The NO-PLAN Plan for Middle School Science

The NO-PLAN Plan for Middle School Science

This school year is the first time since I started homeschooling that I have FOUR kids in FOUR different grades… and on top of that I now have a middle schooler, as Connor has entered 6th grade (gulp!) Lemme tell ya, it’s not easy to homeschool a 6th grader and a kindergartener at the same time and feel like they are both getting challenged! So this year I decided to do something a little different in Science. Usually, science is a subject that I teach all of the kids together — what I call Group Subjects. We also have Independent Subjects, which they each do Read More

How to Plan a Great Homeschool Campout {with FREE printable itinerary!} ~ Our Cozy Den

FREE Magic School Bus Science Curriculum

I think most people know that The Magic School Bus is an awesome educational resource — jam-packed full of science facts and lessons, packaged in a way that kids love: fun, engaging, and entertaining. But how do we turn an educational television show into a full-on science curriculum? I’m here to share how we did it in our home! My FREE downloadable curriculum pack includes 3 parts: 1. Lesson Plans The lesson plans tell you exactly what you’ll be learning this week, which episode corresponds with the lesson, and what unique supplies you need for the lesson (things outside the normal school supplies like paper and glue). Read More

FREE printable clothing needs list for yard sale & clearance shopping ~ from Our Cozy Den

FREE Printable Clothing Needs List for Yard Sale or Clearance Shopping!

How many times do you see an awesome deal at a yard sale or on a clearance rack and you want to buy it… but then you think, “Wait. Do I already have jeans/sandals/pjs in this size???”  I had this issue ALL the time, until I started carrying around with me this handy list! It’s easy to keep in my purse and I can pull it out whenever I see a good deal to make sure the item(s) in question are something I really need! Here’s how to use it: • First, circle Girl or Boy at the top of the page, so you know what Read More

How to Plan a Great Homeschool Campout {with FREE printable itinerary!} ~ Our Cozy Den

30 Day Whole-Life Organization Challenge {FREE printable!}

If you’ve been hanging around the blog this year, then you probably already know that I’ve been doing twelve small 30-day challenges instead of a New Year’s Resolution. One of my local BFFs wanted me to get in on her annual yard sale in June, so I decided that May would be the perfect time to declutter, purge, and clean every area of my home. And since I just love fun printables, I decided to make my plan all pretty and share it with you guys, so you can join me on the challenge! So here’s what you do: Click here to download the challenge, and print Read More

How to Plan a Great Homeschool Campout {with FREE printable itinerary!} ~ Our Cozy Den

Greenhouse & Garden Scavenger Hunt :: FREE printable!

We’re learning about PLANTS this year in science class in our homeschool, and one of the things that we love about homeschooling is taking frequent field trips. We try to take one every week, but sometimes it doesn’t happen if I get too busy (or plan poorly). This past week we went on a field trip to a local greenhouse to learn about plants, and just before I was leaving, I thought it would be fun to make a little scavenger hunt for the kids. I sketched it on paper, made 2 copies, and off we went! They had a blast looking at all the plants Read More

How to Plan a Great Homeschool Campout {with FREE printable itinerary!} ~ Our Cozy Den

Circle Time with Little Ones {with FREE printable!}

Circle Time was something I did every day with my older kids when they were younger. Somewhere along the way we moved on to bigger kid stuff and older kid subjects, and Circle Time got lost. About 18 months ago I started back up again with my younger two kids, because I felt like they were missing out (and even my 7 year old joins us of her own free will) — it’s just better to start the day with some dancing and fun! This is how we do it!! 1. Prayer One of my kids will open us up in prayer, to pray a Read More

How to Plan a Great Homeschool Campout {with FREE printable itinerary!} ~ Our Cozy Den

25 Days of Christmas {with FREE printable advent calendar!!}

Advent is a ✨magical✨ time in our house. We plan our whole homeschool year around this season, so that we can really enjoy the majesty of God’s love and grace. Without a doubt, my kids’ favorite part of this season is our daily advent activities. We have this fun calendar that I made several years back. It has 25 drawers, one for each day. It also has a tree on top with real lights on it. They know that when the lights come on, it’s time for that day’s advent surprise (which is written on a piece of paper and tucked in the drawer)! The activities Read More

How to Plan a Great Homeschool Campout {with FREE printable itinerary!} ~ Our Cozy Den

Homeschooling the 50 States for FREE!

I’m a big proponent of using FREE resources for homeschooling as much as possible. In fact, it’s possible to homeschool completely for free if you really want to! {Check out this post for more ways you save money on homeschooling!} I took a little of the work out of it for you today, and I put together this list of resources to homeschool the good ole U.S.A.’s 50 states for free! Here you’ll find printables, resources, links, and even tests! :: Lesson Plans :: This is what my lesson plans looked like each session. We did Geography twice a week for 30 weeks, for 60 Read More

Homeschooling Elementary Home Economics ~ Our Cozy Den

Homeschooling Elementary Home Economics

This post is a long one, but it’s PACKED with goodies! Scroll down for both a FREE printable {Marketing Scavenger Hunt} as well as a GIVEAWAY!!!  I’ve shared in the past a little about how we homeschool. One of the things we do in our homeschool is that we have 1 elective each year that rotates. The reason I do this all goes back to my first year of homeschooling… Connor was 5, and we were doing Kindergarten. I also had a 3 year old, a 1 year old, and I was pregnant with Finn. In addition, it was the year we moved from Tennessee Read More

How to Plan a Great Homeschool Campout {with FREE printable itinerary!} ~ Our Cozy Den

When We Let Kids Do Things {with FREE printable!!}

Do your kids ever say, “That’s not fair! ______ gets to ______!” Then you respond with the typical parent response, “You’ll get to when you’re his age!” But is that really true? Honestly? I don’t know about you, but I have about ten million thoughts in my head at any given time. The last thing I can remember is how old little Johnny was when he lost his first tooth, or got to stay up until 8 p.m., or get his first cell phone. So what did I do to keep track of it all? I bet you can guess. I made a chart. Now, Read More