Original activities with printables to help you celebrate what makes each season special (indoors and out!)

 

  • Homeschool Compass Holiday Gift Guide

    As we look ahead to the Christmas season, we wanted to share some of our favorite gift ideas for the homeschooling family. No matter the age or interest of your children, we hope you’ll find something in this list to pique your interest. And if you’re looking for some gift […]

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  • Free Advent Devotional Journal

    We’re so excited to share this Advent devotional journal with you. If you’re looking for a simple resource to guide you in quiet reflection this season, we hope you’ll find this helpful. For each day of Advent, you’ll find an inspirational quote, a Scripture passage to copy out, a place […]

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  • Let Thanks Be Given to God: 6 Thanksgiving Activities for Your Homeschool

    Take time to write in a Thanksgiving journal each year. Saved and added to each year, this journal becomes a reminder of God’s blessings bestowed on your family. After breakfast on Thanksgiving Day, set aside time for each person to fill in his or her thoughts. Every year, the handwriting […]

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  • 4 Printable Thanksgiving Activities for Your Homeschool

    Thanksgiving is such a cozy time of year full of yummy food, beautiful colors, and extra reminders to give thanks. If you’d like to add a more festive feel to your homeschool in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, we’ve got some fun holiday activities for you. You can download […]

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  • 10 Favorite Picture Books (and One Chapter Book Read Aloud) for Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We’re putting in our library requests and checking our bookshelves to pull together a nice stack of Thanksgiving books to share with our children. These are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving picture books, along with one longer read-aloud that’s great for enjoying with […]

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    The Flavors of Fall: 3 Recipes to Try This Autumn

    Fall in New England is a visual feast. Vibrant foliage blankets hills and valleys—swaths of red, orange, and gold lining sparkling bodies of water and wrapping quaint town greens, the changing tapestry punctuated by white steeples. Picturesque farms are surrounded by a patchwork of fields offering apples, sunflowers, and pumpkins […]

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    10 Favorite Picture Books for Fall

    When fall is in the air, nothing is more inviting than cuddling up with your little ones to enjoy a great picture book together. Here are some of our favorite titles that will get you in an autumn mood. The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall This classic book follows a […]

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    Preserving the Harvest

    “You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance”—Psalm 65:11 (ESV) Growing your own food is one of life’s great pleasures, but the joy does not need to stop with the garden. Preserving your harvest not only ensures healthy food throughout the year, it teaches your children […]

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  • Free Ocean Life Marine Biology Printable Pack

    Are you learning about ocean life in your homeschool? Do you have a child who is fascinated by the sea? Download this Ocean Life Marine Biology Printable Pack for a fun ocean themed unit study. In this packet you will find: Ocean Animals Anatomy Worksheets: Learn to label the different […]

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  • Summer Learning and Fun!

    While many parents see summer as a time of vacation and not education, preschool children need year-round learning. I’m not talking about year-round workbooks or sitting at a desk, but about daily planned learning combined with fun. My motto for the past 28 years has been, seize the summer and […]

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  • Free Printable Insect Activity Book

    Is your child fascinated by the tiny creatures they find out in nature? Are you doing an insect unit study in your homeschool? If so, download this free printable Insect Activity Book to help your children learn more about these amazing animals. In this 26-page packet you will find: What Is an Insect? This colorful fact sheet summarizes the characteristics […]

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  • Fourth of July Crafts & Activities for Your Homeschool

    On the Fourth of July each year Americans gather to have parades, cookouts, and watch fireworks to celebrate America’s freedom and independence.  Celebrate July 4th this year by creating this fun American flag craft and bookmark! American Flag Craft Materials: Red, Green, Black and Blue colored cardstock or construction paper […]

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  • Summer Learning Activities for Your Baseball Fan

    It’s the season for America’s favorite pastime, the staple of many summers – baseball! If you’ve got a baseball lover, these activities are sure to keep them learning and having fun all summer long. We’ve got free printable activities and a list of great baseball picture books just for you […]

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  • Nifty, Thrifty Summer Fun!

    “We do not remember days. We remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese Create some of those memorable moments with your children this summer, without leaving home and without spending much money. Here are some thrifty, old-fashioned, fun ideas to get you started. Even now as an adult, I recall the joy […]

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  • Father’s Day Card and Suncatchers

    Father’s Day is a day when we tell our dads how much we love them and appreciate them.  Make a Father’s Day card and these suncatchers to celebrate your dad on Father’s Day! Materials: Colored cardstock or construction paper Scissors Glue stick or liquid glue Colored tissue paper Wax or […]

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  • Ladybug Color Mixing Activity

    Learn how to mix colors with this cute ladybug project! Materials you will need: Crayons Washable paint or watercolors Cup of water Paint brushes Plate or palette Cardstock or watercolor paper Scissors Glue stick Step One: Print out the Mixing Colors! Worksheet.  Put red, yellow and blue paint on your […]

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  • Memorial Day Unit Study & Poppy Craft

    Do you know how the poppy came to be the symbol of Remembrance Day and why we wear it each year on Memorial Day? This activity will help your children understand the importance of honoring the men and women who have given their lives in service to their country. With […]

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  • Spring Nature Study Printables

    Winter is fading away and spring is upon us. Hooray! This time of year brings with it some unique opportunities for homeschoolers to create new learning experiences.  All around us there are trees in bloom, birds swooping in to feed their hatchlings, and critters running to and fro. So, to […]

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  • Free Mother’s Day Poetry Teatime Guide

    Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Download this Mother’s Day Poetry Teatime Guide to plan a special time for you and your children. Reading poems about motherhood and enjoying some special treats together is the perfect way to enjoy this holiday in your homeschool. In the guide you will […]

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    Fruit & Vegetable Nature Study Printables

    If you’re learning about cultivated crops, gardening or nutrition in your homeschool, these free nature study printables are the perfect resource! You can use the black & white version as coloring pages. Or print the color images for flashcards, matching games or hanging on the wall. Enjoy! You can download […]

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  • Free Mother’s Day Card Printable & Eric Carle Inspired Art Project

    Mother’s Day occurs every spring when the flowers start to bloom outside.  Mother’s Day is a day when we can tell our moms how much we love them and thank them for all that they do for us.  Moms love flowers.  Make a garden of flowers for your mom, and […]

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  • Flower Nature Study Printables

    After the gray days of winter, we hope you’re starting to see some beautiful blooms in your area! These printable flower resources are a great way to help your little ones grow in their appreciation of the flowers you encounter this spring. Included in this nature study packet, you will […]

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  • Why Time in Nature Is Good for You (and Your Kids)

    Are you longing to incorporate more time in nature into your homeschool days, but struggling to fit it all in? We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kristin Moon of Kristin Moon Science to the Homeschool Compass to share with us why it is worthwhile to prioritize time in nature. Not […]

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  • Free Earth Day Activity Book

    Download this free activity book in honor of Earth Day! In this packet you will find: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse Worksheet: Learn about these three ways to care for the Earth and brainstorm how you can implement these strategies in your home. Sort the Garbage: Use cutting and gluing to sort […]

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  • 7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Your Homeschool

    Earth Day was established on April 22, 1970 as a time for people throughout the United States to come together and show their commitment to taking care of our planet. This year marks 50 years of Americans celebrating Earth Day together. Earth Day is a wonderful time to teach our […]

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  • Build a Solar Powered Pizza Box Oven

    Did you know you can make a simple solar oven using items from around the house? This oven will get hot enough to warm up a snack or treat – and it’s a fun way to learn about harnessing the sun’s energy! Maybe you can make a yummy s’more. Be […]

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  • How to Celebrate Easter Even When You Can’t Go to Church

    With many churches moving services online and many special events cancelled, we’re all rethinking our usual Easter traditions this year. Here are some creative ideas for making the season meaningful even if we can’t gather together with other believers in person. Palm Sunday Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of […]

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  • Free Printable Easter Activity Book

    Easter is right around the corner. Download this free activity book for some fun Easter games, puzzles, and more! In this packet you will find: Word Game Worksheets: Enjoy an Easter Story Word Search and an Easter Word Scramble Handwriting Worksheets: Use our Scripture copywork sheets to practice tracing Luke […]

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  • 10 Favorite Easter Books for Kids

    Whether you’re looking for a book to show your children the true meaning of Easter or you want a silly story to tuck in their Easter baskets, we’ve got you covered. Here are some titles your kids are sure to love! God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren (ages […]

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  • 10 Favorite Picture Books for Spring

    With the days getting longer and sunnier, we’ve got a wonderful list of spring themed picture books for you. These books are perfect for reading under a shady tree, packing with a picnic for a stroll through the garden, or cuddling up with on the couch after a morning out […]

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    Bird Nature Study Printables

    This is a wonderful time of year for bird watching, and we’ve got just the thing to get your kiddos excited about finding and identifying birds in your area. Included in this bird nature study packet you’ll find: Bird Flashcards in both Black & White and Color – There are […]

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    Maple Syrup Unit Study

    Does cabin fever have you wondering why you ever decided to homeschool in the first place? Does the 3 feet of snow outside your door feel more and more like an insurmountable wall? Would you be willing to sacrifice a mocha latte for just a teensy sign that spring is […]

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  • Valentine’s Day Printable Activities

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! It is a great time to show all our loved ones just how much we care about them. But we also think it’s perfect for injecting a little fun into our everyday homeschooling. If you are looking for ways to incorporate Valentine’s Day […]

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  • Earth Rotation Activity

    Why are days shorter in Winter? To answer that question, we need to learn some things about our planet Earth. Planet Earth spins on an axis that is tilted (about 23.5 degrees).  The Earth makes a complete rotation on its axis every 24 hours, while it revolves around the sun, […]

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  • Birch Trees on a Snowy Day Resist Art

    You will need: 2” or wider painter’s tape or masking tape Small blank white canvas or canvas panels (samples  were done on 8”x 10” panels) Toothpick or fork Blue paint (liquid watercolor, acrylic,  or tempera paint) Silver paint Black magic marker Shaving cream (the cheap local dollar store brand is […]

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  • Hat & Mittens Printable Activity

    Here is a fun winter themed visual for math and phonics! You will need: Hat and Mitten templateNumeral/symbol/letter templateCrayons, colored pencils, or markersGlue or tapePoster board or large construction paper Directions: Have your students decorate and color the large hat and mittens as desired.   Cut out the images and […]

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  • Winter Bird Activities

    Winter is a great time for people to observe birds, but it can be a tough season for the birds! Some species have left for warmer climates. A few remain to brave out the cold. For the birds who don’t fly south, such as the Blue Jay, Black-Capped Chickadee, Nuthatch, […]

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  • Penguin Craft & Worksheet

    The long days of winter can be cold and rather claustrophobic! Break up your days with this fun Penguin craft & worksheet (after all, Penguins know all about living in the cold!). Plus it’s a great way to tie together the penguin section of books at your local library. The […]

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    Snow Activities for Your Homeschool

    What child doesn’t get swept up in the enchantment of softly falling flakes of snow? Whether you get snow where you live or not, exploring the properties of snow, making your own crystals, and reading a few snowy stories are a great way to get your kids engaged around the […]

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  • Winter Homeschool Printables 

    I don’t know about you, but sometimes it can seem a little difficult to keep up momentum during those long winter days. The plunging temperatures make it much harder to spend as much time outdoors and it’s easy to find yourself in just a little bit of a rut. I’m […]

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    Creating a Hopeful Christmas

    Every home has its own culture for celebrating the holidays – its own family traditions, its own way of doing things. Imagine being a new visitor to a new home and being thrust into the thick of celebration their way. No one was really asking you what you wanted or […]

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  • Christmas Math

    The weeks leading up to Christmas are the perfect time to put aside math textbooks and dive into some exciting “living” math lessons. Not only will the following ideas bring refreshing sighs of joy from your children, but some of them will fit seamlessly into the daily duties that go […]

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    Preparing for Christmas: 8 Steps for a Peaceful Christmas

    More than two thousand years ago a young couple made a trek that landed them in a stable for the night. A tiny baby’s cries rang out over the land. At that second, everything changed. A multitude of angels rang out into the night, “Glory to God in the highest, […]

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  • Our Favorite Christmas Books to Read Aloud

    There’s something about Christmastime that makes you want to snuggle your kids in close and get lost in a touching story. If you’re looking for some good Christmas titles, these are our very favorite Christmas read-alouds from board books for your littles to chapter books you can savor over the […]

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  • 7 Ways for Dads to Teach Spiritual Lessons During the Holidays

    “Dad’s passivity with all of us was deafening. The lack of his direction was heartbreaking,” shares Robert Lewis. He calls his father the invisible dad who was present but rarely engaged. As a father, I want my children to remember a visible dad fully involved in their lives. The holiday […]

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  • First Day of School Printable Pack

    We’ve got a great Back to School Printable Pack for you filled with resources for your first days of school. Click here to download these free printables! In this packet you’ll find: Inspirational Quotes for Your Homeschool We’ve got 10 quote printables to inspire your homeschool from Scripture verses to […]

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    How to Start a Homeschool Book Club: The Secret Garden

    Will this be the year that you start a homeschool book club? We’ve got lots of great ideas to get you started with a book that your homeschool community is sure to love! The Secret Garden “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is […]

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    10 Favorite Picture Books for Summer

    Summer is finally here! When you need a break from the beach or the pool, these picture books are just right for slowing down and savoring the magic that is summer. The Raft by Jim LaMarche Nicky isn’t looking forward to spending the summer with his quirky grandmother in her […]

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    10 Activity Guides for Keeping Summer Boredom at Bay

    Summer vacation is dragging on. VBS week is over. You don’t want the kids making mud by playing in the sprinkler in the backyard . . . again.  They don’t want to ride bikes, they say the basketball needs air, they’ve lost the skateboards. And now they’re bored! We’ve all been […]

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    The Love and the Lure of Nature Walking

    Did you know that in the days of your great-grandparents the inclusion of nature instruction in school was a serious concern? Many of you have read a bit of Charlotte Mason’s books or A Girl of the Limberlost or Freckles. Some of you even own Anna Comstock’s Handbook of Nature […]

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  • Fruit of the Spirit Devotional Skit & Craft

    I wrote this devotional for Keepers of the Home, my local homeschool Mother-Daughter social and home skills group. You could use it as a Sunday school class, youth group activity, a lesson for your homeschool co-op, or as part of a Mother-Daughter social at your church. It includes a skit, […]

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  • How To Host Your Own Year-End Homeschool Celebration

    I live two minutes away from the local elementary school. We drive by it to go almost anywhere: grocery shopping, library, dance class. Often the latest school event is displayed on the sign. I confess that I often became envious about all the neat things the elementary kids were doing […]

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