Freebie Friday ~ Horton Hears a Who by Dr Seuss

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Horton Hears a Who

Fifi absolutely L.O.V.E.S. her Wonderful World of Dr Seuss Collection and she recently discovered our Horton Hears a Who movie, among our Dr Seuss collection. What better way to get our children engaged in learning, than to include a theme they enjoy!

Horton plus a bit of Elmer from Teach with Me
Horton hears a Who
The packet includes:

Horton 3 character, setting, event cards
A Horton begginning, middle, end graphic organizer or anchor chart
Horton retell the story bookmarks
Horton who, what, why, when, where, how anchor chart
Horton who, what, why, when, where writing prompt craftivity
15″Fix the sentence” (with capitalization and end punctuation) Horton cards.
Label the Horton bookcover anchor chart activity.
2 Venn diagrams. 1 compares Horton Hears a Who with Elmer. The other compares the character of Horton with that of Elmer.
2 Hexagon adjective practice activities.
An Elmer Color Spin Game
Black & White, and Color Spinners
4 graphing extensions
An elephant mask craftivity
A find the letters elephant craftivity
Tally mark activity
30 elephant color cards + a cover so that you can make an Itty Bitty booklet. Great for playing all sorts of games.
Rhyming-alphabetical order worksheets with 47 words that rhyme with who and
A Horton-Elmer Lollipop certificate of praise.

Connect the Dots to Horton! from
Horton hears a Who
Practice counting with this fun connect-the-dots, inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s book Horton Hears a Who. Connect the dots from 1 to 50 to reveal Horton the elephant!

Printable used with permission from

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Labels from Fairy Tales and Fiction by 2

Label Horton and all his parts,
I just love labeling charts!
Horton is…
Horton has…
Horton can…
Horton from Horton Hears A Who Bubble Map
Horton wants your students to quietly write.
He doesn’t want them to give the people in Whoville a fright.
Draw a picture of Horton and write three things about him.
He is big.
He is nice.
He likes to help,
he doesn’t think twice.

Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who Color by Numbers from Hoperrific Homeschool on Teachers Pay Teachers
Horton hears a Who
More fun with Horton. Simple worksheet to bring loads of smiles. Great for PreK, Kindergarten and first grade. Public, private or homeschool.

Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who Worksheet from Hoperrific Homeschool on Teachers Pay Teachers
Horton hears a Who
Horton believes that even the smallest things matter. Help the children compare and contrast the different object to determine which is smallest. Great for PreK, Kindergarten and First Grade. Useful for public, private or homeschool.




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Freebie Friday ~ Frozen 2 Printables

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Frozen 2

Frozen II, also known as Frozen 2, is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The 58th animated film produced by the studio, it is the sequel to the 2013 film Frozen….

Three years after her coronation, Elsa celebrates autumn in the kingdom with Anna, Olaf the snowman, Kristoff the ice harvester, and Kristoff’s reindeer Sven. When Elsa hears a mysterious voice calling out to her, she follows it and unintentionally awakens the elemental spirits, which forces everyone in the kingdom to evacuate. Grand Pabbie and the Trolls colony arrive at Arendelle and Pabbie informs that they must set things right by discovering the truth about the kingdom’s past.


This weekend I’m surprising the girls with a trip to the cinema to watch the new Frozen 2 movie! We have been so busy this year, that we have hardly had any time to do much in the way of fun outings. I may even twist a few of the boys’ arms to come with us.

The amount of Frozen 2 printables are currently limited, so I have listed them, including our previous Frozen 1 post, below.

If you find any Frozen 2 printables, please share them with me on Facebook.

Frozen 1 from Monsters Ed
Frozen 2
Previous Monsters Ed Freebie Friday Post

Frozen 2 Printable Activity Kit! from The Momma Diaries
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Included in this fun activity it is a coloring page featuring your favorite characters, printable Frozen 2 bookmarks, a spot the difference page, a printable memory game, and a maze…which is ALWAYS my kids favorite! These printable are totally FREE and for yours to use however you’d like!

FREE Frozen Party Printables from Printable Crush
Getting ready for FROZEN 2? Download these FREE Frozen Party Printables and get ideas for an EASY and budget friendly Frozen party.




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Freebie Friday ~ Zoo Resources

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Pixie has been begging to go to the zoo for quite sometime, so finding some zoo resources seemed like the best next Freebie Friday post. With our summer holidays finally here, what better way than to spend it outside. My favourite find is the second freebie listed below. Enjoy a few of my favourite Zoo finds below.

FREE Animal Report Form Printable from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
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Help kids learn about various animals, where they live, their habitat, classification, and more with these fun FREE Animal Report Form Printable.

My idea behind the Animal Report Form Printable is that kids would do a report on an animal from each of the animal classes. They can then add one of the 3 cover choices (one color and two black and white for your student to color). This way kids would not only learn about a variety of animals, but would also have a grasp about the different classifications animals are divided up into. There are individual Animal Report Forms with descriptions for the following Animal Classifications:

Bird Class
Fish Class
Amphibian Class
Reptile Class
Mammal Class
Insect Class
Crustacean Class
Mollusks Class

There is also a sheet for children to write down several examples of each classification to get a quick at-a-glance understanding on how they are broken down.

FREE Zoo Fieldtip Animal Reports from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
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Is your family enjoying some fun summer trips to the zoo? Or maybe your homeschool coop is heading for a zoo fieldtrip this fall. Either way you will love these Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Reports that help make the zoo not only fun, but educational too! There are various choices for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and 1st-6th graders.

There are two Zoo Fieldtrip Books to choose form for Preschool & Kindergartners. I Saw a…. Zoo Book allows early readers to read a simple sentence and then draw a picture of an animal they saw that fits the sentence. The My __________ Report option is great for at the zoo or at home to explore one animal in depth. Children will draw pictures of where animals eat, sleep, live, and more.

There are several choice for your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade homeschoolers on their zoo fieldtrip.

Zoo Map – practice mapping skills by having children draw a zoo map
Simple Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Report – draw the animal picture, color where on the map they are from, write some basic facts, and note animal behaviors.
Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Report – animal classification, diet, behavior, zoo adaptations, population in the wild, behavior observations, and draw a picture
Comparing Animals – compare the similarities of two different animals

Free Zoo Animals Preschool Printable Activities from No Stress Homeschooling
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What’s Inside The Free Zoo Animals Preschool Printable?

Lacing Card
A-Z Playdough Alphabet Mats (for both cases)
Cutting/ Tracing Pages
Colour by Number
Math Clip Cards

Animal Charades for Kids (Free Printable) from Buggy and Buddy
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Our animal charades game for kids is such a fun way to get the kids moving and using their imagination! Print out this free printable game for family game night or to keep the kids busy on your next rainy day!

Free Zoo Preschool Printables! from 2 Teaching Mommies
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For the printables included in the Zoo Preschool Unit, refer to the list below:

Pattern Identification
Letter Sorting
Size Sorting
Writing Maze
Spelling Puzzle
Number Order Puzzle
Count and Clip
Roll and Graph
Writing and Cutting Practice for Beginners
For some zoo printables and activity sets for the younger tots, 2 Teaching Mommies also features a Zoo Tot Pack.

1, 2, 3 — To the Zoo Matching Game from Homeschool Share
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1, 2, 3 — To the Zoo Matching Game
Author: Eric Carle
Printables prepared by Ami Brainerd




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Freebie Friday ~ Wild West Resources

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We are back after a long 11 months away with exciting FREE Wild West resources! Thank you for stopping by! We are back posting freebies every Friday!

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Editable Writing and/or Colouring Worksheet from TwisyNoodle
Editable Writing and/or Colouring Worksheet
These are super cute. You can choose your font for copy writing or download it as a colouring in page.

Wild West Worksheets for Kids from 123Homeschool4Me
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In our homeschool we are about to start studying the Westward expansion in American History. To allow younger kiddos to play and learn along with us I created these FREE Wild West Worksheets for Kids. These are great for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and first grade kids.

Cowboy Printables from Homeschool Creations
Cowboy Printables
Scroll down to download some fun cowboy printables to use with your preschool or kindergarten child when doing a unit study on cowboys!

Wild West Math Activities from The Resourceful Kindergarten
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I am happy to say I finally finished up my Cowboy Math unit for you!

Wild West Preschool Basic Math Concepts Free 13 Page Printable Pack from Miniature Masterminds
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Included worksheets:
Following Directions
Left, Right, Middle
Which is different?
What is the Tallest?
Which has More?

FREE Wild West Printables! from Preschool POWOL Packets
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I am sharing 7 fabulous {FREE} Wild West themed printables that are appropriate for preschoolers.

Cowboy Hat Decorating from Bree Malone on TeachersPayTeachers
Cowboy Hat Decorating
This is a project I like to send home when we are doing our Wild West unit. I love incorporating my students families with anything we can do. This is a perfect opportuinty for that. Plus, I love to see what they come up with. I’ve seen some pretty wild cowboy hats come back.

Yee Haw! Let’s Count Numeral Cards from Williams Sisters on TeachersPayTeachers
Yee Haw! Let's Count Numeral Cards
Howdy Teachers! Here is another set of numeral cards for your lil’ buckaroos. This math center will have your little cowboys and cowgirls practicing numerical order by ones(1-50), fives(5-100), and tens(10-150). This math center is great for your wild, wild west theme or your cowboy/cowgirl unit. Yee Haw! Math is fun!

Character Description–Wanted Poster from NeesieNoodle Designs on TeachersPayTeachers
Character Description--Wanted Poster
Have your students write a character description on an old-fashioned “wanted” poster. Great for tall tale characters, wild west characters, or even the Grinch!

Calendar and Classroom Cards – Wild West theme from Judy Kvaale on TeachersPayTeachers
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Included in this collection:

~12 month header cards and smaller cards for activities
~number cards for the dates, included 23/30 and 24/31
~holiday cards and special day cards
~a smaller calendar for students
~Class Helpers poster
~Class Helpers student cards
~cards for weather
~graph for tracking the weather
~Today is…, Tomorrow is…., The weather is…cards
~2 calendar worksheets
~table number cards
~posters to display student pictures
~a Wanted Poster writing worksheet

Wild West eBook FREE PDF Textbook from Scott Harder on TeachersPayTeachers
wild west
This book is a PDF copy of a book available soon on the iTunes Book store – This is a book designed to be used as a supplemental resource in the classroom. The inteactive version includes video clips and pop up images.

Please search author Scott Harder on the iTunes Book store for other publications available for free.

Wild West Compound Words from If You Give a Kid Technology on TeachersPayTeachers
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Wild West Compound Words is a basic center activity designed for early to intermediate readers. Students will sort through cards and determine which sets to place together to form compound words.

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What can be studied with a GED?

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What can be studied with a GED?
I have seen that many homeschoolers in South Africa are going the GED route. This had me wondering, what can be studied with a GED? I matriculated in the late 1990’s from a government school and in order to study further, at a university, you had to have passed with exemption. This has not changed, however, there are alternatives to the NSC matric…

Noo goes to a school that does the IEB Exams and I am now looking into the different Grade 12 equivalent exams for my younger three children.

Firstly, what is the GED?

The General Education Development (GED) tests are a group of four subject tests which, when passed, provide certification that the test taker has United States or Canadian high school-level academic skills. It is an alternative to the US High school diploma, HiSET and TASC test.

Secondly, what benefits do South African’s get from completing the GED?

A GED® homeschool grade 12 equivalent is a popular alternative to getting a matric online. It is a grade 12 equivalency credential recognised in SA, accepted by TVET colleges and overseas and online universities.


PLEASE NOTE: You MUST check with the universities of your choice that they will accept these foreign qualifications. A matric with exemption or in this case a GED plus a certificate of exemption is the minimum requirement for admission to a university. Faculties may set additional requirements for admission to their degree courses.

Update received on 12 September 2018 regarding FOREIGN CONDITIONAL EXEMPTION for South African with a GED®

There is now a date regarding the phasing out of Foreign Conditional Exemption for South Africans with a GED®.

The GED is still recognised as a foreign grade 12 option by SAQA.*

USAf has confirmed in writing that they will not consider applications for foreign conditional exemption from South African-based holders of the GED® who

a. Register for, or begin work on the GED® after the end of 2018. (This will allow people currently enrolled for the GED® to complete the credential, seek admission to a foreign university and apply to the Matriculation Board for foreign conditional exemption. It will however, mean that this route will be closed to new South African GED® candidates); or

b. Obtain the GED® credential after December 2019.

This means that the GED is still recognised as a foreign grade 12 equivalent but that FOREIGN EXEMPTION will not be issued to South Africans anymore as from the end of December 2019.

This means that after that date, South Africans with a GED® who wish to apply for a DEGREE course at a university, will have to qualify for one of the OTHER CATEGORIES of exemption, which we have already listed on this page below.

The GED is still recognised as a foreign grade 12 option by SAQA.* Source

Thirdly, what are the subjects that are covered in the GED Exams?

The GED exams cover five core subject areas: mathematics, social studies, science, reading and writing. The level of mastery required to pass the GED exams is generally equivalent to that of a high school graduate.

The GED mathematics test consists of 50 questions covering number theory, algebra, geometry, and data analysis and statistics. Each content area contains approximately the same number of questions. This test is divided into two timed segments of 45 minutes each. On the first part, you are allowed to use an approved calculator but not on the second part. Eighty percent of the questions are multiple choice, while on the others you’ll label information on a graph or write your answers in a space provided. Expect to solve word problems and interpret information displayed in charts, graphs, diagrams and tables.

Social Studies
The social studies section of the GED test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. The questions test your general knowledge and your ability to understand and analyze information in documents included on the exam. You can expect questions about civics and government, geography, economics and history. The history questions include both world history and U.S. history unless you take the test in Canada, which tests Canadian history. You will have 70 minutes to complete the social studies test.

On the science portion of the GED test, you will complete 50 multiple-choice questions in 80 minutes. The content areas covered are physics and chemistry, life science, and earth and space science. Many of the questions will test your vocabulary and basic understanding of concepts and principles normally studied in high school science courses. Some questions will require you to analyze and interpret scientific information presented in charts, tables, graphs and diagrams.

The reading test measures how well you can understand and interpret written passages, both fiction and nonfiction. Seventy-five percent of the questions are about fictional passages from literary selections with the other 25 percent coming from nonfiction passages such as workplace or business-related documents. The test is 65 minutes long with 40 multiple-choice questions.

You will complete the GED writing test in two parts. On the first part, which is 75 minutes long, you will read passages and answer 50 multiple choice questions covering four components of writing — sentence structure, usage, mechanics and organization. On the second part, you will write an essay expressing your opinion or viewpoint on an assigned topic with which you should be familiar. You have 45 minutes to complete your essay.[Source]

During my research, I found GED practice tests are the best way to prepare for your GED exam in 2019.’s free GED sample questions provide you with an opportunity to assess how well you are prepared for the actual GED exam.

Has your child completed the GED? I’d love to hear your opinion and experiences.



Official GED Website
*SAQA (the South African Qualifications Authority) has evaluated the GED® and found the National Senior Certificate as its closest comparable qualification.

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What is the difference between IEB vs CAPS?

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I never fully understood the difference between IEB vs CAPS, but now that Noo is in an IEB school, I felt the need to research it more in-depth.

IEB Definition:

The Independent Examinations Board, or IEB, is a South African independent assessment agency which offers examinations for various client schools, mostly private schools. It is most prominent in setting examinations for the school-leaving National Senior Certificate, or NSC (which replaced the Senior Certificate and Further Education and Training Certificate) for its client schools. See High school: South Africa; Matriculation in South Africa. [Source]

CAPS Definition:

CAPS, the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement, is a revision of the previous NCS (National Curriculum Statement). CAPS gives teachers detailed guidelines of what to teach and assessed on a grade –by- grade and subject-by- subject basis. It also gives clear guidance of assessment requirements. [Source]

My understanding, before my research, was that IEB was a totally different curriculum to the CAPS curriculum. That is not the case at all.

The IEB preparation course only really starts in Grade 10, when Students are 16 years old. They still follow the CAPS curriculum, HOWEVER, there are some differences.

The IEB exams are considered by many teachers, parents, students and universities, both within South Africa and abroad, as a more challenging and comprehensive assessment than the State NSC.

Students with excellent IEB results have been accepted to Ivy League and Oxbridge institutions without taking further requirements such as A-levels. SATs (or ACTs) are required for all major U.S. universities – the IEB NSC does not exempt students from this requirement.)

It is also important to note that IEB students who matriculate receive the same certificate as a NSC student would and universities may not bias between a state NSC and IEB matriculant.

Many Grade 10 students (my son included) struggled with the new IEB exams. Fortunately, there are many past papers available to download from the IEB to help the students prepare for the exams.

The IEB are very strict in terms of giving marks. All answers need to be comprehensive and many questions are expected to be answered in essay format with headings and subheadings.

I have downloaded past Grade 10 papers for Noo to go through from the IEB Document Library. The IEB exam process is very different to the CAPS process. I’m looking forward to seeing how much these past papers will help Noo in the next set of exams in November this year.

I’d love to hear your experiences with the IEB and how your child coped with the change in the examination process.




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