m very happy with their progress so far and aim to continue doing these assessments with them twice a year for the foreseeable future.

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